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English for Lecturers: Grammar and Practice 18-19 Semester 2

Monday, 25 February, 2019 - 00:00 to Friday, 24 May, 2019 - 00:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus

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‘English for Lecturers’ aims to provide lecturers who teach their courses in English as a second/foreign language with the support to hone advanced language skills and become more effective communicators in undertaking English-medium professional activities. Please note that three separate modules, Grammar & PracticeCommunication for University TeachingVocabulary Expansion are available in the course and they run independently of each other. 

Grammar & Practice: this module reviews and consolidates the key grammatical areas essential for functioning effectively in academic contexts. It covers eight broad topics that deal with the most problematic usage issues in English grammar. In the lessons we will first discuss the grammar rules relating to each topic, then do practical exercises at advanced level. There will be plenty of opportunity for individual oral presentations and group discussions. This module has been considered highly useful by past participants, including those who had planned on taking the ITACE exam. The module runs for 8 weeks, with 3 hours per week. 


The course is intended for members of staff employed by VUB, including postdoctoral researchers and teaching assistants. Full-time PhD students are not eligible for this course, as the Doctor School provides them with tailor-made training courses. Lecturers working elsewhere are welcome to register for the course provided there are places available.

Lecturers who are unable to take the course can contact the course instructor to request individual support by appointment through Jianwei.Xu@vub.be


The course is taught by Jianwei Xu, who holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and an MEd in TESOL from La Trobe University, Australia. She has strong intercultural awareness and extensive experience in teaching English as a second/foreign language in higher education. Her research interests reside primarily in the sociocultural framing of language learning and teaching and in communicating in English as a lingua franca for intercultural communication. 


Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Campus Etterbeek), VUB; specific location is to be communicated to the participants through email.

Semester 2, 2018-2019, Thursday 9-12hrs.
Specific lesson dates are indicated in the registration form.


Register by 13th February 2019.

Registration for this course has now been closed. Next October, we will organize new language courses. If you are interested in a language course or test, please fill out the form by clicking here.


VUB staff: free of charge

External: 290 euros