Certificate in EMI Skills
English as a Medium of Instruction
Dr. Mark Spittle
The Certificate in EMI Skills course helps higher-education professionals to:
communicate more effectively in English with students and colleagues
use a range of language in different situations, from lectures and tutorials to conferences and
online discussions
increase familiarity with a range of skills for delivering instruction in English.
For more information or to book a training course: Call 0869696641 or email mark@emi.training
Experienced University Lecturer in
Engineering, Law, English Language &
EMI Skills
PhD in Engineering
European Patent, Trade Mark and
Designs Attorney
Cambridge English Certificate in
Teaching of English to Adults (CELTA)
Former Head of Academic English -
Vietnamese-German University
40 hours of online lessons +
24 hours of tutor-led sessions
Online progress tests
CEFR Level B1 or above
Developed by Cambridge English for
university professors, lecturers, tutors and
researchers whose first language is not
English, but who use English to teach
students, present academic papers and
interact with colleagues.
Minimum entry requirements:
Different students’ characteristics & needs
Institutional conventions
Institutional differences
Relationships within university settings
Module Content
1 Language for lectures
2 Language for seminars
3 Language for small groups and practical sessions
4 Language for tutorials and supervision
5 Language for online communication
6 Language for evaluation and feedback
7 Language for developing and extending professional roles
8 Language for fulfilling professional responsibilities
Different lecture styles
Introducing a lecture
Signposting and cohesion in lectures
Concluding a lecture
Structuring seminars
Giving step-by-step guidance
Using questions to guide students
Answering students’ questions
Explaining procedures
Setting up groups
Monitoring groups and practical sessions
Ending a group discussion/practical session
Setting goals and expectations
Advising students on strengths & weaknesses
Problems and solutions
Focusing on the individual student
Online communication skills
Writing emails
Managing group communication
Responding to online communication
Giving constructive feedback
Giving targeted feedback
Necessity & suggestion
Organisation of feedback
Preparing for academic interviews
Writing a conference proposal
Engaging in peer mentoring
Networking in social situations
Assessment component Description
Four written assignments within each module
An end-of-module progress test
Participants apply the language and skills they
have learned to their own context and reflect on
their experience
Participants complete a multiple-choice test to
check their learning
Participants will be assessed in the following ways:
Individuals - competitively-priced 'blended' and 'intensive'' (2 weeks, full-time) courses, including 24hrs of
face-to-face (currently HCMC only) or online tutoring
Groups - substantial discounts available for Vietnamese higher-education institutions when booking
courses for groups of academic teaching/research staff
The Certificate in EMI Skills course has eight modules (to be completed within 12 months):
Courses available for:
an introduction to the topic; interactive learning activities; interactive practice activities; progress test; and assignments,
Each module has a number of lessons, each of which has the following structure:
supplemented by 3 hours of face-to-face or online feedback. review, consolidation and extension activities