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Skills Upgrade for Teachers

The non-credit professional development Skills Upgrade for Teachers is a micro-program that comprises four modules. It is aimed at the professional development of adult educators teaching in English who are non-native speakers. As part of their professional development, teachers will refine their English language skills, explore Canadian teaching methods, approaches, and practices, have professional and social exchanges with their Canadian counterparts, experience Canadian culture, and participate in professional development workshops and practice teaching sessions in English.

Who Should Attend

Non-native English speaker professors and teachers in various disciplines (e.g. math, economics, etc.) who must teach their courses in English.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  •  Increased fluency in English
  • Improved verbal and written communication skills for the classroom
  • Improved interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Increased self-confidence when teaching in English
  • Improved ability to create and conduct student-centered lessons in English

Program Modules

Effective English Communication for Teachers
This module deals with the semi-specialized language needed by non-native English-speaking teachers to conduct classes in English, and develops strategies for effective oral and written communication.

Teaching and Learning Methodologies
This module examines collaborative as well as other teaching and learning methodologies in relation to general education in the global classroom.

This hands-on module explores best practices in a variety of educational settings. In addition, it provides teachers with the opportunity to practice teaching, presenting, and leading activities in English in front of a real student audience and their peers.

Sociocultural Activities
Participants will enrich their overseas experience by discovering the secrets of Montreal – the most exciting city in Canada with its unique multi-cultural mix through guided excursions to museums, visits to fascinating neighborhoods, pub nights and sampling the local food specialties. Optionally, out-of-town visits are possible to Ottawa, Quebec City or Niagara Falls.

A Program For Your Needs

Our training programs can be delivered on campus at McGill University in Montreal , onsite/on location at the partner’s premises, in a blended learning format, or completely online.

Language and Intercultural Communication has a wide range of expertise in designing, developing and delivering customized language and communication-related programs for professional development. More specifically, it works in collaboration with a partner institution or organization to assess the training needs of its employees, and to develop the training solution that will best help meet those needs. It responds quickly to requests for customized training, making the turn-around time from design to delivery as short as possible.

For more information:

Ms. Effie Dracopoulos
effie.dracopoulos [at]