What is Academic Teaching Excellence?

The ATE course has been specifically designed to improve the effectiveness of communication in lectures and seminars which take place in the medium of English and thereby improve the overall quality of academic teaching.

Developed in close co-operation with the University of Oxford, the course draws on the latest research in the field of English as Medium of Instruction (EMI). It is delivered by very experienced teaching staff who have received special training at Oxford University for teaching ATE.


Higher education institutions in non-English-speaking countries are increasingly offering academic degree courses in the English language. The main driver for this is often to internationalise the institution; be it in order to prepare students for the globalised arena of research, or to improve their competitiveness in attracting the best student and staff talent. At Master’s level alone, the number of EMI courses across Europe has almost doubled within the past two years. 

However, teaching a degree course in English can be quite a challenge for someone who is not a native speaker of the language; especially when most of the students on the course are also non-native speakers. In addition to being a confident speaker of the English language, a good understanding of the underlying communication processes between foreign-language speakers is important when planning lectures and seminars. 

This is where English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) comes into play. EMI has become the focus of academic research, and we have ensured that our ATE course takes this research into account with the methodology it offers for successful lecturer-student communication in English.

Course content

Participants will be introduced to the principles of teaching through the medium of English. On the basis of this insight into EMI (English as Medium of Instruction) they will analyse and review their current teaching practices and, through intensive speaking practice, acquire advanced language skills.

The course will address the whole spectrum of teaching situations in which good communication is crucial, and each participant will get individual feedback and personalised suggestions on how to improve their performance. More details on the course content are available in the  ATE brochure (see below).

Course delivery

We can offer this 35 hour course at your institution, in the teaching environment your staff is used to, without the additional expense of international travel and accommodation costs.

The course can be delivered as an intensive seminar over five consecutive days or split up into blocks.

It is designed for 10-14 lecturers from all academic disciplines at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference.  



Course fees for courses taught at your institution are fixed for a group of up to 14 participants.

Please contact us for details.