Teacher training

The University's tailored teacher training courses are aimed at overseas teachers and are designed to give participants an opportunity to improve language skills and expand their knowledge of both theory and practice of English Language teaching.

These courses can be tailored to suit participants’ special interests and are led by teacher trainers who are all practising professionals with many years’ experience. Courses can be taught either in St Andrews or in the participants' home country.

In addition to your special interests, a tailored teacher training course will typically include a combination of workshops, lectures, cultural input and an extensive social programme, focusing on:

  • learning new developments in English language teaching methodology
  • building teachers' confidence in using English in the classroom
  • an overview of different approaches to teaching the four English language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • reflecting on teachers' current practice and attitudes to teaching and learning
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology, designing materials and incorporating critical thinking into tasks.

Social activities

If the course takes place in St Andrews, participants will be able to take advantage of the excellent cultural and sports facilities that the University and the town have to offer. There are numerous lively bars, cafés and restaurants in town, as well as a cinema and a small theatre. Evening visits to these can be arranged.

Participants will also have the opportunity to join excursions and ceilidhs (evening parties with Scottish dancing), to experience the majestic Scottish landscape and culture.

Course dates

These courses normally take place over two weeks throughout July and August.

Course fee

Fees will depend on the number of participants and the location of the course.