The Insights into the UK Primary Classroom module is designed for Primary teacher trainees in order to give them a deeper understanding of how the English education system works and compare it to the education system in their country.

Trainees will have the opportunity to observe the kind of teaching that might happen in a UK classroom and discuss areas of best practice. A methodology component allows them to explore some creative and interactive activities which can be used not only in their English lessons but across the curriculum. Finally, trainees will explore aspects of British identity and culture and reflect on how these fit their experience and understanding of what it means to be a UK resident.

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This programme is a 25-hour online module, delivered using a blend of live sessions and independent study with collaborative tasks and tutor feedback.

The module can be delivered over one, two or five weeks, depending on the requirements and preferences of your institution.

Please note: there is an Insights into the UK Secondary Classroom course available for trainee teachers at Secondary level.

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
This course is for Primary school trainee teachers .
Language Level: B1 or higher
Course dates: On demand
NILE Certificate
Course Length: 25 hours 
Course fees: From £325 per participant
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

An overview of the English education system
A live Question and Answer session with a Primary professional from a UK school
Video-based observation of teaching in UK Primary classrooms
Drama and general classroom activities for the Primary classroom
Classroom language
Insights into British culture

This new module from NILE can be run in parallel with your existing pre-service training programmes, giving students the following experiences and activities over 25 hours of online learning:

• UK school classes
• Drama
• Methodology
• UK cultural life
• UK school classes
• Drama
• Methodology
• UK cultural life


The module provides an opportunity for comparison of two national education systems, as well as strengthening the trainees’ cultural understanding and professional English language skills.

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

Susi Pearson

Susi Pearson has been involved in teaching and teacher training in ELT for over 20 years, working for extended periods in Portugal, Brazil, Poland. She is CELTA and Delta qualified and holds an MA in Professional Development for Language Education.

She is now based in Norwich where she is the NILE Online Academic Manager, leading on and coordinating all academic aspects of NILE Online courses, as well as tutoring on some courses. She is also a Senior Trainer at NILE, coordinating and working on Language Development and Methodology courses, including CELTA & Delta. Her particular interests are developing effective ELT materials, how to keep learners motivated and teaching phonology.