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English for lecturers: vocabulary Expansion & Enhancement of Academic English Skills 19-20 semester 1

Monday, 7 October, 2019 - 00:00 to Friday, 20 December, 2019 - 00:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Language Classes

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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. 

Vocabulary Expansion: this module aims to expand lecturers’ vocabulary and practise using the vocabulary across a range of topics that relate to their professional role. It is an upper-intermediate level course in which common collocations and idiomatic expressions are first introduced, and opportunities are then provided for speaking practice. This module runs for 7 weeks, consisting of 20 hours. Please click here to register for the Vocabulary Module by 22 September 2019 at the latest. 

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


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 1, 2019-2020, Wednesday 12:30-15hrs. Specific lesson dates are provided in the registration form.


Register by 22 September 2019.


VUB staff: free of charge

External: 290 euros