English language certification - Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use – University of Copenhagen

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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 300 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?

The price for each participant is DKK 5,000.

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 cip@hum.ku.dk.