This course will provide you with a solid set of principles on which to understand the integration of technology into the delivery of language education. You will explore summative and formative assessment and cover blended (hybrid), flipped, and fully online learning. 

The course includes a deep dive into many of the emerging AI tools used in language teaching. The focus is on the free, easily accessible tools that directly impact on language learning. 

Overall, the course is highly practical, providing you with an opportunity to explore technologies, approaches and principles and facilitate reflection and discussion. 

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Location: Online
Language Level: B1 or higher
Course dates: 
14 January - 25 February 2024
15 September - 27 October 2024
NILE Certificate
Course Length: 6 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee £395
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

Build an understanding of the key principles that underpin the integration of technology into teaching and learning
Learn to use the key technologies that can really impact teaching and learning with a focus on those tools that cover a wide range of contexts
Explore the emerging AI tools that are directly impacting the world of language learning, including ChatGPT
Learn about alternative ways to assess your students both formatively and summatively, particularly significant in the light of ChatGPT
Consider some of the challenges that teachers might face in introducing technology into their language provision, both inside and outside the classroom
Looking at the role that independent learning plays in online/blended learning with a special emphasis on technologies that can support students' autonomous learning and provide them with more agency.

Please note that you do not need to be an advanced user of technology to do this course. It is a course for teachers who may make some use of technology but need to connect it all together by building their understanding of the core principles underpinning its use and for teachers who use technology but not necessarily in any systematic or organised way. You will also develop your technical skills in a number of key areas, including a comprehensive look at many of the emerging AI tools. Tools that increase collaboration, support assessment and develop student agency are also covered.

You need a PC or Mac and a Gmail account to participate in this 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: Russell Stannard

Russell Stannard

Russell is a multi award-winning Educational Technologist and founder of He has more than 77,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and has received awards from the British Council ELTONS, the Times Higher and the University of Westminster for his work in the use of ICT in language education.

He trains language educators in the use of technology to enhance the delivery of their teaching and learning. His focus is on the use of technology outside of the classroom to extend learning options for students but he has also worked on the development of blended/hybrid delivery and more recently AI.

As well as delivering training, Russell works with several of the companies producing educational technology which gives him a particular understanding of the educational technology landscape.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
15 September - 27 October 2024 Online 6 weeks