Intercom Course

Communication Strategies for English-Medium Instruction

in the International University (INTER-COM)
(20-24 June)


Plan for Curricular Internationalization

Course description:

INTER-COM is a 20-hour course (Monday to Friday) targeted at UCM in-service teachers who are currently involved (or want to be involved) in English-medium instruction. The course aims at developing lecturer strategies when working in international classrooms, where very often the language of instruction is not the teacher’s (nor all the students’) native language. By using a practical, dynamic and highly participative methodology, together with updated online resources, the course pursues the following objectives:

  • Raise teacher awareness of what it means to teach in an international classroom
  • Provide teachers with the oral strategies and techniques to help in the teaching and learning of content through English as a foreign language  Develop interactional practices with students
  • Encourage informed practices and interdisciplinary collaboration amongst stakeholders


The course will be divided in 5 modules which will cover the following content:

Module 1:

  1. Introducing English-medium instruction: global and local factors
  2. Reflecting on effective lecturing: organizational and linguistic issues
  3. Presenting the micro-teaching practice

Module 2:

  1. Enhancing spoken interaction in classroom settings
  2. Collaborative learning through blended methodologies
  3. Working on the micro-teaching practice

Module 3:

  1. Introducing academic genres in the international classroom
  2. Providing feedback in the spoken mode
  3. Working on the micro-teaching practice

Module 4:

  1. Becoming aware of intercultural differences
  2. Different ways of Internationalizing the curriculum
  3. Rounding up the micro-teaching practice

Module 5:

Micro-teaching practice in action. Providing Feedback and assessment

Learner outcomes:

On completion of the course, participants are expected to:

  • understand the special features and requirements of teaching and learning through a foreign language (English) in Higher Education  have increased their own competence and confidence in interactive, spoken, and educational uses of English
  • know how to survey and monitor the special needs of a multilingual and multicultural student group and how to attend to cross-cultural critical incidents
  • be able to analyze and assess the linguistic and cognitive requirements of their own discipline and its content to be taught
  • be able to design and assess versatile learning tasks that enable both individual and collaborative knowledge construction and active language use at the conceptual level needed

Course certification:

To cater for participants’ needs successfully, we can only offer a limited number of places. As attendance is compulsory, only participants that have completed the whole course will receive UCM certification.