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The course will focus on practical strategies and pedagogical techniques to utilize in English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) classes, as well as other issues pertaining to EMI (e.g., language issues, methodology, assessment). In addition, it is hoped that a “community of practice” among EMI professors and support faculty may develop, either formally or informally, as a result of the project.

  • Gain a broad understanding of various issues in EMI as they pertain to internationalization policies and practices
  • Improve confidence, affect attitudes in using English for instruction
  • Build/expand repertoire of best practices in higher education
  • Increase awareness of language and communication, and pedagogical issues related to language and communication
  • Understand key issues in additional language learning/teaching as related to EMI
  • Raise awareness of a variety of issues related to assessment in courses taught through EMI

PUCRS’ faculty members.

The event will take place at PUCRS from Aug 29 to Nov 14, 2019, every Thursday from 5:35 pm to 7:05 pm at Living 360º (Building 15), room 205. (Course load: 24h)

  • Internationalization and English as a Medium of Instruction
  • English as an additional language learning/teaching
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Assessment options in EMI classrooms
  • Teaching in higher education: Methodologies and practices
  • Reflective teaching

Prof. Dr. Cristina Perna

Cristina Lopes Perna holds a BA in Portuguese-English-French (1981) and a BA in Portuguese-English Literature (1982) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). She has specialization in Applied Linguistics in English (PUCRS, 1983), a Master’s Degree in Letters (PUCRS, 1990) and a PhD in Letters (PUCRS, 2003). She has earned a Sandwich Ph.D. degree from Indiana State University and a postdoctoral degree from Newcastle University -UK (Senior Internship Capes). She has experience in the area of Linguistics, and English and Portuguese as Additional Languages, working mainly in the following subjects: Acquisition of English and Portuguese Language; Pragmatics; Cognitive aspects involved in L2 learning and translation. She is a full-professor of the School of Humanities (Letters) and of the Graduate Program in Letters at PUCRS, in which she coordinates the research group on the Use and Processing of Additional Language (UPLA). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Brazilian English Language Teaching Journal (BELT +), which has Qualis B2 and acts as a Public-Sworn Translator in English-Portuguese. She also coordinates  the Proficiency Exams at PUCRS besides acting as a Tutor of PET-Letras.


Prof. Me. Kerry Pusey

Kerry Pusey received his MA-TESL from Northern Arizona University and is currently a U.S. Department of State sponsored English Language Fellow teaching in Porto Alegre (PUCRS) and São Leopoldo (UNISINOS), Brazil. Kerry has also taught in the United States, Macau, Colombia, Japan, and Thailand. He has contributed articles to English language teaching (ELT) journals and has presented at various international ELT conferences around the world. His professional interests include curriculum development, teaching methodology, language assessment, and instructed second language acquisition.


Guest speakers will be invited.

• August 29: General information about the course, EMI and internationalization, Needs analysis
• September 5: Reflective teaching practice
• September 12: EMI and TESOL
• September 19: EMI and English for Specific Purposes
• September 26: Methodologies and practices in higher education: Part I
• October 3: Methodologies and practices in higher education: Part II
• October 10: Practicing EMI (Guest Speaker)
• October 17: Practicing EMI (Guest Speaker)
• October 24: Assessment options in EMI classrooms: Part I – participants’ perceptions and practices; aspects of assessment and grading criteria
• October 31: Assessment options in EMI classrooms: Part II – learning-oriented classroom assessment practices and other assessment alternatives
• November 7: Planning and consolidation
• November 14: Project presentation and course wrap-up

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Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate issued by LEXIS – Language Center of PUCRS.

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