The summer course comprises an introductory session and five content modules delivered over a three-week period.
There will be two 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, but we will also take into account the various time zones of participants 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.
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.
Class sizes are kept small to maximise opportunities for interaction.
During your two weekly live workshops, you will be expected to participate actively in discussions and exchanges with your tutor and fellow participants. You will be encouraged to continue your discussions through additional online interaction throughout your course.
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 three weeks.
Module 1: Telling Tales
- The power of stories for young learners
- Leading to language acquisition
- Motivating factors
Module 2: The 4 skills
- How the 4 skills can be taught through rhyme / stories
- Why they are a suitable tool
- A stepping stone to language
Module 3: Other linguistic competencies
- Melody, tone and mood
- Remembering language
- Predictive skills
Module 4: More than just language
- Harnessing creativity
- Communication and collaboration
- Intercultural understanding
Module 5: From fairy tales to the real world
- Teaching about the world around us
- Encouraging critical thinking
- Cross-cultural possibilities