September 2015 sees the launch of three new NILE Online courses, Materials Development in ELT, Teaching Very Young Learners and Testing, Evaluation and Assessment bringing the total number of online teacher development courses to 13.
Ahead of the new round of NILE Online courses, our NILE experts will deliver a series of free webinars, kicking off with an exploration of the relevance of online learning to teachers on Friday 4th September. The following Wednesday we continue with a session on cultural differences and we conclude with some perspectives on one of the new courses; ideas on how pre-primary children can absorb English. All webinars will show examples from the forthcoming courses, so this is a rare opportunity to learn more about NILE Online's unique design. Indeed, we are so sure you will like it that all webinar participants will receive a 33% discount on NILE Online courses starting this September, and there will also be a competition to win a scholarship to a September Online course of your choice!
Friday 4th September 13.30 BST (London time)
"Online Teacher Development - Now It's Getting Personal"
Most teachers know that a high-quality face-to-face teacher development course can give their career the boost it needs. How can an online course mirror those opportunities for real engagement and collaboration between teachers from all around the world? How can it be truly relevant to each teacher's context? Come and explore how teachers can make the most of this new dynamic model of online CPD.
Johanna Stirling is the NILE Online Academic Manager and has been involved in online learning in terms of course design, editing, tutoring, training online tutors and supporting course participants. She is also a NILE Associate Trainer and an experienced online presenter and moderator.
Wednesday 9th September 12.00 midday BST
"Teaching Across Cultures"
Difficulties that students have operating in a new language are often ascribed to poor attitude or low aptitude. This webinar will explore the ways in which the adaptation to a new culture can create difficulties. It will look specifically at how conventions and expectations vary between cultures, exploring ways in which teachers can help students to understand the changes that may be needed.
Tony Prince has been involved in teaching, training and management in higher education for the last 15 years. His principal role during that time was as Manager of Academic English courses at the University of East Anglia. His work with NILE has involved conferences and consultancies in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Algeria. Since January 2015 he has been Academic Director for Tertiary Education at NILE.
Tuesday 15th September 15.00 BST
"Approaches to pre-primary language learning: more than just ELT"
This webinar will begin with an oft-used term 'educating the whole child'. I will take a look at some of the ways we can educate through English instead of just teach English, and share ideas and activities which take you, and the children you educate, beyond the ELT classroom.
Sandie Mourão has lived and worked in Portugal since 1987. She is an invited Associate Professor at the Nova University in Lisbon and a freelance teacher educator, author and consultant specializing in early years language education, with a PhD in didactics and teacher education from the University of Aveiro. Sandie has authored a number of resources books and language learning courses, including Discover with Dex and Hello Jack! (Macmillan), and is co-editor of Early Years Second Language Education: International Perspectives on Theories and Practice, published by Routledge.
Details of how to enter the scholarship competition and claim your 33% discount will be given during the webinar*. Certificate of attendance will be available upon request. Links to recordings* of all the webinars will be available after the last date.