• Last Friday we said farewell to 24 primary school teachers from Hubei province in China after a three-week course designed to develop their English teaching methodology and personal language proficiency. The group settled quickly into Norwich life, and enjoyed their immersion into the local culture with host families and a series of educational and cultural visits. 

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  • Eighty-one students from Liestal School near Basel in Switzerland came to study at NILE for two weeks in October, combining language development sessions focusing on the Cambridge BEC exam with trips to local industries and self-guided research into businesses in Norwich. This research culminated in presentations to other NILE students and staff, host families and members of the business community, demonstrating their English language proficiency and the depth of their research. 

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  • Teachers of vocational courses from bricklaying to tourism at colleges in Salzburg and Carinthia have just left NILE after an intensive four-day course aimed at developing their language skills and looking at how vocational education works in the UK. Read more...

  • Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming 14 Austrian trainee teachers from the Kirchliche Padagogische Hochschule in Graz on a tailor-made course which combined language development work at NILE with placements in local primary schools across Norwich. In their 10 days with us, the group began with sessions at NILE focusing on language and culture in the UK, and preparation for their school placements. The six days in schools allowed the trainee teachers to follow life in a UK primary school, working alongside the teachers, and leading some sessions themselves. The course participants were enthusiastic about the welcome they received in schools:

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  • Eighty-five students, their accompanying teachers, and their NILE trainers gathered for a cream tea in the cloisters of Norwich Cathedral to round off their two-week course at NILE this month. The students, from Duca degli Abruzzi school in Treviso, Italy had come with funding from the European Community Commission and the Veneto Region, and focused on the areas of Business English, English for Science and English for Human Sciences. Their course combined language development, trips to local industries and educational institutions, project-based field work, and social and cultural excursions including visits to London and Cambridge. In the words of the students:   

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