The move from English language teacher to teacher trainer involves a lot more than a new job title and different learners. There has been much discussion about who should provide teacher education and what it should consist of. One of the problems in defining a knowledge base and a set of skills for teacher educators is the enormous range of situations and types of teacher training course.

ELT teacher trainers may work in universities, in private language schools, in cultural institutes, in adult education or in state schools. The kind of courses they work on include school-teacher training, CELTAs and Deltas, one-off workshops, publisher-sponsored training, TEFL taster courses and courses of various lengths for those who are already teachers.


" It was a good course learning about new training techniques and benefiting from the experienced teachers and the tutor's comments. "


Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Teachers who are considering moving into teacher training or who already have a little experience as a teacher trainer
Language Level: B2 or higher
Course dates:
18 September - 22 November 2023
15 January - 20 March 2024
16 September - 20 November 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (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

The professional discourse of teacher education
The kinds of training course they may need or wish to develop and deliver
How to adapt a partially relevant training plan to their own situation and context
How to build in variety and interest when planning training sessions
How to make appropriate choices of methods and materials for teacher workshops and seminars
Ways of motivating teachers to use self-evaluation of their teaching as a tool for development
How to choose appropriate instruments to evaluate a short course, seminar or workshop in their context
How to take appropriate steps in planning the teacher training session
The role of teacher beliefs, attitudes and behaviour when planning and delivering teacher training
Some fundamental differences between working as a teacher and working as a teacher trainer

Most new teacher trainers begin with a workshop, seminar or very short course and we will concentrate on these shorter teacher education sessions in this online course. We will introduce you to key concepts and principles in the field, provide you with practical assistance in relation to methodology and materials, provide a framework for you to reflect on your role and responsibilities as a teacher trainer within your own working context, and prepare you to make the transition from teacher to teacher trainer.

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" The course is well structured and really clear. Also, Susi was always there for us and offered us a lesson in moderation. Met my expectations and is user friendly and clear.  "


" Overall, a fun and interactive course which I really enjoyed. Susi was a very good course leader. "


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

Johanna Stirling

Johanna Stirling is responsible for coordinating and developing all academic aspects of NILE Online.

She teaches, trains teachers, writes materials and gives presentations about English language teaching. She has written teaching materials for Cambridge University Press and self-published Teaching Spelling to English Language Learners (British Council Award for ELT Writing – Special Commendation and nominated for an ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources).

Her professional special interests are teaching spelling, materials development, ICT and working with teachers. To find out more see her website, The English Language Garden and The Spelling Blog.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
15 January - 20 March 2024 Online 8 weeks
15 January - 20 March 2024 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks
16 September - 20 November 2024 Online 8 weeks
16 September - 20 November 2024 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks