At NILE, we recognise the importance of the cultural and social dimensions of a teacher development programme. We want everyone who comes to NILE Norwich to benefit not only from the professional development opportunities offered by the course itself, but also to have the chance to enjoy city life in the UK. We want our course participants to have an immersive learning experience, to live the language as well as learning more about it, and to gain insights into what life in a British city is really like.
Our social programme team aims to provide a social and cultural programme appropriate to each course, to complement the work that takes place in the classroom and to offer opportunities for cultural insights and intercultural learning. Our participants will explore the city and meet local people, and, in getting together for new experiences through our social programme events, befriend and learn from their international NILE colleagues.
Social programmes typically consist of a welcome event with NILE staff, often at a traditional British pub; a guided tour of the city; a weekday event and a weekend excursion. To round this off, we invite participants to a farewell event with NILE staff, usually a traditional cream tea. The weekday events can include such things as an evening of music, poetry or traditional storytelling; international nights; a ceilidh (traditional folk dancing), or a visit to the cinema or local theatre. Typical weekend excursion destinations include the world-renowned university city of Cambridge, the Norfolk coast, stately homes such as the Sandringham Estate or London.
Every social programme is organised with the participants in mind and are prepared and accompanied by our social programme organisers. Part of our service is also to help arrange other cultural activities according to participants’ wishes, and we always endeavour to provide a social and cultural experience to enhance participants’ time in Norwich.