Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)

Online On Demand: Methods and Materials in ELT

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Price Range £40.00 per week

Price Includes

Beginners Not for beginners

Class Size 16 maximum

Course Length 12 weeks

Town / City & Region , Eastern England

Tuition Style Combination of Group and One to One Tuition

Tuition Hours Per Week 0.0

Ages 18 - 65

Course Type Online

Other Information

This course is available on demand for groups of 4 or more.Course fees negotiable.

This course looks at the development of ELT methodology and the changes in teaching materials which have taken place. This covers methods and approaches as different as grammar translation, audiolingualism and Communicative Language Teaching. Participants take part in activities relating course book activities to areas of language learning theory, from imitation and memorization through to guided discovery. This includes considering Second Language Acquisition research and its importance for the language teacher.

The course also looks at how local conditions and educational culture affect classroom practices today. A further focus is on whether teachers are able to make a principled selection of methods and materials, or are rather encouraged to believe that ‘anything goes’ in the classroom of today.

Course details
This course will cover the following areas:
•    How methodology and materials are dependent on the setting in which the teaching is happening
•    A historical perspective of how ELT changed in the first part of the twentieth century
•    The reasons for the shift in thinking about ELT
•    Adapting teaching material to make it suitable for a ‘communicative’ classroom
•    Identifying each component of the model in a lesson plan
•    Methodologies which emerged during, or as a product of, the communicative era
•    The major differences between first and second language learning
•    The various ways in which ELT can be integrated with subject-learning

This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:
•    Why certain teaching materials are aligned with particular methodologies
•    How approaches to ELT are based on theoretical principles
•    How to contrast communicative with pre-communicative methodology
•    How to identify material or course books which appear to be consistent with communicative and pre-communicative methodology
•    Why it is unrealistic to expect one method to meet every need in ELT
•    The advantages and disadvantages of trying to bring L1 learning strategies into the L2 classroom
•    What materials and what approaches to managing the class can promote language acquisition in the classroom
•    Appropriately specific ELT terminology related to the topic

At NILE we are committed to offering the best in language teacher training. As such, we provide tutorial contact in our online courses as well as in our campus courses. Online participants will receive allocated tutor interaction and feedback in each unit they take.

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

Who should apply
For those teachers without a recognised national/international teaching qualification and/or minimal experience.

How to apply
•    Go to the NILE website at Click on the online course tab and choose the course you are interested in.
•    In the Dates & Fees tab, choose which course you would like to attend
•    If you already have a NILE account, sign in on the website
•    If you do not already have a NILE account, register on the website and then sign in
•    Complete the full online enrolment and payment process
•    Once we have received notification of your payment, you will be provided with all necessary pre-course documentation

Your fees should be paid in full prior to starting your course.


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