• #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...

  • Hugo Dart, IBEU – Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos

    After one has been to a few conferences, it becomes easy to tell from the very first moments whether each trip will have been worth it or not. NILE@21 started with Dave Allan’s touching reflection on the past 21 years, followed by two plenary sessions which set the tone for the weekend.Read more...

  • News article on Linguistic Landscapes

    If you're interested in the way language is used in public spaces, and particularly in advertising, you will enjoy this recent article in the Guardian.

  • In August 2016 NILE held a conference in Norwich to mark our 21st birthday, drawing presenters and delegates from around the world to celebrate Transforming Teaching. 

    Conference attendees were invited to share their views of the conference and presenters were asked to share articles based on their talks and workshops. In this series of digital articles, we present the best of these proceedings from the conference, bringing the conference back to life, and sharing the ideas and information more widely. Enormous thanks go to all contributors to this series, and errors in typography and formatting are entirely on the NILE side ;-)Enjoy the NILE@21 Transforming Teaching digital conference proceedings.

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  • We were delighted to hst a group of 36 Chilean English and Subject teachers via a programme in partnership with the British Council. They forfeited the sunshine of South AmericaRead more...