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English for teaching purposes

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About This Course

The course structure is the same for all learners and there are opportunities for them to link up with colleagues from universities all over the world who share the same discipline and discourse community, to ask questions and exchange ideas.

This MOOC targets lecturers who wish to begin using English in their teaching. A priori, this means university lecturers from countries where English is not the L1 or a widely-used language (Romance language-speaking countries, for example), though in fact the course is open to teachers from all educational stages who want to teach through English, following the principles of EMI (English Medium Instruction).

On completing the course, the lecturers should be able to do the following.

  • Have gained confidence and skills to teach a university subject in English.
  • Integrate all aspects of CLIL (methodological, pedagogical, strategic, attitudinal, motivational, linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic) to put together their own English-medium course on their particular subject.
  • Describe the characteristics of the university lecture discourse genre (planning, agents, channels, phases, dynamics, and current flexibility of the genre).
  • Understand and perform the basic linguistic macro-functions within English teaching discourse .
  • Understand and perform, using the appropriate linguistic exponents (vocabulary, structures, phraseology), the main micro-functions in English teaching discourse : metalinguistic, informative, evaluative, inductive, and social.
  • Consolidate their oral expression and interaction skills, and their grammar and vocabulary, at English levels C1 and C2 as defined by the Council of Europe.

English for Teaching Purposes is a course provided by the Language Service at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).


In order to follow this course an English level of C1, as defined by the Council of Europe, is needed. It is also recommendable to be at the stage of planning an English-medium class within an actual course.

Course Staff

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Ian James

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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  2. Classes Start

    Feb 02, 2015
  3. Classes End

    Mar 02, 2015
  4. Estimated Effort