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Professional Development Course

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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 until the end of 2020Contact 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 countries.

Creative Teaching in the Secondary/Adult English Language Classroom Course Details
Hours per week 21 + weekly cultural / social activities
Maximum class size 16, 10 average
Minimum age 25
Maximum age There is no maximum age.
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 school (term dates permitting)
  • a guided historical tour of Oxford
  • a guided tour of an Oxford University college 
  • one social evening with tutors per week
  • WiFi internet access and computer facilities
  • refreshments: tea and coffee
  • end of course certificate outlining sessions attended
  • course materials
  • e-Learning Centre subscription for 1 year

All participants are asked to fill in a Pre-Course questionnaire. The Course Tutor 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.

In your free time

Groups on summer courses sometimes choose to attend an outdoor Shakespeare production in Oxford Castle or in 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 

Participants experience a dynamic, interactive style of teaching and receive personal attention from friendly, approachable tutors,who have substantial experience of teaching English as a foreign language and teacher training. Tutors 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.

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

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

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 and university departments 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 Director who will be happy to help and advise you.

The Lake School offers more than 40 Professional Development Course dates in the Erasmus+ Course catalogue, the School Education Gateway.

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 to share teaching ideas, classroom questions and thoughts on English with colleagues and friends.