Teaching in English I+II+III: Strong Starters in International Classrooms

This workshop is designed for current and future teaching professionals and will be conducted in English. A minimum English language level of C1 is recommended.

Teaching in English will strengthen and broaden the teaching and language skills of the participants for the purposes of creating, organizing and leading classes though the medium of English. Participants will explore the role of the teacher, the role of the student, and how to create curriculum, assignments, and discussions that challenge the student but nonetheless support the learning process. 

In the first workshop, Strong Starters in International Classrooms, the use of the Syllabus in international classrooms will be evaluated.  Typical goal setting and planning strategies from the American university system (often used in international settings) will be presented, along with language tips for clear communication skills.  This class will emphasize and practice the essential tasks when planning and starting a semester.

In the second workshop, Speaking in the Moment (Presenting, Discussing, and Questioning), the teaching tools and necessary language for time spent during class will be emphasized.  For example, the advantages and disadvantages of discussions for both the teacher and the student will be evaluated.  A broad overview of presentation skills along with creating questions that promote advanced critical thinking skills (Bloom’s Taxonomy) will be considered.  Additionally, typical phrases and planning for chairing student-centered discussions will be discussed.

In the third workshop, Guidance for Academic Writing (Instructions, Feedback, and Evaluations), the participants will be asked to consider a journey into unknown places as an analogy to a typical class.  Through this analogy, the tools to guide students to the "correct" location, through instructions and feedback (teacher to peer, peer to peer, and self-assessment), will be considered.  Additionally, typical evaluation tools used by the American university system (Rubrics) will be evaluated.


Teaching in English I:

  • Syllabus drafting 
  • Lesson organization
  • Formulating learning objectives vs. goals
  • Overcoming language barriers (both before and in-class)
  • Practicing a powerful first class presentation

Teaching in English II:

  • General presentation skills
  • Forming questions that promote critical thinking skills (Bloom’s Taxonomy)
  • Phrases for leading in-class discussions
  • Preparing guided listening or reading activities (partner/group discussions)
  • Practicing a quick presentation and discussion

Teaching in English III:

  • Creating clear and accessible instructions 
  • Giving written feedback
  • Peer (and self) review activities for writing
  • Developing holistic evaluations (Rubrics)
  • Practicing written instruction and evaluation creation

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this workshop, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Comprehend & evaluate the structure and organization of a well-planned and effective lecture or presentation, group or partner activity through the medium of English
  • Discuss and evaluate comprehensive range of verbal/non-verbal and oral/written communication techniques
  • Play the role of both teacher and student (in groups of varying size) and expand upon the responsibilities and tasks associated with these roles
  • Consider the stumbling blocks that students may encounter as they study, present and write in English and develop strategies to guide the student through these challenges – relative to the discipline in question
  • Analyze individual problems with previous teaching scenarios and elaborate potential troubleshooting strategies 

Participants may receive acknowledgement of their current language level. Upon completion of all three Teaching in English workshops and successful performance of a written test, participants may receive a DAAD language certificate (Sprachnachweis für Stipendiumsbewerbung) at Level C1 (CEFR) from the language center (Sprachenzentrum) of the University of Bayreuth.

University: Universität Bayreuth
Seminar host: Helen Vayntrub
Seminar ID: FBZHL UBT WS2021 46S English123
Location: FBZHL der Universität Bayreuth
Nürnbergerstr. 38, Bayreuth
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Dates: 15.03.2021 , 10:00 - 17:30 Uhr
16.03.2021 , 10:00 - 17:30 Uhr
18.03.2021 , 10:00 - 17:30 Uhr

The following attendance fees apply:

  • For all teaching staff (research assistants, professors, teachers for special tasks) with a full-time position (75% to 100% working time), 80 €
  • For all teaching staff (research assistants, professors, teachers for special tasks) with a part-time position (up to and including 74.9% working time), 48 €
  • Lecturers from universities of applied sciences and lecturers from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich pay the participation fee for external students, 680 €

Available slots: 12 slots, thereof 0 available
Stufe: Basic and advanced level
Credible hours: Area A with 8 operation units
Area B with 8 operation units
Area D with 2 operation units
Area E with 6 operation units
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