English Language Teachers Summer Seminar 2016

Course summary

  • Sun 24 Jul 2016 to Sat 06 Aug 2016
  • Held at Exeter College
  • Non-residential: £1,170.00 <br>Residential (standard room): £2,200.00 <br>Residential (en suite room): £2,390.00
  • Course code O16I080JDR
  • ipteachers@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • Closed to new applications

English Language Teachers Summer Seminar 2016



Overview

The 2016 English Language Teachers’ Summer Seminar is now closed to new applications.

We still have places remaining on the following intensive two-week summer school for English Language Teachers:

English as a Medium of Instruction Summer School (August 14-27)

The Department of Education is offering a two-week course for university lecturers focussing on English as a Medium of Instruction. It would be ideal for those who would like to:

  • practise teaching and lecturing through EMI
  • update your English language skills
  • explore the theory behind English Medium Instruction
  • share practical teaching and lecturing skills

 

The course includes:

  • 25 hours tuition per week
  • All course materials
  • Morning tea/coffee and biscuits
  • Student helper to meet you and take care of you during your stay
  • Farewell reception

 

Fees: £1,700 (course only)

 

Visit the English as a Medium of Instruction Summer School website for more details.

 

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The English Language Teachers' Summer Seminar is designed for teachers of English working with secondary school and adult learners...

  • who would like to refresh and update their English language skills
  • who are keen to keep abreast of developments in ELT
  • who are looking for fresh ideas for materials development
  • who are interested in developing teacher training skills
  • who are looking to revitalize their approach to teaching
  • who are looking for meaningful ways of reflecting on and developing their practice

As participants come from all over the world, the programme is also an exercise in community building and international understanding.

The seminar will be accommodated and taught at Exeter College. Founded in 1314, Exeter is one of the university`s oldest colleges and is situated in the heart of Oxford. Prominent college alumni include the authors J. R. R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman.

For a flavour of what to expect please take a look at our video (also available on YouTube):

Programme details

A Welcome from Dr Charles Boyle, Seminar Director

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to study at the University of Oxford? Our long-established Summer Seminar for English language teachers is a wonderful opportunity for you to engage with international counterparts, to share teaching experiences and to explore new ideas in a positive and supportive learning environment. Under the guidance of some of the ELT world's leading trainers, we aim to offer you a highly practical, engaging and rewarding learning experience.

During your two-week course, you take four workshops; two in Week 1 and two in Week 2. Your day begins with a stimulating and informative plenary lecture followed by your morning workshop. After lunch you take your afternoon workshop on a completely different topic. Each year, we offer a choice of ten lively workshops giving you the chance to enhance your skills in areas such as materials development or to explore areas that are perhaps new to you such as teaching through the medium of English. This unique structure enables you to experience a different dynamic in each workshop and the chance to work with ELT professionals from a variety of teaching backgrounds from across the globe.

You'll also quickly discover that this is a summer school unlike most others as it offers you the rare opportunity to to study and live in an Oxford college. From the opening reception in the Fellows' Garden to the farewell gala dinner in the splendid surroundings of Exeter College dining hall, the memories of the Summer Seminar will, I am sure, remain with you for many years to come. We look forward to seeing you in Oxford very soon.

Summer Seminar Workshops

Week 1: July 25 - 29

Week 2: August 1 - 5

 

Academic Team

Oxford University has carefully selected an outstanding academic team by bringing together some of the top trainers and tutors in the field of ELT today. Principal Tutor for the Summer Seminar is author, trainer and international ELT consultant Adrian Underhill, a leading figure in the field of teacher education.

Our tutors for 2016 are:

  • Adrian Underhill
  • Edmund Dudley
  • Jon Hird
  • John Hughes
  • Hanna Kryszewska

 

ELT Guest Lectures

Each morning begins with a plenary lecture delivered by a prominent figure or by authors working in ELT. Some lectures will be directly relevant to classroom practice, whilst others are intended to be more theoretical and thought-provoking. The speakers for 2016 are:

  • Adrian Underhill - The Story of your Development as a Teacher: Introduction to ELTSS
  • Tim Herdon - Learning English: Looking from the outside in
  • Russell Stannard - Key Technologies that can Revolutionise our Teaching and Learning
  • Edmund Dudley - Using Literature in the EFL Classroom
  • Hanna Kryszewska - Visual Literacy for Teachers
  • Jon Hird - Reaching Every Student in the Classroom: Dyslexia and Learning English
  • John Hughes - Critical Thinking in Language Teaching

 

Daily Schedule (Monday to Friday)

 

  • 09.15-10.45 … Lecture (Except Wednesdays)
    10.45-11.15 … Tea and coffee break
    11.15-12.45 … Workshops
    12.45-13.45 … Lunch
    14.00-15.30 … Workshops

 

The programme provides 42 hours of tuition, comprising:

  • 12 hours of lectures (8 sessions lasting approximately 1.5 hours each)
  • 30 hours of workshop meetings (7.5 per course)

 

Social Programme

Social activities will be organised for the late afternoons and/or evenings, Monday to Friday. These are likely to include: a walking tour of Oxford, a cultural exchange evening, a treasure hunt, a Shakespeare play, guest lectures, an evening of Scottish country dancing (where you do the dancing!), and much more.

ELT Publishers' Book Display

During the Seminar, representatives from Oxford University Press and Macmillan will be present to showcase current and forthcoming ELT publications. All teachers will be offered a discount of 20% on ELT publications purchased during the seminar.

Certification

On successful completion of the Summer Seminar, all participants will receive a University of Oxford Certificate of Attendance.

The attendance certificate will state the course title and location, the course dates, and hours of tuition involved. It will be signed by the programme director and the principle tutor.

Please note that this course does not offer any form of official credit to participants.

Accommodation

Resident in College
Participants who choose to be resident on the programme will have a single study bedroom in Exeter College and will take meals in the college dining hall. All meals during the programme will be provided for college residents, except for lunch at weekends.

Bedrooms are located up the four to nine floors of a staircase. Bath and/or shower and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared.

A very limited number of rooms have private bathroom facilities (shower room and toilet) and these are available for an additional fee. These rooms are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so early application is essential.

Participants cannot be accommodated at Exeter College either prior to or beyond their programme dates. Family members and/or friends who are not enrolled on this programme cannot be accommodated in college.

Non-Resident
Participants who choose to be non-resident on the summer school are responsible for finding their own accommodation. Information on accommodation in Oxford can be found on the internet at:

(Please be aware that demand for accommodation in Oxford during the summer months is high.)

Exeter College has rooms which can be taken on a self-catering basis roughly one mile away from the main college site. For further information please contact the Accommodation Manager by email: accommodation@exeter.ox.ac.uk

Disabled Participants (including those with mobility difficulties)
The aim of Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) is to treat all participants equally and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Individuals` needs are taken into account as far as possible, providing reasonable adaptations and assistance within the resources available. We ask that people let us know of any disability or special need (confidentially if required) so that we can help them participate as fully as possible.

When applying for OUDCE`s college-based summer programmes, prospective participants with mobility difficulties or visual or hearing impairments may want to make preliminary enquiries to the Programme Administrator, as the age and layout of these colleges often makes them user-unfriendly (although adaptations are often possible). Oxford, as an ancient city, tends to be difficult to navigate for people with disabilities. The number of very old buildings, designed in an age less sensitive to issues of disability, makes access to much of the city centre difficult. However, OUDCE will do as much as it can to make study with us possible.

Participants should contact us if they will have problems gaining access to a bedroom or a teaching room that is located on upper or basement floors, or to the college dining hall (which is reached via a flight of stairs).

Fees

Payment

 

Programme Fees

  • Residential: Standard (shared bathroom facilities) - £2,200
    Fees include:
    • tuition; access to IT facilities; social activities;
    • accommodation in a standard single room with shared bathroom facilities for the nights of Sunday 24 July to Friday 5 August 2016 inclusive;
    • meals in hall from dinner on Sunday 24 July to breakfast on Saturday 6 August 2016 (except lunch on Saturdays and Sundays and meals during optional weekend excursions).

     

     

  • Residential: En suite (private shower and toilet) - £2,390
    Fees include:
    • tuition; access to IT facilities; social activities;
    • accommodation in a single en suite room with private shower and toilet for the nights of Sunday 24 July to Friday 5 August 2016 inclusive;
    • meals in hall from dinner on Sunday 24 July to breakfast on Saturday 6 August 2016 (except lunch on Saturdays and Sundays and meals during optional weekend excursions).

     

     

  • Non-residential (no accommodation) - £1,170
    Fees include:
    • tuition; access to IT facilities; social activities;
    • lunch Monday to Friday, and the programme`s formal opening and closing dinners on Sunday 24 July and Friday 5 August 2016, respectively.

     

Cancellations

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

Applicants are strongly recommended to take out vacation cancellation insurance, and should consult their travel agent and/or insurer for information and advice. Please note that OUDCE does not offer any insurance cover.

Alteration or Cancellation of a Course by OUDCE

OUDCE 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 course will be reviewed on 1 May 2016. If it is likely that the 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 have not heard from OUDCE by 9 May 2016, they should assume that the course will be running; there is no need to contact us to confirm. Participants may wish to delay finalising their travel arrangements until after this date.

Erasmus Plus: Financial Support for EU Teachers

Are you looking for additional financial assistance? Each year many English language teachers benefit from the financial support provided by the EU’s Erasmus Plus Programme (Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals). If you are an ELT teacher from any EU or EFTA country your school or organisation may be able to apply for funding on your behalf.

To check your eligibility and for full details of the Erasmus Plus Programme, please visit the website of the European Commission here.

Getting started: Erasmus Plus Guidance for English Language Teachers
Our summer schools for English language teachers are extremely popular and fill up quickly. If you decide to apply for financial support from the Erasmus Plus Programme you should:

 

  1. Complete your application form for the English Language Teachers' Summer Seminar and send this to us immediately. You should not wait until you receive the outcome of your Erasmus Plus application.
  2. You must submit your Erasmus Plus application form through your school. All you need to do is to inform your school or institution that you would like to participate in the English Language Teachers' Summer Seminar 2016. If your school is not registered on the Participant Portal, an official representative will have to register. The school will then be issued with a PIC (Personal Identification Code) number. A step-by-step video guide on the registration process and requirements can be found at:

    https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/news/video-resource/how-to-register-on-ecas

  3. You should then complete the Erasmus Plus application form which you can download from your National Agency’s website - http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/national-agencies/index_en.htm

Tutors

Mr Christopher J Day

None

Assessment methods

There is no assessment for this course.

Application

  • Applications should be posted or emailed to the Programme Administrator at the following address:
    • By email: ipteachers@conted.ox.ac.uk
    • By post: English Language Teachers Summer Seminar, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK
  • Please ensure all sections are completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.
  • The form must be accompanied by four passport-sized photographs (i.e. 3 x 3.5cm, or 1.25 x 1.5in), with your full name printed on the back of each. If emailing your application, a single photo in jpeg format will be accepted.
  • Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadline

Subject to the availability of places, the closing date for applications is 31 May 2016.

Notification of the admission panel's decision

Applicants will normally be notified of the panel's decision by email within 14 days of their application being received.

Applicants who are offered a place on the summer school must respond within 14 days to accept or decline the offer. In accepting our offer of a place applicants are committing to paying their programme fees in full by the due date.

 

Enrolling, invoicing, and further course information

Successful applicants will be formally enrolled on the summer school once they have accepted our offer of a place.The enrolment process includes the issuing of invoices, which will be posted to applicants together with full instructions for payment.

Applicants will be required to pay the full fee within 30 days of their invoice date. Late applicants may be required to pay the full fee within 7 days of their invoice date. Places will not be held for students whose fees are not paid in full by the due date. Under no circumstance will applicants be admitted to the summer school unless all fees have been paid in full.

Once fees have been paid in full, applicants will be sent a formal letter confirming their place on the course and receipt of their payment.

Detailed course information notes will be emailed to participants in Spring 2016. These notes will contain a wealth of practical information to assist students preparing to travel to Oxford.

 

Any Queries?

Please contact the Programme Administrator by email at ipteachers@conted.ox.ac.uk

 

Important information regarding visa requirements

If you require a visa to study abroad, then we strongly recommend that you apply for this course as early as possible in order to allow yourself sufficient time to make a successful visa application.

A successful visa application may include a letter from the course administrator confirming your place on the course; this confirmation letter will not be issued until all course fees have been paid in full.

In the case of a visa application being unsuccessful the Department for Continuing Education will not offer a refund.

Please note that, for legal reasons, the Programme Administrator is not permitted to provide any visa advice to applicants. All such enquiries should be submitted to Oxford University’s student visa and immigration advisers via email at student.immigration@admin.ox.ac.uk

Selection criteria

It is anticipated that applicants will have at least two years' experience of teaching English as a foreign or second language to secondary school pupils, college or university students or adult learners.

If you teach English to primary school pupils you may wish to consider our Oxford Teachers' Academy Summer School (July 17 - 29) which offers professional development courses for teachers of young learners.