University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education
Oxford Teachers' Academy Online Summer Courses
Price Range £93.33 per week
Beginners Not for beginners
Class Size 25 maximum
Course Length 3 weeks
Town / City & Region Online , Central England
Tuition Style Group
Tuition Hours Per Week 5.0
Ages 21 - 99
Course Type Teachers
A warm welcome to our first Oxford Teachers' Academy (OTA) programme of online summer courses developed by two of the University of Oxford’s largest departments: the Department for Continuing Education and Oxford University Press. Launched in 2003, the OTA is a collaborative programme of continuing professional development courses for English language teachers of primary school, secondary school, and adult learners.
The suite of nine online courses has been specially designed for teachers whose students do not speak English as their first language. Under the guidance of leading international teacher trainers, the programme aims to offer you (and colleagues from across the world) a unique, high quality professional development programme.
Each three-week online course aims to help you to:
- refresh and revitalise your teaching strategies and techniques
- update your classroom skills
- build up a personalised bank of ready-to-use teaching materials
- share and reflect on your teaching experience with international colleagues
- fine tune your language skills
Each OTA online summer course comprises an introductory session and five content modules delivered over a three-week period. You can start on July 6 or July 27. You may also choose to take two courses, the first beginning July 6, and the second beginning July 27.
There will be two live tutor-led interactive workshops each week, as well as a number of engaging asynchronous tasks that you complete in your own time.
We anticipate that most live sessions will be held at around 1pm UK time, but we will also take into account the various time zones of participants in each course and deliver the live workshops at times that are convenient for the majority of participants.
The asynchronous part of your course will allow you and your fellow participants to extend the learning from the live sessions. Typically, this will include follow up quizzes, extra readings and materials. You will also benefit from opportunities to discuss aspects of each session with your peers in pairs and in small groups, allowing you to reflect on how you might tailor the content of each session to your own teaching context.
We expect you to devote at least 5 hours each week to your course. Outside the scheduled live sessions, you can study at times that are most convenient for you.
We have capped class sizes at 25 students to maximise opportunities for interaction.
During your two weekly live workshops, you will be expected to participate actively in discussions and exchanges with tutors and fellow participants. You will be encouraged to continue your discussions through additional online interaction throughout your course.
Please click on each of the workshop titles below for a full description of module contents.
The first day of your course will begin with an introductory session to introduce you to the structure, expectations, and goals of an Oxford Teachers' Academy course. You then follow a series of five modules over three weeks.
Please click on the link to the course below to book a place.
06 July - 24 July: Global Skills (Primary/Secondary)
06 July - 24 July: Dyslexia and Learning English (Primary/Secondary/Adult)
06 July - 24 July: Content and Language Integrated Learning for Secondary School Teachers (Secondary)
06 July - 24 July: Creating and writing your own ELT materials (Secondary/Adult)
06 July - 24 July: Mentoring Skills (School Leaders/Managers)
27 July - 14 Aug
27 July - 14 Aug: Global Skills (Primary/Secondary)
27 July- 14 Aug: Dyslexia and Learning English (Primary/Secondary/Adult)
27 July - 14 Aug: Content and Language Integrated Learning for Secondary School Teachers (Secondary)
27 July - 14 Aug: Creating and writing your own ELT materials (Secondary/Adult)
27 July - 14 Aug: Mentoring Skills (School Leaders/Managers)
Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses are certified by the Department for Continuing Education. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, course participants must submit an Evidence of Learning Journal which will be evaluated against established criteria. If all criteria are met, participants will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion within six weeks of submitting their journals.
You will also receive a University of Oxford Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of each OTA online summer course.
Please contact the Programme Administrator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Level and demands
It is expected that applicants will have at least two years' experience of teaching English as a foreign language.
All participants must speak English to a minimum of a high B2 CEFR level of proficiency.
This programme is delivered online. To participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.