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.

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Location: Norwich

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:
Available online only in 2024.
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Certification: NILE Certificate
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course fees:
Registration fee: £175
Course fee: £1125
Accommodation (2 weeks):
Residential (half-board): £616
Residential (self-catering): £546
More information
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Free social and cultural programme
Cross-curricular and cultural workshops
Specialist ELT Library
Complementary eLearning platform

Course content

Global Citizenship Education (GCE) / Global Learning (GL)
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Critical pedagogy and critical literacy
Social justice issues in language education
Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and the relationship between language and power
Digital literacy, digital citizenship and media literacy, e.g. identifying credible sources and combating misinformation, disinformation and ‘fake news’
Critical materials analysis (including published coursebooks and authentic texts)
Language use, and how it shapes socio-cultural perspectives
Participatory approaches to language education and course design
Dialogue facilitation skills, including supporting equal participation, empowering under-represented voices, and challenging intolerance and discrimination
Inclusive classroom practice - building empathy, and a respect for diversity and difference
Forum theatre as a rehearsal for real-life action to address injustice
De-centring ELT and promoting contextually-situated teacher expertise


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: 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.