• In July, we welcomed a group of 40 primary and secondary teachers as part of our long-running partnership with the Comunidad de Madrid. This four-week course was intended to improve the participants’ language own skills; develop their teaching methodology and competences related to the bilingual context and  gain knowledge and first-hand experience of the English education system.Read more...

    0 comments | 01 November 2018 | Courses and Tailor-made Courses | Susi Pearson
  • Kate Gregson, Freelance ELT Trainer, Teacher and Writer

    Mindset is a term used by American social and developmental psychologist and academic, Carol Dweck, to refer to our set of reflexive attitudes and tacit beliefs in different areas of our lives. Read more...

    0 comments | 26 October 2018 | | Thom Kiddle
  • In June, we hosted a group of 25 German Engineering students from Memmingen for the third year running, for a programme of English language improvement and engineering-related visits. Designed for the specific requirements of the group who were preparing to take national English proficiency exams and subsequently work in a business environmentRead more...

    0 comments | 07 October 2018 | Courses and Tailor-made Courses | Susi Pearson
  • Franz Mittendorfer, Freelance, Member of NILE Advisory Board

    Going, going, gone … are the days when language education was seen as separate from content-related learner development. Whatever content there is to be learnt, whatever insight there is to be gained, whatever skill there is to be acquired – it needs language for that to happen. Read more...

    0 comments | 04 October 2018 | | Thom Kiddle
  • #36 - Uncommon Adjacency Pairs

    This mini-conversation is played out on a bridge in Norwich. Unlike more common adjacency pairs (question / statement and response), e.g. "Fancy a cuppa?" + "Wouldn't say 'no'!", Read more...

  • This tailor-made LDI course (Learning Differences and Inclusion) was led by NILE Trainer Maria Byrne, and coordinated by Elena Assirelli (who was also a keen participant on the course).  The participants work at a hospitality and catering college in Italy and were taking part in a wider project to improve their ability toRead more...

    0 comments | 01 October 2018 | | Susi Pearson
  • Rod Bolitho, Freelance, Chair of NILE Advisory Board

    The inspiration for this conference contribution came from a number of sources.  First of all it grew from my own curiosity about the way the careers of many of my colleagues and friends have unfolded over the years, and a need I felt to talk to them about the turning points they have encountered and the decisions they have taken. I was also interested to gain a clearer understanding of my own career pathway and in particular the motivations behind the choices I have made at various key moments. Finally, I believe that teachers all too seldom have the time and space to reflect on their professional development, and at ‘crunch’ moments often have no-one to turn to for guidance.Read more...

    0 comments | 07 August 2018 | | Thom Kiddle
  • For the fifth year running, we welcomed a group of trainee primary teachers from the Schwyz University of Teacher Education in Switzerland in June for a programme focussed on experiencing the British primary education system first-hand. As well as doing some methodology options at NILE, they also spent 6 days in primary schools and visitedRead more...

  • Claudia Mewald, University College of Teacher Education Lower Austria

    Linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as migration, are prominent characteristics of our globalized world. Signs of globalization become more and more visible, and are experienced most extensively in and around metropolitan areas. Teachers are at the forefront of this rapid development, as they have to come to terms with an increasingly diverse society, its educational requirements, and its multifaceted demands. Therefore, they should be aware of beneficial ways of exploiting the linguistic and cultural diversity in their classrooms and consider the targeted use of all language resources at their learners’ disposal as an important task of 21st century education. Read more...

    0 comments | 16 July 2018 | | Thom Kiddle
  • In our first running of the new 'Course for IELTS Trainers' we were joined by 9 teachers from Russia, for a one-week intensive IELTS training course...Read more...