Teaching Technical English Course Detail

Fast Facts

Start dates:24 - 28 July 2017
14 - 18 August 2017
23 - 27 October 2017
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Hours/week:21
Price:£295
Terms and conditions

Target Audience

This course is for all professionals who want to better understand the challenges of teaching technical English. You will learn about different approaches to teaching aspects of technical English and develop your skills for teaching in areas such as static and process description, materials, engineering and design in pedagogical contexts. Participants need to be at a B1 level of English.

Course Summary

This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to the teaching of technical English. 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.

Preparation

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 (as required)
  • A recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  • Information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience

Objectives

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • be able to understand and use a wide range of technical vocabulary
  • have a knowledge of the properties, forms and interconnection of materials
  • have gained the confidence to discuss and present technical issues
  • have developed an understanding of the structural use of technical language

Methodology

Sessions demonstrate and train technical English approaches, methodologies, techniques and knowledge. An interactive communicative approach is applied, which provides participants with their own experiential learning of the activities and methodologies. Input sessions are in the form of hands-on workshops and involve brainstorming, analysis, problem-solving, and role-play, both in pair work & group work. Participants are actively involved in the sessions to maximize their learning and to experience activities from their learners’ point of view.

Teachers are asked to reflect on the activities, inviting discussion regarding their own pedagogical knowledge and skills, teaching methods and contexts, and on adaptation of activities to their own teaching and learning situations. Participants are also introduced to key resources related to the further development of their teaching skills and personal professional development. Both teaching and learning are explored, analyzed and discussed, further enabling the participants’ use of their teaching skills in technical English.

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

 Session OneSession Two

Session Three

MONDAYIce-breaker
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
Technical Vocabulary
Dimensions and shapes
Static description
Static description
Action verbs
Active / Passive voice
TUESDAYLanguage Feedback
Technical Vocabulary
Action verbs
Interconnection
Materials
Formats
Technical Communication
Cause and effect
Active / passive
Process Description
Video comprehension
Describing a production process
WEDNESDAYLanguage Feedback
Technical Vocabulary
Machining
Forming
Energy
Engines
Technical Communication
Problem solving
Map reading
Information exchange
Self-guided Treasure Hunt in York
Fun practical activity in the city centre to test out your accuracy and technical understanding
THURSDAYLanguage Feedback
Technical Vocabulary
More materials:
Metals, Polymers
Minerals, Wood
Technical Communication
Meeting/
discussion
Comparing
Question / answer session
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

Review and feedback.