FAQs

Online courses

NILE Online is a suite of online teacher training and development courses for teachers of English. Read some of these NILE Online testimonials to find out what it's like to study an online course with NILE.
The courses run in a virtual learning environment (VLE) called Brightspace. They are highly interactive and collaborative. You will work with a variety of media and content and learn as you interact with your tutor, the materials, and your fellow course participants.
We work with a team of writers, course developers and tutors worldwide – click here to see the team. Participants are also based worldwide – when you do a course with NILE Online you will have the chance to meet people from all around the world, to share with them, learn from them and learn with them.
NILE Online courses have a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 16 participants so individual tutor support and a strong sense of individual and group identity is guaranteed. Some NILE Online courses (e.g. MAPDLE Developing Learner Autonomy; Delta Modules) are designed for individual study with tutor support.
Your tutor will be available for you to contact throughout the course. He or she will also moderate and contribute to discussions, answer questions, give group or individual feedback on some tasks and summarise the group’s contributons at the end of each unit. In addition, you will get personal help with your final assignment and feedback on this.
NILE Online builds more than 25 years of experience in training teachers worldwide. Since we launched NILE in July 1995 we have trained over 40,000 teachers in and from 65 countries and have established a worldwide reputation in teacher training for ELT. NILE Online takes this wealth of experience and transposes it to the online medium, opening up a whole new world of teacher training possibilities for teachers who are unable to come to Norwich and work with us face-to-face. When you take a NILE Online course you get the same quality tutors, materials, training and support, from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
NILE Online courses last 8 weeks with an additional period at the end in which you should complete an assessed piece of work.
NILE Online courses require approximately five hours per week study time. This is followed by a further twenty hours during which you will work on your assessed projects. Delta and MA modules will generally demand more of your study time. You will find more information on this in the Delta and MA sections.
Most of the course work is done asynchronously (i.e. not through real-time interaction – you will be able to choose when and where you study, as long as you stick to Unit deadlines. Occasionally courses will feature synchronous sessions such as live chats, webinars and video conferencing sessions, and these will be at a time agreed by participants and the course tutor.
Most courses will feature a small number of these live sessions, and you will have a chance to decide on the day and time with your tutor and the other course participants.
Deadlines are there to help you plan and manage your study time, but they are not fixed in stone. If you do miss the occasional deadline, our tutors will work with you to get you back on track and ensure you have the chance to finish the course in a timely fashion.
If you can open a webpage and send an email you’re ready to do one of our courses.
You will need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. You can do much of the course on a tablet or mobile device, but will need a computer for synchronous sessions.
Yes - the technology employed is user-friendly, and always made accessible with clear, straightforward instructions.
There is a certificate based on the assessed products. The pass mark for NILE Online courses is 60%, with an additional certificate of distinction for those receiving a mark of 80% and above. Certification is also based on participation in 80% of course activities.
Yes. You will usually have access to your course and the NILE Library Online for two months after the end of the course. During this time you can download your resources from the course: your notes, summaries, articles, videos etc.