Teaching Technical English Course Detail
|Start dates:||24 - 28 July 2017
14 - 18 August 2017
23 - 27 October 2017
|Max. group size:||12|
|Terms and conditions|
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 One||Session Two||Session Three
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
Dimensions and shapes
Active / Passive voice
Cause and effect
Active / passive
Describing a production process
|Self-guided Treasure Hunt in York
Fun practical activity in the city centre to test out your accuracy and technical understanding
Question / answer session
|Presenting Technical Information
Prepare a talk around a technical subject
Bringing it all together
|Producing training materials|
Workshop for materials production based around technical language
|Personal Action Plan further professional development
Review and feedback.