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English for Lecturers: Grammar and Practice 20-21 Semester 2

Monday, 15 February, 2021 - 00:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus


‘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 consists of 24 hours and runs for 12 weeks. 

Please click here to register for the Grammar Module by 15th February 2021 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. 


Online via the Teams Conferencing Tool.

Friday 2-4pm. Specific lesson dates are indicated in the registration form.


Register by 15 February 2021.


VUB staff: free of charge

External: 290 euros