English for QA
• Are you immersing yourself in the IT field and want immediate growth in the international market?
• Do you already have QA experience but often find yourself at a loss when writing a test case or logging a bug?
• Perhaps you are afraid of talking with the customer's representative, which has stalled your career advancement?
a course created
by testers for testers
- are a working QA expert and want to find work at a foreign company.
You need to achieve all this in a fairly short time but without compromising the quality of your education.
And, of course, you want a convenient online format.
Are you unclear about what your current level is? Before you start the course (and before you pay for it), we will conduct a short test interview.
✓ Considerably larger IT-related vocabulary
And if you're just entering the QA field:
✓ Language skills needed to learn QA in English
✓ The course includes a fun role playing activity in which you'll polish your communication with an English-speaking customer and team. This will help a lot when you look for a job
✓ After your training is complete, you'll start an internship working on a foreign project
✓ Ability to pass an interview and land a trainee position
and once you're a working QA specialist:
✓ Communication with IT specialists — whether native speakers or those who speak English as a second language — is not a 'blocking issue'
✓ You'll pass job interviews without having to repeat "Sorry, I don't understand. Could you say that again, please?"
✓ You'll be able to actively participate (not just listen) in English during meetings, stand-ups, and backlog grooming
✓ You'll interact effectively with English-speaking business analysts and product managers representing foreign companies
✓ QA work will be easier, since diving into the nuances of requirements and clarifying them will take less time
✓ You will be in greater demand in the international labor market
This isn't marketing copy.
As testers, we personally passed through this stage, just a little earlier than you.
Lesson 1. I'm a part of the team
• Updating language knowledge
Lesson 2. I'm in a business environment
• Basic vocabulary and grammar of English for communication in a business environment
Lesson 3. How can I use my language skills?
• This lesson shows how we can apply our language skills to work on the Internet
Lesson 4. English-language forums
• What vocabulary, abbreviations and grammatical constructions can we find on English-language forums?
Lesson 1. Living in a digital age
• We learn to read, listen and understand articles and podcasts about the latest scientific achievements
Lesson 2. The digital sphere as a work space
• We talk about the advantages of working in the digital sphere
Lesson 3. What is IT?
• General information and special terminology of the IT sphere
Lesson 4. Special terms
• Special vocabulary that you will need for work. Pronunciation of specific terms and abbreviations
Lesson 1. Business correspondence
• Basics of corporate correspondence
Lesson 2. Test task
• What is needed to understand the test task? Basic language structures and constructions with examples
Lesson 3. Communication with colleagues
• How to communicate effectively and learn useful information on an English-language forum and in a work chat?
Lesson 4. Special terms
• What special terms do we need to understand your colleagues better?
• Standup meeting game (5 play role cards)
Lesson 2. Special Terminology. Defect Advocacy + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Bug advocacy game (5 play role cards)
Lesson 3. Special Terminology. Retrospective + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Retrospective game (5 play role cards)
Lesson 4. Special Terminology. Task Grooming + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Mentor is an analyst, who explains a task to be done (5 play role cards)
English for QA course in numbers
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Testimonials from real students
How is this different from other QA courses?
This is always our favorite question!
- A language cannot be taught effectively in a huge crowd. During each lesson, the instructor needs to address each student more than a dozen times, give him or her the opportunity to hear a question, formulate an answer, and then try to express it in English.
Only this teaching format can produce the desired result.
- Instructors: Suzanna Apyan, PhD (Oslo, Norway).
Teaching experience — 20 years.
She has been teaching English in the IT departments of international universities since 2010.
- Games that simulate stand-up meetings, discussion of bugs, retrospectives, and backlog grooming.
Before the game, each student is given a card that defines his or her role.
Card 1: 'You are a developer working on a ticket booking project. Yesterday one of the testers on your team logged a defect: "User cannot sign in to the application from a Firefox browser. You disagree with the tester and need to explain that Firefox is not supported.'
Card 2: 'You are a tester working on a ticket booking project. Yesterday you discovered that it is impossible to sign in to the site using Firefox. You are certain that Firefox should be supported, because the requirements document says so.'
And so on.
The game is led by two teachers: the main instructor and, acting as a 'customer representative', an IT expert from Mentorpiece with more than 15 years of IT experience.
I have been teaching English for over 20 years. I currently live in Oslo, Norway.
I have a PhD in philology.
At a certain point in my career, I started specializing in teaching English to IT professionals. I really like this field, so I get pleasure from conversing with and teaching IT students. And I also personally have IT experience, specifically in QA.
I'm a good instructor because my students quickly achieve top results and don't skip classes. And when they must miss, they get very upset. 🙂
Has worked at several startups, Scientific Research Institute Voskhod, and Positive Technologies.
I like IT, and especially security, because you always have to stay in shape. There is often something interesting to investigate. And you're surrounded by excellent specialists and enthusiasts.
I'm a good instructor because I like to see excitement in my students' eyes, to notice their progress, and to receive their goodwill in return.
21 years of QA experience.
Has worked at Star Software, Exigen Services, Grid Dynamics, Rostelecom. Taught at Luxoft Training.
I like QA because it lets me participate in the entire software development process from A to Z and also interact with a lot of people all at once.
I'm a good instructor because I can explain complex things well using simple examples, pictures, diagrams and tables.
Yes, I can
This course is for everyone who is ready to learn a new specialization.
What equipment is required?
A computer or laptop with internet access. Some of the lectures on theory you can listen to on your phone, but there are very few of them. You will usually be required to complete hands-on exercises that the teacher assigns in class. And a webcam won't hurt — interaction during lectures is far more pleasant when you can see the person you're talking to. But if you're shy, you don't have to use a webcam.
Do I need any paid software?
No, nothing we use requires additional payment from students. We'll give you a complete list of programs during the orientation session.
Your online classes will take place 4 times a week on weekdays or Saturday evenings. During the orientation session, the group decides the specific time and days. We don't want you to miss lectures because of a workout, or even worse — to miss your workout because of the lectures. So we try to adjust the schedule as much as possible to accommodate students.
Can I combine this with work?
Yes, our students are almost always already working. We've even had a doctor who managed to combine his QA studies with his shifts at the clinic. That is precisely why we hold classes on weekday evenings.
How does the training take place?
The training consists of live online classes, where you can freely communicate with the instructor on the topic of the lesson, ask questions and ask for clarification if you don't quite understand the explanation. After class, you will receive homework to reinforce the lesson material, which the instructor will check later.
Will I be able to interact with the mentors?
Of course! You will be able to communicate with the mentors during the live lectures — using your voice instead of chat. We love extra questions and are happy to answer them, even if they are slightly off topic. Additionally, we'll add you to the Telegram chat for the course, where you can ask any questions about the lectures or homework.
What should I do if I can't handle the load?
First of all, immediately reach out to the instructors and let them know you're struggling. Together we'll try to figure out the point at which things stopped making sense to you and whether we can help.
Yes, with grades.
What about passing a certification test for English-language proficiency?
This course isn't for preparing you to pass some certification test, but rather to work at international companies. Practice shows that if someone can pass an interview in English (and our course graduates can), then their language skills are adequate for the vast majority of companies.
• 1 spot in a group limited to 5 people
• a foreign instructor that specifically teaches QA English
• practice with a customer representative
- 10% discount if you make the first payment 2 months before the course begins
5% discount if you make the first payment 1 month before the course begins
- A student who has paid for the course can get a promo code to give to a student who has not yet paid. The promo code grants a 5% discount on the course. The student who gives the promo code will receive cashback amounting to 5% of the course cost once the promo code recipient completes the course.
- The discounts are cumulative
After 24 hours after the end of the first lesson, refunds are no longer possible.
Completing this course does not guarantee admission to the Manual Testing + Internship course.
you will succeed.
We believe in you.