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Teacher Education & CPD Courses

Our courses for English language teachers are designed to:

  • meet the professional development needs of practising teachers of English
  • encourage practising teachers to reflect on and refresh their teaching skills
  • enable teachers to experience, explore and experiment with different methods, techniques and materials for language teaching
  • enable teachers to acquire new skills, such as using new technologies
  • explore relevant areas of published research and to stimulate teachers to undertake research themselves
  • give teachers opportunities to experience British culture and English language in context

Our courses for English language teachers are designed to:

  • meet the professional development needs of practising teachers of English
  • encourage practising teachers to reflect on and refresh their teaching skills
  • enable teachers to experience, explore and experiment with different methods, techniques and materials for language teaching
  • enable teachers to acquire new skills, such as using new technologies
  • explore relevant areas of published research and to stimulate teachers to undertake research themselves
  • give teachers opportunities to experience British culture and English language in context

Entry and Admissions

Ancillary Award:

CPD

Level:

Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Full time

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

Negotiable

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

Varies

Entry Requirements:

Teachers will receive a certificate of completion which lists topics covered in the course.

Course Content

Course Outline:

If you would like us to arrange a teacher development course for your group, you have 2 options:

  • choose one of the following teacher development themes listed below as 1-4
  • mix and match by selecting topics which would be of most use or interest to your group

If there is a topic you are interested in which is not listed here, let us know and we’ll do our best to cover it in your course.

1) Language Teaching Methodology Upgrade

For practising teachers who want to spend time evaluating language teaching methodologies and looking at practical applications and would like to be introduced to different perspectives on methodology. Typical topics include:

  • Overview of language teaching approaches, methods & techniques
  • Improving learners’ English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation 
  • Teaching language skills and microskills
  • Teaching aspects of English discourse: language in context
  • Designing materials for language teaching
  • Classroom activities for active learning
  • Teaching Language through literature
  • Teaching intercultural communication skills
  • Undertaking classroom research
2) Language Testing

For teachers with little or no experience as well as more experienced test designers. Typical topics include:

  • Principles of language testing: reliability, validity, authenticity and practicality 
  • Levels in language testing and the use of frameworks such as the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR)
  • Different item formats: multiple choice, cloze, multiple matching
  • Assessing Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing
  • Designing test specifications
  • Statistical measures to evaluate and develop tests
3) Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP)

For English teachers who prepare students to study or support students studying in English medium courses in universities or other institutions. Topics covered include:

  • EFL, EAP and ESAP: how do they differ and what are the implications for EAP teachers? 
  • Analysing and understanding learner needs in different EAP contexts
  • EAP goals and learning outcomes
  • EAP skills & microskills in syllabus design for EAP
  • TEAP methodology, materials and activities
  • Designing EAP materials using authentic sources 
  • Assessing EAP
  • Text and discourse analysis as tools for the EAP teacher and student
  • Observing classes in action
4) English Language for International Academics

For international academics who need to teach their subject in English, or to present and publish their research in English. Topics covered include:

  • Intensive development of English language skills and language knowledge for non-English specialists (e.g. scientists and engineers)
  • Aspects of the discourse and register of Higher Education in English 
  • Cultural differences in academic goals, approaches and conventions 
  • Presentation skills for effective teaching in English
  • Presenting research at international conferences 
  • Writing up research for publication in English

Course Highlights

If you come in the summer (July – August), your group will be able to take part in a range of social activities organised for our Summer School.

You can also participate in our summer social programme including: lectures; socials and film evenings.

In addition, we can organise trips to places of interest in the North of England, such as The English Lake District, York, Liverpool, Brontë Country.

Class hours per week (standard): 20 hours per week plus social events
Certificate of completion: Certificates list topics covered in the course
Class sizes: Maximum of 20 teachers per class
Minimum age: 18

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

Testimonials

UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Contact us with the following details and we’ll put together a proposal for you.

  • Content you would like us to cover
  • Length of course in weeks or days
  • Number of participants
  • The best dates for you to arrive and leave

Email: languageacademy@uclan.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 1772 896427

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk