Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)
Blended Learning in Language Education
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
All of our teacher development courses are eligible for ERASMUS+ funding
Improving access to the internet has lead to increasing access both to knowledge and to the tools for using this knowledge. The result is not just changes in the kinds of education that teachers can provide, but the methods and materials that students expect to use. Yet, while much about education can change, there is also a need to retain much of what has gone before. We need to explore how to integrate online and computer-mediated education with that conducted face-to-face, teacher to student.
This course aims to explore the opportunities for integrating different modes of education, using a variety of methods. It explores the tools and techniques for doing so, relating theory to practice in ways that teachers will find both effective and efficient.
Who is the course suitable for?
- Teachers of English and ELT professionals wishing to understand the role of blended learning in language education, for language learner and teacher development
- Teachers and other ELT professionals who wish to update their own knowledge and skills in the focus areas of this course
- Teachers and other ELT professionals with a minimum language level corresponding to B2 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 principles and practice of blending learning, including contemporary views
- Examining the role of technology inside and outside the classroom in blended learning
- Developing language and content knowledge in blended learning approaches
- Conducting evaluation of platforms and content for language learner development
- Designing activities, exercises, tasks and projects in blended learning approaches
- Making effective use of multimedia in language learner and teacher education
- Making effective use of Web 2.0 tools in language learner and teacher education
- Making effective use of approaches to blending online and face-to-face delivery
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 fellow course participants.