University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education
English Language Teachers' Summer Seminar
Beginners Not for beginners
Town / City & Region Oxford , South Central England
Tuition Style Group
Tuition Hours Per Week 20.0
Course Type Teachers
The Summer Seminar is designed for teachers of English as a Second Language who either teach secondary school pupils or adult learners and have more than 4 years' teaching experience. The programme is delivered by a team of highly experienced international trainers as a series of practical workshops, lectures and seminars.
You'll collaborate with teachers from many different countries, and in this way, the programme also functions as an exercise in community building and international understanding.
Who is the programme for?
The Summer Seminar is for English language teachers who would like to:
- produce more effective classroom materials
- explore new teaching techniques
- reflect on and develop their practice
- share teaching experiences with international colleagues
- keep abreast of current trends in ELT
For a flavour of what to expect please take a look at our video (also available on YouTube):
Monday - Friday
09:15 - 10:45 Workshop
10:45 - 11:15 Tea/coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Workshop
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 15:15 Lecture/Seminar
The programme provides over 40 hours of tuition, comprising:
- 8 x 90-minute lectures/seminars
- 30 hours of workshop meetings (7.5 hours per course)
Please note that as the workshop sessions incorporate a large amount of interaction with colleagues, all teachers are invited to contribute proactively to group discussions.
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.
We have carefully tailored your social programme to allow you plenty of free time to explore and enjoy Oxford. We have arranged a number of optional activities (all at no extra cost) during your course which may include the following:
- Guided walking tour of Oxford
- Cultural exchange evening
- Punting on the River Cherwell
- Oxford scavenger hunt
- River and Canal walk
- Quiz Night
- Pub visit with tutors
As well as being on hand to help with any course and college-related questions, your programme assistants will be happy to provide you with information about Oxford and places to visit.
Meals and refreshments
We invite all participants to join us for a welcome drinks reception and dinner on Sunday 23 July and for our formal farewell drinks reception and gala dinner on Friday 4 August.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in the college's dining hall on weekdays. Only breakfast will be served on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.
ELT publishers' book display
During the Seminar, representatives from Oxford University Press and other leading ELT publishers will be present to showcase current and forthcoming ELT publications.
The Seminar provides 40 hours of tuition over two weeks.
You'll choose two morning workshops per week.
Workshops week 1:
- Writing for Publication - Robert McLarty
From Phonemes to Fluency: An Approach to Pronunciation Mastery - Adrian Underhill
Tomorrow's teaching today - Shaun Wilden
- A Fresh Take on Building Effective International Communication Skills - Chia Suan Chong
Workshops week 2:
- Assessment for Learning - Elaine Boyd
- Teaching a Changing Language: Aspects of Contemporary English - Jon Hird
Escape the Classroom! - Shaun Wilden
The Psychology of Well-being in the Classroom - Adrian Underhill
Towards Mastery: Ideas for Inspiring Advanced Learners (C1+) of English - Hanna Kryszewska
Materials Creation - Robert McLarty
ELT guest lectures
After lunch we invite you to join us for a stimulating and informative plenary lecture or seminar:
- Dyslexia and Learning English: Literacy and Wider Issues - Jon Hird
- The Story of your Professional Development: Sowing the Seeds of an International Learning Community - Adrian Underhill
- Are you ready for intelligent machines? - Shaun Wilden
- Feedback by design: creating a framework for effective feedback - Elaine Boyd
- Visual Literacy in the ELT Class - Hanna Kryszewska
Taking the ELTSS Experience Back Home - Adrian Underhill
Rethinking learner identity: Developing our students' voice in English - Chia Suan Chong
Ako - same old or something new - Robert McLarty
Please click here to see the synopses of each lecture.
Course Director - Dr Charles Boyle
Principal tutor - Adrian Underhill
Adrian Underhill is series editor of the Macmillan Books for Teachers and author of Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation, and its associated phonemic chart. He was trainer and director of the International Teacher Training Institute at International House in Hastings until 1999, since when he has worked internationally as an independent ELT consultant with a focus on teacher training, professional and organisational development, and school leadership. He is a past president of IATEFL and is principal tutor on the Oxford University ELT Summer Seminar.
Jon Hird is a teacher, teacher trainer and ELT materials writer based in Oxford. He teaches at the University of Oxford and frequently gives teacher-training talks and workshops in the UK and overseas. He has written and contributed to many ELT publications for a number of publishers. His most recent publications include Oxford Learner’s Pocket Verbs and Tenses (OUP) and components of the Language Hub, Roadmap, Navigate, Keynote, Oxford EAP and Life course book series. He has also written and adapted a range of materials for learners with dyslexia.
Robert is an experienced teacher and trainer who has worked in the UK, France and New Zealand. Editor of Modern English Teacher, he is interested in materials writing and developing speaking skills. In his spare time he plays golf, paints and walks.
Hanna Kryszewska is a teacher, teacher trainer, trainer of trainers and mentors, author of resource books and course books and senior lecturer at the University of Gdańsk, Poland. She co-authored: Options for English (PWSiP, 1991), Learner-based Teaching (OUP, 1992), Reading on Your Own (PWN, 1995), Towards Teaching, (Heinemann, 1995), Stand-by Book, S. Lindstromberg, Ed. (CUP, 1996), Observing English Lessons - A Video Teacher Training Course, and The Company Words Keep (DELTA, 2012).Since February 2006, she has been the editor of website magazine Humanising Language Teaching.
Shaun is an education technologist who teaches and trains both face-to-face and online courses. In the Department for Continuing Education he teaches digital literacy, as well as short courses in mobile learning and teaching online. His latest book, Mobile Learning, was published by Oxford University Press.
He is the academic director for online courses for the International House World Organisation overseeing their suite of asynchronous teacher development courses and is a consultant to a number of educational organisations to assist them in their synchronous and asynchronous course provision. His current area of interest and research is learner expectations in peer to peer social presence within asynchronous courses.
Chia Suan Chong
Chia Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and teacher trainer. She delivers both online and face-to-face training to teachers and learners around the globe.
Chia was English Teaching Professional’s award-winning resident blogger between 2012 and 2019. She is a regular speaker at ELT conferences and has contributed extensively to the British Council Learn English website. She holds a DELTA and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and ELT. More recently, Chia developed and co-wrote the Pearson CertELTD; a Level-6 online teacher training course. She is the author of Successful International Communication (Pavilion Publishing), and co-author of Voices; a seven-level General English course series published by National Geographic Learning.
Elaine Boyd has been involved in English language assessment for over 30 years working for a range of international exam organisations, including Cambridge, Pearson, the British Council, Trinity College London and Oxford University Press. She has also worked closely with teacher educators in developing and delivering courses in assessment literacy in Europe, India and SE Asia along with publishing several articles in this field. Elaine has also authored coursebooks for a range of age groups for leading international publishers, including the Gold Experience exam series for Pearson and young learners' courses for Macmillan. She is an Associate Lecturer on the TESOL M.A. at the Institute of Education, UCL, London and a Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary University, London. Her research includes classroom assessment and managing learner feedback and her PhD investigated spoken communication using corpus data.
On successful completion of the Summer Seminar, 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.
|Residential Fee: Ensuite||£3250.00|
The Department is, unfortunately, unable to offer any scholarships or reduction in fees for the English Language Teachers' Summer Seminar at present.
En suite (private shower and toilet) - £3,250
- Social Programme
- Accommodation in a single en suite room with private shower and toilet for the nights of Sunday 23 July to Friday 4 August 2023 inclusive;
- All meals from dinner on Sunday 23 July to breakfast on Saturday 5 August 2023 (with the exception of lunch and dinner on Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July).
No accommodation - £1,920
- Tuition; social activities
- Lunch Monday to Friday, and the programme's opening and formal closing dinners on Sunday 23 July and Friday 4 August 2023, respectively.
*Please note there are only a limited number of non-residential places available on the course.
Please note that refunds are only offered in exceptional circumstances. Please consult our terms and conditions for more details.
Applicants are strongly recommended to take out vacation cancellation insurance, and should consult their travel agent and/or insurer for information and advice. Please note that the Department does not offer any insurance cover.
Alteration or cancellation of a course by the Department
The Department reserves the right to alter details of any course should illness or any other emergency prevent a tutor from teaching, and to cancel a course or seminar if exceptionally low enrolment would make it educationally unviable.
The status of the course will be reviewed on 15 May 2023. If it is likely that the course may be cancelled, all participants enrolled on the course will be notified in writing within seven days, and possible options clearly explained.
If participants have not heard from the Department by 22 May 2023, they should assume that the course will be running; there is no need to contact us to confirm. Participants may wish to delay finalising their travel arrangements until after this date.
There are no assessments for this course.
Please download the application form (Word format).
- All sections should be completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.
- Applications should be emailed to the Programme Administrator at the following address: email@example.com
- Your completed form must be accompanied by a single passport photo in jpeg format.
You can either send the digital version of your completed application or email us a scan of your completed form. If you are having issues using Microsoft Word, you can find a .PDF version of the application form here that you can complete and scan.
The application deadline is noon on 9 June 2023. Any late applicants should be aware of the limited time remaining if they need to apply for a visa to enter the UK for the course.
Notification of the admission panel's decision
Applicants will normally be notified of the panel's decision by email within 14 days of their application being received.
Applicants who are offered a place on the summer school must respond within 14 days to accept or decline the offer. In accepting our offer of a place applicants are committing to paying their programme fees in full by the due date.
Enrolling, invoicing, and further course information
Successful applicants will be formally enrolled on the summer school once they have accepted our offer of a place. The enrolment process includes the issuing of invoices, which will be emailed to applicants together with full instructions for payment.
Applicants will be required to pay the full fee within 28 days of their invoice date. Late applicants may be required to pay the full fee within 7 days of their invoice date. Places will not be held for students whose fees are not paid in full by the due date. Under no circumstance will applicants be admitted to the summer school unless all fees have been paid in full.
Once fees have been paid in full, applicants will be sent a formal letter confirming their place on the course and receipt of their payment.
Detailed course information notes will be emailed to participants prior to arrival and will contain practical information on pre-course travel arrangements, living arrangements in college and British customs.
Please contact the Programme Administrator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important information regarding visa requirements
If you require a visa to study abroad, then we strongly recommend that you apply for this course as early as possible in order to allow yourself sufficient time to make a successful visa application.
This may include a letter from the course administrator confirming your place on the course; this confirmation letter will not be issued until all course fees have been paid in full.
In the case of a visa application being unsuccessful the Department will not offer a refund.
Please note that, for legal reasons, the Programme Administrator is not permitted to provide any visa advice to applicants. All such enquiries should be submitted to Oxford University’s student visa and immigration advisers via email at email@example.com
Level and demands
This summer school is aimed at English Language Teachers with at least four years' work experience who teach one or more of the following:
- Secondary school pupils
- Adult learners, e.g. college or university students, professionals
All teachers should have a minimum level of CEFR C1 proficiency across all skills.
Please note that the workshops require active participation at the individual, paired and group level.
Applicants must have a minimum of four years' experience of teaching English as a foreign or second language to secondary school pupils, college or university students or adult learners.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants should have a minimum level of proficiency in English equivalent to CEFR C1.
Resident in College
For that real University of Oxford experience, you’ll have the opportunity to live in student accommodation in an Oxford College. You'll be provided with a single study bedroom with private bathroom and toilet.
We regret that participants cannot be accommodated at 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.
Participants with a disability or mobility impairment
The aim of the Department is to treat all participants equally and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Individuals` needs are taken into account as far as possible, providing reasonable adaptations and assistance within the resources available. We ask that people let us know of any disability or special need (confidentially if required) so that we can help them participate as fully as possible.
When applying for the Department's college-based summer programmes, prospective participants with mobility difficulties or visual or hearing impairments may want to make preliminary enquiries to the Programme Administrator, as the age and layout of these colleges often makes them user-unfriendly (although adaptations are often possible). Oxford, as an ancient city, tends to be difficult to navigate for people with disabilities. The number of very old buildings, designed in an age less sensitive to issues of disability, makes access to much of the city centre difficult. However, the Department will do as much as it can to make study with us possible.
Participants should contact us if they will have problems gaining access to a bedroom located on upper or basement floors.