Teaching in English as the Medium of Instruction (EMI)

About this course

As education is becoming increasingly globalised, the number of degree courses in Europe taught in English has increased rapidly. This presents particular challenges for lecturers for whom English is not a first language and who have to deal with large groups of students who are also non-native speakers of English, which can lead to frustration on both sides.

This two-day course aims to help academic staff communicate more effectively in an EMI (English as the Medium of Instruction) context and introduces them to techniques and strategies which they can incorporate into their own teaching.

For the institution, the benefits are improvements in the quality of academic teaching, more effective learning and an enhanced reputation.

The course is taught by experienced teaching staff who have received special training at Oxford University in EMI.

Course content

Although there will be some language input, the emphasis of this course is on pedagogic methodology. Among the topics covered are:

  • the context of EMI
  • the problems faced by lecturers
  • the problems faced by students
  • making lectures easier to understand in an EMI setting
  • strategies for making lectures interactive
  • handling differences in the language levels among students
  • asking and responding to questions
  • barriers to communication and how to avoid them
  • giving oral feedback
  • giving written feedback
  • the importance of visual aids
  • useful language in an EMI lecture.

How is the course delivered?

The course is made up of 12 contact hours delivered over two consecutive days.

It is a highly interactive course and involves a considerable amount of group work and discussion. Academics from a range of disciplines are invited to share their concerns and to reflect on their own teaching styles. There will also be video observation of real EMI lectures, which will demonstrate how other lecturers cope with the demands of EMI.

Due to the interactive nature of this course, it is suitable for a group of between 8 and 14 participants.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • a solid foundation in EMI
  • the techniques and tools for effective teaching through EMI
  • been guided through your own development as a teacher
  • gained a British Council certificate.

Where is this course taught?

Calendar and fees

Course dates 30 June & 1 July 2016
Deadline for applications

17 June 2016

10% Early bird discount for applications received by 10 June.

Course length Two days of face-face teaching (12 hours in total)
Entry requirements

The course is suitable for academic staff who have at least a B2 level of English in the Common European Framework (CEFR) and have some experience of teaching their subject using English as the medium of instruction. It is also suitable for academics who are about to start teaching their subject through English.

Course fee €200

How to apply

  1. Email your completed application form (MS Word, 104 kb) to customerservices@britishcouncil.gr by the application deadline.
  2. Once we‘ve confirmed your participation on the course, we’ll ask you to pay the course fee. You can make the payment in one of two ways:
  • By direct deposit to the British Council account at Alpha Bank. You can do this at any Alpha Bank branch, via an ATM or via web banking through your own bank.

    Account number: 7140 0200 2002 275
    IBAN: GR85 0140 7140 7140 0200 2002 275

   Please quote your name followed by EMI in the 'Αιτιολογία' field on the deposit
   slip (e.g. N. Papanikolaou, EMI).

For further information, please call Customer Services on +30 210 369 2333 & 801 500 3692* (Monday to Friday, 08.00–17.00).

* Calls from anywhere in Greece are charged at local rate.

Conditions of payment

  • Fees can be paid in cash, by credit card or cheque.
  • Fees must be paid at the time of registration.
  • Refunds are not available.

General conditions

  • We reserve the right not to open a class with fewer than 8 participants.