Teaching Technical English

Course Summary

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

Fast Facts

Start dates:09.03.2020 – 13.03.2020
29.06.2020 – 03.07.2020
24.08.2020 – 28.08.2020
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Booking fee:£55
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 English for Specific Purposes (ESP), aspects of teaching technical English, and develop your skills for teaching in this area. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.


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
  • 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:

  • 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


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 and 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 with regard to 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

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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