In this course you will learn what kinds of activities help students to learn English well. There are eight units. In the first one you will get to know the course, the learning platform, your tutors and the other participants. In the next six units you will explore some factors we need to consider when choosing, using and adapting activities, such as interaction, motivation and classroom management.

We will also look at how to evaluate activities and adapt them or devise our own when necessary.

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" I didn't know what to expect because I have never taken an online course before but now I see that it was even more than what I could have ever expected. It was a great experience and I learnt a lot. The context is very modern and useful in current learning contexts. "

Laura - 2018

Is this course for you?

 
Location: Online
 
Experience:
For those teachers without a recognised national/international teaching qualification and/or minimal experience.
 
Language Level: B1 or higher
 
Course dates:
20 September - 24 November 2021
11 April - 15 June 2022
19 September - 23 November 2022
 
Certification:
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
 
Course Length: 8 weeks
 
Course fees:
Course fee £495
Trinity Registration and Administration Fee (optional): £250
Take Your Teaching Online: FREE
 
Minimum age: 18
 
Max class size: 16
 
Tutor-led and highly interactive
 
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
 
Specialist ELT eLibrary
 
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

 
Exploring what makes good activities
 
Thinking about the importance of interaction
 
Thinking about what motivates people generally
 
Thinking about what the teacher should do before, during and after an activity
 
Listening to some experienced teachers talking about how they built their repertoire of activities
 
Choosing some evaluation criteria for activities for your class
 
Submitting a project plan for your tutor for feedback
 
How to discover a range of activities for recycling vocabulary
 
Solutions to some common challenges in speaking classes
 
How we can help students interact more in speaking activities
 
How to plan the stages and instructions for a warmer, filler or booster
 
Some online tools for storing, organising and sharing activities
 
How to devise and share a short reading or listening activity
 
How to evaluate some receptive skills activities

Each unit will also focus on activities related to a particular language area. Over the course you will build up a repertoire, or bank, of activities that you can use with your students and we will help you to organise and share this. In unit 8 you will prepare for your final assessed project, which will help you put everything you have learnt into practice.

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" I loved the fact that I met people from other countries whose teaching contexts are either similar or different to mine, and the fact that we shared our ideas, experiences and supported each other. The tutor, Susi, is wonderful: immediate feedback and lots of support from her enabled me to overcome particular hurdles. "

Marielou - 2018

" For my first experience of an online course, I was pleasantly surprised. It was very accessible and the activities and resources were practical and useful to everyday teaching. "

Participant - 2018

Further Information

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos. Participants 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 certain activities.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and the NILE digital Tasks are interactive, involving live online sessions, forums and community walls, and utilise a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.

Course Leader

Susie Pearson

Susi Pearson has been involved in teaching and teacher training in ELT for over 20 years, working for extended periods in Portugal, Brazil, Poland. She is CELTA and Delta qualified and holds an MA in Professional Development for Language Education.

Susi is a Senior Trainer at NILE, coordinating and working on Language Development and Methodology courses, including CELTA & Delta. Her role also involves tutoring on NILE Online courses and supporting new tutors, as well as overseeing the writing and digitising of new courses. Her particular interests are developing effective ELT materials, how to keep learners motivated and teaching phonology.


Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
20 September - 24 November 2021 Online 8 weeks
11 April - 15 June 2022 Online 8 weeks
19 September - 23 November 2022 Online 8 weeks