English and International Communication Skills for Tertiary Education

What is the course about?

This highly interactive teacher training course aims to improve the English language and international communication skills of the participants to enable them to work and teach in an international context. The course also focuses on developing methodologies for working with international students.

Frequently Asked Questions

This one-week group course will address the aim of university internationalisation. It is focused on lecturers, researchers and teaching staff at universities and institutions of higher education who are working on degree programmes and academic research and who are non-native speakers of English. Minimum language level for this course is B1. Maximum group size is 6.

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:

  • improve the English language and international communication skills of the participants to enable them to work and teach in an international context
  • focus on developing methodologies for working with international students

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.

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)
  • March 9, 2020
  • August 31, 2020
  • September 7, 2020
Max. group size
12
Min. age
21
Minimum CEF level
Starting from
B1
Course materials
Included
Hours
Starting from
21
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
Price
£
395
Booking fee
£
55

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Sample Course Programme

Week 1
Session OneSession Two

Session Three

MONDAYIce-breaker
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Basics of international understanding
Simulation: travelling to an unknown place
- asking the right questions
- learning to think before you speak
- building rapport
Methodology:
Introducing concepts of internationalisation
Models of culture and multi-cultural learning
Preparation and mini teaching practice
TUESDAYEnglish language skills development
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Speaking and listening effectively
Clarity and active listening
Communication styles
Building trust
Methodology:
Delivering courses, balancing input and output
Facilitation versus training
Preparation and mini teaching practice
WEDNESDAYEnglish language skills development
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Structuring presentations and lectures
Knowing your audience
Influencing techniques
Methodology:
Adapting presentations and lectures for international groups
Teaching and learning styles
Preparation and mini teaching practice
THURSDAYEnglish language skills development
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Meetings skills
Observing and feedback culture
Managing conflict in groups
Methodology:
Using feedback effectively for teaching and learning
Preparation and mini teaching practice
FRIDAYEnglish language skills development
Communication fundamentals and intercultural awareness:
Networking skills
Discussion skills for international seminars and conferences
Cultural aspects
Review of week and feedback
Preparation and full session teaching practice on topic of choice
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