NLP in the Teaching Environment


What is the course about?

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  1. a pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ backgrounds
  2. information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
  3. a recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  4. information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience.

At the end of the course, you 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 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.
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.

In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.

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Fast Facts

Start date(s)
  • July 26th 2021
  • October 18th 2021
Max. group size
Min. age
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
In York Course Formats
21 hours
Booking fee


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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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