What is Academic Teaching Excellence?

The Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) course has been developed to help senior high school and college teachers who do their teaching in English.

The course has been specifically designed to improve the overall quality of academic teaching by updating the lecturers’ language skills and offering useful techniques for day-to-day teaching. ATE has been developed in close cooperation with the University of Oxford’s Department of Education, drawing on the latest research in the field of English as Medium of Instruction (EMI). It is delivered by experienced teaching staff who have received special training for teaching ATE.


Higher education institutions in countries with native languages other than English are increasingly offering academic degree courses in the English language. To internationalise their institution is usually the main driver for this; be it in order to best prepare students for the globalised arena of research or in order to become more attractive in the international race for the best student and staff talent.

However, teaching a degree course in English can be quite a challenge for someone who is not a native speaker of the language; especially when most of the students on the course are also non-native speakers. In addition to being a confident speaker of the English language, a good understanding of the underlying communication processes between foreign-language speakers becomes important when planning lectures and seminars. This is where English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) comes into play.

EMI has become the focus of academic research, and we have ensured that our ATE course takes this research into account with the methodology it offers for successful lecturer-student communication in English.

The course coupled with methodological training in topics such as effective classroom management, student engagement techniques, and motivating classroom activities will help participants better deliver their lectures in English, consequently improving student participation and learning outcomes. 

The British Council believes that bringing the ATE Course to the Philippines will aid in the aspirations of higher education institutions to internationalise and for senior high schools to demonstrate impact by building on the lecturing and English language skills of their teaching staff. 

Course Content

ATE has been designed to help improve the quality of lecturer-student communication in class by giving teachers the tools to deliver more confident and effective teaching in English. Participants will be introduced to the principles of teaching through the medium of English. On the basis of this insight into EMI (English as Medium of Instruction) they will analyse and review their current teaching practices and, through intensive speaking practice, acquire advanced language skills.

The course will address the whole spectrum of teaching situations in which good communication is crucial, and each participant will get individual feedback and personalised suggestions on how to improve their performance. 

Course Delivery

We can offer this weeklong (35 hour) course at your institution exclusively for your teachers, in the teaching environment they are used to. It is designed for 10-14 lecturers from all academic disciplines at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference.

By registering for the ATE training course, you will:

  • develop a good understanding of the communication principles that underlie academic teaching with English as the medium of instruction
  • improve the quality of your communication with your students, through more confident and effective teaching in English
  • benefit from the latest research into English as a medium of instruction
  • explore a wide spectrum of teaching situations, and get individual feedback and personalised suggestions on how to improve your performance
  • through intensive micro-teaching sessions, acquire advanced communication skills in English through analysing and reviewing current teaching practices
  • help your higher education and senior high school institution attract the most talented students and staff.

Course Fee

Course fees for courses taught at your institution are fixed for groups of up to 14. Customisations can be accommodated, particularly  the inclusion of a mentoring component. Please contact us at britishcouncil@britishcouncil.org.ph to request for a proposal.


"The ATE course was truly a high-impact training for the Senior High School teachers of Central Colleges of the Philippines. The principles and techniques we gained from it are very useful in making our students learn their lessons while using English as a second language in a very interactive manner."

- Mr Aris Magmanlac, Senior High School Coordinator, Central Colleges of the Philippines.