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.


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.

Is this course for you?

Location: Norwich
Teachers, academic managers and trainers who work in the area of teaching languages to secondary school-aged children (11 to 16-year-olds)
Language Level: B2
Course dates: 
1 - 12 July 2024
5 - 16 August 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course fees:
Registration fee: £175
Course fee: £1125
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Accommodation (2 weeks):
Homestay (half-board): £546
Residential (half-board): £616
Residential (self-catering): £546
More information
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Cross-curricular and cultural workshops
Specialist ELT library
Complementary eLearning platform

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

" Outstanding trainer, extremely useful resources and fantastic peers who I have learnt a lot from. "

Julia- 2023

"The trainer was an incredibly inspiring tutor. She extracted the best from each of us in a positive and enriching atmosphere. "

Participant - 2023


This course consists of 50 hours of tuition, delivered between 09:00 and 15:30, Monday - Friday. You will also take part in cross-curricular workshops on a variety of topics, and each course includes a free evening and weekend programme of social and cultural activities and trips.

Sample Timetable

Further Information

Specific course content comes from feedback you and other participants give us through pre-course questionnaires, identifying your needs and priorities.

Time will be built into the course for reflection and for you to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to your classroom in your own professional contexts.

NILE offers various accommodation options, including homestay with carefully selected hosts and residential accommodation at the University of East Anglia. NILE’s dedicated student welfare team can be reached 24 hours a day.

All NILE courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or the development of language awareness.

Course Leader: 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
05 - 16 August 2024 Norwich 2 weeks
05 - 16 August 2024 with Trinity CertPT Norwich 2 weeks