University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education

Oxford Teachers' Academy Masterclass

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Accommodation Residence

Price Range £857.50 per week - £1,450.00 per week

Price Includes

Beginners Not for beginners

Class Size 20 maximum

Course Length 2 weeks

Town / City & Region Oxford , Central England

Tuition Style Group

Tuition Hours Per Week 20.0

Ages 21 - 99

Course Type Teachers

Other Information


Welcome to the Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass 2020. Launched in 2003, the Oxford Teachers’ Academy (OTA) is a collaborative programme of continuing professional development courses for English language teachers of primary and secondary learners.

The summer school has been developed by two of the University of Oxford’s largest departments: the Department for Continuing Education and Oxford University Press. It is designed for teachers whose students do not speak English as their first language.

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 the 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.

    Masterclass workshops

    Each morning you will participate in two 90-minute workshop sessions of your choice. You choose one workshop per week. The workshop options for 2020 are:

    Workshops week 1

  • Global Skills for 21st Century Learners
  • Dynamic Classroom Management: Building High Quality Relationships 
  • Once Upon a Time… Engaging Young Learners through Storytelling
  • Ideas and Strategies for Teaching Mixed Ability Young Learner Classes
  • Maximising the Impact of Native Speaker Language Assistants
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning for Secondary School Teachers
  • Workshops week 2

  • Effective Mentoring
  • Language Learning and Social Cohesion in the Multicultural Primary School Classroom
  • Teaching Young Learners How to Think
  • Lights, Camera, Action! Exploiting and Creating Short Film in ELT
  • Linguistic Mediation in the Secondary School Classroom: Skills, Strategies and Activities (B1+)
  • Bringing Grammar and Vocabulary Alive in the Teenage Classroom
  • Afternoon lecture series

    After lunch we invite you to join us for a stimulating and informative lecture:

    Our 2020 lecture series includes presentations on a wide variety of topics: 

    Working with the CEFR - Tim Goodier

    Visual Literacy in the ELT Classroom - Hanna Kryszewska

    Personalization in an Impersonal World - John Hughes

    Artificial Intelligence and Language Learning  - Shaun Wilden

    Student well-being and happiness: Building Resilience in the Classroom - Erika Osváth

    Beyond the Classroom - Working with Parents  -Vanessa Esteves


    Monday - Friday

    09.00 - 11.00  Workshop
    11.00 - 11.30  Tea break
    11.30  - 12.30  Workshop
    12.30 - 13.30  Lunch
    14.15 - 15.15  Lecture

    The programme provides 42 hours of tuition, comprising:

  • 30 hours of workshop meetings
  • 8 lectures
  • 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.

    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:

  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Cultural exchange evening
  • Oxford scavenger hunt
  • Great British Quiz Night
  • Open-air play
  • Canal walk
  • Scottish country dancing
  • Punting on the River Cherwell
  • Oxford parks walk
  • Pub visit with tutors
  • Coach transport to and from London on Saturday 18 July
  • Meals and refreshments

    We invite all participants to join us for an opening drinks reception and dinner on Sunday 12 July and for our farewell drinks reception and formal dinner on Friday 24 July.


    Breakfast is served in college and you have a choice of a light continental-style breakfast in Worcester College Nash Café or a cooked breakfast in the college Dining Hall.


    Tea, coffee and refreshments are served during the morning break.


    A buffet lunch is served in the Said Business School Dining Hall. You can choose from a number of hot main course options or help yourself to the salad bar. After lunch you can enjoy a coffee on the roof terrace. 


    A two course dinner is served in the Dining Hall at Worcester College.


Please download the application form.

  • All sections should be completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.
  • Applications should be emailed to the Programme Administrator at the following address:
  • Applications must be accompanied by a digital photo of yourself

Application deadline

Subject to the availability of places, the closing date for applications is Friday, 25 May 2020.

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