A10. Teaching in English in lingua franca settings - awareness & strategies


More and more universities worldwide and in Switzerland are relying on English as a medium of instruction (EMI). This means that academics have to lecture, lead seminars and discussions and provide feedback to students in a language that is a second language for them and their students. This requires awareness and specific strategies, which will be addressed in this workshop, which also takes place in English.

  • Conceptual tools: The E in EMI; audiences; metacommunication; accommodating to English with multilingual variables; specific educational purposes; priming/anchors for English
  • Communicative context and skills: e.g. rapport; signposting in lectures; enhanced explicitness; supporting comprehension; leading seminar discussions; providing feedback
  • Expansion of one’s English language use: e.g. functional grammar (past tense for recapping, cleft sentences as attention getters), familiarization of tricky words, ad-hoc speaking style
  • Preparation strategies & delivery practice: e.g. advance availability of lecture slides, live annotating, creating redundancy, peer practice and feedback

Target audience: operational users of English who are teaching fully or partly using English as a medium of instruction (EMI). Participants develop conceptual, strategic and functional linguistic tools for tackling language challenges in EMI contexts and create learning opportunities together, through varied and interactive practical exercises.


  • Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the workshop, participants will be more aware and prepared and will have

    • Gained a sense of orientation in the conceptual, communicative and linguistic complexities of EMI contexts that helps them make better decisions in their classrooms
    • Shared and compared their specific motivations and aims; clarified questions; and developed/prioritized personal can-do statements for EMI teachers
    • Used communicative opportunities to describe and reframe problematic scenarios and their variables and considered ways of handling them in the process
    • Received as well as provided responses to shared or individual concerns; taught a short micro lesson (or similar) in English; received & given peer feedback on some aspects
    • Shared new interdisciplinary experiences with English for EMI teaching purposes
  • Language

    English (oral and written)

  • Teacher in charge

    Dr Iris Schaller-Schwaner is a specialist in English as a Foreign Language, English for Academic Purposes in multilingual settings and in the context of a bilingual institution, oral language skills and practical phonetics, as well as English as a lingua franca in bi- and multilingual academic settings. She has 30 years of experience teaching in English at universities (English as content as well as English for specific academic purposes skills development). She has published on issues in university language teaching and on English as a lingua franca.

  • Dates and place

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2023, 9.00-12.30, in presence
    Thursday, June 22nd, 2023, 9.00-12.30, in presence

    University of Fribourg, building MIS10 (Rue de Rome 1)

    Attendance in person in Fribourg is mandatory. It is not possible to participate remotely and the session will not be recorded.

  • Validation

    Module with 1 ECTS

    Validation work: reflective journal entry or similar (1000 words in English) on what participants found useful, where they have challenges in their own teaching and how they might overcome them

  • Registration fees

    CHF 250.- (free of charge for teachers of the University of Fribourg)