Fluency and English Language Development

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What is the course about?

This one-week course aims to improve the English language and fluency of the participants. 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 minimum A2 level of English.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for all teachers who would like to improve their confidence when speaking and writing English in the classroom with their learners.

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

At the end of the course, you will:

  • 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 knowledge of British life and culture
  • developed their general communication skills
  • built relationships with other international participants

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 classes.

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.

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

Do you have any more questions?

Fast Facts

Start date(s)
February 27th 2023 / March 6th 2023 / March 27th 2023 / April 3rd 2023 / April 10th 2023 / July 24th 2023 / July 31st 2023
Max. group size
12
Min. age
21
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
Included
In York Course Formats
21 hours
Price
£440
Booking fee
£60

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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:
Debate
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:
Mini-presentations
Personal Action Plan and further professional development
Review and feedback
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