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.


" I didn't know what to expect because I have never taken an online course before but now I see that it was even more than what I could have ever expected. It was a great experience and I learnt a lot. The context is very modern and useful in current learning contexts. "


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:
8 April - 12 June 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
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

Exploring what makes good activities
Thinking about the importance of interaction
Thinking about what motivates people generally
Thinking about what the teacher should do before, during and after an activity
Listening to some experienced teachers talking about how they built their repertoire of activities
Choosing some evaluation criteria for activities for your class
Submitting a project plan for your tutor for feedback
How to discover a range of activities for recycling vocabulary
Solutions to some common challenges in speaking classes
How we can help students interact more in speaking activities
How to plan the stages and instructions for a warmer, filler or booster
Some online tools for storing, organising and sharing activities
How to devise and share a short reading or listening activity
How to evaluate some receptive skills 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 loved the fact that I met people from other countries whose teaching contexts are either similar or different to mine, and the fact that we shared our ideas, experiences and supported each other. The tutor, Susi, is wonderful: immediate feedback and lots of support from her enabled me to overcome particular hurdles. "


" For my first experience of an online course, I was pleasantly surprised. It was very accessible and the activities and resources were practical and useful to everyday teaching. "

Maria Cristina

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

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.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
8 April - 12 June 2024 Online 8 weeks
8 April - 12 June 2024 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks