Working with the University of Oxford's Department for Education, the British Council has developed a training course for lecturers. The Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) is for lecturers who teach subjects in English. ATE is a  methodology course and offers lecturers hands-on linguistic tools and teaching strategies to communicate with students in an effective manner. It can also help lecturers attract more international students to their course.

Not what I had expected but much better,  it has made me think about aspects that I had never thought about.  
Course Participant ATE Spain.

Why choose ATE?

  • our course helps you make the change to delivering your courses in English
  • you gain knowledge of linguistic tools and teaching strategies to improve teaching quality
  • ATE advances your confidence in delivering lectures in English
  • the training develops your language skills in different learning contexts 1:1, supervision, discussions, seminars and tutorials

We work directly with Higher Education institutions to deliver our training in either of the following formats.  Course dates can be arranged directly with institutions to best suit teaching schedules.  Contact us at

Option 1.  Face to face seminar .   (35 hours).

Lectures and workshops are delivered over 5 days (consecutive or in 2 shorter periods).  The course can be delivered at British Council premises on behalf of institutions or at partner premises.
Dates can be arranged to suit teaching schedules.


Option 2.  Blended ATE course.  (25 hours online, 10 - 15  hours face to face*)

5 e-learning modules (moderated)  plus 2 day face to face seminar focusing on micro-teaching sessions.  We recommend 5 hours of study for each online module.  
Face to face seminar can be delivered at British Council premises or at partner institutions.



* final number of face to face hours depends on micro teaching sessions necessary for all course participants.

Academic Teaching Excellence. Face to Face course overview.

Day Morning session Afternoon session
  • contextualising EMI: Skills and challenges
  • teaching observation criteria
  • English language skills update
  • lecturing styles and strategies
  • micro-teaching sessions / feedback
  • dealing with large groups
  • student needs and participation
  • micro-teaching sessions / feedback
  • English language skills update
  • communication in small seminars
  • creating an interactive learning community
  • micro-teaching sessions / feedback
  • English language skills update
  • supervisions and tutorials
  • oral and written feedback strategies
  • praise and correction
  • micro-teaching sessions / feedback
  • English language skills update

Academic Teaching Excellence. Blended course overview.

Online Module 1.  Pleased to meet you…./Settings and Lecturer  skills.

Learning objectives:

  • have a greater understanding of what EMI means in terms of settings, skills and challenges.
  • have analysed the benefits of peer observation to tune teaching skills.
  • be able to give feedback on an observed lecture.
  • have examined ways to modify your language and explain concepts in class.

Online Module 2.  How to introduce elements of interactivity into your teaching.

Learning objectives:

  • have identified ways to add an element of interactivity in class.
  • a greater awareness of different lecturer roles in class.
  • examined aspects of pronunciation which affect listening comprehension.
  • be able to give effective instructions in class.
  • have discussed a range of group tasks and techniques for setting them up.

Online Module 3.  Student participation / Eliciting student contributions. 

Learning objectives:

  • have an insight into the problems associated with student participation in class.
  • be aware of the skills needed to elicit information from students.
  • have increased your knowledge of the levels in the CEFR.
  • be able to recognise and deal with some of the issues involved in having students work together and present their findings in class.
  • have a greater understanding of ways to best use visual aids.
  • have evaluated different methods of summarising information.

Online Module 4.  How to encourage and develop student integration and interaction in three areas: in the university, in your classroom and online)

Learning objectives:

  • have explored ways to integrate international students into the university, the classroom and online.
  • be able to identify factors to take into account when grouping students.
  • have examined the importance of group dynamics in teaching.
  • be able to use a range of useful linguistic techniques and language strategies for academic life.

Online Module 5.  Communication strategies for giving oral and written feedback to students.  Including discussion around face-to-face micro-teaching sessions.

Learning objectives:

  • be able to give appropriate oral feedback when responding to students in class.
  • have reflected on your role as far as correcting students’ English is concerned.
  • have evaluated a number of correction techniques and when to use them.
  • understand the importance of praise and examined the language used to give it.
  • have started to think about the micro-teaching session.
Day 1.  Micro teaching sessions and feedback.
Day 2. Micro teaching sessions and feedback.

ATE course feedback

Feedback from ATE participants demonstrated that that our course was worthwhile, engaging and enjoyable!

  • 90% of participants in 2015 strongly agreed that their overall teaching skills had improved
  • 70% highlighted that their moderating and presenting skills had improved
  • 90% found the level, pace and content of the course just right
  • 100% strongly agreed that our trainer made the course interesting and enjoyable