Oxford Teachers' Academy online courses

*Please note that the Oxford Teacher's Academy Courses for this year are over. We do offer the course annually around the same dates each year, but for 2022 we will be offering the course as a face-to-face course over two weeks here in Oxford. If you would like to be put on our mailing list please contact us at ipota@conted.ox.ac.uk

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.

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


The suite of 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.

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 choose only one of the courses below to avoid clashes with your timetable.

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

Enrolment and fees


Fees per course: £300.00


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.

Contact and queries

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