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: Literacy and wider issues
- what dyslexia is and what dyslexia isn’t
- how dyslexia can affect an individual both in and out of the classroom
Module 2: Dyslexia and the English Classroom
- how dyslexia can affect learning English
- inclusivity and accommodating the needs of dyslexic students in the classroom
Module 3: Designing dyslexic-friendly materials
- selection and design of material and tests suitable for dyslexic learners of English
- dyslexic-friendly materials that ELT publishers have made available
Module 4: Teaching grammar and vocabulary
- the specific difficulties students with dyslexia may have in learning grammar and vocabulary
- approaches, activities and materials to support the learning of grammar and vocabulary
Module 5: Assessment and adaptation of published ELT material
- analysis, assessment and adaptation of a lesson from a published course book
- course participants’ presentation of their adapted course book lesson