Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)

21st Century Skills

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Accommodation Homestay / Residence

Price Range £796.00 per week

Price Includes Course Fees, accommodation and 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

Learners today are global citizens and need to develop skills that will enable them to meet the challenges this presents in a period of unprecedented global change. 21st Century Skills include learning core content along with research skills, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and interpersonal communication skills. The ever-increasing use of technology is a given for the future, so ICT skills need to be integrated into everything we do in education.

How can language and content teachers help learners to develop these skills? The 21st Century Teacher Skill set is increasingly concerned with managing the language learning process in new ways. This course introduces you to the pedagogic skills required to develop 21st Century Skills among your learners.

What will the course include?

In addition to developing your language skills, the course will include content drawn from some or all of the following areas, depending on your contextual and personal needs and priorities:

  • teaching and learning collaboratively

  • setting up cross-curricular projects

  • integrating assessment with learning

  • exploiting technology

  • reflecting on teaching and learning

  • analysing lesson structures and teaching strategies which incorporate work on 21st Century skills

  • comparing and contrasting materials to explore the differences between conventional, transmission-orientated teaching and a problem-solving or guided discovery approach.

  • reviewing, adapting and designing materials which:

    • develop critical thinking skills

    • raise students’ awareness of themselves as global citizens

  • defining and supporting students’ critical appraisal of sources of information

As a course participant, you will receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to you are integrated into the course content. Throughout the course you will be invited to reflect on your own professional practices.

All NILE 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 includes intensive tuition by expert trainers, as well as opportunities for reading and research and 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.

Who should apply?

This course is aimed at teachers of English and subject teachers using English in class, who wish to combine the chance to further develop their own English language skills with the opportunity to:

  • explore alternatives to traditional, transmission-based approaches

  • develop an understanding of 21st Century Skills

  • develop the teaching skills needed to support 21st Century learners in your local context as global citizens


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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