Common questions are answered below. Please read through the questions below to see if your concerns are addressed by any of the topics listed here.

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Norwich Courses

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 a host family, you will be provided with 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 host families 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.

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.

How many people will there be in a group?

Normally around 12. (Minimum group size is 8; 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.

Funding

What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the new EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It replaces the previous programmes such as Comenius, Grundtvig and Erasmus.

For more information, go to the NILE funding page or the Erasmus+ website.

Who can benefit from this funding? 

You can!

The programme is open to teachers, trainers and students from all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Norway. 

Which part of the Erasmus+ programme do I have to apply under?

You must apply under ‘Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals’.

Can I apply as an individual?

No.

Under Erasmus+ only organisations can apply. Your school/college/institution is an organisation, so you can apply through your school. The training you apply for has to fit into your School/European Development Plan.  

What is a European Development Plan? 

Each school should have a development plan (sometimes called a ‘school development plan,’ sometimes a ‘European development plan’).

This is a document which outlines the training and professional development taking place in your school, and how it fits with European objectives. Your school can have a development plan for one or two years.

The final funding application should be for the total amount necessary for all staff training. If the funding is awarded, you and your school/organisation can then choose which NILE course(s) you would like to participate in.  

Is my school / college / university / institution an organisation?

Your school counts as an organisation, and you can apply through your school. Before your school can apply for funding, a nominated person will need to register with the European Commission Participation Portal.

Once this has been done, this person will need to register the school/organisation and get a PIC number.

For more information, the National Agency in the UK has provided a guide to completing this process.

Is NILE a recognised course provider?

Yes

All NILE's teachers' courses in Norwich, including MA modules, are eligible for funding under the Erasmus+ programme.

Go to the Face-to-face Courses page for detailed information, including full descriptions, for all 2017 courses.

Who do I contact in my school?

It will probably be the head of the school, or whoever is responsible for training and development. 

How much money can I apply for?

Your school must apply for the total amount needed to cover all training as identified in the European Development plan. The money will cover course fees, travel costs and living and accommodation expenses while abroad.  

When do I have to apply?

The deadline for 2017 is February 2nd. However, some countries have more than one call per year. Please check with your National Agency.

All applications have to be made through your National Agency.  

Where can I find an application form?

Application forms will be available on your National Agency website.

An example of a completed 2016 draft application form is available here. We will be happy to advise you on your final application, contact registrar@nile-elt.com 

Start your application and register your school now!

When will I know if I have been successful?

You will be told if you have been successful within a maximum 10-12 weeks of the application deadline. This means that all NILE courses from 1 June will be eligible for funding.

Click here to see a full list of all courses available. 

I have previously had Comenius funding. Can I apply for Erasmus+ funding?

Yes. We have had it confirmed that you can apply for Erasmus+ support even if you recently had EU funding for professional development.

Where can I find more information? 

For more information, please visit the EU Erasmus+ overview page.

Also, see the European Commission's full guide to Erasmus+.

Your National Agency is the body in your country which is responsible for applications and information for the Erasmus+ programme. Find your National Agency.

Many National Agencies will be holding information seminars about the Erasmus+ process and distributing information to schools nationally. Contact your National Agency to find out what is happening in your country.

NILE has nearly twenty years' experience in advising applicants on applying for European funding. Contact us at registrar@nile-elt.com if you have any further questions. 

Does NILE have a PIC number?  

If you are naming NILE as a Partner Organisation, as required in some cases, NILE's PIC number is 946355378.

However, if NILE is your Course Provider only, this number is usually not required.

Is there a central database of courses eligible for Erasmus+ funding?

Yes, the EU has recently opened School Education Gateway course catalogue in connection with the E-Twinning website. All NILE's courses are availble here.

Online Courses

What is NILE Online?

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. 

What does a course look like?

The courses run in a virtual learning environment (VLE) called Moodle. 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.

Who are the tutors and 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.

How many participants are on a course?

NILE Online courses have a minimum of 4 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.

How much tutor support will I get?

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.

Why should I take a course with NILE?

NILE Online builds more than 20 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.

How long does a course last?

NILE Online courses last 8 weeks with an additional period at the end in which you should complete an assessed piece of work. 

How much work (how many hours per week) will I have to do?

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. 

When do I have to be online to do my course work?

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.

Are there any group sessions: chat, webinars, tutorials?

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.

What happens if I miss a deadline?

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.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol online via the apply button provided on the course details page.

Do I need to know a lot about computers?

If you can open a webpage and send an email you’re ready to do one of our courses.

What sort of equipment do I need?

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.

I’m not a ‘techy’ person – will I be able to do this?

Yes – the technology employed is user-friendly, and always made accessible with clear, straightforward instructions.

Will I receive a certificate?

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.

TEFL Courses

Why NILE and not somewhere else?

NILE’s CELTA tutors are highly experienced teachers and trainers, including CELTA and Delta Assessors, ELT authors and tutors on many of NILE’s other courses. All tutors have been approved and standardised by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Why CELTA?

CELTA is the most widely recognised and highly respected pre-service training course for intending teachers of English as a foreign language. Validated and overseen by Cambridge English Language Assessment (a division of Cambridge University) for over 30 years, and recognised worldwide, CELTA is the initial teaching qualification that employers know and trust.

CELTA: Is there a part-time course?

Currently, NILE does not offer a part-time course.

CELTA: How much work should I expect on a CELTA course?

CELTA courses are extremely intensive, requiring full-time attendance 5 days a week for four weeks. On most days the timetable runs from 09.15 to 17.00. In addition trainees are required to produce four short written assignments, as well as preparing for teaching practice.

CELTA: How many trainees are there on a course? Who are they and where do they come from?

There are normally 12 trainees on a course. They come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, both from within the UK and from other parts of the world, and range from recent graduates to people of retirement age.

CELTA: Do I have to teach every day? Who are the students?

Trainees normally have to teach every other day. The students come from a range of different countries and are mostly resident in the city for relatively short periods, though some may have settled in Norwich. From their perspective, teaching practice provides them with access to free English Language tuition.

CELTA: What about lesson observation?

Each trainee observes 6 hours of teaching in addition to observing fellow trainees during teaching practice and opportunities to see further classes on video. Observation is organised so that trainees have the opportunity initially to see classes at the level that they are teaching. Although trainees are not required to teach beginners or very advanced students, they will have the chance to observe those levels when they are available. Observation is task-based and trainees are directed to focus on particular aspects of teaching / learning in each observed lesson. Notes written during / after observation also provide the Course Tutor with an indication of what is being learned from the experience.

CELTA: What about written assignments and background reading?

There are four assessed written assignments of a practical nature. In addition, trainees are required to hand in their observation notes and lesson plans and to do a variety of short written tasks. There is very little time for extensive reading. Reading references are given throughout the course, but these tend to be articles or chapters from books rather than entire books. Reading on the CELTA is also highly practical– teacher’s handbooks rather than theoretical writing. Trainees are, however, strongly recommended to do as much reading before the course as possible.

CELTA: Will I get personal (i.e. 1:1) supervision?

Supervision is in teaching practice groups of 6. Each trainee also has at least one individual tutorial meeting with their supervisor half way through the course.

CELTA: Will I definitely get a job at the end of the CELTA course?

Most trainees who pass the CELTA do go on to find employment after the course, but there is no guarantee of work.

CELTA : What if I don’t get an A or a B?

Pass A and Pass B grades are awarded to a minority of trainees, and provide an indication to potential employers that newly qualified teachers are likely to need less support from a Director of Studies or Senior Teacher. But a Pass, combined with a positive Centre report, is still sufficient to get employment in a reputable school; subsequently the teacher’s performance in that first job and the references they obtain will be a more decisive factor when they apply for a further post.

CELTA: What happens if I fail?

As CELTA is based on a system of continuous assessment throughout the four weeks, there is no opportunity for re-assessment other than taking another course.

CELTA: Can you organise accommodation?

Yes, year-round with host families in and around the city, and in the summer (late June to early September) in residential accommodation at the University of East Anglia.

Why Delta?

Delta is the most widely recognised and highly respected in-service training course for experienced teachers of English as a foreign language. Validated and overseen by Cambridge English Language Assessment (a division of Cambridge University) for over 30 years, Delta is the advanced teaching qualification that employers know and trust.

Delta: Is it possible to do a single Delta course for all three modules?

Delta was divided into three free-standing modules precisely because candidates were finding it increasingly difficult to follow a ten- or twelve-week face-to-face course or a six-month part-time course. There are still a few centres offering an all-in-one Delta course, but this is not an option offered by NILE.

Delta: Are the courses for the Delta modules delivered entirely online?

The courses for Modules 1 and 3 are delivered entirely online. Module 2 is administered online by NILE and supervised online by a local tutor, known as a Personal Delta Tutor (PDT), who also visits the candidate’s school or college to observe and assess their teaching on four occasions (the first of which is purely for diagnostic purposes).

Delta: Are there opportunities for online chat with tutors and other trainees?

Yes – as on all other NILE Online courses, there is a dedicated forum.

Delta: Can I do the three courses in any order?

Yes, although doing the modules in ascending numerical order is probably the most logical progression if there are no strong reasons for doing otherwise.

Delta: Is there a time limit to complete all three modules?

No – there are no limits to the time that might elapse between modules.

Delta: How much work should I expect on each course?

15-20 hours per week for Modules 1 and 3, and at least the same for Module 2 for the 16-week option, but less for the 9-month option.

Delta: Should I do the Delta or a Masters course?

This depends very much on your personal career objectives. The Delta is a much more practical teaching qualification than most Masters courses, but if you are thinking of doing the Delta first and then going on to do a Masters, it is worth noting that a Pass in all three Delta modules can be accepted by the University of Chichester as Accreditation of Prior Learning, counting for 60 credits and giving you exemption from the core module of NILE’s MA .

Delta: What happens if I fail?

For Module 1 you can re-take the exam without re-taking the course. Similarly, for Module 3 you can submit a fresh assignment (or a revised version of your original assignment) without re-taking the course; however, you may well wish to re-enrol for a reduced version of the course, so that you can benefit from further supervision. The nature of Module 2 means that you would have to re-take the entire course (though perhaps without the need for another diagnostic lesson For Module 2, you would normally not submit your work unless it was to standard and so you would only ‘Fail’ the External.  This can be re-taken within a year.  If the entirety of your portfolio is judged to be a fail, you would have to re-do the whole course.). For Module 1, on payment of a moderate fee, you can request a clerical check of the mark awarded, or to have the papers completely re-marked. (However, it is not possible to obtain any detailed commentary on exam performance.) For Modules 2 and 3, on payment of a moderate fee, you can request an individual assessor’s / examiner’s report to get detailed information on your weak areas before you re-take the module.

 

Delta: Are there any discounts or payment plans available for Delta?

Delta Modules can be paid per module or as a package: candidates who sign up to take all three Delta Modules with NILE pay a total of £3148, saving a total of £155.
The Delta package can be paid in full prior to starting the first module, or according to the payment plan set out on our payment page. The payment plan must be agreed prior to starting the first module.

Delta: How much tutor support can I expect for Modules 1 and 3?

Module 1 includes ‘tutor tasks’, which are submitted online and to which the Module Leader responds with corrections and feedback. In addition, there is also a revision package at the end of the course in the form of practice exam papers, and candidates receive detailed feedback on their performance. Module 3 includes 35 tasks, mostly designed for reflection, with answers and / or commentary provided online, but candidates may submit any of these tasks for feedback. In addition candidates are invited to submit drafts of each of the five sections of the extended assignment for feedback, as well as one final draft of the entire assignment.

Delta Module 1: How is the course organised and delivered?

The Module 1 course consists of eight units delivered over a nine-week period, with the last three weeks of the course leading up to the exam dedicated to revision, including a full practice exam. The course material covers the entire Delta syllabus, as well as providing a focus in each unit on the standard task-types used in the exam. Units are released on a weekly basis, and each unit includes a number of ‘Tutor Tasks’ to be uploaded onto the moodle platform for correction and feedback.

Delta Module 1: Where do I take the Module 1 exams?

At NILE if that is convenient; otherwise at your closest Cambridge exam centre. When you approach another centre to arrange to take the exam, please make it clear that you are NILE is enrolling you for the exam and you are asking them simply to host the exam for you. Once you have made such an arrangement, please inform NILE (registrar@nile-elt.com) so that we can liaise with the centre. Please also be aware that other centres may charge a small administration fee.

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Delta Module 2: Why do you offer courses of two different lengths for Module 2?

We offer a 16-week and a 9-month Delta Module 2 course so that you can choose the one that best fits in with your work situation.  The 16-week courses will probably suit people who work part-time, while the 9-month course is designed for people working full-time.  Please discuss the best course option with us when you apply.

Delta Module 2: Who supervises and assesses the practical teaching assignments?

The diagnostic lesson and the first three assessed lessons are supervised and assessed by the Local Delta Tutor (LDT), supported by a NILE online tutor. The final assessed lesson is seen by an External Assessor (someone who is or has been a Delta tutor at another centre).

Delta Module 2:  How do I get a local Delta tutor?

We recommend you try to find a local Delta tutor yourself; ideally it would be someone who is already a Delta tutor who works with or near you and who you would be happy to work with. Alternatively, you can suggest someone who is an experienced teacher trainer who could follow NILE’s online Delta tutor training programme to train up to be your tutor.  Cambridge requirements for local Delta tutors are available on request. NILE will help to find you a local tutor if you have difficulty.

Delta Module 2:  Who pays for the local Delta tutor? 

The local Delta tutor’s fees are included in your course fees.

Delta Module 2:  Who organises the External Assessment?

NILE takes responsibility for organising the External Assessment, doing everything possible to ensure that you get an assessor for the date you want.

Delta Module 2: Who pays for the External Assessment?

All local costs and payment to the External assessor are covered by NILE and Cambridge. Any international transport costs need to be covered by the candidate. NILE will liaise with you to keep these costs as low as possible.

Delta Module 3:  How is the Module 3 course organised and delivered?

The Module 3 course consists of five units, corresponding to the five sections of the extended assignment. (See p. 71-73 of the Cambridge Delta Handbook). 

Unlike the Module 1 course, all the course material is available from the outset. At the end Units 1-4, a draft of the relevant section can be uploaded for tutor feedback, and a final draft of the whole assignment to be uploaded for tutor feedback at the end of Unit 5.

Delta Module 3: What are the specialisms for Module 3?

Cambridge offer a choice of 16 different specialisms for Module 3 (See p 68 of the Cambridge Delta Handbook  for the complete list of specialisms). In most cases, the choice will be clearly linked to a current teaching context, but in cases where specialisms may overlap or where the choice is not an obvious one, NILE will advise on the most appropriate option.

Delta Module 3: Are there different Module 3 courses depending on the choice of specialism?

No – most of the work required for the Module 3 extended assignment depends on generic principles and procedures (relating to needs analysis, diagnostic assessment, course design, assessment of learning outcomes and course evaluation) which are applicable to any course regardless of the specialism involved. The NILE course for Module 3 includes supplementary units per specialism outlining key considerations for the particular area of teaching chosen.

Delta: How can I get more information about Delta at NILE?

Please see our information webinar from January 2017 or contact us.

MA Programme

How much does an MA course cost?

The course costs are indicated in the Dates & Fees section on the course details page.

What are the MA entry requirements?

You should ideally have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, plus language teaching experience and the level of English needed for successful completion of a course of study at postgraduate level. You may also be considered if you have extensive language teaching experience but few or no formal qualifications.

Access to current language learners for classroom investigation is necessary for candidates who take the core MALTM module, and for some electives (MADLA, MATYL, MATALL , MACLIL). Access to current language learners is useful but not required for the Dissertation and for the other electives (MAMAT, MATEA, MAMILE, MATEAP, MATD). 

Do I have to enrol for the whole MA programme?

Yes, you do need to enrol for the whole programme, but you enrol and pay for each module within it separately, according to your individual needs. There are then two possible exit points where you can withdraw from the programme with a ‘contained award’: a Postgraduate Certificate (after gaining 60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (after gaining 120 credits). The Core module counts for 60 credits and the elective modules count for a further 30 credits each.

Do I have to start with the Core module?

Normally, yes, though in special circumstances it may be possible to start with one of the elective modules.

How are written assignments supervised? How much feedback can I expect?

You can submit each meaningful section of an assignment for feedback, plus one final draft of the whole assignment. In addition, supervisors will also be available to respond to incidental queries between submissions.

When can I start the dissertation? How long do I have to complete it?

After you have successfully completed the Core Module and two elective modules, you may register to do the Dissertation Module (which counts for the final 60 credits). Once you have registered, you have 3 months in which to submit your Proposal. You should advise Simon Smith (Programme Leader) of the proposed area or title for the Dissertation, and you will then be allocated a tutor who will help you prepare the Proposal. After you have approval to proceed, you then have 60 weeks in which to write and submit the Dissertation.

What does a dissertation proposal involve?

The Proposal should include a working title and an outline plan plus methodology, and should suggest sources and a basic bibliography. Your Proposal is then considered by Chichester, who will authorise it or suggest amendments. Once you have received formal approval to proceed with the Dissertation, you will be allocated a Supervisor (who may be the same person who helped you prepare the Proposal) and you will begin communicating with them and receive their support throughout the process of researching and writing the Dissertation.

Consultancy Worldwide

What can NILE do for us?

NILE can provide consultancy support for short- and long-term projects across the entire field of language education. For a selection of successfully realised projects undertaken by NILE in recent years, click here.

Why NILE and not someone else?

NILE can call on the services of leading experts in specific areas, both from within its own establishment and from a wider pool of consultants who are regular contributors to NILE’s work. For a selection of successfully realised projects undertaken by NILE in recent years, click here.

What are NILE’s main areas of expertise?

Curriculum renewal and syllabus design; materials evaluation, design and development; teacher training; trainer development; inspector training and development; CLIL at primary, secondary and university levels; teaching in vocational contexts; testing, assessment and evaluation; ICT in language education; literature in language teaching; intercultural awareness; reader development; Continuing Professional Development; ELT management.

Who has NILE worked with in the past? (And how successful have they been...?)

NILE has undertaken extremely successful consultancies for Ministries of Education, regional education bureaux, the British Council, universities and other educational institutions in over 30 countries. Major clients have included ministries of education in 10 regions in Spain, 7 cantons in Switzerland and 16 regions in Italy, as well as the Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques in France and the British Council in China, Bahrain, Colombia, Nepal and Uzbekistan. For a full client list, click here.

Is NILE accredited by UK institutions?

Yes, by the inspectorates of the British Council (Accreditation UK) and EAQUALS (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality in Language Services), and also by the University of Chichester which validates NILE’s MA.

Who are the people who work for NILE?

NILE’s consultants are all highly experienced teachers, trainers and materials writers. Many of them are course book authors and examiners, have published journal articles and are regular presenters at international conferences.

How does NILE approach consultancy projects?

Consultancies are always designed to be sustainable and contextually appropriate to specific contexts and to serve clients’ actual needs. Designing the most productive consultancy plan involves a thorough process of identifying the real needs of stakeholders through detailed needs analysis and baseline studies. We can design and deliver sessions or courses for individuals or groups of any size, either in-country or in the UK. We are also able to take a strong partnership role in project management and the delivery of project outcomes. An important part of every consultancy is to monitor how well it is working, and evaluation, of processes as well as products, is built in from the outset.

What about follow-up?

In its consultancy proposals NILE always seeks to take account of follow-up, whether in the form of distance feedback or further face-to-face presence.

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