University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education

Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass

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Accommodation Residence

Price Range £1,700.00 per week

Price Includes Tuition , college accomodation, meals, social programme

Beginners Not for beginners

Course Length 1 weeks

Town / City & Region Oxford , South East England

Tuition Style Group

Tuition Hours Per Week 19.0

Course Type Teachers

Other Information








Welcome to the Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass 2019 offering a first class professional development experience for English Language teachers of primary and teenage/young adult learners. This one-week programme is taught by a team of highly-experienced international trainers and aims to give you an exhilarating and enriching study experience in one of Oxford's oldest colleges. It is designed for teachers whose students do not speak English as their first language.

The Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy is a collaboration between two of the University of Oxford’s largest departments; the Department for Continuing Education and Oxford University Press. We offer many different OTA courses throughout the year all over the world and more than 2,000 English language teachers have now benefited from these unique and stimulating programmes.

The OTA Masterclass provides you with the perfect opportunity to experience a professional development programme in the heart of Oxford with colleagues from all corners of the globe and has been specially designed to help you to:

  • refresh and revitalise your teaching strategies and techniques
  • update your classroom skills
  • integrate technology into your lessons
  • fine tune your language skills

Programme details

A Welcome from Dr Charles Boyle,Programme Director

A very warm welcome to our 2019 OTA Masterclass for English language teachers. We invite you to join ELT colleagues from across the globe in what is a truly international learning community in the stunning and historic setting of Worcester College.

Our team of friendly expert ELT tutors will guide you through a series of lively and practical morning workshops. Each afternoon we invite you to enjoy engaging lectures delivered by Oxford University academic staff, international ELT teacher trainers and well-known ELT writers.

After class you can relax in over 24 acres of tranquil gardens and wooded grounds, sit by the college’s own lake far from the bustle of the busy city streets beyond Worcester’s high walls or explore one of Britain’s most beautiful cities. Each evening, a rich and varied social programme will help you to make the most of your time in Oxford.

Masterclass Workshops

Each morning you will participate in one workshop of your choice (two ninety minute sessions per day) .

The workshop options for July 22-26 are :

Expert Tutors

We have handpicked an outstanding professional team of the top trainers and tutors in the field of ELT today.

Afternoon Lecture Series

Our 2019 lecture series includes presentations on a wide variety of topics: 

  • Reaching every student in the classroom: Dyslexia and learning English (Jon Hird)

  • Your exits are here, here, and here (Shaun Wilden)

  • Visual Literacy in the ELT Class (Hania Kryszewska)

  • Other lecture to be confirmed


Monday - Friday

09.15 - 10.45  Workshop
10.45 - 11.15  Tea break
11.15  - 12.45  Workshop
12.45 - 13.45  Lunch
14.15 - 15.30  Lecture*

The programme provides 19 hours of tuition, comprising:

  • 15 hours of workshop meetings
  • 4 lectures

Social Programme

We have carefully tailored your social programme to allow you plenty of free time to explore and enjoy Oxford. You will also benefit from the services of two programme assistants who will be on hand to offer information as to what’s on and what to see in Oxford. We have arranged a number of optional social activities (all at no extra cost) during your course which are likely to include the following:

  • Drinks Reception & Welcome Dinner
  • Walking Tour of Oxford
  • Pub Tour
  • Quiz Night
  • Open Air Theatre at Wadham College ('Wuthering Heights')
  • Drinks Reception & Farewell Gala Dinner

OUP Book Display

During the programme, representatives from Oxford University Press will be present to showcase current and forthcoming ELT publications. All teachers will be offered a discount of 20% on OUP's ELT publications purchased during the programme.


On successful completion of the Masterclass, all participants will receive a University of Oxford Certificate of Attendance.

The attendance certificate will state the course title and location, the course dates, and hours of tuition involved. It will be signed by the programme director and the principal tutor.

Please note that this course does not offer any form of official credit to participants.

Participants who successfully complete the OTA Evidence of Learning forms for each training session will also receive an OTA Masterclass Certificate.


Resident in College

For that real University of Oxford experience, you’ll have the opportunity to live in student accommodation in Worcester College. The college is situated in the centre of Oxford only a few streets away from the bustling shopping area of Cornmarket and High Street and is also close to the Ashmolean Museum and Oxford Railway and Coach Stations. You will be provided with a single study bedroom with private bathroom and toilet.

We regret that participants cannot be accommodated at Worcester College either prior to or beyond their programme dates. Family members and/or friends who are not enrolled on this programme cannot be accommodated in college.



IT requirements

We recommend that you bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) to get the most out of the course options on teaching with mobile devices.


Programme Fees - £1,700

Fees include:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Full social programme 
  • Accommodation in a single room with private shower and toilet for the nights of Sunday 21 July to Friday 26 July 2019 inclusive;
  • Meals in College from dinner on Sunday 21 July to breakfast on Saturday 27 July 2019.
  • Opening and Closing Drinks Receptions
  • Weekday morning tea/coffee and biscuits
  • Services of resident summer school assistants

Teaching methods

The OTA course options are highly practical and require daily, active participation and discussion. All participants will be expected to work in pairs and small groups and, for some options, to give short individual presentations.

Assessment methods

There is no assessment for this course.

Oxford skyline from South Park


Please download the application form.

  • All sections should be completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.
  • Applications should be posted or emailed to the Programme Administrator at the following address:
    • By email:
    • By post: Oxford Teachers' Academy Masterclass, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK
  • Applications must be accompanied by a digital photo of yourself or, if posting, five passport-sized photographs.

Application deadline

Subject to the availability of places, the closing date for applications is Friday, 14 June 2019.


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