How to Teach

Location: Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Date: 9 - 11 April 2018

Cost: Member £800, Non-Member £875


NB Course costs include meals and accommodation for the 8, 9 & 10 April 2018 at Madingley Hall. If you wish to book any additional nights please do so directly with the venue: Madingley Hall.

Next Course

The next “how to teach” course will be held from 9am Monday 9 to 4pm Wednesday 11 April 2018 at Madingley Hall, Cambridge.  Times subject to change.

N.B. Courses can be cancelled up to two months in advance of the course subject to low attendance, so we advise you do not book your travel until after this time.  We also advise you take out travel insurance.


The venue for the course is:

Madingley Hall
CB23 8AQ

Who Should Attend

The course is directed towards teachers of health professionals (for example medical students, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors) and we would encourage teachers with a variety of experience of experiential learning to apply.

“How to Teach” Course

This three day, residential course will be highly interactive, participant-centred and experiential. It will be facilitated by experienced teachers from the teaching committee of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare. Feedback from previous courses has been extremely positive.

The course will be held in English and as much as possible will accommodate participants for whom English is not their first language. We are also aware that different institutions in different countries will have varying resources in terms of available teachers, simulated patients and technology.

The focus will be on how to teach, especially facilitation of small groups, rather than what to teach or how to develop a curriculum. As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to: apply educational theory to designing effective communication skills training; describe key components of effective experiential communication skills training sessions; use role play, video, small groups and simulated patients to enhance learner communication skills; structure feedback to enhance learning in communication training sessions: and describe strategies for managing large and small group dynamics in communication training sessions.

Programme of Courses

Please note this course is not about curriculum development in communication teaching or assessment. tEACH, the teaching committee of EACH, International Association of Communication in Healthcare, also runs 3 further courses:

  1. Curriculum Development in Communication Skills Teaching
  2. What to Teach in Communication Skills Teaching: Skills and Structure
  3. Assessment in Communication Teaching

Participants are welcome to attend all courses. Participants who are new to communication skills teaching are encouraged to attend in the order ‘what, ‘experiential, ‘curriculum, ‘assessment’.