Teaching in the International Classroom

  • LocationUtrecht
  • Duration22 hours
  • Starting momentin consultation
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Teaching methodAt location
  • CertificationCertificate
  • Price€865

This course is aimed at teachers who (will) teach in English in an international classroom and want to know more about the intercultural and didactic implications of teaching in a diverse and international classroom. Teaching in the International Classroom equips staff to take on the challenges of teaching to an international and therefore diverse student population. The course provides hands-on practice and tailored strategies that can be directly implemented in your own teaching context.

Suitable for

Dutch and international teachers in higher education who (will) teach in an international classroom


Teaching in English in the international classroom requires a methodological shift because it does not only affect teaching performance but also has an impact on the interaction with and among students. We will discuss the didactic implications for teaching as well as for learning in an international classroom.

An important consideration in this is expectation management: how can you make the implicit explicit? We will focus on encouraging interaction between Dutch and international students and we will provide teaching tools for different teaching contexts, e.g. lectures, seminars/tutorials and supervision.

Lastly, we will discuss the role (and impact) of grading and assessment in the international classroom. You will work with your own course materials.


After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • use didactic and presentation skills (including compensation techniques) that a non-native speaker of English needs in order to
  • provide high-quality activities to a diverse group of students encourage interaction between (Dutch and international) students
  • reflect on differences in cultural and educational backgrounds in the international classroom
  • adapt assignments and assessments for use in the international classroom

Participants will receive a certificate when they actively participate in at least three of the four course meetings.

Teach at an HBO?

Are you a teacher at a University of Applied Sciences (in Dutch: HBO), and do you teach in an international classroom? Then this course might interest you: Teaching in Higher Education in an International Classroom (THEIC).

Fee for UU lecturers

Lecturers of Utrecht University can use O&T units (if available) or can otherwise participate at reduced rates. In either case in consultation with their own faculty.

The course has four sessions:

Session 1 (Teaching in English/ Intercultural competences)

  • Implications of teaching in English
  • Stating expectations
  • Intercultural competences

Session 2 (Lectures)

  • Structure and clarity
  • Using an inclusive materials and case studies
  • Interactive lectures

Session 3 (Tutorials)

  • Challenges and best practices for tutorials
  • Guiding students from day-to-day language to a higher-level academic use of language
  • Classroom vocabulary

Session 4 (Grading and Assessment)

  • Different grading systems
  • Giving all students the change to succeed
  • Adapting your assessment(s) to better suit an international classroom

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Incompany / customized course?

We also provide this course incompany, and customized if desired. Are you curious about the possibilities? Please contact us. We are happy to think along with you.


Dr. ir. Hetty Grunefeld

Dr. ir. Hetty Grunefeld


Dr. G. (Gemma) Corbalan Perez

Dr. G. (Gemma) Corbalan Perez

Do you have an (educational) question, or are you curious about in-company and customisation options? We would be happy to explore the possibilities with you.

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030 253 2261

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