English for teaching purposes

A course on English and teaching methodology that aims to help university lecturers to do their teaching in English, in line with university internationalisation policies.

About The 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.

a) Have gained confidence and skills to teach a university subject in English.

b) 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.

c) Describe the characteristics of the university lecture discourse genre (planning, agents, channels, phases, dynamics, and current flexibility of the genre).

d) Understand and perform the basic linguistic macro-functions within English teaching discourse .

e) 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.

f) 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).

The English for Teaching Purposes team members are:

  • Language Service Management: Marta Estella, Sònia Prats
  • Project Coordination: Enric Serra, Virgínia Castillo
  • Content, Scripts and Video Design: Silvia Solá
  • Video Presenters: Silvia Solá, José Luis Ygoa
  • Audiovisual Production: Agustí Camps
  • Language Advisory and Translation Support: Francesc Galera, David Owen
  • Additional collaboration from: Rosemary Thwaite, Josep Jutglar, Elisabeth Streater, Ian James, Fiona Kelso and other language professonals at the Language Service.
  • Support in integrating to Coursera: the Area for Information-Systems Planning (APSI), UAB

This material was created with the support of the Catalan Government’s Secretary for Universities and Research. Department of Economy and Knowledge (Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca del Departament d’Economia i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the course for?
University lecturers who do not have English as their L1 (whose L1 is, for example, a Romance language), who have a high level of English, and who intend to begin teaching some of their university classes in English.

Will I be awarded a certificate on completing the course?
Yes, students who successfully finish the course will receive a certificate signed by the MOOC instructors. This certificate does not grant credits in any academic programme in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Will the course offer Signature Track?
Yes. For further information on this, please consult: https://www.coursera.org/signature/

Does the Signature Track certificate provides official recognition of credits in any learning programme of the Autonoma University of Barcelona?
No, it doesn't. The signature-track process only confirms the identity of the person who passed the course.

What resources will I need for the course?
The course can be followed using the materials provided. Further complementary materials will be presented during the course.

Do I need to use any specific tools to follow the course?
In the last week (and, optionally, at other times) learners will be asked to make a short (15-minute) audio or video recording of a sequence from one of their own classes in English. Several simple tools can be found on internet to do this, as explained in a tutorial on the course, providing the user has the necessary basic digital skills. Learners do not have to upload any files to the platform, but merely share the link to the website (YouTube, for example) where their recording is. There is also a guide to the course that helps learners to follow it without having to make this recording.

Recommended Background

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.