Previous Course 2018

20th-24th August, 2018 at ICU

◇日程: 2018年8月20日(月)~24日(金) (5日間)

◇場所: 国際基督教大学 ディッフェンドルファー記念館西棟

◇対象: 英語で授業を開講している、または開講しようとしている教員

◇Course schedule: Monday, August 20th - Friday, August 24th, 2018

◇Place: International Christian University, Diffendorfer Memorial Hall (West Wing)

◇Who are the course for?: Lecturers who teach, or are going to teach in English.

Voice of Participants

The course started with the theoretical background of EMI, and the went on to practical advice. The teachers were friendly, and the instructions were helpful. I also learned a lot from the invited lecturers managing an EMI program in the Japanese context, and also from other participants in the course. Of course, the certificate from Oxford was a great reward after a full week, intensive course.


ICUで行われるOxfordのEMI研修に参加しましたが、大変有意義な一週間を過ごすことができました。 内容は非常に実践的で、EMIの授業だけでなく、どんな授業にも応用可能です。 自分自身の授業について改めてじっくり考えるよい機会になりました。また講師陣もプロフェッショナルでありながら大変気さくで、受講者ひとりひとりにきめ細かい配慮をしてくれます。一緒に研修を受けた他校の先生がたとの交流もとても貴重なものとなりました。短期集中型で国内で対面の研修を受けられる大変よい機会だと思います。


The program backed by solid research was way beyond my expectations. I was particularly excited to learn new forms of learning and teaching skills. As a teacher in education, it was also exciting to reproduce and analyze class practice using a model of a miniature classroom placed on top of a desk. Since participating in the program, I have been practicing in class what I learned in the program and I am also sharing the essence of the program with my students in teacher training courses offered in Japanese. I was very lucky to be able to take part in this valuable opportunity. It must have been tough for Julie and Tom, the instructors who had to endure the late summer heat in Tokyo, but they always created a friendly atmosphere to make learning fun for us.


The course contents covered a broad range of topics such as exploring the theory behind EMI and practical teaching skills. These included: how we speak during the classes, how to create more effective teaching materials, methods of devising an interactive classroom environment, how to verify the students’ comprehension, and so on. We also conducted pair work activities to actually practice teaching in EMI. In addition, we did group work activities to share the challenges of EMI and discuss the possible solutions with other participants. I have been teaching an introductory to psychology and neuroscience courses in English. As a graduate of Japanese universities, I'm struggling with teaching these subjects in English, but through the Oxford EMI training, now I have the knowledge of how to improve my EMI courses. Of course, implementation of these skills is the most important and difficult task. But as an experimental psychologist, I have enjoyed implementing some of skills I have learned during EMI training and examining the effects on my students’ understanding in this term. I really appreciate our EMI instructors, Dr.Julie Dearden and Mr.Tom Spain.


Julie Dearden and Tom Spain, the Director and Senior Instructor of the program, taught us that, pedagogically, less is more. We learned to “count elephants”, talk less and let the students do the learning. I decided to apply different techniques learned during the training to my course with a group of more than 70 students. Though challenging, the EMI program is effective, while students seem to have difficulties meeting my new expectation demanding them more works. As the students are lack of confidence in their own abilities, instructors must pay attention to the students’ initial fears and reticences as per EMI techniques. Slowly counting elephants is another tool for the instructor to be patient whilst creating a space for the students to respond fearlessly. Thus, Elephants are the Instructor and students new best friends!