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.


" I'm inspired to go into the syllabus design course now and look at this from a broader perspective. Thanks to the dedication and meticulous observation of our thoughtful trainers, I learned a lot and reflected on my beliefs as a teacher, trainer and materials writer. Thanks for another great course! "

Kim - 2019

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Experience: Teachers at all levels
Language Level: B2 or higher
Course dates:
16 January - 22 March 2023
17 April - 21 June 2023
18 September - 22 November 2023
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee: 495.00
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
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.

" As I have mentioned earlier, this course is outstanding compared to other ones I have done since it is very well-organised in terms of its content and delivery. 4 webinars offered on this course next to its interactive platform - forums, makes this course feel as if it were a face to face course. "

Roman - 2019

" I just loved it. So many really cool participants and such good comments by the tutors :-) I loved the summaries in particular... it helped me to keep track and get reminded of important aspects. "

Isabella - 2019

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.

Course Leader

Dr Jason Skeet

Dr. Jason Skeet is responsible for leading on and coordinating all academic aspects of the NILE MA in Professional Development for Language Education. Jason has worked as a consultant and trainer in CLIL 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 bilingual secondary school.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
18 September - 22 November 2023 Online 8 weeks