Two2Tango, Tandems for Teaching in English

Duration: 3rd December 2018 to 28th June 2019 (2-weeks full-time study)

What is the course about?

This course is intended for teachers who wish to develop their English language skills, their teaching skills and their intercultural awareness for teaching the international classroom. Participants will discuss issues about teaching through English and develop their language skills, while exchanging their reflections on issues to do with English-Medium Instruction (ENI) within a community of practice.

This online tandem will provide participants with a variety of opportunities to improve their oral communication skills alongside the teaching skills needed for the international classroom. Participants are expected to achieve a number of objectives:

  • Reflect thoughtfully about your teaching practice and your language learning
  • Reflect on the international classroom and on harnessing its cultural diversity
  • Receive and respond to individualized feedback on your own reflections from both the instructor and your peers
  • Discuss issues to do with teaching in English with someone else in the same boat.
  • Dedicate time outside of teaching for academic speaking practice, and, thereby help improve fluency
  • Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses as a speaker/listener and be able to identify resources to help you to improve
  • Feel confident about teaching in English
  • Feel comfortable speaking about a variety of academic topics and communicating with an academic audience

How does the course unfold?

The course will run over 7 months (worth 2 weeks of full-time study), with short activities planned once a month. It will be conducted via the learning platform Eliademy, through individual studies of videos and articles based on issues to do with EMI, as well as group discussions and peer feedback. The course will be conducted in English, which means that the course information, study tasks, and literature will be available only in English.

This course is a continuation course and it is recommended that KI teachers have previously followed the course GHP.

When and where does the course take place?

The course opens on Monday, 3rd of December 2018. The course will start by having all participants take a placement test to get their CEFR scales results, then participants will answer a self-awareness questionnaire about their language skills. Once they have completed this questionnaire, they will be able to start the first module. Each module will only be available during the dates specified in the timeline and will no longer be available to participants after the closing date, allowing online discussions to be synchronised. All theory and individual assignments need to be concluded by the end of the course Friday, 28th June 2019. In the final month, the participants will have to have interviewed students and reflected on the challenges and opportunities they face in the international classroom.

How is the course structured?

The course consists of six modules

  • Presentations and the role of the teacher
  • English as a lingua franca
  • Cultures of learning
  • Managing group work
  • The competences of the CLIL teacher
  • Assessing in English


Each module lasts around 4 weeks (except the first module which is spread over December and January due to the Christmas break).


Each module consists of:

  • Pre-task: reading an article and watching a video
  • Task: online discussions about the pre-task with your tandem partner via Skype
  • Post-task: summarising ideas about the topic in writing and posting in the discussion forum; commenting on 3 other contributions.

At the end of the course, participants will be expected to use all their expertise to interview student(s) and reflect on issues related to each of the 6 modules.

What do participants need?

Participants need to have access to a computer with an Internet connection (with Skype or Whatsapp) and need to be able to attend the fourth week in the asynchronous group discussion through the learning platform Eliademy. The course is free to the employees at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and Universidad de Cádiz (Spain) who teach students; the course is free to partner institutions who provide a facilitator for 16 hours per tandem. Course literature is available online or provided via the Eliademy platform.

Maximum number of participants: 30

Course leaders

Jennifer Valcke (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden) and Elena Romero Alfaro (Universidad de Cádiz, Spain).


Jennifer Valcke

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 873 56
Organizational unit: Unit for Medical Education and Technology (UME)

Facilitators: 1 per tandem from the partner institutions.


Participants will be sent a certificate of completion equivalent to 2 weeks of full-time study after completing the course.


Open until 26th of November 2018.

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