LSI Portsmouth offers Methodology and Language courses in Portsmouth for University lecturers and admin staff from all over the world and has done since the 1990s.  We have close links to the University of Portsmouth and specialist components can be integrated into the course structure when requested.  This course is offered on a closed group basis and can be customised to meet the needs of the group.

The course is suitable for non-native university lecturers who are delivering specialist courses in English to international students who are non-native or native speakers of English aged 18+.  It is also suitable for non-native university lecturers and staff who are converting to teaching English and/or with a need to expand their knowledge, accuracy and fluency in English.

  •  Important information

    Minimum English Level for Methodology and Language for English Training University Lecturers & Admin Staff: A2 (CEFR)
    Minimum Age: 25+
    Maximum Class size: Closed groups of up to: 6, 8 or 10
    Hours per week: 25
    Course Length: 1 or 2 weeks
    All closed group classes run on bank holidays

  • The course objectives are for participants to be able to:

    - Understand and discuss current methodologies, theories and practice within the context of an international environment

    - Develop ability to understand different native and non-native accents, pronunciation, intonation and word stress

    - Increase ability to plan and deliver lectures effectively and direct/control seminars with international students in English

    - Participate more effectively in professional situations including meetings, teleconferencing, small talk and networking, interviews, telephoning and report writing

  • The course content can include:

    - Intercultural communication: background and key insights

    - Understanding different L1 and L2 accents and intonation patterns

    - Instructional language and terminology, lecture and lesson technique

    - Lecture delivery skills, fluency development, articulation, clarity and pronunciation

    - Directing and controlling seminars in an international student context

  • Typical timetable for English Training University Lecturers & Admin Staff

    08.30 – 09.15: Optional self-access
    09.15 – 10.30: Lecture and lessons techniques
    10.30 – 10.45: Morning Coffee Break
    10.45 – 12.00: Directing and controlling seminar skills
    12.00 – 13.15: Lunch/Optional supervised self-access
    13.15 – 14.30: Instructional language and terminology
    14.45 – 16.00: Communication skills (e.g. socialising/interviews)
    16.00 – 17.00: Optional supervised self-access

    Course content can be customised to meet the needs of a particular group whenever possible


During your stay in Portsmouth, you may want to live with a local homestay family, in one of our self-catering residences, or choose to find your own accommodation. We will do everything we can to give you the best option to suit your needs and to help and support you with your living arrangements.

Social Programme

With this course you can choose activities from both the General English social programme and Executive English social programme. Both programmes are full and varied, and includes weekly sporting events, dinner in restaurants and cultural and educational activities.  Just some of the after school activities you could take part in include football with our teachers, volleyball, conversation club, afternoon tea, karaoke nights, international parties and visits to local restaurants and pubs. Our social programme is always changing, and is tailored to meet the needs of all students.