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Teaching in English - the Bilingual Classroom

Bilingual education aims to broaden the horizons for pupils at school: across cultures and beyond national boundaries. During this semester, you will be studying in English alongside teachers in training from other countries. You will gain experience teaching your subject in English, and you will learn about the role of language in learning and in assessments. To enhance your English language skills you will have lessons from a Cambridge-certified examiner. Cross cultural education will challenge you to become aware of cultural aspects during an international project. You will compare national and international educational systems and experience what internationalisation has to offer. You will also learn what it takes to develop subject understanding, language proficiency and cultural competences with your pupils.


On completion of the minor, students:

  • are able to plan, implement and evaluate lessons in English;
  • are able to describe and explain CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) methods and techniques to support learning in a second language;
  • are able to design and integrate both formative and summative assessments in the bilingual classroom;
  • are able to describe and explain cultural similarities and differences in education and can integrate this knowledge in the school curriculum;
  • are able to describe individual professional competences and personal language learning in academic English.


Students must be competent in (academic) English (level B2 of the CEFR).
This minor is open to students with experience and skills in planning and teaching lesson activities at primary or secondary schools. For full-time students this would be the equivalent of 30 EC of teaching practice at placement schools, i.e. WPL1, 2 and 3.
This minor accepts international students.
Students of the English Teacher Training Programme are not allowed to participate in this minor.


To be announced prior to start of the semester.

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Wednesdays and Friday 


At the HvA: Two days of 6 hours each for 18 weeks = 216 hours total 

Other contact time: online via course-site, email, and other media, or face to face guidance and counselling. 

The time expected for self-study, language practice,  reading, viewing, writing assignments, collaborative preparation of lessons is estimated to be 6 hours per week for Methodology and Language Skills modules, and 4 hours per week for the Cross-cultural Education and Assessment modules.


The minor comprises 4 modules:
Module - EC - Assessment methods - Assessment Scale

  1. Language skills (9 EC) - Written and spoken assignments in English - 1-10
  2. Cross Cultural Education (6 EC) - Written and spoken assignments in English - 1-10
  3. Methodology (9 EC) - Written and spoken assignments in English - 1-10
  4. Assessment (6 EC) - Written and spoken assignments in English - 1-10.

Total: 30 EC

A passing mark (5,5 of higher) is required for each followed module.

The final grade of the minor is based on the average results of the four modules: language skills, cross cultural education, methodology and assessment.

If a student fails to successfully complete the minor in the period in which she took the minor it is possible to finalize the minor in a following period in which the minor is given.

If a minor is no longer offered or in case the minor is rewritten, the degree programme will offer students a further two opportunities to finalize this minor in the following year.

Aanvullende informatie

Questions about the minor?
Contact Beth Bedinotti:

Questions about the KOM-procedure?
Contact Lia Stip,

Costs: ​Costs for literature approx 100 euro

Applications will be processed in the order of receipt of signed learning agreements.