English and International Communication Skills for Tertiary Education

Course Summary

This highly interactive teacher training course aims to improve the English language and international communication skills of the participants to enable them to work and teach in an international context.  The course also focuses on developing methodologies for working with international students.

Fast Facts

Course dates:09.03.2020 – 13.03.2020
31.08.2020 – 04.09.2020
07.09.2020 – 11.09.2020
Max. group size:6
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
(includes £50 booking fee)
Terms and conditions

Target Audience

This one-week group course will address the aim of university internationalisation. It is focused on lecturers, researchers and teaching staff at universities and institutions of higher education who are working on degree programmes and academic research and who are non-native speakers of English. Minimum language level for this course is B1. Maximum group size is 6.


After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  • a pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ teaching backgrounds
  • information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
  • a recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  • information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience.


By the end of the course participants will:

  • improve English language skills, confidence and fluency through increased command of vocabulary around specific subject areas and general educational themes and command of core grammar.
  • develop core professional communication competences to design, structure and deliver presentations and lectures and participate in international seminars and conferences.
  • increase understanding of the challenges of working across cultures with a specific focus on international study skills and communicating with international student and academic groups.
  • know which interpersonal communication skills underpin successful communication across cultures, including building rapport, influencing, networking, managing conflict and creating trust.
  • understand different approaches to learning, lecturing and working in international contexts.


An interactive communicative approach is applied, which provides participants with their own experiential learning of the activities and methodologies. Input sessions involve brainstorming, case study analysis, problem-solving, and role-play, both in pair work and group work. Participants are actively involved in the sessions to maximize their learning and to experience activities from their learners’ point of view.

Participants are asked to reflect on the activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own pedagogical knowledge and skills, teaching methods and contexts, and on adaptation of activities to their teaching situations.

Participants are also introduced to key websites related to the further development of their teaching skills and personal professional development.

Follow Up

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course. They are also encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.

Sample Course Programme

Week 1
Session OneSession Two

Session Three

Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Basics of international understanding
Simulation: travelling to an unknown place
- asking the right questions
- learning to think before you speak
- building rapport
Introducing concepts of internationalisation
Models of culture and multi-cultural learning
Preparation and mini teaching practice
TUESDAYEnglish language skills development
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Speaking and listening effectively
Clarity and active listening
Communication styles
Building trust
Delivering courses, balancing input and output
Facilitation versus training
Preparation and mini teaching practice
WEDNESDAYEnglish language skills development
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Structuring presentations and lectures
Knowing your audience
Influencing techniques
Adapting presentations and lectures for international groups
Teaching and learning styles
Preparation and mini teaching practice
THURSDAYEnglish language skills development
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Meetings skills
Observing and feedback culture
Managing conflict in groups
Using feedback effectively for teaching and learning
Preparation and mini teaching practice
FRIDAYEnglish language skills development
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Networking skills
Discussion skills for international seminars and conferences
Cultural aspects
Review of week and feedback
Preparation and full session teaching practice on topic of choice
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