This course explores the principles and practices of the management role within a language teaching organisation. Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals from a range of managerial contexts and explore the key issues of their current or future roles through participatory activities and critical analysis of contemporary thought and theoretical models in the discipline. We explore the tasks and responsibilities of management and the soft skills that are required to realise these within the essentially people-oriented workplace of language education.

The course has been specifically designed to be practical and relevant for participants from a range of settings and management roles.


" The content was informative and distributed well, the interaction with the tutor was consistently positive: excellent feedback and assistance was provided. "

Melissa, December 2022

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Academic managers of English ELT institutions and
managers/advisors working on ELT and other educational projects. Teachers with management responsibilities and also teachers planning on moving into management. 
Language Level: B2/C1 or higher
Course dates:
15 January - 20 March 2024
8 April - 12 June 2024
16 September - 20 November 2024
NILE Certificate
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees: £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

Organisational Management - e.g. structures, cultures and systems
The Manager Role - e.g. roles, approaches and leadership models
Managing People - motivation, supporting groups and conflict management
Managing Performance - competency analysis & development and appraisal system design
Managing Quality - stakeholder analysis, client relations and quality assurance approaches
Managing Change - management investigation, planning and change management strategies

This course takes a practical approach to the development of management skills and knowledge, using real life scenarios and case studies to illuminate how you can successfully apply management theory to your own specific context. Participants on the course will gain insight into key strands of educational management, including academic management, human resource management, project management, marketing and finance.

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" The tutor guided our exploring process beyond the content of the course, providing us with extra sources and encouraging further investigation. "

Tetyana, December 2022

" Co-constructed learning, a range of contexts by participants and the tutor's thoughtful and clearly expert responses made this course great. "

Jordan, March 2023

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.

Meet a Course Tutor: Martyn Clarke

Martyn Clarke

Martyn has worked in ELT for over 30 years in the UK, Europe, Central America and Africa. He has taught English at all levels and in many contexts, from one-to-one in financial institutions to rural schools with classes of 80 students.

His management experience includes three years as Director of Operations for a group of language schools in the UK and Ireland. In this role he oversaw the project management of professional development systems, as well as a syllabus review and reform project.

His main professional interests lie in two main areas. First, the processes of professional development and how this is fostered by management within organisations to create a culture of support and learning. The other related area is in the approaches and practices of mentoring and teacher supervision.

Available dates:

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