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.
Is this course for you?
Experience: Teachers at all levels
Language Level: B2 or higher
19 September - 23 November 2022
16 January - 22 March 2023
17 April - 21 June 2023
18 September - 22 November 2023
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fee: 495.00
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £250/€300
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO
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
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.
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.