This module will raise your awareness of the possibilities and challenges offered by digital technologies both now and over the next five years. The course aims to equip you with the academic, technical and practical skills to use technology to optimum benefit in your classroom.

This module carries 30 credits

Go to online module Contact us

" I only have a lot of positives about the course and the support I received from the teachers and the NILE staff. The course is highly interesting, practical, well structured and fun. "

Ludmila - (MA)TALL 2019

Is this course for you?

Location: Norwich
Experience: Degree. language teaching experience
Language Level: B2/C1 or higher
Course dates:
Available online only in 2024
Go to online module
Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course fees: £1210
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

The essentials of Web 2.0 and the significance of cloud computing
The possibilities and challenges offered by digital technologies in language education both now and in the foreseeable future
How ICT in ELT is compatible with current learning theories
How to evaluate choices available in the use of ICT in language education
How to use technology in a learning/teaching environment
How to use the Internet for such purposes as research, professional development, and administrative purposes
How to use the Internet for creating learning opportunities for students in collaborative situations, for creative work, for developing learner autonomy

Assessment (written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors):

A portfolio (50%) containing TWO of the following four options:

  1. A website which provides resources for an aspect of ICT in English language teaching and learning.
  2. A webquest.
  3. A lesson or lessons making use of handheld or mobile devices.
  4. A technology-driven international student exchange project.

A main assignment (50%) consisting of a 3,000–word article for a professional journal on the use of technology in a specified learning/ teaching environment.

" This is an absolutely enlightening course on how to survive with technologies in the world of ELT. Gavin is a brilliant trainer and educational motivator! "

Yordanka - (MA)TALL 2019

" The set up was perfect: input and time to practise. The online platform was nicely presented and easy to use. "



Assessment (written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors):

Assessment will be based on three pieces of work, weighted as follows:

Assignment 1 (50%):

The production of a unit of materials together with a theoretical rationale justifying the principles and procedures of the materials.

Assignment 2 (50%):

A portfolio containing the following:

a) A criterion-referenced evaluation of two units of materials in relation to a specified context

b) A criterion-referenced adaptation of a unit of materials for a specified context

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.

MA Module Leader: Russell Stannard


Russell spent 11 years in Spain as Director of Studies of International House Seville and teacher trainer for the Spanish government. He had previously worked as an English teacher in Greece for 2 years. 

He holds the CELTA, DELTA and an MSc in Multimedia Computing from the University of Westminster. He worked as a Principal Teaching Fellow in Educational Technology at the University of Westminster before moving to Warwick University. 

In 2007 he founded the website and was awarded the British Council 'Technology' ELTons, the The Times Higher 'Outstanding Technology' award and the University of Westminster 'Excellence in Teaching and Learning.' 

Russell is now a freelance consultant. His YouTube Channel has over 70,000 subscribers where he creates videos to help language teachers incorporate technology in their teaching and learning. His consultancy roles include work with Kings College University London, the Kwazulu University in South Africa, Brugg University in Switzerland and Stirling University in Scotland. He is a Techsmith Camtasia recommended trainer and a Movavi educational ambassador.