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CIP's English language certification for university lecturers
Tailor-made certification and competence development
The Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use has developed a procedure for certifying university lecturers' English proficiency, which takes the specialised teaching at university level into account.
More than 400 lecturers at the University of Copenhagen have been assessed until now.
The certification with the name TOEPAS (Test of Oral English Proficiency for Academic Staff) is not only tailor-made for university lecturers, but also a unique competence development tool which provides the participants with detailed written and oral feedback on their English language proficiency. Furthermore, the participants receive a video recording of their performance. In this way, the lecturers are given the opportunity to work on their English language proficiency.
What happens during the certification session?
During each certification session, three lecturers are assessed. First, the lecturers engage in a brief warming-up discussion about their professional background and interests. Following this discussion, each lecturer delivers a 20 minutes mini-lecture/presentation pertaining to his or her own field of research. The mini-lecture should be planned in advance, and visual aids (e.g. white board, PowerPoint) may be used during the mini-lecture. Following the mini-lecture, the speaker is asked to answer questions from the other participants about the lecture.
The session lasts approximately two and a half hours. The session is video-recorded for feedback and assessment purposes.
The certification takes place at the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use, at The Faculty of Humanities, on Amager. The examiners are researchers and research assistants specialised in second language acquisition with an emphasis on academic English.
What happens after the certification session?
- The examiners assess the lecturer's language proficiency and award the lecturer a mark on a five point scale. The scale contains general descriptors for each grade.
View the assessment scale (pdf)
- In addition to the overall grade, the lecturer also receives specific written feedback with comments on strengths and weaknesses.
- The lecturer receives access to a video recording of the certification session.
- The lecturer is offered a follow-up meeting at CIP where the written feedback can be elaborated on.
- If the lecturer's language proficiency is deemed to be at an appropriate level, the lecturer receives a certificate.
How much does it cost to be certified?
Contact CIP to hear more about the price of a TOEPAS certification at the University of Copenhagen.
Interested in learning more about CIP's certification offer?
Would you like to know more about CIP's certification of the English language proficiency of lecturers, or is your department interested in discussing the possibilities of entering into a contract with CIP on the certification og lecturers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publications about the TOEPAS
Lecturers’ English Proficiency and University Language Polices for Quality Assurance
Dimova, S. & Kling, J. (2015). Lecturers’ English Proficiency and University Language Polices for Quality Assurance. In Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education: From Theory to Practice Selected Papers from the 2013 ICLHE Conference. Wilkinson, R. & Walsh, M. L. (eds.). Frankfurt: Peter Language International Academic Publishers, p. 50-65
The test of oral English for academic staff (TOEPAS): Validation of standards and scoring procedures
Kling, J. & Dimova, S. (2015). The test of oral English for academic staff (TOEPAS): Validation of standards and scoring procedures. In Knapp , A., Aguado, K. (Eds). Fremdsprachen in Studium und Lehre - Chancen und Herausforderungen für den Wissenserwerb (Foreign Languages in Higher Education). Frankfurt/Main: Peter Language International Academic Publishers. pp.247-268
The development of the Test of Oral English Proficiency for Academic Staff (TOEPAS)
Kling, J. M. & Stæhr, L. S. (2012), The development of the Test of Oral English Proficiency for Academic Staff (TOEPAS)
Certificering af universitetsunderviseres engelsksproglige kompetencer
Kling, J. M. & Stæhr, L. S. (2011), Certificering af universitetsunderviseres engelsksproglige kompetencer, Sprogforum , vol 52, s. 46-53.
Assessment and assistance: Developing university lecturers’ language skills through certification feedback
Kling, J. M. & Stæhr, L. S. (2011), Assessment and assistance: Developing university lecturers’ language skills through certification feedback. R Cancino, K Jæger & L Dam (red), i: Policies, Principles, Practices: New Directions in Foreign Language Education in the Era of Educational Globalization . Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK , s. 213-245