The English language is in a state of flux. This, of course, is nothing new: English has always taken from other languages. It is a glorious hybrid.

While this may be a cause for celebration in some aspects, it necessarily makes things difficult for the English language teacher.

How do I know if the English I am presenting to my students in the classroom is ‘correct’ English?
Do the ‘rules’ I learnt at school and university still hold true?
And given that most English is now used in interactions between non-native speakers, what standards apply?

These are all questions that this course will address.

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Experience: 1 year+ teaching experience
Language Level: B1 or higher
Course dates: Available on demand
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course Fees: £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £250/€300
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 18
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

General ideas of what constitutes contemporary English
A number of different language corpora, and how these can be useful tools for the teacher and the student
The processes involved in word formation and coinage
The concept of a grammar of spoken English (including vague language, ellipsis, backchannels)
The cultural and intercultural aspects of their topic, their role in social change and popular culture and the language generated by this
A list of lexical items relating to the world of work and particular professional spheres
A list of lexical items relating to loan words
The English ‘language landscape’ of their own environment

This course will give you an insight into contemporary English as it is used around the globe in the 21st century, from the backstreets of New York to the suburbs of Delhi, from Manchester to Melbourne, you will learn about varieties of English, recent changes in the English language and their implications for learners and teachers. This will be done through analysis of contemporary English through concordances and other corpus-based research instruments as well as analysis of the discourse of contemporary popular culture.

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" The course has positively surprised me for the great amout of information available. I've learned a lot of new vocabulary, improved both my language and teaching skills, as well as gotten in touch with great teachers who share the same goals: always learn more and teach better. In this way, I can just say that attending this course has been a great experience so far. "

Moira - 2019

" All the topics covered during the course have been new and inspirational! I was happy to meet new colleagues from around the world and to share with them my goals, what I was learning, how I think to use in my classrooms. "

Stefania - 2019

Further Information

NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.

You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.

Course Leader

Chris Rose

Chris Rose holds a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from Edge Hill University. He has an extensive list of publications, which range from fiction (his most recent novel, Who’s Who When Everyone Is Someone Else came out in the US and UK in April 2018; one of his short stories is featured in the anthology Best British Stories (2018) to critical theory (in The Short Story in Theory and Practice) to ELT (various readers and articles for Macmillan Education.) He has given several international conference presentations (most recently at the International Conference on the Short Story at the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.)

He has been a Teaching Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, is an Associate Trainer at NILE and has worked as a writer, teacher, teacher trainer, translator and materials writer for over twenty years. For a long time he worked for the British Council in Italy, where he was responsible for integrating arts and education work. Since then, he has also worked in India, Germany, Syria, Morocco, Lebanon and Russia, as well as extensively in the UK.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
Available on demand Online 8 weeks