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.


" It makes you reflect upon your practices as a trainer, and has some amazing resources to use and share. The activities are engaging and the feedback is constructive "

Kavita, December 2022

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:
15 January - 20 March 2024
8 April - 12 June 2024
16 September - 20 November 2024
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: 18
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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" The content was very well drafted and well paced. The resources shared were excellent.  "

Fauzia, December 2022

" Very good content that touches upon all important areas. - Practical tasks that can be adapted to match each participant's context.  "

Dimitra, April 2023

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.

Meet a Course Tutor: Kate Gregson

Kate Gregson NILE Kate has worked with NILE since 2016 as a MAPDLE supervisor and tutor on various training courses for NILE Online, as well as MAPDLE modules and other tailor-made courses. She works freelance from France, where she now lives, and has worked in ELT and teacher development in South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe for over 25 years, more than half of which have involved roles in pre- and/or in-service training, teacher management and teacher supervision in different contexts.

Kate has a master’s degree in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York, and holds a DELTA and CTEFLA. Her particular area of interest is in curriculum development, and she is often involved in curriculum reform projects and training. She volunteers with the IATEFL YLTSIG as joint publications editor and has published various reviews of methodology titles for the IATEFL YLTSIG and for the ELT Journal and other articles. She also co-wrote a chapter for the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
16 September - 20 November 2024 Online 8 weeks
16 September - 20 November 2024 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks