Teacher Education & CPD Courses

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

SCHOOL: School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: TBC

Entry Requirements:

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

Course Content

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

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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