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SLC Run Teacher Training Programmes for Medical Lecturers

SLC’s senior academic managers, Bethan Edwards and Jo Langford, are just back from Moscow, where they gave an intensive three-day training programme to over thirty lecturers at Sechenov Medical University. The programme focused on giving participants the language they need to give lectures, seminars and workshops in English.

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The university has a growing number of international students across its many faculties, all of whom are taught in English. Faculties include Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Understandably, this is a real challenge for the Russian lecturers – while many have a strong command of their subject matter in English, they do not have the language skills to manage the language of instruction.

Bethan and Jo’s training programme therefore had a strong practical focus. Content included how to give instructions, check learning, give feedback, manage small group work, give presentations and lead discussions. Relevant grammar, vocabulary, functional and pronunciation skills work was integrated throughout. At the end, the participants demonstrated what they had learnt by giving short presentations, followed by feedback and questions from their peers.

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The course was a real success with very positive feedback from participants, Sechenov’s International Office and Linguistics department. Bethan and Jo have already been booked for a further round of teacher training in March 2020.

If you are interested in SLC working with your staff, we provide a range of teacher training programmes, including Using English as a Medium of Instruction, Using Digital Materials in the Classroom, and Preparing Candidates for OET. Just get in touch to start the conversation – academic@specialistlanguagecourses.com.

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Written by Chris Moore

Chris works on SLC’s strategic direction, product development, course design and key partnerships with organisations including Health Education England, NHS Trusts and medical universities worldwide. He ensures that the work SLC does with healthcare professionals and students has a significant and lasting impact on patient care, medical research and international projects. Chris has worked in specialist English language training since graduating from Cambridge University in 1989 in teaching, academic management and commercial roles. In 2012, he founded SLC to provide training and resources to those who need to communicate in English in critical environments, using technology to reach learners around the world. Chris is also Trustee for Eaquals, the world’s leading international accreditation body for language teaching.

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