English and International Communication Skills for Tertiary


What is the course about?

This highly interactive professional development 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  1. a pre-course questionnaire that will help your trainers find out more about your learning needs
  2. a recommended reading list to prepare yourself for various aspects of the course
  3. information about York to prepare yourself for your cultural experience
  4. information about the Europass Mobility Certificate

At the end of the course, you 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 used throughout, which lets participants experience first-hand the activities and methodologies that they can then go on to use in their own teaching contexts.

Key theories and practical ideas are discussed and explored thoroughly in hands-on input sessions, with participants playing an active role in all sessions to maximise their learning.

All input sessions involve brainstorming, case study analysis, problem-solving, and role-play tasks, both in pair- and group-work scenarios.

Participants are asked to reflect on the tasks carried out in each session, inviting discussion with regard to their own pedagogical knowledge and teaching contexts.

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

Language skills are also developed and feedback given where appropriate.

The course ends with an evaluation session, in which you will be asked to reflect upon the knowledge you have gained during the course.

You will also be encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities that you would like to try out in your own teaching.

You will also be invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow participants from the programme, as well as learners from York Associates’ other courses.

There is also the opportunity for follow-up online training sessions to further consolidate your learning and reflect on how you are implementing what you learnt on the course into your own contexts.

You will also continue to have access to York Associates’ online language learning platform once your in-person training sessions have ended.

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
We can recommend a few accommodation options. Find out about them on our accommodation page.
If you need to cancel or defer your course:
  • We understand that your plans may change quickly during this unprecedented time. If you need to defer your course, we will not charge any fees on tuition, as long as you notify us by 16:00hrs on the Friday before your course begins. We will defer your course and any fees paid for up to 12 months from your original start date.  If you need to cancel your course and are unable to defer to a later date, we regret we will not be able to refund your fees unless you have given us a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice of cancellation.
  • If we have arranged homestay accommodation for you, we will not charge any cancellation fees if you notify us at least 48 hours before you are due to arrive. If you notify us with less than 48 hours’ notice, you will need to pay for three nights’ accommodation
  • If we have arranged hotel or self-catering accommodation for you, the cancellation conditions will vary according to the type and location of the accommodation, and we will confirm them to you individually when we send your accommodation details
  • If you need to leave your course early for any reason, we may be able to offer the following options:
    • You may continue your course online using a combination of virtual lessons with your trainer and self-study
    • In some cases, particularly where the total course duration exceeds four weeks, we may decide to cancel your programme and refund your course fees for any unused weeks
    • In other cases, we will issue a voucher for any unused complete weeks, for you to return to York Associates at a later date
  • If you need to leave your accommodation early, we will require a minimum of 3 days’ notice. After this, all accommodation fees will be refunded to you

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Fast Facts

Start date(s)
February 27th 2023 / March 13th 2023 / August 28th 2023 / September 11th 2023
Max. group size
Min. age
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
In York Course Formats
25 hours
Booking fee
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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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