In this course you will learn what kinds of activities help students to learn English well. You will explore the factors we need to consider when choosing, using and adapting activities, such as interaction, motivation and classroom management. You will also look at how to evaluate activities and adapt them, or devise our own when necessary.


" The best part of the course was the little things you'd miss sometimes as a teacher... The big one for me was motivation. Thank you for putting together such a great course!   "

Participant, June 2023

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
For those teachers without a recognised national/international teaching qualification and/or minimal experience.
Language Level: B1 or higher
Course dates:
Not scheduled for 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee £495
Trinity Registration and Administration Fee (optional): £325
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 makes a good activity
The importance of interaction and how to promote it in your teaching
Motivation inside and outside the classroom
Setting up activities
Warmers, fillers and coolers
Activities for recycling vocabulary
Activities for developing writing and speaking skills
Building a repertoire of activities
Evaluating, adapting and creating activities
Storing, organising and sharing activities

Each unit will also focus on activities related to a particular language area. Over the course you will build up a repertoire, or bank, of activities that you can use with your students and we will help you to organise and share this. In unit 8 you will prepare for your final assessed project, which will help you put everything you have learnt into practice.

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" I really liked the selection of topics and materials, the practical tasks and the support from both the tutor and the other course participants   "

Rumiana, June 2023

" The activities are very helpful and the interaction is amazing!   "

Ibtissem, June 2023

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.

Meet a Course Tutor: Siv Sears

Siv Sears

Siv Sears has been involved with teaching English as a foreign language since the year 2000. A holder of CELTA, DELTA and MA TESOL qualifications, he has been a teacher, teacher trainer and examiner in his native UK as well as Italy, Mainland China and Taiwan. His career saw him begin as an immersion kindergarten teacher and move on to work in primary, secondary and tertiary contexts as well as teaching adults and classes for businesses.

Since 2015, he has lived in Norwich and worked for NILE. He is also the Head of EAL at an independent boarding school, where he focuses mainly on IELTS preparation and CLIL for GCSEs and A Levels. As well as this, he works for Cambridge Assessment as an examiner, Norwich Ghost Walks as a guide and storyteller and for an escape game company as a gamemaster. He has a professional interest in gamification and educational technology.

Siv has also won a gold medal at the Mind Sports Olympiad for the card game cribbage, which he has a passion for.