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English for lecturers: grammar and practice 19-20 semester 2

Monday, 20 April, 2020 - 00:00 to Friday, 22 May, 2020 - 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. 

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 6 weeks, with 4 hours per week. 

Please click here to register for the Grammar Module by 31st March at the latest. 


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.

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, 2019-2020.
Specific lesson dates are indicated in the registration form.


Register by 31 March 2020.


VUB staff: free of charge
External: 290 euros



Please click here to register for the Grammar Module by 31st March at the latest.