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Certificate in English for International Understanding


While Southeast Asia as a region is rich in terms of its diversity of languages and richness of cultural differences, it also faces the challenge of having many languages, which can make it difficult for intra-regional communication and international understanding. English is increasingly used as a lingua franca among speakers of diverse languages and cultures in this region and as such there is a need to raise awareness of the challenges in communication across different speakers of the English language. This course examines the linguistic and cultural dimensions that English language teachers in the region need, to incorporate in their teaching of oracy skills as they teach a model of English for International Understanding (EIU).

 Course duration:  3 weeks (24 Feb – 14 Mar 2014)

 Number of hours:  57 hours                                        

Course Objectives

 The course is intended for English language teachers with some years of teaching experience in the classroom. It aims to fulfil the following objectives:

  • Have an understanding of the complex relationships between language and culture and its influence on spoken language. 
  • To enhance participants’ language and communication skills for professional communication in cross-cultural contexts by providing the opportunities to learn and use the English language in a cross-cultural classroom setting.
  • Update participants' pedagogical knowledge in the teaching of EIU for inter-cultural communication.
  • Develop an understanding of planning language lessons which incorporate elements of EIU.


Delivery Method

The communicative approach, which requires active student participation, will be adopted for the course.

Participants will be involved in a variety of practice activities to help them develop a knowledge base of EIU for inter-cultural communication. Participants will analyse authentic examples of target situations and materials and use these as models for teaching oracy skills. They will have opportunities for collaborative project work and role play activities. During the phase of teacher training programme, participants will be expected to do lesson planning and micro-teaching.



There will be two assignments:

 A.         A group presentation on a selected topic related to the course.

 B.         An individual lesson plan for the teaching of EIU.


Component Description

A.     Introduction to the teaching of EIU

This unit aims to introduce the key concept of using English for international understanding, especially in cross-cultural contexts and situations. An overview of the widespread use of English (albeit, in different varieties) across political and socio-cultural boundaries, and pertinent issues concerning the relationships between language and culture, will be examined.  Key concepts to be studied include linguistic competence, communicative competence, cultural competence, intercultural competence, cultural acts, and intercultural communication. 

B.     Current Methodologies in the teaching of oracy skills

This unit focuses on oracy skills in intercultural communication. It will examine the problems of Listening to English and Speaking in English for second language speakers and strategies for coping with the difficulties. Current methodology and strategies for teaching oral communication skills for cross-cultural contexts will be reviewed. Course participants will also plan lessons for teaching integrated listening and speaking with emphasis on cross cultural communications.

C.     1-week for Inter-cultural Communication (structured interaction sessions with other course participants)

  • Combination of knowledge-based and skill-oriented training on the use of English for international understanding.
  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity through cultural orientation and exposure (e.g. International Gathering, Site visits to Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and Malay Heritage Centre).
  • Oral presentation skills (e.g. panel presentation, discussion forum).
  • Collaborative project-based activities in a cross-cultural context.


Course Requirements

 To complete the course successfully, a candidate must:

(a)        satisfy class attendance requirements;

(b)        attain a satisfactory standard in required course work;

(c)        complete an assignment.


Course Award 

The course will lead to the award of a Certificate in English for International Understanding (EIU).


Entry Requirements

Applicants from SEAMEO member countries applying for a scholarship should meet the following criteria:

1.  Minimum English language requirements in any one of these:

  • IELTS (academic) at least 5.5
  • Paper-based TOEFL score of at least 513 or an internet-based score of at least 65
  • A minimum of two years study in an approved tertiary institution where English is the medium of instruction (to be verified by the institution)

2.  To have at least two years of experience teaching English in the classroom.



The following are the fee components (in Singapore dollars):



 (a)        Registration fee


 (b)        Tuition fee


  • The fees indicated above are inclusive of prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Accommodation at the RELC International Hotel is available.
  • Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high.
  • All fees are subject to change without notice.



(a)        RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore, or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore.

(b)        RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air travel and personal accident insurance for students.

(c)        Students are expected to set aside funds for the typing of assignments as part of the course requirements.



 The following forms must be duly completed and submitted:

(a)        Application Form RELC A238 (in duplicate).

(b)        Certified copies of a valid TOEFL/IELTS result.

(c)        Medical Examination Form RELC A228 (1 original and 1 copy) to be issued not more than six months before course commencement.

(d)        Copies of degrees/diplomas/certificates/transcripts should accompany the application.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.

At the time of application, the applicant should state in the covering letter whether the application is made for a private fee-paying or scholarship/bursary-holding course membership.  The name of the scholarship/bursary awarding agency, if applicable, should be stated.


Payment of Fees

Fees are payable before the commencement of the course.

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.


Refund of Fees 

Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing. Cancellations received before the commencement of the course will receive a refund less the registration fee. Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.


Closing Date

The closing date for application is 15 January 2014.

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