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Excellence in academic teaching

Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) is a training course that has been developed to help academic staff in higher education institutions who teach through the medium of English. 

Throughout Europe the number of degree courses that are being taught in English has increased significantly over recent years. Often neither teachers nor students are native-speakers of the language they are using, which can cause frustration on both sides.

Developed and taught by experts

ATE has been designed to improve the quality of academic teaching by updating lecturers’ language skills and offering useful techniques for day-to-day teaching. ATE has been developed in close co-operation with the University of Oxford’s Department of Education, drawing on the latest research in the field of English as Medium of Instruction (EMI). The course is taught by experienced teaching staff who have received special training at Oxford University for teaching ATE.


We can organise the ATE course at your institution. There is also a blended learning version available, combining face-to-face and online elements.

Course Details

Download our flyer with an overview of information on the Academic Teaching Excellence course, and click on the sections below for more information. 



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 in order 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 who follow 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 becomes important when planning lectures and seminars. This is where EMI comes into play. English as Medium of Instruction 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

ATE has been designed to help improve the quality of lecturer-student communication in class by giving teachers the tools to deliver more confident and effective teaching in English. Participants will be introduced to the principles of teaching with English as Medium of Instruction (EMI). They will analyse and review their current teaching practices and, through intensive micro-teaching sessions, acquire advanced language skills. 

The course will address the whole spectrum of teaching situations, and each participant will get individual feedback and personalised suggestions on how to improve their performance. Have a look at our ATE brochure for more details.

Course delivery

We can offer the ATE course at your institution which means your academics do not need to travel. 

The course can be offered as either a week-long seminar (35 hours) or in 2 blocks spread over a period that fits with the availability of your teaching staff. 

A maximum of 14 participants from all disciplines can take part in a single ATE course.

There is also a blended learning version available, combining face-to-face and online elements.

Course fee

Course fees depend on the size of the group – up to a maximum of 14 participants 

For more information please contact: Ailsa Kienberger.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our Academic Teaching Excellence course, please contact: Ailsa Kienberger or Michael Croasdale.