This module will familiarise you with the skills and qualities needed by teacher educators and raise your awareness of different models and practices in the area of Continuing Professional Development. You will evaluate and design your own materials as well as a short, in-service or pre-service training course for a specific context, and look at issues in managing INSETT. The different requirements of pre- and in-service training courses will be examined as well as good practice in classroom observation, supervision and mentoring.

This module carries 30 credits.


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Location: Norwich
Experience: Degree. language teaching experience
Language Level: B2/C1 or higher
Course dates: 22 July - 2 August 2024
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

Key issues in teaching teachers
Different models, issues and options in teacher learning
Input types, process option and task types when working with teachers
Supportive trainer talk
Mentoring teachers
Classroom observation and feedback
Classroom-based development
Designing in-service and pre-service courses
Evaluating in-service and pre-service courses
Reflecting on own learning and future development

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

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

  1. A critical analysis of supportive trainer talk.
  2. Production or analysis of an in-house developmental scheme for monitoring and/or supervision of a specified group of teachers.
  3. A piece of self-produced training material for use on an INSETT or PRESETT course in a specific context, accompanied by a rationale and evaluation.

A main 3,000 word assignment (50%) consisting of a fully worked out design for a short in-service or pre-service course for a specific context, including a rationale, a means of evaluation and a statement of staffing and resource provision.

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Sandy - 2019

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Olga - 2019


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: Kate Gregson

Kate Gregson NILE Kate has worked with NILE since 2016 as a MAPDLE supervisor and tutor on various training courses for NILE Online, as well as MAPDLE modules and other tailor-made courses. She works freelance from France, where she now lives, and has worked in ELT and teacher development in South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe for over 25 years, more than half of which have involved roles in pre- and/or in-service training, teacher management and teacher supervision in different contexts.

Kate has a master’s degree in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York, and holds a DELTA and CTEFLA. Her particular area of interest is in curriculum development, and she is often involved in curriculum reform projects and training. She volunteers with the IATEFL YLTSIG as joint publications editor and has published various reviews of methodology titles for the IATEFL YLTSIG and for the ELT Journal and other articles. She also co-wrote a chapter for the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
22 July - 2 August 2024 Norwich 2 weeks