Creative Teaching in the Secondary English Language Classroom
Improve your teaching, update your English, make new contacts and enjoy yourself!
These intensive 2-week courses take place throughout the year and are eligible for LLP Comenius grants.
These courses are ideal for overseas teachers of English to secondary school students and young adults who would like to refresh their teaching methodology and to make friends and contacts from other parts of the world.
Courses in July and August 2013 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.
|Hours per week||
21 + weekly cultural / social activities
|Maximum class size||14, 12 average
|Language level||Upper Intermediate (CEFR Level B2) or above|
- Creative ideas to make your classes more lively and interactive
- Practical activities for motivating challenging classes
- Language improvement sessions
- A guided tour of Oxford
- A guided tour of an Oxford University college or punting on the River Thames
- Two social evenings with tutors
- A visit to a local school (where possible)
- An end-of-course certificate outlining the sessions and hours attended
- e-Learning Centre subscription for 1 year
Course trainers and guest tutors
Our friendly, approachable trainers and guest tutors have substantial experience of teaching English as a foreign language and teacher training. They will adapt the content of your course to suit the needs and interests of the group, so that it is useful, relevant and enjoyable.
These courses were originally developed by Sue Kay, author of the highly acclaimed Reward Teachers' Resource Packs and co-author of Inside Out, the well-known young adult course from Macmillan.
Everything was excellent, the tutors, the venue, the classes, the activities and my homestay!
Anna Caballeria from Spain, Creative Teaching in the Secondary Classroom
All participants are required to fill in a Pre-Course questionnaire. The Course Co-ordinator 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.
The methodology sessions on these courses are practical and communicative. They include a wide range of activities for dealing with reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation in large, mixed ability classes. Popular sessions include Blended Learning, Multiple Intelligences and Classroom Challenges. Personal language development is also an important element of the course and based on the needs of the participants. Language improvement sessions to refresh and update your language are dynamic and interactive. Topics include grammar awareness, pronunciation, collocation, phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions.
Where possible school 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.
Comenius-Grundtvig Funding, Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)
These courses are eligible for EU LLP Comenius funding.
If you work in School Education, you can apply for Comenius funding.
- contact your National Agency for an application form
- ask Lake School to send you a Comenius pre-enrolment document/course information for the dates you choose
Then you should send your completed application form, pre-enrolment and course information back to your National Agency.
The deadline is April 30, 2013 for courses between September 2013 and April 2014.
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.
It was a perfect, enriching experience! I enjoyed Oxford and the Lake School and it met all my expectations. Lessons were inspiring, encouraging and well–focussed.
Thank you for making my stay in Oxford so memorable!
Denisa Šonková from the Czech Republic, Professional Development Course