This course will familiarise you with the skills and qualities needed by teacher trainers and teacher educators and raise your awareness of different models and practices in the area of Continuing Professional Development.

You will evaluate and design your own materials as well as a short, in-service training course for a specific context, and look at issues in managing INSETT. The different requirements of pre- and inservice training courses will be examined as well as good practice in classroom observation, supervision and mentoring.

Trainer Development will extend your understanding and critical awareness of the attitudes, skills and knowledge required by teacher trainers and educators, and how to articulate and refine their views of learning, teaching and teacher education.


" I've taken several EdTech courses, but this has been the best course ever. I would highly recommend it. it's user-friendly, clear, and well organised. The course exceeded my expectations 100%. I was expecting something different. The tutors kept us on our toes and guided us throughout the course. "

Paloma - 2019

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Considerable experience as a teacher trainer and see themselves as at Autonomous Trainer level or above on the Cambridge Teacher Training Framework
Language Level: B2/C1 or higher
Course dates:
19 September - 30 November 2022
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): £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

Course content

How teachers learn
Qualities and skills teacher educators need
Teachers’ professional life cycles and Continuing Professional Development
Making use of supportive trainer talk
Teacher education session planning and design
Planning and evaluating teacher education courses
Lesson observation and feedback
Reflecting on own learning and future development

In this course you will examine and evaluate the different roles teacher educators need to play and evaluate different approaches to teacher training and education. We will also look at.

The basic methodology of classroom research and professional inquiry and its place in continuing professional development and how to design, plan and resource teacher training and education programmes appropriate to their working contexts.

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" Very useful, all the participants very friendly and helpful, I learned a lot from them. "

Elena - 2019

" Excellent. I really enjoyed the course and thought the trainer was great. Provided insight and feedback quickly and read every word we wrote. I will be scanning the other courses soon and seeing what I can do next. "


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

Briony Beaven NILE

Dr Briony Beaven has worked with NILE since 2006. She is a language teaching consultant, teacher trainer and materials writer who taught English in a British secondary state school (PGCE and QTS) for several years before moving into teaching EFL, and later worked as the Director of Studies in a large adult education institute. Briony’s qualifications include a Doctorate of Education in TEFL from the University of Exeter and the UCLES Dip. TEFL. She is a NILE Affiliate Teacher Trainer, taking on teacher and trainer training courses with teachers around the world. She is the Module Leader for the NILE MAPDLE TD module and also supervises students on the NILE MAPDLE LTM module.

Briony is a Cambridge Teaching Awards DELTA tutor, assessor and moderator. She has served as the Co-ordinator of the Teacher Trainers’ and Educators’ Special Interest Group of IATEFL and was Editor of IATEFL Conference Selections for five years. She has presented at many international conferences and has written coursebooks for Oxford University Press and for Cornelsen Verlag as well as teacher training and trainer training courses. She has also published in The Teacher Trainer Journal, English Teaching Professional, Folio, ETAS Journal and IATEFL Conference Selections.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
19 September - 30 November 2022 Online 9 weeks
19 September - 30 November 2022 with Trinity CertPT Online 9 weeks
16 January - 22 March 2023 Online 8 weeks
16 January - 22 March 2023 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks
17 April - 21 June 2023 Online 8 weeks
17 April - 21 June 2023 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks
18 September - 22 November 2023 Online 8 weeks
18 September - 22 November 2023 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks