English for lecturers
I did not pass the ITACE
“I have been teaching my subject in English for years, so when the government decided to introduce the ITACE, I did not feel threatened. Yet, I did not manage to achieve the necessary score. According to the language decree, this would mean that I would not be allowed to teach my subject in English anymore. Luckily, I worked my way around it, because no one else has the knowledge to take over, but I do not feel comfortable with this. On the other hand, I would not see myself taking English classes with my students. A little bit of discretion would not hurt anyone in this case.”
Conference invites other speakers
“At my latest conference, I asked a lecturer to give a presentation about a very topical and interesting subject. Of course, being the organizer, I had checked everything, read his articles and everything seemed fine. So, naturally our expectations were high when he came on. It turned out to be quite the opposite. His level of English and pronunciation were so bad and the presentation so monotone that no one could really grasp what he was even talking about.”
Students don’t understand the class sometimes
“We are all in an English master programme with quite some international students who came to Belgium for this specific career. All the professors are extremely capable and know their subject inside out but these students often ask me about the content of the syllabus or about things the professor explained during class, mostly because it was translated from Dutch too literally. Sadly enough, I’ve heard that some only realize this after getting feedback on the mistakes they made during the exam.”
No classes in my field
“I would like to work on my English but I would like to do it right. Why invest money and time into something I am not convinced about? I read a lot about customized trainings but do they hold true to their word? Is there really a trainer who is willing to read into biological processes, for example? I know the jargon myself but he/she needs to be able to talk about it with me within this context and understand what I am talking about without being vague all the time or resorting to general grammar rules.”

<I want to improve the way I teach my subject>

This is what most people told us when they called upon the assistance of Hello Languages regarding English classes. Please bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. That’s why we won’t go too far into detail when it comes to previous customer’s experiences:
  • Lecturers who want to prepare for the ITACE to qualify according to the government’s / their institution’s standards, so that they can keep teaching their subject in English.
  • Lecturers whose level of English is actually high but who cannot give it their all, because others do not always understand them due to their pronunciation.
  • Lecturers who can easily express themselves in English but realize that their level does not suffice for the activities that they would like to participate in, such as attending conferences, presenting at conferences, participating in debates.
  • Lecturers who need to write English articles for international, scientific magazines and who often need to call upon the help of proofreaders

All our language trainings are tailored.

 

We can provide private classes, as well as small group classes at your place or at our office (Hello Languages, Antwerp).

Curious
about the difference we can make in your language trainings?
What does the training entail?
All our language trainings are customised. We can provide private classes, as well as small group classes at your place or at our office (Hello Languages, Antwerp).

Since all our classes are made-to-measure, we don’t have a general class system with traditional lessons. Here are a few important elements to keep in mind:

PRIVATE CLASSES, DUO CLASSES OR SMALL GROUP CLASSES

The absolute maximum number of participants is 8 people per group, but we usually try to limit groups to 4-6 participants. Seeing the importance of keeping the training as discrete and specific as possible, we usually ask the collaboration of the academic institution or the department. That way we can create the perfect groups.

MAKE YOUR OWN GROUP

Most people try to make their own group of 4 where everyone has the same level, the same availability and the same wishes. If someone is looking for group classes but does not have his/her own group, we will check if it would be interesting to create a new group. In this case, the group can only start once there is a minimum of 4 participants. This can go very fast sometimes, but this can also often take a long time.

NO FIXED SCHEDULE

Students decide for themselves when it would be best for them to have classes. In case of private classes, only the student and the teacher need to agree about the schedule. In case of group classes, it’s important that the entire group agrees about the weekly schedule. We teach every weekday from 8am to 10pm or on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Please bear in mind that Saturdays and evenings are extremely popular and often fully booked.

NO FIXED FREQUENCY OR DURATION

Just like the schedule, students decide how often they would like to have classes. We do work with sessions of 1 ½ hours  to 3 hours depending on the concentration span of the student, seeing as this usually leads to faster progress. Most people choose to have one or two classes a week. The duration also depends on the level when starting, the learning patterns (to see how fast the student can pick something up) and the desired level at the end (the objective).

INTENSIVE COURSE

An intensive course is only possible for private classes or for students who come as a group on their own. Please note that we select these students very carefully, as an intensive course is not to be advised for just anyone.

NO VISA REQUESTS, NO EDUCATIONAL LEAVE

For now, it is not possible to apply for a visa or for educational leave by taking language classes at Hello Languages. If, on the other hand, you work for an SME, you may be eligible to apply for up to 50% subsidies. For more information, we would gladly refer you to our business page.