Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)

Teaching in English at University Level

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Accommodation Homestay / Residence

Price Range £740.00 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:
English is becoming increasingly common as a medium of instruction in University level education internationally. While the language level of those teaching in English is clearly a critical factor in determining the success of such programmes, there are a number of other factors which need to be considered and developed. These vary from high level concerns such as the design of suitable courses, to everyday considerations of the issues facing students and the support they require. In order to address such concerns it is essential to realistically explore the difficulties and dangers of using English as the medium of instruction, identifying the benefits and opportunities it provides.
Who is the course suitable for?

  • Tertiary level teachers of any subject who deliver all or part of their courses through the medium of English
  • Tertiary level teachers of any subject planning to deliver all or part of their courses through the medium of English
  • Teachers of English working with teachers of other subjects


Participants should have a minimum language level corresponding to C1 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:

  • Evaluation of the benefits and drawbacks of teaching through the medium of English
  • Scaffolding teaching of subjects through the medium of English
  • Identifying alternatives to lectures as a means of delivering content
  • Sharing reading and discussion of professional articles and literature extracts
  • Exploring CLIL as an approach and its applications at tertiary level
  • Developing critical thinking skills through engagement with content at tertiary level
  • Exploring and Developing academic listening skills
  • Developing language with special emphasis on professional and academic needs
  • Exploring the CEFR in higher education contexts
  • Exploring the testing and assessment of subject content in English


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 includes intensive tuition by trainers who are experts in the field of teaching through the medium of English, 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 libraray 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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