Just this week, TIRF completed a three-part “TIRF Talks” series for the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), its partner in Shenzhen, China. The theme of the series focused on English as a medium of instruction (EMI).

Each of the three, two-hour sessions were hosted online and adopted a workshop format, allowing participants to discuss particular EMI issues the speakers presented. TIRF Trustees MaryAnn Christison and Michael Carrier along with former Trustee Joyce Kling provided the talks. The titles of the sessions are shared below:

  • MaryAnn Christison: “Developing Language Skills in the Context of Traditional EMI Courses”
  • Michael Carrier: “Intercultural Competence and Teaching in the EMI Classroom”
  • Joyce Kling: “Designing and Delivering EMI Programs: Challenges and Support for Faculty”

The sessions provided meaningful engagement among faculty members and TIRF’s speakers. Ideas were presented and discussed to assist both language and subject-matter teachers in their EMI practices in their classrooms.

Via its “TIRF Talks” professional service, the Foundation provides in-person and online sessions for professional development purposes. TIRF utilizes its vast network of colleagues around the world to match your team with expert speakers who assist in meeting the demands of professionals around the world. If your team needs support in training and/or delivering particular language programs, the TIRF Talks experts may be able to help. Please write to [email protected] to learn more.