• Tonight England are playing Brazil at Wembley. I wish I could be there, because I love football and especially the way it’s played in Brazil. But there’s a lot more that we at NILE love about Brazil and the involvement we have had with language education professionals from Brazil for over 20 years. Since 1995, NILE has worked with teachers and trainers from over 70 countries, but every year we have faced new challenges and new inspiration in our collaboration with ELT in Brazil, partly becauseRead more...

    0 comments | 14 November 2017 | Project and Guest Blogs | Dave Allan
  • Since late 2014, NILE has been working in collaboration with IPRASE (Istituto Provinciale per la RicercA e la Sperimentazione Educative in the Autonomous Province of Trento), the Goethe Institut (Milan) and Bell Cambridge on an Erasmus Plus project, “Partnership for Excellence in Language Learning” (PAL).

    The project was initially designed to investigate the potential for differential approaches toRead more...

    0 comments | 16 March 2017 | Funding and Project | Sarah Mount, Alan pulverness
  • At IATEFL Brimingham we proudly launched a set of 26 alphabetical activity cards.

    Each card focuses on one of the NILE trainers’ favourite activities sets out the intended level and language focus of the activity, plus aims and a detailed procedure.

    The colour-coded  A-Z set of cards covers Speaking (blue) , Reading & Listening (magenta) , Writing (orange),  Vocabulary & Grammar (silver) and Pronunciation (purple). 

    Some of the cards were available on the NILE stand at IATEFL, while othersRead more...

    0 comments | 15 March 2017 | Courses and Project | Carole Robinson
  • At  IATEFL 2016 we launched a set of 26 activity cards for use in class by teachers.

    Following the success of these, we are now launching a set of training activity cards, aimed at teacher trainers in different contexts around the world.  Eight of these were distributed at our NILE@21 ConferenceRead more...

    0 comments | 15 March 2017 | Courses, Events and Project | Carole Robinson
  • Learning from others of the same age is the idea behind the new platform palm-edu.eu which wants to make the learning of foreign languages attractive for children in the European Union.
    The Erasmus+ project PALM (Promoting Authentic Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts) will design a platformRead more...

    0 comments | 27 January 2017 | Project | Maria Heron
  • NILE Online courses have recently been accredited as being aligned to the Eaquals Teacher Development framework. NILE has mapped the contents of its online courses, indicating how they relate to the competencies covered by the framework.

    This mapping is an important facet of the NILE courses, both for individuals and for the organisations they work in.

    For individuals it offers the reassurance that the content they are covering on a specific course (such as Technology Assisted Language Learning) is relevant to their general development as a teacher and to the progression of their career.


    0 comments | 07 April 2016 | Courses and Project | Tony Prince
  • 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

    0 comments | 10 February 2016 | Project | Hanna K Furre
  • Do you know where you are, where you want to be and how to get there? In teacher development terms, that is. Now NILE and Cambridge English have a new way to help you on your journey.

    NILE is proud to be the first non-Cambridge organisation to have its courses aligned to the Cambridge English Teaching Framework. What is it and how will it help you?Read more...

    0 comments | 09 September 2015 | Project | Johanna Stirling
  • We are delighted to announce that NILE Online has been shortlisted for the prestigious British Council 2015 ELTons award for Digital Innovation!

    The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English Language TeachingRead more...

  • Following the success of courses held in 2013 for groups of university teachers from pedagogical institutes in cities across Kazakhstan, in June NILE welcomed to Norwich a third group of 25 teachers for a similar course, designed “to set participants on a clear pathway towards Continuing Professional Development”. The course programme included sessions in four main areas: Modern Approaches to Teaching and Learning, Professional and Linguistic Development, Assessment and Evaluation and ICT in Teaching and Learning.

     Participants once again felt that they had gained a great deal from their stay in Norwich: “The quality of teaching was great. I was impressed with teachers’ professionalism”; “I learnt so much…which I will use”; “All trainers’ preparation and planning for the course sessions are quite perfect”.

    A specific interest that emerged from some participants during the course was the place in education of Guilford’s (1967) concept of ‘divergent thinking’. Consequently, Gulnar Balakayeva (whose report on one of the 2013 courses was published in the Winter 2013 edition of the NILE newsletter) and her colleague Saule Zeinolla wrote a paper about ways of enlisting the hierarchy of categories in Bloom’s Taxonomy to encourage the development of divergent thinking:

    Criteria and evaluation tasks aimed at the development of divergent thinking for university students

    0 comments | 19 August 2014 | Project | Alan Pulverness

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