This course will further your understanding of teenagers and the implications for teaching and learning in the 21st Century classroom.

You will explore aspects of ‘the teenage brain’, teenage motivation and behaviour and their impact on lesson planning and delivery.

You will observe and evaluate lessons with teenagers, create activities for working with language and also design tasks for developing skills. Towards the end of the course, you will consider the assessment of progress, homework and how to encourage learner autonomy. There will also be space to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion.


" The unit about Diversity and Inclusion was amazing! The lesson planning was extremely useful as well and I love the practical aspect of the course.  "

Clara, December 2022

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Teachers, academic managers and trainers who work in the area of teaching languages to secondary school-aged learners (11 to 16-year-olds)
Language Level: B2
Course dates:
15 January - 20 March 2024
16 September - 20 November 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
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

Key differences between teaching teenagers and other age groups
The ‘teenage brain’, motivation and behaviour and implications for the classroom
Identifying inappropriate behaviour; prevention and/or strategies to manage it
Different approaches to teaching teenagers (e.g. CLIL, TBL, the flipped classroom)
Designing lesson objectives and planning successful lessons
Presenting and practising language in the teenager classroom
Evaluating digital tools which present and practise language
Helping learners develop the necessary skills for the 21st Century
Bringing the ‘real world’ into the classroom
Evaluating progress through homework, tests and self-reflection
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Does everyone have a voice?
Reflecting on work completed on the course and identifying areas for continuing professional development

Teaching Teenagers is an ideal course for any teacher who would welcome the opportunity to re-evaluate their own teaching of teenagers and add ideas and activities to their bank of resources, all while sharing and collaborating with others.


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" The amount of resources and input given is enormous! The course has been very rich, intense and full of new insights. "

Chiara, December 2022

" The course was very interesting, insightful, and relevant. I had a blast!  "

Ana, December 2022

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: Emma Heyderman

Emma Heyderman NILE

Emma has been in ELT since 1989. She has worked for several well-known language schools, most recently as Director of Education for Lacunza – International House, San Sebastian where she was responsible for the academic programme and professional development.

Now freelance, Emma is a published author for Macmillan (Interface and Get Involved) and Cambridge (Compact Key and Complete Preliminary). She also runs workshops for secondary school teachers and is a regular speaker at national and international events.

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