Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

International classes – teaching support

Internationalising the higher education classroom and the use of English-medium education (EME).

Are you teaching an international class? Are you teaching your subject in English?

Come and share your perspectives with colleagues. Explore approaches, strategies and techniques for teaching international classes in English.   

The Centre is grateful to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore for financing these modules, which are held in line with our mission to provide support for the internationalisation of the university.

Participation is free of charge for Università Cattolica staff. Academic staff from other universities should contact us for more information (chei@unicatt.it).

Teaching International Classes in English - Schedule 

Modules will be held in presence.

A minimum of 4 teachers is required for modules held in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona or Rome.

See module descriptions below
DATE Time Deadline for enrolment
MODULE ONE (in two parts)

Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 June 2022

14:00 – 17:00
14:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 15 June
MODULE TWO Monday 27 June 2022 9:00 – 12:00 Tuesday 21 June


If you are trying to enrol for a specific module after the deadline, please contact us to see if there is still a place available: chei@unicatt.it or call 02 7234 5116.


To enrol, we ask you to fill in this questionnaire. Please note that you will need to register as a new user if you haven't enrolled before. Your Cattolica username and password are not valid for this platform. We will write to you with confirmation of the workshops and more details.

Participation is free of charge for Università Cattolica academic staff. If you are from another university please contact us directly if you would like to enrol: chei@unicatt.it or call 02 7234 5228.

Description of the modules

Module One

Introduction to teaching international classes in English

This module takes place over two half days. It is aimed at academic staff who already teach international classes in English or who may do so in the future. The sessions position teaching in English within a broader context of internationalisation and lead participants to reflect on their own experience with a view to exploring approaches, strategies and techniques. Participants will become aware of the good practice principles which inform many of the strategies and techniques adoped in international university teaching. The module includes a micro-teaching session which offers the opportunity to put these into practice. See the description here.  

Module Two 

Learning outcomes, feedback and assessment

This half-day module focuses on the challenges presented by assessment in international classes. It also looks at the important role of feedback in teaching and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to present and potentially re-work learning outcomes and assessment criteria for their courses. See the description here.

Although we welcome registration from all academic staff, in order to get the most out of this module we recommend that participants first take part in Module One.


Module Three

Online classes – student engagement

This module leads participants to reflect on what changes when content is delivered in a virtual environment and to reach an understanding of how students engage with content online. Participants will have the opportunity to experience different strategies and approaches to online teaching and to try to put these into practice. 

It is aimed at academic staff who already teach international classes in English and deliver their content remotely using online platforms and tools.

Two hours.


Module Four 

Intercultural competence and student interaction


It is often assumed that students in international contexts will become sensitive to diversity and learn to work collaboratively, but to do so, they usually need support. 

This module looks at definitions of intercultural competence and addresses the role of culture in the international classroom. It provides practical strategies for embedding intercultural learning opportunities in classroom practice, using groupwork and intercultural communication.

One half day.


If you have already taken part in modules with us and would like to go deeper into aspects of teaching an international class, please contact the Centre so that we can propose other content for you.


More about the modules

As part of an overall move towards the internationalisation of higher education, academic staff are increasingly required to play their part by delivering courses to international classes. This broad development is leading to a growing demand for support in developing  skills and strategies for internationalising the classroom, which may require re-designing and delivering courses in English.

The mission of Università Cattolica’s Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation includes undertaking specific activities directed towards supporting university internationalisation. After a successful first international symposium on the subject of English-medium instruction in higher education held in May 2016, the Centre responded to demand by offering a module designed specifically for the development of strategies and tools to be used to internationalise the classroom. A second international symposium on English-medium instruction was held on 25 May 2018 in Rome, in conjunction with the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Our EME modules are delivered by a highly-qualified professional team of educational developers and affiliated faculty. The team leads a small cohort in critical reflection and analysis of the latest developments in effective teaching in the international classroom, including English-medium education. At the same time participants are given the opportunity to put newly acquired strategies and techniques into practice.


Publications on English-medium education

The proceedings from our 1st International Symposium on English-medium Instruction are available online here (free access).

EMI and Beyond: Internationalising Higher Education Curricula in Italy. Lynn Mastellotto and Renata Zanin (eds). Bozen-Bolzano University Press, 2021. This volume contains papers by our educational developers Francesca Costa and Olivia Mair, and CHEI Director, Amanda Murphy.