Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass

Course summary

  • Sun 09 Jul 2017 to Sat 22 Jul 2017
  • Worcester College, Oxford
  • From £1,250 to £2,500
  • Course code O17I410DMR
  • ipota@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • Applications not yet being accepted

Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass










The 2017 Oxford Teachers' Academy has now passed.

The 2018 course fees, workshop titles, and lecture topics will be published on this webpage by spring 2018. 


Welcome to the Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass 2017 offering a first class professional development experience for teachers of primary and teenage/young adult learners. This two-week programme is taught by a team of highly-experienced international trainers and aims to give you an exhilarating and enriching study experience in one of Oxford's oldest colleges. It is designed for teachers whose students do not speak English as their first language.


The Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy is a collaboration between two of the University of Oxford’s largest departments; the Department for Continuing Education and Oxford University Press. We offer many different OTA courses throughout the year all over the world and more than 2,000 English language teachers have now benefited from these unique and stimulating programmes.

The OTA Masterclass provides you with the perfect opportunity to experience a professional development programme in the heart of Oxford with colleagues from all corners of the globe and has been specially designed to help you to:

  • refresh and revitalise your teaching strategies and techniques
  • update your classroom skills
  • integrate technology into your lessons
  • fine tune your language skills

Watch our 10-minute video for a taste of what an OTA Masterclass is really like. Hear from previous course participants and tutors about what you might expect:

(This video is also available on YouTube.)

Programme details

A Welcome from Dr Charles Boyle,
Programme Director

A very warm welcome to our 2017 OTA Masterclass for English language teachers. We invite you to join ELT colleagues from across the globe in what is a truly international learning community in the stunning and historic setting of Worcester College.

Our team of friendly expert ELT tutors will guide you through a series of lively and practical morning workshops. Each afternoon we invite you to enjoy engaging lectures given by Oxford University academic staff and well-known ELT writers.

After class you can relax in over 24 acres of tranquil gardens and wooded grounds, sit by the college’s own lake far from the bustle of the busy city streets beyond Worcester’s high walls or explore one of Britain’s most beautiful cities. Each evening, a rich and varied social programme will help you to make the most of your time in Oxford.

Masterclass Workshops

Each morning you will participate in two 90-minute workshop sessions of your choice. The workshop options for 2017 are:

Week 1: July 10-14

Week 2: July 17-21

Expert Tutors

We have handpicked an outstanding professional team of the top trainers and tutors in the field of ELT today. Principal Tutor for the masterclass is author, trainer and international ELT consultant Robert McLarty, a leading figure in the field of teacher education.

Afternoon Lecture Series

Each day ends 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 and topics for 2017 are:

  • Jazz and the Dark Matter of Teaching - Adrian Underhill
  • Do you speak 2017? Aspects of Contemporary English - Jon Hird
  • Learners as co-researchers in ELT classrooms - Annamária Pintér
  • Challenging Behaviour as a Special Education Needs Teacher - Marie Delaney
  • Reflections on Teaching and Learning - Stacey Hughes
  • Secrets of the test designers: What every teacher should know - Charles Boyle
  • Learning English: Looking from the outside in - Tim Herdon


Monday - Friday

09.15 - 10.45  Workshop 1
10.45 - 11.15  Tea break
11.15  - 12.45  Workshop 2
12.45 - 13.45  Lunch
14.15 - 15.30  Lecture (except Mondays)

The programme provides 39 hours of tuition, comprising:

  • 30 hours of workshop meetings
  • 9 hours of lectures (7 sessions lasting approximately 75 minutes each)

Social Programme

We have carefully tailored your social programme to allow you plenty of free time to explore and enjoy Oxford. You will also benefit from the services of two programme assistants who will be on hand to offer information as to what’s on and what to see in Oxford and also to help with advice on any weekend trips you may be planning to make. We have arranged a number of optional social activities each evening during your course which may include:

  • a walking tour of Oxford
  • a cultural exchange evening
  • an open-air Shakespeare play
  • a treasure hunt
  • an evening of Scottish country dancing (where you do the dancing!)

In the evenings, you will be welcome to socialise in the college bar which will be open several nights each week.

OUP Book Display

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


On successful completion of the Masterclass, 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 principal tutor.

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



Resident in College

For that real University of Oxford experience, you’ll have the opportunity to live in student accommodation in Worcester College. The college is situated in the centre of Oxford only a few streets away from the bustling shopping area of Cornmarket and High Street and is also close to the Ashmolean Museum and Oxford Railway and Coach Stations. If you choose to live in college you will have a single study bedroom with private bathroom and toilet.

We regret that participants cannot be accommodated at Worcester 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.


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 there is a high demand for accommodation in Oxford during the summer months.

Disabled Participants (including those with mobility difficulties)

The aim of Oxford University 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 is able to make study with the department 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.


From £1,250 to £2,500


Resident in College - £2,500

Fees include:

  • tuition; all course materials; social activities;
  • accommodation in a single en suite room with private shower and toilet for the nights of Sunday 9 July to Friday 21 July 2017 inclusive;
  • meals in hall from dinner on Sunday 9 July to breakfast on Saturday 22 July 2017 (with the exception of weekend lunches and dinner on Saturday).

Non-Resident - £1,250

Fees include:

  • tuition; all course materials; social activities;
  • lunch Monday to Friday, and the programme's opening and closing dinners on Sunday 9 July and Friday 21 July 2017, respectively.


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 2017. 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 2017, 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.

Assessment methods

There is no assessment for this course.

Oxford skyline from South Park


Please download the application form.

  • All sections should be completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.
  • Applications should be posted or emailed to the Programme Administrator at the following address:
    • By email: ipota@conted.ox.ac.uk
    • By post: Oxford Teachers' Academy Masterclass, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK
  • 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.

Application deadline

Subject to the availability of places, the closing date for applications is 9 June 2017.

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 28 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 2017. 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 ipota@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.

This 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 to primary or teenage/young adult learners.