English in the Secondary classroom (11 – 16yrs)

Course Summary

A highly practical one-week training programme which covers a broad span of teaching ideas and activities to enhance teachers’ knowledge, enliven lessons and make them more motivating. This course addresses language teachers and educators in secondary, vocational and adult education sectors.

Fast Facts

Course dates:03.02.2020 – 07.02.2020
06.04.2020 – 10.04.2020
20.07.2020 – 24.07.2020
12.10.2020 – 16.10.2020
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Booking fee: £55
Terms and conditions

Target Audience

Teachers of English and other languages who teach in secondary schools or adult education, who would like to refresh their teaching methods and techniques. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.

For teachers of Primary School, please see our course English in the Primary classroom (5 – 11 years).


After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  • A pre-course questionnaire to 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


  • To enable a better understanding of Language Teaching and expand & build on previous knowledge, using a range of practical methodologies
  • To introduce new teaching methodologies and accompanying techniques, using hands-on experiential methods
  • To help teachers reflect on their own teaching methods & contexts & develop teaching skills
  • To introduce an awareness of technology and ICT in the classroom today
  • To exchange pedagogical information & knowledge in a multi-cultural context
  • To further develop participants’ own language skills
  • To experience the cultural heritage of York


Sessions demonstrate current EFL approaches, methodologies & techniques. An interactive communicative approach is applied, which provides participants with their own experiential learning of the activities & methodologies. Input sessions are in the form of hands-on workshops and involve brainstorming, analysis, problem-solving, and role-play, both in pair work & group work. Teachers are asked to reflect on the activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own pedagogical knowledge & skills, teaching methods & contexts, and on adaptation of activities to their teaching & learning situations. Both teaching & learning are explored, analysed and discussed, further enabling the participants’ use of their communication skills in English. Participants are actively involved in the sessions to maximize their learning and to experience activities from their learners’ point of view.

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, 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

View of language learning
Teaching methods of the past and presentTask-based Learning
TUESDAYUsing dramaThe Lexical ApproachDictations, lexical exercises and corpora
WEDNESDAYViews of grammar

Grammaring activities
Using the Internet and mobile devices
Using videos in the classroom
THURSDAYAlternative approaches: NLP, Cuisenaire rods and TPRUsing music in the classroom
Free time / 
FRIDAYAlternative approaches: Dogme and using emergent languageEnglish as a Lingua Franca (ELF) What can we learn from the past …and CPD
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