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Teaching in English: Leading Ideas and Strategies (LM 14B)

WWB Area | Learning field
Teaching and Learning | Basic teaching module

Starting point
In educational settings using English as a lingua franca (ELF), both lecturer and student are working in a second language, and both may have proficiency concerns. But research findings suggest that the effectiveness of a lecturer in an ELF setting depends more on pragmatic ability than on language proficiency. The linguistic and pedagogical strategies used to engage learners are what’s most important, and so these make up the focus of this workshop. Attention is also given to the challenges of teaching online.

Participants will gain insight into evidence-based teaching practices and course design principles. They will take away concrete pragmatic strategies for handling common tasks that a lecturer takes on when teaching in English.


The English Academic Teaching Style: Leading Ideas

  • Teaching Based on How People Learn
  • Active Learning Strategies adapted to Online Teaching
  • What Makes for Teaching Excellence in English?

Pragmatic Strategies for Lecturers Using ELF

  • Signaling and Preventing Misunderstanding
  • Explicitness Strategies
  • Comprehension Checks
  • Clarification Requests
  • Engagement Strategies

Designing Courses in English

  • Backward Design
  • Designing for Cooperative Learning
  • Teaching at a Distance

Online presentation, discussion, pair and small group work. Participants receive a work-along book as part of the workshop.
Max. number of participants: 8-16. Course language: English

Anyone interested in the art and science of teaching and the mystery of learning will find something of value in this workshop.

An English proficiency of B2 or higher is advised. There will be two articles to read before the workshop in preparation for the second day, when you will have the opportunity to moderate a discussion in English focusing on an idea you have for your teaching.

Course information

Course numberLM 14B
DateFri, 17.12.2021, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Fri, 07.01.2022, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Scope2 days, 15 working units à 45 min
FormatOnline course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course
ToolsVideoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
InstructorsCharles Duquette
Course languageEnglish
FeesFor employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU Berlin, FU Berlin, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de for information on fees.
RequirementsParticipants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
CompletionAssuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
CertificateApplicable for TU certificate for teaching and learning and for TiE-BAC certificate – Teaching in English.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course, please contact Dr. Monika Rummler.
In case of any organizational questions please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de.


Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.
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