Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (IBA) has entered into an agreement with Cambridge English Language Assessment to provide Cambridge English “Certificate in English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) Skills” course. It is the approved Cambridge English Teacher Development (CETD) Course.

The Certificate in EMI Skills is for university professors, lecturers, tutors and researchers whose first language is not English, but who use English to teach students, present academic papers and interact with colleagues.

IBA is offering Certificate in EMI Skills blended model i.e. 40 hours of online training & approximate 27 hours of face-to-face training that will be conducted by experienced and trained instructors.

About the Course

The Certificate in EMI Skills course helps higher education professionals to:

Key Facts

Format: Online, with optional tutor-led sessions
Assessment: Online progress tests


With the Certificate in EMI Skills, participants can show that they:


- can use English as the medium of instruction with greater effectiveness
- are able to use a wider range of strategies to engage students
- can take part more confidently in professional activities in the medium of English.


Reasons to choose the Certificate in EMI Skills:


- Designed specifically for the higher education sector, with real-life examples from the University of Cambridge.
- Helps to improve teaching quality, supporting your institution’s academic excellence objectives.
- Can be used as part of a wider programme of academic staff development.
- Flexible and convenient online learning – course modules can be taken separately, in any order, over a 12-month period.

The Certificate in EMI Skills is a 40-hour online learning course.

Each of the eight online modules has approximately 5 hours of online study materials and 3 hours of optional materials will be delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online learning.

Batch 2 Program Plan

Registrations September 25-October 6, 2017
Selection & Confirmation October 11, 2017
Orientation Session October 17, 2017 | 4 pm to 6 pm
Online Learning: October 17-November 10, 2017 (Modules 1-4)
1st Face-to-Face Element November 11-12, 2017 | 10 am to 5:30 pm
Online Learning: November 13-December 8, 2017 (Modules 5-8)
2nd Face-to-Face Element December 9-10, 2017 | 10 am to 5:30 pm

Batch 1 Program Plan

Registrations From February 27, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Selection & Confirmation March 24, 2017
Orientation Session March 31, 2017
1st Face-to-Face training April 29 & 30, 2017
2nd Face-to-Face training June 3 & 4, 2017

List of some of our valuable clients who have opted for Cambridge English Certificate in EMI Skills:



A. Rahim Foods (Pvt) Ltd. Senior Member of Finance Dept
Aga Khan University Senior Coordinator, Lecturer, & Professor from various departments
Bank Al Habib Limited Team members from Training and Management Development Division Karachi & Lahore
Basra Soap Trainer
Beaconhouse School System Teaching Coordinator
DHA Suffa University Assistant Professor
Fazaia Degree College, Faisal, Karachi Lecturer
Institute of Business Administration Karachi Visiting Faculty, Corporate trainer, & Executives
Karachi Institute of Technology & Entrepreneurship (KITE) Lecturer
Korangi Academy Senior Section Head
NED University of Engineering & Technology Assistant Professor
Novartis Pharma (Pakistan) Limited Managers from Quality Assurance Dept.
The City School School Leaders from Karachi & Quetta Campuses
United Bank Limited SVP

The Certificate in EMI Skills has eight modules:

Module Content
1 Language for lectures
  • Different lecture styles
  • Introducing a lecture
  • Signposting and cohesion in lectures
  • Concluding a lecture.
2 Language for seminars
  • Structuring seminars
  • Giving step-by-step guidance
  • Using questions to guide students
  • Answering students' questions.
3 Language for small groups and practical sessions
  • Explaining procedures
  • Setting up groups
  • Monitoring groups and practical sessions
  • Ending a group discussion or practical session.
4 Language for tutorials and supervision
  • Setting goals and expectations
  • Advising students on strengths and weaknesses
  • Problems and solutions
  • Focusing on the individual student.
5 Language for online communication
  • Online communication skills
  • Writing emails
  • Managing group communication
  • Responding to online communication.
6 Language for evaluation and feedback
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Giving targeted feedback
  • Distinguishing between necessity and suggestion
  • Organisation of feedback.
7 Language for developing and extending professional roles
  • Preparing for academic interviews
  • Writing a conference proposal
  • Engaging in peer mentoring
  • Networking in social situations.
8 Language for fulfilling professional responsibilities
  • Different students' characteristics and needs
  • Institutional conventions
  • Institutional differences
  • Relationships within university settings.

Each module has a number of lessons, which all have the following structure:

  • an introduction to the topic
  • interactive learning activities
  • interactive practice activities
  • progress test and assignments

Participants are assessed in the following ways:

Assessment component Description
Four written assignments within each module Participants apply the language and skills they have learned to their own context and reflect on their experience.
An end-of-module progress test Participants complete a multiple-choice test to check their learning.

Participants will gain a certificate of completion:

  • On completion of the whole course

Are you a lecturer or instructor?

The Certificate in EMI Skills course is offered to higher education professionals through their employer. Talk to your employer if you're interested in taking this course.

Program Plan:

Registrations May 20-June 10, 2018
Selection & Confirmation June 13, 2018
Orientation Session June 23, 2018 | 10:00 am to 02:00 pm | @IBA City Campus
Online Learning: June 23-July 20, 2018 (Modules 1-4)
1st Face-to-Face Element July 21-22, 2018 | 10:00 am to 05:00 pm | @IBA City Campus
Online Learning: July 23-August 17, 2018 (Modules 5-8)
2nd Face-to-Face Element August 18-19, 2018 | 10:00 am to 05:00 pm | @IBA City Campus

Program Fee:

PKR 40,000/- per participant.

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Sumera Muhammad
Manager, Skills Development Program

Center for Executive Education
Institute of Business Administration.

City Campus Off. Garden Road, Karachi-74400.
Tel: 021-111 422 422; 021-38104700-01 Ext. 1801

Mirza Irshad Ali Baig

Executive, Center for Executive Education
Institute of Business Administration.
City Campus Off. Garden Road, Karachi-74400.
Tel: 021-111 422 422; 021-38104700-01 Ext. 1801

Muhammad Ashar Siddiqui

Executive Assistant, Center for Executive Education
Institute of Business Administration.
City Campus Off. Garden Road, Karachi-74400.
Tel: 021-111 422 422; 021-38104700-01 Ext. 1541

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