This course is for you if you are a teacher of English working with very young learners, children from 3 to 6 years old. In most cases you will be working in state or private pre-primary education.

Throughout the course, you will reflect on how language-related activities develop the whole child, socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and in terms of communication and creative development.


" Very well presented and easy to navigate online course. I good mix of theory and practical allowed those on the course to share ideas and thoughts on the information provided. "

Participant - 2019

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Experience: Teachers, academic managers and trainers who work in the area of teaching languages to pre-primary learners (3 to 6-year-olds).
Language Level: B1 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
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

Extending critical understanding of how small children learn
Developing the whole child through English
Managing small children
Planning sequenced, well-balanced lessons
Integrating music, song, rhyme and rhythm into the pre-primary classroom
The role stories play in language learning
Mathematical concepts as an integral part of an activity
Different approaches to record keeping and understanding progression
How to create a unit of work for a pre-primary English class

The course will cover the principles of early childhood language education and child development theories and good practice in pre-primary, or kindergarten, contexts, and will explore the areas of using music, song, rhyme and rhythm, stories, and mathematical concepts through English.

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" I really enjoyed this course and I'm going to miss our webinars and tasks every week. I got used to checking and commenting every week. A special thanks to our tutor Eva who has been very supportive and understanding. "

Participant - 2019

" I've done online courses before; modules of the distance DELTA, MOOCs etc. with different organisations and I think this Nile course compares very favourable. "

Darren - 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: Sandie Mourão

Sandi Mourao

Sandie has been teacher educator, author and consultant specialising in early years language education since 2000. Her main focus is pre-primary (ages 3 - 6 years) and primary (6 to 10 years) learners. Sandie has an MA in TESOL and a PhD in didactics and teacher education. Both her MA dissertation and PhD thesis involved research in pre-primary contexts. Her research interests include the intercultural domain in language education, play and language learning, approaches to assessment, teacher education for multilingual spaces and reflective practices.

Sandie’s other passion is picturebooks, a form of children’s literature, which uses both picture and word to create meaning.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
17 April - 21 June 2023 Online 8 weeks
17 April - 21 June 2023 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks
18 September - 22 November 2022 Online 8 weeks
18 September - 22 November 2023 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks