World Englishes and TESOL

Winter School - Online
January 22 - February 3, 2024

The course will be held online

Would you like to comprehend the peculiarities of intercultural communication, enhance your English teaching skills and advance your career in TESOL? Join our program and be the best!

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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: 30 000 RUB

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.

Deadline for registration: December 22, 2023

  • 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

    Module 5. World Englishes: Implications for language 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.
      • • 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).

The detailed course description for ECTS credits transfer at your home university:

World Englishes and TESOL Descriptor WS22.pdf

Professors and lecturers:
  • SPbPU professors and mentors, experts and guest lecturers.


Program coordinators:

Department of International Educational Programs