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.
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.
We have capped class sizes at 25 students 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.
All times are UK time (UTC+1).
Introductory Session - Monday 06 July 1pm
Module 1: Student-Centred Learning - Thursday 09 July 1pm
- Teacher and Student Roles
- Discuss the application of a student-centred approach
- Consider some practical strategies
Module 2: Vocabulary: More than Words - Monday 13 July 1pm
- What does it mean to know a word?
- Memory and Lexis
- Presenting and practicing vocabulary
Module 3: Making Grammar Memorable - Thursday 16 July 1pm
- Retention and retrieval – why learners have difficulty remembering grammar
- How grammar is practised
- Focusing on meaning and form
Module 4: Task-based Learning- Monday 20 July 1pm
- Identify the characteristics of Task-Based Learning
- Explore why TBL is well suited to teenage language learners
- Define a task, and provide hands-on practice in designing classroom tasks
Module 5: Challenges and Rewards: Gamifying Learning - Thursday 23 July 1pm
- Defining gamification
- Creating competition – levels, rewards and leader-boards
- Making learning social