Content Area Teacher Training

Internationalize Your Institution with Content Area Teacher Training

Teaching in English for teachers of Engineering, Science, Medicine, and other Content Areas

The CATT course is designed to assist current content area teachers (trainees in this program) from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in the process of transitioning to English Medium Instruction (EMI) in their content area. The course will provide content area teachers with skills in materials modification, methodology, assessment, and presentation delivery in English.

This course can be customized according to your institution's needs in terms of length and content, and it can be offered in Tucson, Arizona, on-site at your university, as a hybrid course, or fully online. 


At the end of the CATT course, trainees will be able to:

  • Apply information from EMI cases and research to their own circumstances to create a “Best Practices in EMI” manual for their situation
  • Modify and develop materials to help their students manage English-language content
  • Use observations and other tools to reflect on their teaching practice, create lesson plans and demonstrate effective EMI lessons
  • Create effective assessments and rubrics
  • Recognize and give basic explanations about vocabulary, writing, and pronunciation problems for non-native users of English

This program includes training modules in the following areas: 

  1. Teacher Reflection: Specific treatment of being a Non-Native English Speaking Teacher in English, as well as observations and reflection to inform effective lesson creation and delivery
  2. English Medium Instruction: Theory and Practice: Analysis of past EMI cases and research to create a “Best Practices in EMI” manual for trainees’ own use
  3. Materials Modification and Development: Techniques for scaffolding possibly difficult materials, likely designed for native speakers of English 
  4. Assessment: An overview of general assessment practices, as well as the difference between content and language assessments
  5. L1/L2 Issues: A comparison of the L1 to English to give trainees an understanding of and a vocabulary to explain language difficulties that are likely to arise 

English Language Proficiency Requirements

To be accepted into any Content Area Teacher Training Program, applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate independent English proficiency (B1 or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR]). English proficiency may be documented by submitting the following test scores (results must be dated within 2 years of application date):




5.0 or higher


53 or higher

iTEP Academic

2.5 or higher


PET/BEC Preliminary

*English Proficiency Assessment (EPA): 

* CESL EPA consists of Reading and Writing tests (responding to an academic prompt). This assessment will be conducted by CESL for a $75 fee if no other documentation of English proficiency is available.

For dates, pricing, or additional information contact:

Linda Chu
Assistant Director of Global Programs

"“CESL has been one of the greatest experiences in my Life... I only have good memories from Tucson , specially from CESL, its teachers and classmates.”"