The course will enable you to develop your English proficiency and improve your awareness of current methodology and materials. This will involve reviewing the principles and practices of English language teaching, looking at recent developments in teaching methodology. As a course participant you will have the opportunity to share your experience of teaching, examining the relationship between language, materials and methodology and reflecting on your practice.


" The trainers have provided us with new teaching approaches, great ideas, thoughts, materials. I have really enjoyed sharing teaching aspects with my partners and our trainers, which is really enriching. "

Monica, 2023

Is this course for you?

Location: Norwich
Teachers wishing to improve their understanding and command of contemporary written and spoken English and raise their awareness of how language, materials and methodology interact in the teaching of English
Language Level: B2 or higher
Course dates:
1 - 12 July 2024
22 July - 2 August 2024
19 - 30 August 2024
Certification: NILE Certificate
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course fees:
Registration fee: £175
Course fee: £1125
Accommodation (2 weeks):
Homestay (half-board): £546
Residential (half-board): £616
Residential (self-catering): £546
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Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Cross-curricular and cultural workshops
Specialist ELT library
Complementary eLearning platform

Course content

Language change
Language and culture
Motivating learners
Creativity in the classroom
The role of affect in the classroom
21st Century Skills
Multimedia materials
Using and designing authentic tasks
Activities to develop language knowledge and use
Recent developments in methodology
Issues in language learning
Helping learners become more autonomous

This course will extend your understanding and critical awareness of: how English is used both inside and outside the classroom and the principles and practice of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

You will explore recent developments in methodology and the analysis of language for teaching and how to examine the relationship between language, materials and methodology

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" I’m taking away an incredible range of activities and reflections for my job and an incredible personal experience "

Participant - 2023

" I feel very well prepared and highly motivated to start a new school year "

Natasha - 2023


This course consists of 50 hours of tuition, delivered between 09:00 and 15:30, Monday - Friday. You will also take part in cross-curricular workshops on a variety of topics, and each course includes a free evening and weekend programme of social and cultural activities and trips.

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Further Information

Specific course content comes from feedback you and other participants give us through pre-course questionnaires, identifying your needs and priorities.

Time will be built into the course for reflection and for you to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to your classroom in your own professional contexts.

NILE offers various accommodation options, including homestay with carefully selected hosts and residential accommodation at the University of East Anglia. NILE’s dedicated student welfare team can be reached 24 hours a day.

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

Course Leader

Maria Heron

Maria Heron has been working as a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer for forty years. She has trained teachers in the UK, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Western Europe, Kazakhstan and Canada. She is a CELTA trainer and CELTA assessor, has set up a CELTA centre at ICBC in Santiago de Chile and has delivered CELTA courses in the UK and in different parts of the world. She regularly gives presentations at international conferences.

Maria completed her MA at NILE in collaborative partnership with the University of Chichester and she is on the advisory board of Folio. Her chief ELT interests are materials development and the role of affect in language learning.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
22 July - 02 August 2024 Norwich 2 weeks
19 August - 30 August 2024 Norwich 2 weeks