This course is for all teachers who use materials or produce their own. These may be materials for your own classroom, for sharing with colleagues or even for publication. They may be print or digital. You will explore many aspects of effective materials development, from key principles to practicalities. You will look at materials evaluation, adaptation and creation, including key areas such as visual design, cognition and affect in materials, and making sure they are effective for your specific context, whatever area of language teaching that might be.


" The tutor conducted this course masterfully. Very approachable and kind, always providing valuable and insightful feedback on our general discussions and individual work. The end-of-unit summaries she provided us with every week will be extremely helpful for keeping record of the most important points of the lessons. "

Helena, March 2023

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Experience: Teachers at all levels
Language Level: B2 or higher
Course dates:
15 January - 20 March 2024
8 April - 12 June 2024
16 September - 20 November 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee: £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
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

Principles of materials development
How language teaching material is used
Materials for specific contexts and cultures
Implications of second language acquisition research
Principled evaluation of materials
Principles and practice of materials adaptation
Affect, motivation and engagement in materials
Understanding and adjusting levels of challenge
Materials for teaching grammar and vocabulary
Materials for developing the four skills
Design, layout and illustration
Writing instructions and teacher’s notes

Please note: As well as the main text of the assignment, any learning materials written or evaluated in the optional final assignments need to be in English, unless by prior arrangement.

"  All of the different ways in which we learnt - it was really great to be able to participate and share ideas in different ways. "

Ella, December 2022

"  The course is well organised, it covers a wide range of useful topics and the tutor is very well prepared "

Kevin, June 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: Jason Skeet

Dr Jason Skeet - NILE

Jason’s work as a consultant and trainer for NILE focuses on CLIL and EME (English Medium Education). He has worked on a range of NILE projects in various countries, including Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Brazil. He also provides training in formative assessment and educational materials design. Recent work for NILE includes the British Council/NILE EME capacity building project in Uzbekistan. Between 2018 and 2023 he was the MAPDLE Programme Leader and remains a tutor on the programme.

Previously Jason worked at Utrecht University providing advice and training for bilingual schools throughout The Netherlands. He has also taught on the university's UTEACH Master's Programme for bilingual and international school teachers. Before that he worked for seven years as a teacher at a Dutch bilingual secondary school.

Available dates:

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