Macmillan Education and Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) announce a global partnership.
NILE, a centre of teaching and training excellence for English language teachers and trainers and Macmillan Education, a leading global publisher of English Language Teaching (ELT) and school curriculum materials have joined together to develop and promote quality teacher education programmes globally.
In a signing ceremony the 9th February we confirmed our strategic partnership as the first step in an exciting new era for teacher professional development services. For the first time, all the training and teacher support elements at Macmillan Education will be brought together under a dedicated team, curating personalized professional development with an appropriate mix of ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ learning delivered online, blended and face to face.
Teacher professional development perfectly complements Macmillan Education’s publishing programme and its mission of improving learning outcomes, which makes NILE a natural partner. The two companies have already collaborated to co-sponsor the Macmillan Education Scholarship Competition to reward EFL teachers for creative and innovative teaching ideas.
"We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with NILE in this exciting venture"
Jeremy Dieguez, Director of Global Education at Macmillan Education said,
“We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with NILE in this exciting venture. Like us, NILE recognises the crucial importance of teacher training in rapidly changing learning environments. With the advance of digital technologies and new pedagogies, it is essential that we place teachers at the heart of everything we do and ensure that they are fully prepared to take a full and active role in improving learning outcomes for all our current and future learners.”
NILE is one of the largest and most respected providers of professional development courses for EFL teachers, trainers and other educational professionals in Europe. Established in 1995 by directors with extensive experience of language teacher education, NILE has trained over 40,000 teachers from 65 countries worldwide. NILE is right at the top of UK institutions accredited by the British Council and EAQUALS, with some twenty areas of strength and excellence in recent inspections. Offering the UK’s widest range of language teacher education courses, NILE provides both online and face-to-face professional development and training, ranging from Cambridge CELTA and Delta courses to bespoke in-country consultancy, project management and training. With a staff of specialist and highly-respected trainers, NILE also offers modular post-graduate programmes up to Masters level, validated by the University of Chichester.
Dave Allan, NILE’s founding director said:
“All of us at NILE are really excited by the potential of this new relationship. It’s great that we can celebrate NILE’s 21st birthday by announcing this collaboration with a major and globally respected partner in the world of ELT, with colleagues who share our values and with whom we can offer teachers all over the world professional development and support of the highest quality.”
Macmillan Education has a long history of investing in teachers. Flagship teacher resource site, ‘onestopenglish’ celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and in-country training services continue to flourish. As well as organising face-to-face training for teachers and ministries of education around the world, Macmillan Education also offers them a vast array of quality online support materials. This includes an annual webinar programme and the recent life skills campaign, which took home a British Council ELTon award for Innovation in Teacher Resources.
Debra Marsh, Head of Teacher Professional Development at Macmillan Education said,
“Teachers are faced daily with a multitude of challenges in their professional lives, not only with the day-to-day need to motivate and inspire learners but also with the pace of change our increasingly digital world presents. I am very excited about the new partnership with NILE, and together we will be working to develop new solutions to support the teacher of today for the teaching of tomorrow”
Today marks the beginning of a long-term partnership that will see Macmillan Education and NILE working together and working with teachers to improve language learning around the world.