English Skills for Higher Education Staff Members Summer School

  • 11 – 15 July 2022
  • Masaryk University Language Centre, Komenského nám. 2, Brno, Czech Republic

The English Skills for Higher Education Staff Members Summer School is designed for academic, non-academic, administrative and technical staff members in Higher Education institutions:

  • who are in search of ways of improving their English proficiency;
  • who want to gain more insight into English as a medium of communication in Higher Education institutions;
  • who want to keep up to date with developments in global communication in English;
  • who want to improve their communication in English;
  • who want to reflect on and develop their intercultural communication skills.

The English Skills for Higher Education Staff Members Summer School workshops include topics such as:

  • diverse methods of improving your vocabulary;
  • grammar features typical for Higher Education institution setting;
  • levels of formality in speaking and various speaking situations;
  • levels of formality in writing and various writing genres;
  • language of giving and accepting feedback;
  • creative and critical thinking;
  • intercultural communication.

Programme & Timetable

The programme provides
- 30 hours of tuition comprising presentations, group work and discussions
- 10 hours of individual work and consultations

(Monday to Friday)
09:00-10:30 Workshops
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Workshops
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Workshops

This summer school is based on the need for insight into communication strategies in English, given the internationalisation of Higher Education and the growing use of English as lingua franca. Targeting all academic, non-academic, administrative and technical staff members in Higher Education institutions with English as a second language, it consists of a series of participative seminars with activities to encourage reflective analysis on both professional practice and professional performance.

Content centres on language as well as non-language aspects of communication, it includes vocabulary, grammar, speaking and writing as well as communication-related soft skills, such as critical and creative thinking, feedback giving and accepting or intercultural communication. It is expected that participants in the week’s sessions will broaden their own repertoire in English, deepen their insight into learning strategies, and raise their contribution to communication quality standards in the university sector.

The English Skills for Higher Education Staff Members Summer School offers you a highly professional language development experience at Masaryk University. The course is carefully structured to give you a unique learning and study experience of an English Summer School in the Centre of Brno. A group of international and Masaryk University experts will provide you with an opportunity to develop an understanding of ways to approach internationalisation processes and communication in university and Higher Education institution settings. Those five days will help you to get practical insight into how to improve your vocabulary and grammar useful in Higher Education institution setting; how to identify and work effectively with various levels of formality in both speaking and writing, how to get engaged in critical and creative thinking in English or how to be effective in communication in the international academic environment in general.

Your days will consist of stimulating and informative seminars which will be combined with interactive and highly practical workshops. In three distinct sessions each day, you will have a chance to interact, discuss, practise and reflect on your English language and communication practice with your university colleagues. You may also discover and explore new areas of communication and thinking skills in English which you have perhaps not had the chance to focus on before.

The Summer School will also give you an opportunity to get to know Brno and the region, to professionally network and make new friends or simply enjoy a special learning experience in a beautiful atmosphere of Masaryk University.

Certification

All participants will receive a Masaryk University Language Centre Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of the programme.

Important dates:

Early bird registration: 20th April 2022
Standard registration: 30th June 2022
The closing date for applications: 30th June 2022
Pre-summer school information package: 4th July 2022
Summer school: 11th-15th July 2022

Masaryk University Language Centre – the summer school venue

The programme will take place in the Masaryk University Building at Komenského náměstí 2, Brno, Czech Republic.

The Masaryk University Language Centre is based in the heart of Brno and the city’s cultural and social life is literally on its doorstep. Together with The Centre for International Cooperation, The Teiresias Support Centre for Students with Special Needs and The University Computer Centre with a non-stop service, the Language Centre is housed in a Neo-Renaissance building, opened originally for the German University of Technology in 1860. Today, the building offers state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources and facilities to Masaryk University students and staff-members.

Brno, Masaryk University, Language Centre

Brno is the capital of Moravia and the second largest city of the Czech Republic. It is mostly known for its modernist architecture, rapidly expanding high tech-sector, café culture and the reputation for the highest quality of life in the country. Brno is also home to six public universities. Masaryk University (www.muni.cz), the second-largest university in the Czech Republic, is the leading Higher Education institution in the region. The Masaryk University Language Centre (www.cjv.muni.cz), the largest language centre in the country, provides language and communication focused services and support to the whole university. It enhances international collaboration and continuous exchange of knowledge, ideas and information on a worldwide scale.

Contact: For further information, please email our team at koordinator@cjv.muni.cz.

Language of instruction
English
When 11 July – 15 July 2022
Participants foreign students, public, MU employees
Price
290 EUR (early bird), 390 EUR (standard)

The fee includes tuition, course materials, coffee breaks and the Summer School Dinner.
Members of the EDUC Alliance, Casajc, CercleS and Masaryk University Staff are eligible for discounts. For more information, please, contact koordinator@cjv.muni.cz.

Participants can apply for ERASMUS+ funding.

Order Order - EDUC, Casajc, CercleS Order - MU staff

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