Teaching in the international university. How to integrate international perspectives in your courses

Área de internacionalización de la docencia y la investigación

Teaching in the international university. How to integrate international perspectives in your courses

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23 y 24 de enero
16:00 - 20:30 hs
Facultad de Filosofía, seminario 36
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This two-day course is an introduction to the main issues surrounding teaching and learning at an international university. Based on literature reviews, discussions and own reflections it will enable participants to reflect upon their current teaching practices, while gaining a better understanding and appreciation of their students, their backgrounds and needs. Through this course, participants will be able to integrate elements of international / intercultural education within their teaching practices.

  • Define the concept of internationalization of education at university and its impact on teaching and learning, reflecting upon the specific context of UCM.
  • Explain the pedagogical implications of teaching and learning in Spanish and in English at the university and consider the consequences of these choices in their own teaching practices.
  • Revise own course materials and teaching practices in order to use their students as resources from an intercultural perspective.
  • Integrate global and international perspectives in their course in order to encourage global engagement and international disciplinary learning.
  • Identify appropriate tools and strategies for the management of heterogeneous group work.
  • Internationalisation: definition and context
  • Constructive alignment for international learning
  • Internationalisation of the curriculum through language, intercultural competences, global engagement and international disciplinary learning
  • Teaching and learning activities for the international classroom

Participants will be asked to prepare material (readings and videos) before the start of the two-day course. The course will be participatory and interactive, with individual/group reflection and discussion exercises to take thinking about the international classroom further.

Slides and teaching/learning materials will be made available to participants on its completion.


Continuous assessment (participation in discussion sessions, responses to class and online tasks) + final task based on micro-teaching practice. Attendance is compulsory. Participants will be evaluated as 'apto' or 'no apto'.


Emma Dafouz. Asesora para la internacionalización de la docencia


Jennifer Valcke. Education Developer, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.


The course is specifically targeted at university lecturers teaching  or planning to teach their discipline through the medium of English with intended learning outcomes related to international and intercultural competences.