Oxford Teacher’s Academy

Become part of Oxford Teacher’s Academy today and join a global community of teachers passionate about making a real difference in the classroom! Oxford Teacher’s Academy is a series of online courses, specially developed by Oxford University Press, to further enhance your teaching skills and keep you up-to-date with the latest techniques and methodologies.

Oxford Professional Development is offering the following two courses for English language teachers:

  • Teaching English to Young Learners

  • Teaching English to Teenagers


key-info-circleThese courses are suitable for any type of teacher; whether you’re an experienced teacher looking to refresh your skills or a recently qualified teacher looking for practical advice and guidance. Each course has a length of 30 hours which can be completed over a 12-month period meaning you can study the course content at your own pace and fit it around your busy schedules. On successful completion of the course you’ll be presented with an official certificate accredited by the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.

As teachers we are constantly learning and discovering new ways to teach which means professional development is ever more important. Both courses are full of innovative ideas and theories, they’ve been designed to keep you engaged through a media-rich, interactive learning experience, and you’ll be encouraged to put into practice what you learn, reflect, and share your experiences whilst enhancing your teaching skills.

For more information about the courses, how to purchase them or to try our demo from Teaching English to Young Learners and see for yourself the type of interactivity and tasks you find in our courses, visit the following webpage.

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Important – Webinar Date Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances neither Jennifer Dobson nor Mouse will be able to give the Oxford Webinar: Making routines meaningful originally scheduled for Tuesday 24th November 2015.

IMG_5155This Webinar has been postponed and will now take place on the new date of Thursday 10th March 2016. Your registration has been automatically transferred to the new date so there will be no need to fill out the registration form again.

We wish both Jennifer and Mouse a speedy recovery and apologise for any inconvenience caused to those signed up to the event.

Don’t forget – there is still time to register for the Oxford Webinar: Project work in the Primary Classroom with Suzanne Torres which will go ahead as planned on Thursday 26th November 2015.

See you online!

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Register now for Oxford Seminars!

Oxford Professional Development is proud to announce that two very special guests will be giving talks for Oxford Seminars for Private Language Schools, Academies, and Official Language Schools this year.

Jamie Keddie and Catherine Walter have been invited to give sessions in Bilbao and Madrid on the 27th and 28th November respectively and again in Barcelona on the 22nd January 2016.


CWalterDuring these exclusive seminars Jamie will kick things off with his talk; Image, Video, and Critical Thinking and later Catherine will look at Challenging the ‘Sink or Swim’ Approach to Reading and Listening.


Don’t miss out and register now for free and save your seat!


For full details about the Seminars visit the Teacher Training Events page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Oxford Webinars are back! Register now!

WebinarsWe are proud and excited to announce our full webinar calendar for this academic year! As promised, we have catered for all shapes and sizes; for English and Bilingual teachers from Pre-Primary to Upper Secondary level so we have something for everyone!

The webinars are open to everyone so feel free to sign up to as many webinars as you like. Check out the complete webinar programme here and register now!

webinar_speakersTake a look at some of the hot topics on offer from OUP experts and authors. Bring yourself up-to-date with 21st century learning in the Primary classroom with Kath Bilsborough & Suzanne Torres, become video smart with Jamie Keddie, put CLIL into action with Rachel Playfair, discover new digital tools with Rosamaria Felip, and much more!

Don’t miss out and register today!

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Still time to register for Make the Most online courses

Today we are launching our Make the Most online courses. If you have already registered you should receive and email with your login details.

If you’re an Oxford user and you’re interested in participating in our online courses, don’t worry, you still have time to register! Just fill out this short registration form now.

To give you a taste of what to expect, watch this short video about the Make the Most online courses:

Don’t miss out and join the online teaching community!

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Welcome back and Happy New Academic Year

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Oxford Professional Development site! We hope you all had a great summer and are now back in the classrooms refreshed and ready to go! We are really looking forward to the year ahead and we hope you are too! Whilst you’ve been preparing your classes for the new school year we’ve also been hard at work putting together a fantastic teacher training calendar full of webinars, seminars and online courses.

im_mtmFirst of all, we’re really excited to announce 11 different Oxford Make the Most online courses for both English and Bilingual teachers! As most of you know they are online courses based on OUP titles that show teachers how to exploit their course book and didactic materials while discovering the methodology behind the lessons.

dramThis year we are proud to launch 2 new courses; Daisy, Robin & Me and CLIL for Secondary Teachers. To see all the courses available visit Make the Most Courses 2015-2016.

We will be launching all the courses on the 28th September and if you are an Oxford user you can register now here.

WebinarsAs well as the online courses we have also finalised the Oxford Webinar calendar for the whole year! We are literally spoiling you for choice with no less than 19 webinars from October until April next year! This time around we are offering you several webinar series that you can follow with a webinar per trimester. We have something for all of you and will cover all the different levels for both English and CLIL teachers. So, if you’re looking to face evaluation in the 21st century, immerse yourself in videos with Jamie Keddie, see how to incorporate mobiles in your class and put CLIL into action or if you just want to virtually meet authors and experts then this is the place for you!

We’ll be sending all the registration details soon but in the meantime you can see the entire calendar and what’s coming up here on Upcoming Webinars & Registration.

Keep an eye on your inbox for your personal invitation and keep up-to-date right here on the Oxford Professional Development site.

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Weird and wonderful UK Summer Traditions – Part II

Carrying from last week’s theme of strange UK festivals and traditions we would like to share some more of our favourites.

nettleWorld Stinging Nettle Eating Championship

Like many UK traditions, this one also started off in a pub, probably as a crazy bet. For this annual event in Dorset, in the south of the UK, contestants battle it out to strip and eat the leaves and stalks from as many nettles as possible – not so easy given that the leaves sting and cause tongues to swell and blacken! Read more about this championship.

conkerWorld Conker Championships

For the final UK tradition, we present the annual Conker (horse chestnut) Championships which dates back to 1965. Each player’s conker has a hole drilled through the middle and a piece of string attached. The aim of the game is to break your opponent’s conker by striking it. Conker players from around the world gather in a small village in Northamptonshire to compete for the world title of King and Queen Conker every year! Click here to find out more!

There are many more weird and wonderful traditions throughout the UK from worm charming, Morris dancing and pea shooting. A quick search on the Internet will reveal a lot more!

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Weird and wonderful UK Summer Traditions – Part I

Hopefully you should all be enjoying the holiday season or escaping the heat wave. Meanwhile in the UK, in the few days that the sun appears, we often celebrate at one of many strange festivals and traditions that take place all across the country.

This week we’d like to share our pick of these traditions, which you could consider replicating (or not) on your return to the classroom in September!

Cheese Rolling in Gloucester

CheeseRollingThis world famous event consists of international competitors racing down an extremely steep hill after a large round of cheese. The first person to the bottom wins the cheese! This one is not for the faint-hearted and the race often results in a few broken bones! Watch the following mad clip of this year’s competition.


Man versus Horse Marathon

manvhorseThis wild annual race takes place in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells (pronounced clan-ooh-er-tid) where runners compete against riders on horseback over a 35km course across the countryside. As you can imagine, the winner is usually a horse and only once in 25 years has a man won! You can read more about this eccentric race here.

Have you seen any quirky traditions on your travels or any that you take part in?

We’ll bring you some more strange UK traditions next week! Enjoy the summer!

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We’re all going on a summer holiday

niña-salta-globos_14035912At long last, it’s summer time again! It’s time to put your flip-flops on, smother yourself in sun cream, grab yourself an ice cream and head for the beach. Congratulations to everyone who has made it through the year. Now’s the time to relax and take a hard-earned break before planning and preparing for the next school year!

From everyone here at Oxford Professional Development we hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday away from the classroom. In the meantime we’ll be busy working behind the scenes preparing plenty of new and exciting training opportunities and ideas for the classroom! We’ll be sure to keep you updated!

Have a great summer!

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Special Mentions

The Meet the Authors road tour has now finished! First of all we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in making the events so memorable and enjoyable this year; from the people behind the scenes to all the, authors, experts and teacher trainers that took part. But, we’d like to extend an even bigger THANK YOU to all of you, the teachers, that make these events so worthwhile! We wouldn’t be here without you!

We would also like to share with you some special mentions of our authors and trainers who are constantly on the move, sharing their ideas and shaping learning together with educators worldwide.

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Jamie Keddie has recently been busy at the British Council ELTons Awards 2015 in London, an annual ceremony celebrating innovation in English Language Teaching around the world. Jamie, who gave his talk on Storytelling for Teens during the Meet the Authors tour, gives his reflections on this year’s awards ceremony and remembers his own experience as an award winner. You can read more about Jamie’s reflections here.

Oxford_University_Press_Meet_the_Authors Barcelona

Meanwhile in Finland, CLIL pioneer David Marsh is hard at work with EduCluster, an expert organization dedicated to creating educational excellence across the globe. The EduCluster website features David’s participation with OUP as a plenary speaker on English language and bilingual learning themes throughout Spain, and even includes a mention of our very own Mara DeRitter.

Finally, there is no one busier than OUP author and teacher trainer Nina Lauder who has been running from one country to another giving talks at several different international conferences, most recently Egypt, Bulgaria and Italy to name a few. You can read all about her adventures as well as grab some new teaching ideas on her blog.

You can find links to a number of blogs from Oxford teacher trainers in the Blogs We Read section on the right hand side of this page.

That’s all from us for now. Best of luck as you finish out the academic year!

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