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Teaching in English - the Bilingual Classroom

Would you like to teach your subject at a school where half the subjects are taught in English?

If your answer is yes, then please read on. By the end of this minor you will have a good understanding of what it means to teach your subject in a Dutch bilingual school! It will also help to improve your English skills. 

In this course you will be working in English all the time, just as pupils at a bilingual school. Still, teaching your subject in English is so much more than simply translating your PowerPoint into English – it requires a thorough knowledge of how children acquire a language. You will learn specific methodologies to teach, activate and assess your pupils and learn how to foster cross cultural (and international) understanding using the diversity of the classroom.   

It is offered to full-­time and part-­time students in semester 2 on Wednesdays and Thursdays (late morning - early evening). The other weekdays are intended for reading, practice, self-study, assignments and collaboration with other students, as well as for observing lessons at a bilingual school in the Amsterdam region. If you are already teaching at a bilingual (placement) school you can use that opportunity to try out methodologies and insights learned during the course.

This minor gives a bilingual focus to your teacher education. When you combine it with placements that uses English for instruction, and with a final research on CLIL/Global Citizenship you qualify for extra CLIL certification.  


On completion of the minor, students:

  • are able to plan, implement and evaluate lessons in English;
  • have knowledge of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) methods and techniques to support learning in a second language;
  • are able to find, evaluate, adapt, design and make appropriate use of (digital) teaching materials in a bilingual curriculum;
  • are aware if how to integrate both formative and summative assessments into the bilingual classroom;
  • are able to integrate internationalisation into the school curriculum;
  • have improved and can maintain their level of English.

Aanvullende informatie

Vragen over de minor?
Contact Frans Kranenburg,

Vragen over de Kies op Maat-procedure?
Contact Lia Stip,

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


Students must be competent in (academic) English (level B2 of the CEFR). 

This minor is open to teacher trainees 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.

It is offered to full-­time and part-­time/in-service students.

Students of the English Teacher Training Programme are not allowed to participate in this minor.


The minor comprises 4 modules:

  1. language skills (9 EC)
  2. cross cultural education (6 EC)
  3. methodology (9 EC)
  4. assessment (6 EC)


Module - ec - Assessment methods (resit) - Assessment Scale

Language skills - 9 - Cambridge exam - 1-10

Cross Cultural Education - 6 - EIO-lesson actvity, paper - 1-10

Methodology - 9(Micro)teaching, lesson plan, justification and reflection, presentation - 1-10

Assessment - 6 - Essay, Vlog. - 1-10 -

Total 30  

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.


To be announced in December 2019 

(some sources will be provided online as pdf).


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