English Language Teaching Unit

EMI Teacher Development Programme

Course description

This course is designed for academic staff who are using English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) i.e. teaching their academic subject in the English language. The course covers methodology, techniques and strategies which can be personalised to individual contexts.

Aims of the EMI Teacher Development Programme

Participants will study the key principles behind the design and delivery of an English Medium Instruction course. Participants will develop an understanding of methodology and strategies in order to deliver academic content more effectively by motivating students and creating a more interactive environment.

Why join the EMI Teacher Development Programme?

  • Learn from expert practitioners in EMI, informed by the latest research.
  • Become a more effective practitioner by developing teaching skills and increasing understanding of methodology.
  • Enhance your CV and career prospects.
  • Share experiences and network with other teaching professionals across countries and institutions
  • Access University of Leicester academic resources, both on campus and online.

Course structure

The course covers the key themes, challenges and issues relevant to professionals teaching in an EMI context. The course has a strong focus on the practice and provides participants with solutions and new ideas to enhance their teaching. The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction to EMI
  • Theories of learning
  • Language
  • The use of AI
  • Pedagogic approaches
  • Teaching techniques
  • Lesson planning and delivery
  • Assessment in EMI
  • Teaching practice

Bespoke courses

The Centre for International Training and Education can also develop a tailored version of this course, either at your institution, online or here are the University of Leicester.

In this way we can meet the specific requirements of partners, including number of participants, content, location of delivery and duration. These courses can also include input from other areas of the university, such as the School of Education. Please email internationalcpd@le.ac.uk to discuss your requirements.

Key facts


  • Course dates: Monday 12 August - Friday 23 August 2024 (accommodation available from Sunday 11 August - Saturday 24 August 2024). 
  • Application deadline: Sunday 21 July 2024 (we may close applications earlier if the course fills up).

Entry requirements

  • Participants should have a minimum of one year’s teaching experience – you will be asked to provide your CV during the application process.
  • Participants must have an English level equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Please contact us if you are unsure of your level or have not taken an English test recently.
  • Participants must be able to demonstrate an interest in EMI.
  • Participants must be aged 18 or over.
  • We may invite you to an interview to assess your suitability.


  • £1,600. 
  • £1,500 for University of Leicester partners.

Payment is required in full to accept a place on the course.

Erasmus Staff funding can be used to come to the UK for this programme. Please speak to your home University about availability.

What's included

  • Pre-arrival needs analysis
  • A course welcome and induction
  • 40 scheduled hours across two weeks
  • Materials and activities for classroom use
  • A Virtual Learning Environment to support you before, during and after the course
  • Access to university facilities, including the award-winning library
  • Self-catered student accommodation - single bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shared kitchen. Bedding and kitchen equipment provided
  • A day trip to another city, such as Oxford or Cambridge on Saturday 17th August.
  • A trip to a local attraction
  • A course completion certificate and written feedback
  • A welcome dinner and farewell meal with University of Leicester staff

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages, unless specified in the timetable
  • Visa costs
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Access to the university gyms. Short-term membership can be purchased at a cost of £10 per week.


Apply for the EMI Teacher Development Programme

The EMI Teacher Development Programme will take place from the 12th August to the 23rd August 2024. Please be advised that when you have applied, we will ask you to send us your CV as part of the selection process.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us on internationalcpd@leicester.ac.uk

Cancellation/refund policy

Within 14 days of acceptance of place Full refund
On or before 29 July 2024 Half refund
After 29 July 2024 No refund

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