Higher education institutions in countries with native languages other than English are increasingly offering academic degree courses in the English language. To internationalise their institution is usually the main driver for this; be it in order to best prepare students for the globalised arena of research or in order to become more attractive in the international race for the best student and staff talent.
However, teaching a degree course in English can be quite a challenge for someone who is not a native speaker of the language; especially when most of the students on the course are also non-native speakers. In addition to being a confident speaker of the English language, a good understanding of the underlying communication processes between foreign-language speakers becomes important when planning lectures and seminars. This is where English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) comes into play.
EMI has become the focus of academic research, and we have ensured that our ATE course takes this research into account with the methodology it offers for successful lecturer-student communication in English.
The course coupled with methodological training in topics such as effective classroom management, student engagement techniques, and motivating classroom activities will help participants better deliver their lectures in English, consequently improving student participation and learning outcomes.
The British Council believes that bringing the ATE Course to the Philippines will aid in the aspirations of higher education institutions to internationalise and for senior high schools to demonstrate impact by building on the lecturing and English language skills of their teaching staff.