Fluency and English language development for teachers and administrators

Course Summary

This one-week course aims to improve the English language and fluency of the participants to enable them to work and relate in an international context.  As a participant in this group course, participants will take part in discussions on a range of up-to-date topics of general interest, including current affairs, travel, culture and latest trends as well as teaching related issues. By following this course, you will also develop the key skills necessary for effective communication with people from different backgrounds. Participants need to be at A2 level of English. This course is eligible for Erasmus plus funding.

Fast Facts

Course dates:18 – 22 February 2019
25 Feb – 01 March 2019
04 – 08 March 2019
11 – 15 March 2019
18 – 22 March 2019
15 – 19 April 2019
22 – 26 April 2019
17 – 21 June 2019
24 – 28 June 2019
01 – 05 July 2019
08 – 12 July 2019
15 – 19 July 2019
22 – 26 July 2019
29 July – 02 Aug 2019
05 – 09 August 2019
12 – 16 August 2019
19 – 23 August 2019
26 – 30 August 2019
02 – 06 Sept 2019
09 – 13 Sept 2019
07 – 11 October 2019
21 – 25 October 2019
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Booking fee:£50
Terms and conditions


This course does not require any mandatory preparation but suggested reading lists will be provided. Participants will also be sent a pre-course questionnaire to assess their language knowledge and experience. This will help to fully customise the course. They will also receive information about York to prepare for their cultural experience.


By the end of the course participants will have:

  • improved English language skills, confidence and fluency through increased command of vocabulary around specific subject areas and general themes and command of core grammar.
  • developed their general communication skills
  • built relationships with other international participants


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 also introduced to key websites related to the further development of their English language skills and personal professional development.

Follow Up

Participants will be encouraged to use the networking opportunities available via the York Associates community.

Participants may also wish to continue their training and development with one of our other teacher training courses.

Sample Course Programme

 Session OneSession Two
Session Three
MONDAYIntroduction to the course: objectives and methodologyFluency development:
Welcome to Britain
(Culture and Lifestyle)
Which English?
Globish, International English, and English as a Lingua Franca
TUESDAYA functional approach to developing your grammarCommunication across cultures: key challengesFluency development:
Current political and social issues
WEDNESDAYEnglish language skills development
Vocabulary building
Writing skills:
Solving problems
Communication across cultures
Fluency development:
THURSDAYDiscussion topic: Social Media and Fake NewsUsing video and discussion to develop your fluencySelf Study
(Preparing your presentation)
FRIDAYEnglish language skills development:
Vocabulary building
Fluency development:
Personal Action Plan and further professional development
Review and feedback

Each session above is 90 minutes long. Exact timings will be confirmed before your course.

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