English for QA

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Rapid 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?

English for QA,
a course created
by testers for testers
Who is this course for?
It's perfect for you if you
- want to break into IT without prior experience and study quality assurance in Mentorpiece's Manual Testing + Internship course, which is taught in English.
- 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.
What level of English do I need to have?
At least A2-B1 level
Recall that B1 (Intermediate) means you can keep up a conversation with native speakers, discussing everyday situations and events, understand the main ideas of conversations on familiar topics regularly encountered at work, on vacation, etc. It means you can watch films without dubbing and understand most of the dialogue. It means you can communicate in most situations in an English-speaking country.

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.
What's the end result?
The new English-speaking you will look like this
Improved skills in reading, listening, writing and, of course, speaking
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.
Please look:
The aim of the course is to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking English among testers. For convenience, the course is divided into 4 modules.
Module 1. QA Communication skills
The first module is dedicated for communication in the business environment. It is largely general, initial. Students can remember forgotten topics, improve basic grammar.

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?
Module 2. New technologies
The second module gives the student knowledge about the latest technologies, the advantages of working in the IT field, of course, in English

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
Module 3. QA Communication with clients and with teams
The third module is the practical application of the acquired knowledge of English in business correspondence, in communication with the customer and with the team.

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?
Module 4. QA with Mentorpiece mentors
Lesson 1. Special Terminology. Standup meeting + Emulation game with experienced QA
• 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)
Final Exam
The course program is available [here].

English for QA course in numbers

1 month
course duration
16 lessons
4 lessons per week 1.5 hours each
5 people
in a group
The teaching happens using Edvibe.
Edvibe - is a state-of-the-art platform for language instruction.

What does class look like?

Like this — here's a recording of the first lesson for one of the groups:

Are there reviews from students?

Testimonials from real students

I'm comparing this with a couple of other courses.
How is this different from other QA courses?

This is always our favorite question!

You learn in a small group — at most 5 people
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.
Teacher of QA English
Instructors: Suzanna Apyan, PhD (Oslo, Norway).
Teaching experience — 20 years.
She has been teaching English in the IT departments of international universities since 2010.
Practice with a customer representative on real test artifacts
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.
For example:
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.
No teachers who don't distinguish between backlog grooming and retrospective

Your mentors
Suzanna Apyan
Main teacher of the Rapid English for Testers course

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. 🙂

Fedor Kulishov
as Customer representative
Linux and Security Expert / Lead Security Expert at Acronis (Switzerland)

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.

Lilia Urmazova
School Founder, Chief QA Expert / QA Manager at Quantori (US)

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
Countdown to your first lesson
I have a few more questions
...about QA as a profession
Is the profession right for me?

See information on the page Manual Testing + Internship.
...about the course
Who is this course for?

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.
...about the learning process
How and when will I study?

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.
...about the certificate
Do you give out a certificate at the end of the course?

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.
How much does it cost?
The full cost of the course, which includes:
• 1 spot in a group limited to 5 people
• a foreign instructor that specifically teaches QA English
• practice with a customer representative

I'm ready! What do I need to do?
Sign up for a free assessment with an instructor
If after completing the English course you plan to take the Manual Testing + Internship course offered by Mentorpiece QA School, select 'plus 'Manual Testing + Internship' in the dropdown list rather than 'Only English for QA'.

Completing this course does not guarantee admission to the Manual Testing + Internship course.
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