Fluency and English language development for teachers and administrators
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.
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.
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
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
Welcome to Britain
(Culture and Lifestyle)
Globish, International English, and English as a Lingua Franca
A functional approach to developing your grammar
Communication across cultures: key challenges
Current political and social issues
English language skills development
Communication across cultures
Discussion topic: Social Media and Fake News
Using video and discussion to develop your fluency
(Preparing your presentation)
English language skills 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.