A course on English and teaching methodology that aims to help university lecturers do their teaching in English, in line with university internationalisation policies.
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.
Teach a university subject in English, having
gained the necessary confidence and skills.
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
English for Teaching Purposes is a course provided by the Language Service
at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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 professionals at the
Support in integrating to Coursera: the Area for Information-Systems Planning
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
. Implications for
lecturers switching to English as the classroom language at university.
Analysing the critical issues (contextual, linguistic, motivational, and
methodological aspects). Level of English. Managing anxiety. Improve through
re-thinking your teaching. Teachers’
discourse. Analysing real practice and choosing a particular class as a basis
for later course work.
Principal sequences of teachers’ discourse: explaining and justifying.
Functions related to discourse structure: beginning and ending a class,
concluding. Functions related to clarifying concepts for the students: giving
examples, classifying, comparing and
. Functions related to
information management: describing processes, expressing cause and effect,
describing graphs, helping learners to manage new information. Functions related
to evaluation: expressing certainty, presenting evidence, giving one’s
opinions. Functions related to
induction: giving instructions, motivating learners. Functions related
to socialisation: handling classroom interactions and questions in the learning
Characteristics of recorded classes. Recording the class sequence analysed
throughout the course.
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.
The course can be followed successfully by using
the materials provided. The course contains a wide selection of resources in
most of its units, which allows the topics to be explored more thoroughly. In
addition, further complementary material will be presented as the course
The course lasts four weeks. Each week, students
will be provided with the suitable materials in order to follow effectively.
The first week focuses on reflection and contextualisation of experience; the
fourth week centres on the application of what has been learned.
The course is based on general videos to introduce the
contents of several units, videos focusing on specific areas, and videos that
give instructions. Each week, learners carry out an interactive activity linked
to the topics that have been dealt with. Learners also make a simple audio or
video recording at the end of the process, containing an explanation and
justification sequence from one of their English-medium classes. Assessment is
based on the weekly interactive activities (60%) and peer-evaluation of the
final recording (40%). Learners wishing to take the course without making a
recording can also be assessed on their interactive activities.
Who is the course for?What resources will I
need for the course?
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
Yes, students who
successfully finish the course (50%) 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 provide official recognition
of credits in any learning programme at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona?
No, it doesn't. The signature-track process only confirms the identity of the person who passed 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 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. It is also possible to take the course without having to do the video