On this course, you will consider the four language skills - speaking, writing, reading and listening - and the language systems of grammar and vocabulary. You will think about different aspects of these skills and systems, what problems our learners might have with learning or using them, and how we can help our learners with these challenges most effectively.

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Location: Online
Teachers without a recognised national/international teaching qualification and/or minimal experience.
Language Level: B1 or higher
Course dates:
On demand
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees: £495
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

What the skills and systems in English are
Reasons and strategies for listening and reading
Evaluating classroom activities for receptive skills
Different aspects of the speaking skill: accuracy, fluency, pronunciation & discourse management
Writing activities: aim & effectiveness; product vs. process
Criticisms of the PPP model and what we can do about them; alternative approaches
Resources for vocabulary teaching: exploring and designing resources
Practising, memorising and recycling vocabulary: why and how?
The importance of recycling vocabulary and sharing ways of doing it
Important terminology for working with receptive skills
The value of extensive reading and how to encourage learners to do it
What grammar is and what we need to think about when teaching it
Different ways of conveying meaning and getting learners to practise and memorise vocabulary
Strategies for learner training in vocabulary learning

You will also look at, and evaluate, different activities and resources for teaching language skills and systems. In the final project, you will be asked to design or adapt some teaching materials in order to put into practice what you have learnt on the course.

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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

Susi 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.

She is now based in Norwich where she is the NILE Online Academic Manager, leading on and coordinating all academic aspects of NILE Online courses, as well as tutoring on some courses. She is also a Senior Trainer at NILE, coordinating and working on Language Development and Methodology courses, including CELTA & Delta. Her particular interests are developing effective ELT materials, how to keep learners motivated and teaching phonology.