What is Academic Teaching Excellence?

Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) is a training course that has been developed to help academic staff who teach their subjects through the medium of English.

Designed in close co-operation with the University of Oxford, the course draws on the latest research in the field of English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) and is delivered by very experienced trainers, who have received special training for teaching ATE.


Degree courses in Europe are increasingly being taught in English, often where neither teacher nor students are native speakers. ATE has been specifically designed to improve the overall quality of academic teaching, by offering useful techniques for day-to-day teaching in lectures and seminars, and updating the language skills of lecturers.

How does ATE help?

  • develops a good understanding of the communication principles that underlie academic teaching with English as the medium of instruction
  • improves the quality of teachers’ communication with their students, through more confident and effective teaching in English
  • teachers benefit from the latest research into English as a medium of instruction
  • through intensive micro-teaching sessions, teachers are able to get feedback,  analyse and review their current teaching practice
  • increases a higher education institution’s chance of attracting the most talented students and staff.


  • 35-hour course delivered over five consecutive days (7 hours per day)
  • Designed for 10-14 lecturers from all academic disciplines with a minimum of B2 level (ref. the Common European Framework of Reference).
  • Delivered at your institution in the teaching environment your staff is used to, without the additional expense of international travel and accommodation costs.
  • Course fees for courses taught at your institution are fixed for a group of up to 14 participants.  

Open ATE course

The 5-day course will run at the British Council in Prague, and will be open to all university lecturers (B2 – C2 levels) no matter their discipline, who teach their subjects in English to non-native English learners. 

Price per participant on the open course: 19,000 CZK (The course fee includes all the materials and refreshments for the 5 days) 

To apply for this course, kindly send your name, your level of English, your faculty and the name of your institution.

Please note that the course will require a minimum of 8 participants to run.


Here is what some of the participants on ATE courses are saying:

  • "I started to think not only about content but about form and process with regards to my teaching."
  • "A good balance of theory and practice."
  • "It was practical, interesting and challenging."
  • "Really good motivation to think about the learner and learning."
  • "The micro teaching feedback will help me enormously."

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