This course develops your awareness of the various uses of technology in language education. It will include practical applications as well as theoretical perspectives and will offer opportunities for hands-on practical experience.
The course will extend your understanding and critical awareness of the possibilities and challenges offered by digital technologies in language education both now and in the foreseeable future. We will explore how ICT in ELT is compatible with current learning theories and how to use the Internet and other technology for creating learning opportunities for students in collaborative situations, for creative work, for developing learner autonomy.
Upon completion, you will have raised your awareness of the principles underlying the practice of technology-enhanced language education, having explored ways of applying these principles to your own professional context.
Is this course for you?
Basic computer skills
Language Level: B2
Course dates: 16 January - 22 March 2023
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fee £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £250/€300
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO
History of educational technologies in the language classroom; advantages and disadvantages of ICT in education; challenges and alternatives
Core Internet skills and literacies: search, evaluation and tagging; strategic integration in the classroom and the curriculum
The use of Web 2.0 tools for creating teaching resources that encourage creative language practice and production; multimedia
The use of corpora and text analysis software for both research and classroom applications
The impact of technology on methodology and the long-term and short-term implications for teachers and learners
The use of learning management systems primarily for blended learning situations; syllabus and course design
The use of mobile and handheld learning in and out of the class
The use of technologies for teacher development and CPD
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.
Gavin has worked in education for the past 24 years, as a teacher, materials developer, IT manager and web/user interface designer and his blend of pedagogical and technical skills has taken him around the world for a variety of organisations helping them to bridge the gap between their training and teaching portfolio and their technical needs.
His company TheConsultants-E, set up with Nicky Hockly works primarily in online teacher development and training and their Cert ICT course won a British Council ELTON in 2007. Among their other courses they also offer the only online Cert IBET course.