Teaching Technical English


What is the course about?

This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to the teaching of technical English as a subset of ESP. The course covers a broad span of teaching ideas and activities to enliven lessons and make them more motivating, and places a strong emphasis on developing practical skills for the classroom. The course is useful for both those with some experience of technical English training and those new to the field.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for all professionals who want to develop their skills in the field of teaching technical English. You will learn about different approaches to teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP), aspects of teaching technical English, and develop your skills for teaching in this area.

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 and use a wide range of technical vocabulary
  • have a knowledge of the key pedagogy behind teaching technical English (and ESP)
  • have gained the confidence to discuss and present technical issues
  • have developed an understanding of the structural use of technical language

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course, create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes or projects. 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)
  • August 23rd 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

 Session OneSession Two

Session Three

to the course: objectives and methodology
Challenging our beliefs of ESP and Technical English
Defining learners’ current and future needs
Key functional and communication skills
Using authentic materials
Sources, approaches and lesson ideas
TUESDAYLanguage Feedback
Technical Vocabulary in context
Technical Communication
Cause and effect
Active / passive
Process Description
Video comprehension
Describing a production process
WEDNESDAYLanguage Feedback
Technical Vocabulary in context
Technical Communication
Explanations and Instructions
Treasure Hunt in York
Fun practical activity in the city centre to test out your accuracy and technical understanding
THURSDAYLanguage Feedback
Technical Vocabulary in context
Technical Communication
Problem solving
Information exchange
Presenting Technical Information
Prepare a talk around a technical subject
FRIDAYLanguage Feedback
Vocabulary review

Bringing it all together
Producing training materials
Workshop for materials production based around technical language
Personal Action Plan further professional development

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