This course will support your engagement with the contemporary ELT sector’s move towards ‘Global Citizenship’, linking critical theory with the latest issues, approaches and classroom practices. On the course you will develop your ability to facilitate rich, engaging dialogue with and between your students on a range of important social issues.

You will get hands-on experience in selecting, adapting and designing teaching materials that both foster criticality and draw connections between issues relevant to your local context and the wider world - empowering both you and your learners to become active, engaged global citizens.


Linking critical theory with the latest issues, approaches and classroom practices, this course is ideal for language educators interested in critiquing their current teaching, whilst also adding to a toolbox of ideas, resources and strategies to apply in the 21st century classroom.

Is this course for you?

Location: Online

Language teaching professionals who want to develop their learners’ critical thinking skills and understanding of social justice issues, foster their own critical literacy and further integrate global citizenship into their materials and course design

Language Level: B1/B2 or higher
Course dates:
16 September - 20 November 2024
NILE Certificate
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee £495
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

Teaching competencies language educators need to develop in order to incorporate global citizenship into classroom practice
Criticality and participatory approaches to teaching and learning
Critiquing teaching and learning materials using a critical literacy framework
Adapting teaching materials to give them a more global learning focus
Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and the relationship between language and power
Setting up and managing classroom conversations on more challenging topics
Topics that are commonly excluded from published ELT course materials
How different forms of artistic expression can be used to promote social justice and counter oppression
Selecting cultural texts for use with our learners
identifying and critiquing some dominant narratives and practices of the wider ELT industry

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: Rose Aylett

Rose Aylett NILE Rose is a freelance training consultant and CELTA tutor, based in Liverpool, UK. She has been working in ELT for almost 20 years, predominantly in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and has a long-standing professional interest in critical pedagogy, global citizenship and social justice education. Her MA thesis (completed in 2020) explored critical literacy within teacher education, and informed NILE ELT’s ‘Global Citizenship in Language Education’ course, for which she is the course leader.

Rose is a former IATEFL Global Issues SIG Coordinator and editor of the GISIG e-zine FUTURITY. She speaks regularly at national and international conferences about how to teach controversial issues, promoting critical dialogue in the classroom, and the integration of critical perspectives into ELT.

In her free time, Rose enjoys hiking, biking and camping - and generally spending as much time as possible outdoors.


Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
16 September - 20 November 2024 Online 8 weeks