NILE provides an extensive range of face-to-face courses for teachers, trainers and language education professionals, covering all aspects of methodology and skills from primary and secondary education to trainer development.

When you study on a face-to-face course with NILE, you can be assured of:

  • Teaching of the highest quality by a team of experienced trainers, experts in their chosen fields of ELT
  • Classes which are sensitive to your individual needs
  • Classes which are varied, practical and hands-on, but with reference to relevant theory
  • A chance to meet, talk to and share experiences with participants from other countries
  • Excellent resources and facilities in stunning locations, including free wifi, a specialist ELT library and interactive whiteboards
  • Outstanding support: our academic and student welfare support teams are there to help you get the most out of your stay with NILE
  • A varied and interesting cultural and social programme 
  • A personal approach from the time of your first contact until your course has finished. Our Registrar and our academic team can advise you on courses and help with any questions you may have.
  • A dedicated accommodation team to find the perfect accommodation to suit your individual needs - please read our accommodation options before filling in your application
  • A 24-hour student helpline so you will always be able to get assistance in an emergency


NILE Norwich





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All our open-enrolment short courses in Norwich are taught 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00 and 17.00, with a maximum of 16 participants per class. In July and August, courses include a session by a cross-curricular workshop or a guest speaker each week. Our programme of visiting speakers consists of authors and experts in the field of English Language Teaching. 

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness. The minimum age for teacher development courses is 18. However, on most courses teaching experience is an advantage or requirement.

To learn what former participants thought of NILE's face-to-face courses, see our testimonials.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Norwich? How do I get there?

Norwich is in the East of England, just over 100 miles from London. There are good coach and a rail services from all London airports, though the most convenient route may be to fly via Amsterdam to Norwich International Airport.

Is there any advance work/reading I should do before my course?

There is no pre-requisite reading or study to be done before the course. However, if you would like to do more research in your chosen field before you arrive, please contact us and we will put you in touch with the course tutor who will be able to provide guidance in this area.

Do I get my meals provided?  Can I cook for myself?

If you have chosen to stay with in homestay accommodation, your host will provide breakfast, evening meal and a light lunch at the weekend. If you have opted for residential accommodation, you will be expected to cook all meals for yourself, although meals are available in several restaurants and snack bars on campus at an extra cost.

Where will the course be held? / Where should I go on the first morning and at what time?

Courses are held year-round in one of NILE’s two teaching centres in Norwich, Hales Court House and Delta House. Upon arrival at your chosen accommodation, you will be provided with a ‘Welcome Pack’ which will give you all the information you need concerning your first day at NILE.

Is Norwich expensive? Safe?

Norwich is an extremely safe city and relatively inexpensive.

Where will I stay?

Accommodation is available year-round with carefully-selected hosts in and around the city. In the summer (late June to early September) there is also residential accommodation available at the University of East Anglia. Read more about your accommodation options here.

How many tutors will there be on a course?

Courses are normally taught by a pair of tutors, with some specialist topics covered by other members of the teaching staff.

At what times do the classes take place?

For face-to-face courses, classes will normally be held Monday to Friday between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00. Open-enrolment courses (25 hours per week) are usually timetabled from 9:15 to 16:00 Monday to Friday.

How many people will there be in a group?

Maximum group size is 16.

Will there be people from lots of other countries there?

Almost certainly. Course participants come from all over the world, though some topics tend to attract higher enrolments from particular countries.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes – all course participants receive a Certificate of Attendance, specifying the number of tuition hours and a detailed summary of course content.

What do the CEFR levels mean?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. 

For a self-assessment grid click here.


What is the impact of the UK leaving the European Union (Brexit) on my participating on NILE's courses?

As of 31 January 2020 the UK is no longer part of the EU. However, a transition period has been announced, lasting until 31 December 2020. During this period we do not expect any major impact on travel to the UK. We are currently taking applications as per previous years and we will follow and publish advice from our industry association English UK and other authorities as it becomes available.

With regards to the Erasmus+ funding programmes, no changes has yet been announced. Please see our Erasmus+ funding webpage for updates, and follow advice from your National Agency.  

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