Oxford Teachers' Academy online courses

Professional development courses for English language teachers of primary school, secondary school, and adult learners.

A warm welcome to the Oxford Teachers' Academy (OTA) programme of online summer courses developed by two of the University of Oxford’s largest departments: the Department for Continuing Education and Oxford University Press. Launched in 2003, the OTA is a collaborative programme of continuing professional development courses for English language teachers of primary school, secondary school, and adult learners.

The suite of nine online courses has been specially designed for teachers whose students do not speak English as their first language. Under the guidance of leading international teacher trainers, the programme aims to offer you (and colleagues from across the world) a unique, high quality professional development programme.

Each four-week online course aims to help you to:

  • refresh and revitalise your teaching strategies and techniques
  • update your classroom skills
  • build up a personalised bank of ready-to-use teaching materials
  • share and reflect on your teaching experience with international colleagues
  • fine tune your language skills

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Programme details

Course structure

Each OTA online summer course comprises an introductory session and five content modules delivered over a four-week period.

There will be live tutor-led interactive workshops each week, as well as a number of engaging asynchronous tasks that you complete in your own time.

We anticipate that most live sessions will be held at around 1pm UK time, and will last for 90 minutes, but we will also take into account the various time zones of participants in each course and deliver the live workshops at times that are convenient for the majority of participants.

The asynchronous part of your course will allow you and your fellow participants to extend the learning from the live sessions. Typically, this will include follow up quizzes, extra readings and materials. You will also benefit from opportunities to discuss aspects of each session with your peers in pairs and in small groups, allowing you to reflect on how you might tailor the content of each session to your own teaching context. 

The first day of your course will begin with an introductory session to introduce you to the structure, expectations, and goals of an Oxford Teachers' Academy course. You then follow a series of five modules over four weeks.

We expect you to devote at least 5 hours each week to your course. Outside the scheduled live sessions, you can study at times that are most convenient for you.

 We have capped class sizes at 25 students to maximise opportunities for interaction. 


During your weekly live workshops, you will be expected to participate actively in discussions and exchanges with tutors and fellow participants. You will be encouraged to continue your discussions through additional online interaction throughout your course.

Please click on each of the workshop titles below for a full description of module contents.



Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses are certified by the Department for Continuing Education. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, course participants must submit an Evidence of Learning Journal which will be evaluated against established criteria. If all criteria are met, participants will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion within six weeks of submitting their journals.

You will also receive a University of Oxford Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of each OTA online summer course.

Level and demands

It is expected that participants will have experience of teaching English language.

All participants must speak English to a minimum of a high B2 CEFR level of proficiency.


Edmund Dudley

Edmund Dudley is a teacher trainer, materials writer and teacher of English with more than 25 years of classroom experience. Based in Budapest, he has extensive experience of English language teaching at both primary and secondary levels. He has worked with teachers of English from around the world as a teacher trainer, delivering seminars and courses, speaking at conferences, and presenting webinars. He is the author of ETpedia Teenagers (Pavilion Publishing) and co-author of OUP’s Mixed-Ability Teaching (2016).

Jon Hird

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 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. 

John Hughes

John Hughes is a teacher trainer and ELT course book author. He has worked as author and co-author on over 40 titles including the course book series Business Result (OUP) and Life (National Geographic Learning). He is also series editor of the ETpedia series of resource books for teachers (Pavilion ELT) and specialises in training courses on materials writing.

Hanna Kryszewska

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-wrote: “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.’

Sinéad Laffan

Sinéad Laffan is a teacher trainer, based in Budapest. She is a member of Trinity College and Cambridge Assessment English teacher training panels, an Oxford Teachers' Academy trainer and teaches on the Department's ELT Summer Schools. She specialises in performance development for English Language teachers, helping language schools retain staff and students by creating and delivering tailored teacher development programs. Her process focuses on helping each teacher find their own best selves as practitioners and professionals. She is a former coordinator of the IATEFL TDSIG.

Erika Osváth

Erika Osváth is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. She is the co-author of Mixed Ability Teaching, OUP (2016). Prior to embarking on a career in teacher training and development in 2009, she worked for International House for 16 years in Central and Eastern Europe as Director of Studies, where she also co-ordinated courses for Young and Very Young Learners, as well as for students of Business English. She has acted as a trainer on many Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) courses. Erika has extensive experience in teaching primary, secondary and adult learners.

Charlotte Rance

Charlotte Rance is a teacher trainer, author and educational consultant. She has worked in the English language teaching industry for almost two decades, and specialises in working with young learners and teenagers. Charlotte has worked in numerous countries around the world, and has spoken at a wide range of institutions and international conferences. Her priority as a trainer is to provide practical advice and suggest a range of effective strategies that teachers can successfully adapt and implement in their own teaching contexts.

Zarina Subhan

Zarina Subhan is a highly experienced teacher trainer who has been working in the field of ELT for almost 30 years. She has taught students of all levels in both private and government institutions in the UK and in a number of different countries. She specialises in critical thinking skills, student autonomy and CLIL, using these in her methodology to teach or train. She has worked with schools, colleges and universities, NGOs, policy makers, community leaders, and local government in a variety of training contexts.

Shaun Wilden

Shaun Wilden is a teacher trainer, materials writer and teacher of English with more than 25 years of classroom experience. Having spent two decades teaching abroad, Shaun now lives in Oxford but continues to travel to give talks and workshops about the use of technology and language teaching. He has lectured and tutored on information technology on a number of programmes for international students and teaches for the Department. His book Into the Classroom: Mobile Learning was published by OUP in 2017.

Enrolment and fees


Fees per course: £300.00

Enrolment deadline

Subject to the availability of places, the closing date is 24 June 2021.


Please note that refunds are only offered in exceptional circumstances. Please consult our terms and conditions for more details.

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 online courses will be reviewed on 28 May 2021. If it is likely that a 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 who have enrolled on an online course have not heard from the Department by 28 May 2021, they should assume that the course will be running; there is no need to contact us to confirm.

Contact and queries

If you have any questions about the programme please contact the Programme Administrator by emailing: ipota@conted.ox.ac.uk