Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
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Certificate in English for International Understanding
15 Feb - 4 Mar 2016

Course Overview


  • 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, being a global language, is often used as a lingua franca among speakers of diverse languages and cultures.
  • There is a need to teach and promote English for International Understanding (EIU), especially among the English language teachers in the region.


3 weeks (54 hours)


The course is intended for English language teachers with some years of teaching experience in the classroom.

It aims to fulfil two main objectives:

  • To hone participants’ pedagogical skills in the teaching of EIU and raise their language awareness of teaching EIU for inter-cultural communication; and
  • To enhance participants’ language and communication skills for professional communication in cross-cultural contexts.



a)    2-week Teacher Training Course for the Teaching of EIU 

  • Introduction to the teaching of EIU
  • Intercultural communication
  • EIU: Issues of intelligibility and acceptability
  • EIU: Developing intercultural skills
  • EIU: Communicative competence  versus linguistic competence
  • EIU: Communicative competence – pragmatics and conversational strategies
  • EIU: Communicating effectively
  • Becoming a better listener – teaching of listening skills
  • Becoming a better speaker – teaching of speaking skills
  • EIU lesson planning and demonstration

b)    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
  • Teaching of an English lesson to other students (e.g. Chukyo Dokkyo University)
  • Interaction sessions with participants from other courses
  • Oral presentation skills (e.g. panel presentation, discussion forum)


Outcomes and Deliverables

The two-week teacher training programme aims to prepare teachers of EIU who will be successful classroom teachers in a wide variety of institutional settings and cultural contexts.

 The programme will provide opportunities for participants to develop and demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in spoken English at a level commensurate with their role as a language model in a cross-cultural classroom setting. Good oral communication skills and a good understanding of English grammar are expected of an effective language teacher.
  • Gain the experience of learning the language in a cross-cultural classroom setting.
  • Have an understanding of the principles of language pedagogy and the demonstrated ability, gained by microteaching, to apply these principles as needed to various classroom situations.
  • Have an understanding of the complex relationships between language and culture.
  • Demonstrate the competency for teaching EIU by conducting oneself with sensitivity to, and appreciation for, diverse student populations.



  • A communicative approach, which requires active student participation will be adopted.
  • During the phase of teacher training programme, participants will be expected to do lesson planning and micro-teaching.
  • Participants will be involved in a variety of practice activities to help them develop a knowledge base of EIU for inter-cultural communication and a set of language skills with particular focus on oracy. Participants will analyse authentic examples of target situations and materials and use these as models.
  • This course is conducted at RELC.  


Course Requirements

To complete the course successfully, a candidate must:

a)    Satisfy class attendance requirements;

b)    Attain a satisfactory standard in required course work; and

c)    Complete all assignments and an exam.



There will be two assignments:

a)    A group presentation on a selected topic related to the course; and

b)    An individual lesson plan for the teaching of EIU.


Course Award

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


Entry Requirements

The requirements for admission to the course are:

a)    A minimum of two years study in an approved tertiary institution where English is the medium of instruction (to be verified by the institution);

b)    At least 2 years of English Language teaching experience; and

c)    As English is the medium of instruction and assessment in this course, applicants must have a sufficient command of the English Language.  Applicants from non-English medium education systems must meet the minimum scores for IELTS/TOEFL as follows:

  • IELTS:      Minimum score of 6
  • TOEFL:    Minimum score of 513 (paper-based test), 183 (computer-based test), or 65 (internet-based test)

[If you are registering for the TOEFL test, please quote our code number 2042.  Your official score report will be sent to us directly from the Educational Testing Service.]



a) Fee components 


Amount (in Singapore dollars)

Registration fee

$64.20 (inclusive of GST)

Tuition fee

$1,300.00 (inclusive of GST)

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; 
  • 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;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.

b)    Payment of fees

  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.

c)    Refund policy

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  • An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  • Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.


Two copies of each of the following documents must be submitted:

Application Form A238 (completed and endorsed)

Medical Examination Form A228 (1 original and 1 copy)

Copies of your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution

Copies of your transcripts, certified by your institution.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.  (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)

Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)

Copies of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)

The above documents should be returned to RELC by:

(1)      Email

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(2)      Registered mail


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SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC)
30 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258352
Republic of Singapore


Closing Date

The closing date for application is 30 September 2015.