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Creative Teaching in the Secondary and Adult English Language Classroom

Improve your teaching, update your English, make new contacts and enjoy yourself!

These intensive courses have regular fixed start dates during the year. They are eligible for EU funding with Erasmus+ grants. Contact us for help and support with your funding application.

These courses are ideal for overseas teachers of English to Secondary school students, young adults and adults who would like to refresh their teaching methodology and to make friends and contacts from other parts of the world.

Courses from July 4 to August 12, 2016 will be held in the beautiful, modern premises of Oxford University Business School, which is 2 minutes' walk from the Lake School building in Park End Street. If you're a summer course participant please check this link for important information about your course at the Oxford University Business School venue.

Creative Teaching in the Secondary and Adult Classroom Course Details
Hours per week 21 + weekly cultural / social activities
Maximum class size 14, 10 average
Minimum age 21
Language level Upper Intermediate (CEFR Level B2) or above
Course length 1 or 2 weeks

Course outline

  • creative ideas to make your classes more lively and interactive
  • practical activities for teaching challenging classes
  • language improvement to refresh and update your English
  • a visit to a local education provider  (where possible)
  • a guided historical tour of Oxford
  • a guided tour of an Oxford University college or punting on the River Thames
  • one social evenings with tutors per week
  • WiFi internet access
  • refreshments: tea, coffee and mineral water
  • end of course certificate outlining sessions attended
  • course materials
  • e-Learning Centre subscription for 1 year

All participants are required to fill in a Pre-Course questionnaire. The Course Trainer plans the course to meet the special requirements of the group. The course content is outlined and discussed on the first morning, and is then adapted as appropriate.

Where possible, visits in the local community are arranged. Some groups on summer courses also choose to attend an outdoor Shakespeare production in Oxford Castle or an Oxford University College garden. Course participants at other times of year often enjoy attending plays or concerts in theatres and music venues across the city.

Course tutors and guest trainers

Participants experience a dynamic, interactive style of teaching and receive personal attention from friendly, approachable tutors and guest trainers who have substantial experience of teaching English as a foreign language and teacher training. Trainers integrate a wide range of online and off-line resources to create a stimulating, professional and supportive learning environment and adapt the content of the course to suit the needs and interests of the group, so that it is useful, relevant and enjoyable.


Changing lives, opening minds. Improving skills and employability through education.

Lake School Professional Development Courses take place throughout the year and are eligible for EU funding with Erasmus+ grants.

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport opportunities across Europe. 

Under the Erasmus+ programme, grants are provided to people who work in education in EU countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and FYR Macedonia. 

You have to apply for an Erasmus+ grant through your school, organisation, training institute or university. You can't apply individually. 

Organisations such as teacher training colleges, university departments and ministries of education also ask us to build tailor-made courses for their teaching and non-teaching staff. If your organisation would like us to design a closed group programme, check our Erasmus+ Course Builder. You can create a course which relates to your own needs and outcomes.

For an application form and more information on how to apply for an Erasmus+ grant, contact the Professional Development Course Directorl. We'll be happy to help and advise you.

The Lake School has 40 courses in the new Erasmus+ Course Catalogue and all Lake School courses are eligible for funding!

Follow-up resources and support

Each participant will take away a collection of practical activities they can use in their classrooms and share with their colleagues.

All teachers on our Professional Development Courses are invited to join us on Twitter @EnglishinOxford where you can share teaching ideas, classroom questions and thoughts on English with colleagues and friends.

I’ve learned a lot, in fact it’s the best course I have ever had! I found out about it on the Erasmus+ School Education Gateway, I’ll recommend the Lake School to all my colleagues. You are doing a great job!

Sibylle Buchel, Liechtenstein 2015