NLP in the Teaching Environment

Course Summary

This highly interactive training course provides a solid introduction to NLP theory and practical usage. The course covers the history and cognitive basis of NLP, and activities to explain elements such as congruent and incongruent behaviour, language as used by ourselves and others, physical states, the sub-modalities of speech, and places emphasis on linking a sound theoretical understanding of NLP, with the development of real skills. The course is useful for both those with some experience of NLP and those new to it.

Fast Facts

Course dates:10.02.2020 – 14.02.2020
13.04.2020 – 17.04.2020
27.07.2020 – 31.07.2020
19.10.2020 – 23.10.2020
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Booking fee: £55
Terms and conditions

Target Audience

This course is for all educational professionals, and teachers of all age groups and subjects (not only language teachers) and is open to all those who want to better understand how knowledge of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) can be of benefit in communicating with others, whether students, parents or colleagues, and whether inside or outside the classroom, and whatever the language spoken. You will learn about the history, theory and practice of NLP, and develop some skills for applying it judiciously in your professional life. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.


After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  • a pre-course questionnaire which will 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


By the end of the course participants will:

  • be able to understand NLP from a range of perspectives
  • have advanced their own teaching methods and contexts and develop teaching skills
  • have exchanged pedagogical information and knowledge in a multi-cultural context
  • have gained a knowledge of the key principles of NLP, using hands-on experiential methods
  • have increased confidence in applying the methodologies and theories of NLP
  • have advanced their own language skills
  • have developed a practical ability in the use of NLP strategies


The sessions will identify situational contexts that are perceived to be difficult when teaching or managing other situations and other communication skills that need attention; they will cover real life and real professional examples of areas where improvements are needed. Other personal targets and ways of addressing these as well as any aspects of NLP and the ethical issues relating to using NLP that are of particular interest.

The sessions will demonstrate and train NLP activities from both the teachers’ and their learners’ point of view and will follow an interactive approach, providing participants with their own experiential learning of the activities and methodologies. There will be Input sessions in the form of hands-on workshops, allowing analysis, problem-solving, and role-play in pair work as well as group work, maximizing learning. Participants will be asked to reflect on the activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own professional/pedagogical knowledge and skills, teaching methods and work contexts, giving thought to how NLP can be applied to their own situations professional development. Both teaching and learning will be further explored, analyzed and discussed, and participants will also introduced to key resources related to the further development of their teaching skills and personal professional development, enabling the participants’ use of NLP in real situations.

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. They are also encouraged in this session to 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

TIMESession OneSession TwoSession Three
Introduction to the course:
- objectives and methodology
- language skills required
- parameters and limitations
Introduction to NLP

What is NLP, its theoretical basis in cognitive science and its history?
NLP in practice

What are the uses of NLP? Identifying contexts of real life and professional areas where improvements are needed

Methodology and principles: Grinder, Bandler et Dilts

Ethical issues relating to NLP

Key presuppositions, sub-modalities, pacing and leading techniques and channels of experience of reality

Modelling skills, building rapport, pacing and mirroring
WEDNESDAYPhysical states

The meaning of “induction”, de-stablisation, trance states and trust
Methodology –

Milton method, “chunking up” and the hypnotic approach
Meta method, “chunking down” to specifics

- conceptual
- procedural
- strategic
- metacognitive

- used with individuals and groups, considering the appropriateness or otherwise of such techniques.
- controlled practice
Practical NLP

Congruence (logical levels and channels of communication) Analysis of language used by others
Practical NLP

TOTE (Test Operate Test Exit), the generative model, re-framing to change states.

FRIDAYExperience-based role-plays

how/if/when NLP techniques could be of use/interest.
Presentation by attendees of situations
Experience-based role-plays

Free practice and feedback

Personal Action Plan

further professional development

Review and feedback.
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