Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)

Teaching English to Young Learners

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Accommodation Homestay / Residence

Price Range £796.00 per week

Price Includes Course fees, accommodation, social programme

Beginners Not for beginners

Class Size 16 maximum

Course Length 2 weeks

Town / City & Region Norwich , Eastern England

Tuition Style Group

Tuition Hours Per Week 25.0

Ages 18 - 65

Course Type Teachers

Other Information

All of our teacher development courses are eligible for ERASMUS+ funding

Course Overview:
‘The earlier the better’ is often the accepted wisdom when it comes to starting learning a foreign language. Early education brings a number of benefits to learning, not least of which is the attitude of the students to the language, and to the learning of it. However, teaching young learners effectively, can require much from a teacher, both in terms of understanding the theory behind optimal learning at this age, and the practical aspects of recognising and responding to the needs of the students.

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Teachers as well as academic managers in the young learner field (the term ‘young learners’ should be taken to cover the 6 - 13 age range)
  • Participants with a minimum language level corresponding to B1 on the Common European Framework


What will the course include?
All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered. However, topics are likely to be drawn from the following:

  • Exploring the realisation of approaches to teaching English to young learners
  • Understanding cognitive development and first language learning in young learners
  • Evaluating of materials for teaching English to young learners
  • Designing and creating - teacher-made materials
  • Exploring options for the assessment of young learners
  • Examining initial syllabus and course design
  • Investigating classroom observation as a means of revealing and informing practice
  • Developing insights into cultural and intercultural issues
  • Exploring classroom language
  • Extending personal language development


Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt
ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts.
All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or
development of language awareness.

How long is the course?
The 50-hour course provision is built around intensive tuition from trainers who are experts in
the field of teaching English for academic purposes and also includes opportunities for reading
and research, as well as guest lectures from well-known figures in the field of ELT. Classes are
held from Monday to Friday and take place as detailed in the course-specific timetable but
always within the hours 0915 – 1715.

What approach is used?

  • Classes will be practical and ‘hands-on’, but with reference to relevant theory
  • Courses are participant-centred involving tasks providing memorable learning contexts
  • Tasks will be used to illustrate the key course objectives through procedure and content
  • The approach includes opportunities for exploring key and contemporary issues


Facilities and resources
NILE course participants have free access to an extensive ELT library and a modern suite of
computers with a broadband Internet link. The NILE course venues have a wireless (Wi-Fi)
environment. Each course has a Moodle online learning environment, where course materials
and views of course participants can be shared digitally. This is kept active for at least six
months beyond the course so you can keep in touch with your fellow course participants.

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