Professional Development Certificate in English‑Medium Instruction (PDC‑EMI)


This certificate will help you improve teaching and learning in an EMI context by developing knowledge of CLIL theory and strategies. Through a variety of lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities, participants will develop a working knowledge of CLIL theories and learn to implement CLIL strategies for teaching and assessment. Participants will also improve their English language skills needed for teaching and managing the learning and teaching environment.

Who is the Program For?

It has been designed to meet the needs of universities, school boards, administrators and government ministries of education to support the implementation of English language instruction in their primary, secondary, or higher education school systems.

The PDC-EMI prepares instructors to adapt their language, teaching methodologies and assessment practices to account for both the content and language, in order to make their teaching more effective. This program is also relevant for researchers whose first language is not English, but who use English for research in an EMI environment internationally.

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What is English-Medium Instruction?

What is English-Medium Instruction (EMI)?

An increasing number of universities and post-secondary institutions outside English-dominant countries deliver courses and degree programs via the English language. If English is not the dominant language in the country and/or is not the first language of most students and instructors, this is referred to as an English Medium of Instruction context.

For successful teaching and learning of university course material via English, teaching methodologies and assessment practices have to be adapted to account for both content and language. Importantly, teaching in an EMI context is not simply about translating lecture notes and assigning an English-language version of the marketing, engineering or history textbook that has always been used in that class.

What is the Certificate Structure?

The Professional Development Certificate in EMI (PDC-EMI) requires participants to complete four compulsory courses to receive their PDC-EMI Certificate from Dalhousie. Total number of contact hours: 90. Each course consists of 22.5 hours of instruction.

What Are The Courses? (Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 Registration Now Open)

Courses Registration
Course 1: Introduction to CLIL in an EMI context Register Here
Course 2: Language for Teaching in an EMI context Register Here
Course 3: CLIL Management & Assessment Register Here
Course 4: Implementation of CLIL Practices in an EMI Context Register Here

What Are the Minimum Language Requirements?

Minimum level of English language proficiency required:

  • IELTS:4.5-5.5
  • TOEFL iBT:53-78
  • CEFR B1
  • Cambridge B1 Preliminary


The Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Approach

CLIL is an approach to teaching content via a language that is not the students’ mother tongue. Language and the subject matter being taught become integrated, and the student learns the language along with the content. Language is used to learn, rather than simply being for communication. CLIL practitioners focus on five dimensions - content, comprehension, critical thinking, communication and culture. These dimensions govern the way course curriculum is designed, classes are taught, and students are assessed.

Location of Delivery

This course can be delivered at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, or on-site at your institution. Module 1 of the PDC-EMI is also available online.

Contact Us

Please contact David Packer directly for more information.