Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Teaching in English: the bilingual classroom


Would you like to teach at a school where subjects are taught in English, or are you already teaching in such a context and do you want to improve your lessons? The modules offered in the Teaching in English programme are designed to meet different teachers’ needs in various school contexts.

  • Dutch primary schools in which English is taught to young children (in Dutch vvto, vroeg vreemdetalenonderwijs or tpo, tweetalig primair onderwijs)
  • Dutch secondary schools in which lessons, projects or subjects are taught in English (schools with so called versterkt Engels or tto, tweetalig onderwijs)
  • International schools

Depending on the module or modules you choose, you will learn how to prepare, teach, justify and evaluate lessons in primary or secondary schools. You will receive a certificate for each completed module. 

The modules are delivered by expert teachers from the Faculty of Education and are also part of a minor offered to third year students. Teaching in English is one of the focal areas in teacher training programmes and research at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Currently, two research projects about CLIL in History and English lessons are under development.

The modules are aimed at people with experience of teaching in primary or secondary schools. You must have sufficient skills in English to be able to read and write English (academic) essays. Please note that the modules do not lead to a formal Dutch teaching qualification.

You will be required to observe and teach lessons in bilingual classrooms. If you are not currently working at a school in which lessons are taught in English, we will make use of our network of schools to find you a school context in which you can put into practice what you learn during the course.

The four modules which make up the complete Teaching in English programme are as follows

  • Language skills: this module focuses on improving participants’ English skills and will provide Cambridge exam training by a Cambridge certified examiner.
  • Cross cultural education: this module aims at helping participants understand how to use cultural differences in the class and cross cultures in international collaborative projects with partner schools abroad.
  • Methodology: this module aims to provide (future) teachers in primary and secondary with a practical introduction to basic principles and practices of CLIL.
  • Assessment: this module looks at how to assess your subject through the medium of another language. We will look at learning-oriented assessment (formative and summative) as well as feedback.

Participants can choose to follow one or more modules, depending on professional needs.

Participants will gain insight into recent theoretical developments in bilingual teaching working on individual and group assignments. Special attention will be paid to the Dutch situation. Lessons are structured in an interactive way, encouraging an exchange of ideas between participants as well as the use of critical friends for feedback. Participants will be required to video record  (parts of) lessons which will also form part of the assessment process.

Work produced in one module can be used for learning and assessment in another module in order to ensure transfer.

Assessment of each module is based on attendance and participation during lessons and on a final interview with the module tutor.

Each module will consist of 12 lessons. Time investment per week is estimated to be around 6 to 8 hours per module (including 2.5 lesson hours). The total time investment per module is between 100 and 130 hours, depending on previous knowledge and experience.

A detailed course schedule will be published in September 2017. 


Class days

Language skills Wednesday
Cross cultural education Thursday
Methodology Thursday
Assessment Wednesday


The classes will all be held at the Kohnstammhuis, Wibautstraat 2-4, Amsterdam.

All four modules will be offered starting from Wednesday February 7  th 2018 until Wednesday June 6  th 2018.    

Each module will cost € 800 including VAT. This price excludes books (costs are exstimated around € 40) but includes additional course material and access to the digital learning environment.

If you wish to enrol for one or more modules, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. You will immediately receive confirmation by e-mail. We will then contact you for an intake with the programme coordinator. 


More information?

Should you have any questions, please address them to us at info-talen@hva.nl

Gepubliceerd door  Faculteit Onderwijs en Opvoeding 24 augustus 2017