International Challenge

Objective: offering educational and linguistic support for the development of teaching in English.

For non-native speakers, teaching one's discipline in English is a challenge. The International Challenge is a pedagogical and linguistic support program for teaching in a multi-cultural context.

Educational teams are provided with customized support to set up international courses (Bachelor's and Master's degrees).

The International Challenge project:

  • heightens awareness and offers training for teaching in English
  • helps international Master's degree teams with the set-up of these programs
  • helps teachers in DUT and Bachelor's degree programs to set up international sections within these programs
  • supports teachers who want to experiment with the set-up of courses in English
  • develops a Bordeaux talent hotbed for the internationalization of academic programs
  • helps to build teachers' confidence in their capacity to mobilize their teaching and linguistic skills in this new context
  • promotes the development of high-quality international courses
  • allows feedback to improve the quality of this new teaching context

Contact

Department of Languages and Cultures

Joanne Pageze
Project coordinator

Tel : 05 57 57 18 82

Mail




Setting up international academic programs, courses or teaching units

The head of the program meets the project initiator and the pedagogical team of the academic program/course/teaching unit concerned to analyze needs according to student profiles, the discipline, the support materials required, the linguistic skills of teachers and students, etc.

Based on these findings, the project initiator draws up an action/training plan suited to the specific context.

This key stage makes it possible to identify the challenges of the international training program.

Contact

Department of Languages and Cultures

Joanne Pageze
Project manager

Tel : 05 57 57 18 82

Mail



Learning to teach in English (3 days)

This intensive course provides both pedagogical and linguistic training for teaching in English.

The course includes an introduction concerning the implications, constraints and benefits of offering courses in English in France, as well as a focus on appropriate teaching aids, which will be tested live (interactive courses, flipped classroom, work in small groups, etc.).

Pronunciation, intonation and key teaching terms are also focused on.

During the sessions, the trainees can test out the teaching of a course in English. The days are short but intense, with a little homework to do in the evening.

It's a real international teacher/student experience.

Sessions

  • Winter 2018: January 10, 11, 12 or January 17, 18, 19
  • Summer 2018: June 20, 21, 22 or June 27, 28, 29

Schedule: 9am-4pm

16 participants per course

Location: Department of Languages and Culture, Victoire site

Inscription 

Department of Languages and Cultures

Joanne Pageze
Project manager

Tel : 05 57 57 18 82

Mail



Practicing English speaking

These sessions are conversation workshops.

The emphasis is on oral exchanges and communication with experienced English teachers. This convivial moment improves confidence in one's capacity to interact spontaneously in an academic context.

Sessions

  • Campus Talence

  • Campus Bastide

  • Campus Pessac (DSPEG)

  • Campus Carreire

  • Campus Victoire

  • ENSEIRB-MATMECA
  • STAPS

10 participants per workshop.

Contact

Department of Languages and Cultures

Joanne Pageze
Project manager

Tel : 05 57 57 18 82

Mail



Testing out a course in English/ presentation (every Thursday)

These sessions are aimed at teachers requiring specific individual help to prepare a course in English.

Sessions

  • November 19, Talence, International Relations, Building A37  
  • December 3, Victoire, DLC Room LA3  
  • December 10, Victoire, DLC Room LA3  
  • January 5, Carreire, Building ED Room 36  
  • January 21, Talence, International Relations, Building A37  
  • February 4, Victoire, KC7
  • February 18, Carreire, S33
  • March 10, Talence, International Relations, Building A37
  • March 24, Victoire, KC7
  • April 4, Victoire, KC7
  • May 12, Victoire, LA7
  • June 2, Talence, Relations Internationales, building A37  

Schedule: 2pm-5pm

It is advisable to make an appointment and send the support material a few days in advance.

Contact

Department of Languages and Cultures

Joanne Pageze
Project manager

Tel : 05 57 57 18 82

Mail



Shadowing

The International Challenge enables teachers to be shadowed by an English teacher, thus enabling a teacher in a discipline to work with an English teacher for 10 hours of tutorials within an inter-disciplinary teaching unit.

The goal is to enable teachers to define the language needs in the training context, exchange good practices, and provide better support for teachers and students when they communicate in English in the classroom. In concrete terms, it involves creating a sequence of courses, part of an exercise, work on a project or other assignment in English.

Contact

Department of Languages and Cultures

Joanne Pageze
Project manager

Tel : 05 57 57 18 82

Mail



Accessing online resources

“Teaching in English – A Teacher’s Guide” provides information to teachers on the implications of teaching in English, the key language aspects, the experiences reported by Bordeaux teachers who already teach in English, and useful links to teaching aids.

This resource is open to everyone. The goal is its development into distance training.

Inscription 

Department of Languages and Cultures

Joanne Pageze
Project manager

Tel : 05 57 57 18 82

Mail

159 teachers supported through the program 90 teachers trained via the intensive course
 
8 conversation workshops offered on 8 sites every week 4 three-day courses offered in each academic year 
Valérie Schurdi-Levraud, Maître de Conférences, UMR Biologie du Fruit et pathologie 1332 / Groupe Interactions Plantes/Virus à l'université de Bordeaux.

In addition to the focus on teaching in English, the intensive course introduces different teaching methods. Some of them are already in use (work in small groups, ongoing theme-based work, etc.), while others are more innovative, like the flipped classroom. To teach in English, non-native teachers are obliged to use such methods in order to avoid exhaustion or losing students. For French teachers used to conventional classroom teaching methods, these new practices are easier to implement in small groups. Teaching in English requires a change in teacher practices as well as in student practices.

Valérie Schurdi-Levraud,
UMR Fruit Biology and Pathology 1332 / Plant/Virus Interactions Group at the University of Bordeaux.

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Intensive courses to learn to teach in English Intensive courses to learn to teach in English

This 3-day course provides both pedagogical and linguistic training for teaching in English. The course includes an introduction concerning the implications, constraints and benefits of offering courses in English in France, as well as a focus on appropriate teaching aids, which will be tested live (interactive courses, flipped classroom, work in small groups, etc.). Pronunciation, intonation and key teaching terms are also focused on. During the sessions, the trainees can test out the teaching of a course in English. The days are short but intense, with a little homework to do in the evening. It's a real international teacher/student experience..



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