This course empowers teachers to bring environmental issues to the forefront, both in the classroom and institutionally.

You will discover new ways to engage with your learners about the climate crisis, addressing topics like climate justice and dealing with big climate emotions. You will help students feel confident in making a difference and connect lessons and institution-wide projects to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

You will create teaching tools that encourage action on climate change, adapt materials to focus on the environment, understand how language shapes future leaders, and learn how to handle tough topics by integrating climate education into every lesson. 


This brand new course guides teachers to inspire a generation of proactive citizens, from the classroom to the world.

Is this course for you?

Location: Norwich
English language teachers, and educators working in bilingual contexts, teaching upper primary to upper secondary (11-18) and young adult students
Language Level: Minimum level B2
Course dates:
5 - 16 August 2024
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
More information
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Cross-curricular and cultural workshops
Specialist ELT library
Complementary eLearning platform

Course content

In-depth exploration of subjects ranging from climate justice to eco-anxiety
Building the confidence in students to use their voices to make change in the world
The UN's Sustainability Development Goals and how to use them
Practical ideas to inspire your students to take a greener approach to life, in the classroom and beyond
Developing and adapting existing materials with an environmental focus
Language and its relation to the climate crisis
Having fun with changemaking and developing a passion and a meaning that goes beyond language
Green finances and how to include them in our lessons
Finding out which green skills we have and which we need to work on
Integrating climate crisis education into every lesson.


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.

Sample Timetable

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: Harry Waters

Phil Ball

Harry wears many hats, both literally and figuratively. One of them is as a multi-award-winning teacher trainer, others include teacher, writer, climate activist, podcast host, TEDx speaker and hat wearer.

His journey into sustainability-driven education culminated in the inception of Renewable English, a platform merging language learning with environmental consciousness. This initiative reflects his fervent passions for the environment and English Language Teaching (ELT), extending his influence beyond conventional educational boundaries.

He’s the ambassador for Macmillan’s Advanced Learning Change Makers. He was lead trainer for two ELTon award-winning projects. His new book "Activities for a Greener Mindset" for DELTA publishing series "Ideas in Action", will be available in November 2024.

While adorned with numerous professional hats, Harry's down-to-earth nature and knack for environmentalism shine through. An advocate for sustainable practices, Harry finds joy in second-hand shirts and endeavors to weave sustainability into every aspect of education.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
05 - 16 August 2024 Norwich 2 weeks