Learning differences – making language teaching inclusive

In this course you will explore the main specific learning differences you are likely to see in your classes. We look at how we process information, what problems this can cause and what solutions we can use to overcome these; proven teaching strategies including multisensory learning techniques.

The course will support you in the inclusive classroom by equipping you a toolbox of activities, resources and techniques that can help learners engage and acquire language.

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" I'm taking away lots of new ideas and techniques to get the best out of my students. "

Participant - 2018

Is this course for you?

Location: Norwich
Primary and Secondary teachers of English as a foreign language using or wanting to use techniques for inclusion in their class
Language Level: Minimum level B2
Course dates:
Available online only in 2024
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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
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

Learning differences and their effects on learning
Experimental tasks which invite teachers to step into the shoes of a learner
Planning for learning, open communication and collaborating within cohorts
Analysing teaching methods in the light of learning differences
Different ways of processing information, and how this may affect learning
Resources in the immediate environment
Multisensory learning techniques
Adapting and designing materials considering accessibility for learner needs and differences
Strategies for teaching grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
Strategies for teaching skills-based lessons
Principles of scaffolding in multisensory learning
Assessment in the inclusive classroom

"The course was very practical, we were given a lot of inspiration, tools, what to do in different ways with our students""

Zsuzsanna - 2018



This course consists of 50 hours of tuition, delivered between 09:15 and 16:00, 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.

Week 1 will provide a full overview of all the key learning differences. Each session will include reference to research and theory and will look at the barriers to learning, focusing on practical strategies to assist each learning difficulty. Participants are encouraged to share their classroom experiences and resource ideas throughout the sessions. Week 2 will provide many more teaching strategies, as well as opportunities to put these into practice collaboratively.


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 homestay accommodation 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: Rachel Öner

Rachel Öner

Rachel is a freelance education consultant, writer and teacher educator based in Norfolk, UK. She has worked in EFL and ESOL for over 30 years, in Spain, France and the UK. Rachel holds Chartered Teacher Status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS). In 2022 her ATS research project was nominated for Best Improvement Project 2022. Rachel has a keen interest in learning differences and has been awarded several qualifications in neurodiversity needs.

Rachel is the National Co-Chair of NATECLA (The National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults). She speaks regularly at national and regional conferences in support of ESOL.