Training the trainers: How to meet the challenges and reap the benefits of the international classroom: Pre-conference workshop

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With more and more teachers teaching and students learning through the medium of a foreign language, there is a growing need for professional development of these higher education teachers so that they may be empowered to meet the challenges and reap the benefits of the international classroom. Such training, however, only rarely exists in European universities.
In some countries and academic cultures there is a tradition for integrating content and language, very often also having a content teacher and an (academic) language specialist work together. In other academic cultures, the content teachers are left to their own devices, so to speak. This workshop primarily addresses the latter situation, discussing how to prepare these teachers for teaching what is in fact multilingual and multicultural groups of students so that they are all able to benefit from the diversity of the international classroom and international study programmes.
The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness and share experience among participants on how to address these issues. Based on a short introduction by the workshop leader, we will discuss (i) what the most important issues are and (ii) how they may be addressed. All workshop participants will be encouraged to engage in and contribute to the discussions in an interactive format.
The target group would be people responsible for training the trainers (teachers) as well as higher education teachers ready to share their experience with teaching international study programmes.
Take away messages will be (new) ideas on how to be empowered as a (content) teacher – or how to empower such teachers – to teach international classrooms to the benefit of all students.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year1 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015
EventICLHE Conference - Université Libre, Bruxelles, Belgium
Duration: 1 Sep 20154 Sep 2015


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LocationUniversité Libre
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