Soft Skills for Teachers


What is the course about?

This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to the concept of soft skills and their importance in the ELT classroom. Along with key theory and methodology, the course introduces a range of different approaches and some practical ideas. Teachers will gain both an understanding of this aspect of ELT, as well as ideas and tasks to explore and reflect on in the ELT classroom. They will also be able to polish their English language skills and add to their existing teaching skills. Included is an optional team-building activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for all professionals who want to better understand the challenges of understanding and mastering ethical theory and practice within the professional environment. You will learn about why understanding ethics is so important and why consistency in your ethical approach is crucial, as well as different approaches to understanding ethics, how to apply different ethical frameworks, how to judge which ethical frameworks are appropriate for you and your students, and how to understand and mediate between different ethical standpoints

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
  4. information about the Europass Mobility Certificate

At the end of the course, you will:

  • have an understanding of what soft skills are and their importance in ELT
  • be able to define ethics and understand more of the ethical challenges which surface at work
  • have knowledge of the key frameworks in which our ethical actions fall
  • have developed an understanding of the link between creativity, innovation and problem solving
  • have a greater knowledge and understanding of techniques and creative approaches to problem solving
  • be able to define and develop critical thinking approaches with learners
  • have a greater understanding of the need for EQ in mainstream education and ELT
  • be familiar with the theories of Emotional Intelligence and Daniel Goleman’s five ‘domains’ of EQ
  • discuss different approaches to learning and look at ways to make the learning experience safe, challenging and a positive learning space for all
  • be able to define leadership and have a knowledge of key leadership models and personal leadership style
  • understand team characteristics and roles and how to motivate and get the best out of your team
  • to have developed an understanding of the skills, knowledge and attitude needed to be an effective leader

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)
March 7th 2022 / April 11th 2022 / July 4th 2022 / October 10th 2022
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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Please note that these trainers might not be the actual trainers delivering your course.

Sample Course Programme

 Session OneSession TwoSession Three
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
The Groundwork:
What is an ethical policy?
Why is it important to have an ethical policy? (+ case studies)
Participants discuss a given ethical dilemma.
How do they deal with this dilemma?
Comparison of group responses.
TUESDAYUnderstanding Ethics:
Language feedback
“The Trolley Problem” – five versions
What does it show us?
Ethical Frameworks
“Duty-based” and “Rule-bound” ethics
“Objective” ethics
Helpful exercises
Participants discuss an ethical dilemma they have brought in.
We examine this in light of duty-based ethical frameworks
Is this a satisfactory solution?
WEDNESDAYUnderstanding Ethics:
Language feedback
What sort of communicator am I?
Ethics and SEN issues (autism, etc)
– workshopping solutions
Ethical Frameworks
“Consequentialist” / “Utilitarian” ethics
Helpful exercises
Participants discuss an ethical dilemma they have brought in.
We examine this in light of consequentialist ethical frameworks
Is this a satisfactory solution?
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