Teaching in English-medium programmes

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This contribution describes and discusses the module Teaching in English-medium programmes, an elective module offered as part of the teacher training programme for assistant professors (“adjunktpædagogikum”) at Aarhus University. In order to complete the whole programme, assistant professors must have at least one such elective module (http://upnet.au.dk/adjunktkursus/).
Aarhus University offers the teacher training programme in Danish and in English for international faculty. Teaching in English-medium programmes is part of the Danish track, but taught through English.
Building on the foundation module in the whole course, this particular module has been established especially for those Danish assistant professors who are to teach in the EMI programmes. The intended learning outcomes are that, at the end of the course, participants should be able to plan and deliver their teaching in such a way that they take into account their students’ diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and use them as a strength in the classroom; and they should be able to engage all students in joint learning activities so that both the Danish and the international students benefit from the programme.
The overarching idea is thus to develop participants’ awareness of how they can teach for diversity, taking into consideration interlinked cultural, linguistic and didactic issues in the international classroom. The content of the module is closely linked to the assistant professors’ own teaching practice with a 5-hour seminar at the beginning followed by a few weeks in which participants are asked to experiment with these issues in their own teaching. The second 5-hour seminar is devoted to discussing and learning from concrete cases, including the experience and lessons learned by the individual participants as part of the module.
The module is organized in a blended learning format with set reading and preparatory tasks presented on the learning management platform (Blackboard) before and between the seminars; in this way the module should be considered exemplary and an inspiration for the assistant professors when they develop their own teaching in connection with the following EduIT module of the teacher training programme.
In our contribution to the symposium we will briefly present and discuss the what, why and how of this module as well as the participants’ reaction to it, based on the evaluations carried out at the end of the module (2015/2016).
In addition there are some challenges that we would like to discuss with symposium participants:
• Many colleagues still tend to think that the challenges of programmes taught in English are limited to issues of language; and if they are comfortable with their own English language proficiency, they do not feel the need for further professional development, so how do we attract these colleagues to professional development in this field?
• Experience tell us that those who do participate, appreciate the advice and the discussions we have been able to have and see that they themselves move towards considering the opportunities rather than the challenges of the international classroom. How can this be communicated to a wider group of colleagues?
Udgivelsesår1 apr. 2016
StatusUdgivet - 1 apr. 2016
BegivenhedDUN: Dansk Universitetspædagogisk Konference 2016: Ledelse, udvikling og overlevelse på universitetet - Nyborg, Danmark
Varighed: 17 maj 201618 maj 2016


KonferenceDUN: Dansk Universitetspædagogisk Konference 2016

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