World Englishes and TESOL

Winter School - Online/Hybrid
February 28 - March 12, 2022

The course will be held online but 3 participation options are available for certain individuals:

Option 1 - online.

Option 2 - hybrid. Russia resumed international air and railway service with the countries listed here.

Therefore, a hybrid format of the course is offered to students holding citizenship of the states mentioned in the list – you can join the online course for 270 euro (+4000 Rub for reg. fee) but come to St. Petersburg to take touristic advantages for the duration of the program and attend online classes at your dormitory/hostel.

If you choose Option 2, just apply for the online course here and inform us on your choice via email to get further instructions.

Option 3 – tailor-made. We may also arrange a tailor-made on-campus program for a group of minimum 10 students holding nationality of the countries Russia resumed international air and railway service with.

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  • Brief description

    If you teach English to speakers of other languages and want to develop your personal and professional skills, improve your communication abilities and become an expert in your field, this program is your next step. The program takes focus on the basic theoretical and practice aspects of language learning, which will help you to develop your professional English teaching skills. You’ll explore the latest theories in topics such as second language acquisition and social discourse and examine different methods of teaching English. You’ll be supported throughout by our research-active and industry-experienced academics. Our students have a unique opportunity to develop the skills needed to teach English around the world, to speakers of other languages during the school lectures, case studies and workshops.

  • Skills and competence to be acquired by students
    • - World Englishes;
    • - Language teaching methodology;
    • - Theory and practice of language teaching;
    • - Curriculum, materials and test design;
    • - Teaching English for specific purposes;
    • - Vocabulary: teaching, learning and testing;
    • - Concepts and approaches to intercultural communication;
Online lectures will be delivered synchronized as live talk with professors and groupmates. Records of classes will be available on SPbPU platform for 1 month after the course end.

Duration: 2 weeks

ECTS credits: 4.0

Participation fee:

Online format: 270 Euro

Hybrid format: 270 Euro + 4000 Rub (non-refundable registration fee for the Letter of Invitation)

Participation fee includes tuition fee, study materials, field trips and cultural program.

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive hard copies of certificates with ECTS credits (mailed by post in case of the online format of the Winter School).

  • Cultural program

    Online format:*

    • - Online Pub Quiz;
    • - Online Interactive Tour to SPbPU Museum;
    • - Online broadcasting of excursion to the Hermitage museum;

    Cultural program in the Hybrid format is discussed with participants individually.

    *All of the listed above activities are planned to take place but in case any of those will have to be cancelled, an alternative event will be offered to participants.


Provided only for the Hybrid or the Tailor-made formats:

  • on campus at the university dormitory
  • off-campus at partner hostels in the city center

Details of the options and booking procedures will be discussed with each applicant individually.


Deadline for registration

Online format: February 20, 2022

Hybrid format:

- for EU- or visa-free countries nationals: 15 February, 2022

- for non-EU nationals: January 15, 2021

  • Entrance requirements
    • Good command of English. All classes and extracurricular activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required.
  • Course description

    The main objective of this course is to investigate the spread of English as an international language. The course addresses the challenges of teaching English as an international language in a super-diverse world as ELT professionals should develop tolerance towards language being in a constant state of flux.

    Module 1. World Englishes

    • • Introduction: The World of World Englishes;
    • • English as a Native Language;
    • • English as a Foreign Language;
    • • English in Global Contexts.

    Module 2. Intercultural communication and multilingualism

    • • Language, mind and culture;
    • • Multilingualism and intercultural communicaton;
    • • Translation and intercultural communication.

    Module 3. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

    • • Approaches to Teaching;
    • • Lesson Planning and Classroom Management;
    • • Presentation Techniques and Practice Activities;
    • • Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary;
    • • Teaching Productive and Receptive Skills.

    Module 4. Digital didactics in English teaching

    • • Types of eLearning;
    • • Digital competence of a modern educator;
    • • Digital teaching tools;
    • • A Task Can Be a Reward;
    • • Innovation In Foreign Language Education, Cognitive Load and Reflection;
    • • Interdisciplinary and integration processes in teaching English.
    • Module 5. World Englishes: Implications for language teaching

      • • The challenges of teaching English as an international language in a super-diverse world;
      • • Incorporating WE in the ESL classroom: Current approaches;
      • • Frameworks for pedagogical change (education and research).
Professors and lecturers:
  • SPbPU professors and mentors, experts and guest lecturers.


Program coordinators:

Department of International Educational Programs