Oxford Teachers’ Academy

Online professional development

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Inspiration for class tomorrow.


Join a global community of teachers passionate about making a real difference in the classroom!

Oxford Teachers’ Academy are online, self-study professional development courses for English language teachers, developed by Oxford University Press. Completion of the courses is certified by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

Designed for self-study with elements of communication and sharing between participants, the courses can also be run by institutions as moderated, in-house professional development programmes. Find out more about the role of moderators.

Session aims and topics have been mapped onto the EAQUALS Framework of Language Teacher Training and Development.

At the end of the course, participants who have met the Evaluation Criteria for the course will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Reviews

“I think the Oxford Teachers' Academy Young Learners module is extremely thorough and informative to anybody who is wishing to embrace teaching young learners in the classroom. The course is of a high standard incorporating all the key areas of teaching children. Any experienced Young Learner teacher would find this refreshing and allows them to put innovational insight into their current teaching practice. I would certainly find it a useful tool as a teacher trainer and it would add professionalism to any school.”

— Vanessa Hartson Walker, Kids Can, Rome, Italy

“The richness of different contents and materials is striking: there is a plenty of topics and subjects related to the different aspects of teaching. Moreover, I find the idea of mixing the different media that integrate each other absolutely brilliant.”

— Cristina Farina, Italy

About the courses

About the courses

Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses are suitable for teachers with an initial qualification and some teaching experience. Typically they provide 30 hours of core material, with suggestions for further reading and interesting websites, videos, and blogs for each topic.

Participants have 12 months to access the course content on their computers anytime, anywhere with access to the internet. That means they can fit their study around teaching commitments, at a pace to suit their own learning style.

Session aims and topics have been mapped onto the EAQUALS Framework of Language Teacher Training and Development.

The structure of the session specifically facilitates self-study and helps all participants stay engaged through a media-rich, interactive learning experience, encouraging reflection, and providing suggestions of possible answers and solutions. Participants can also contribute to and create discussions and chat with other teachers taking the same course.

Session structure

The courses are full of innovative ideas, approaches and theories. They offer plenty of food for thought, including chapters from Professional Development and Applied Linguistics books, video interviews with experts, and links to academic journals. To fully benefit from this rich resource, we recommend English proficiency level of at least B2 on the CEFR.

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Certificate of Completion

Completion of Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses is certified by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, course participants must submit an Evidence of Learning Journal on completion of the course. The Evidence of Learning Journal will be evaluated against the Evaluation criteria.

If all criteria are met, participants will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion within six weeks of submitting the Evidence of Learning Journal.

Download an example Certificate of Completion

Course completion is certified by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

The Certificate includes the title and duration of the course, participant name, unique participant number, and the date.

Certificate sample

Evidence of Learning Journal

In order to complete a course, the participants need to complete and submit the Evidence of Learning Journal. Oxford University Department for Continuing Education will evaluate the responses against a set of criteria. If the submission meets the criteria, participants will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion within six weeks of submitting the Evidence of Learning Journal.

Course participants are required to write a short report for each of the sessions of the course. The participants are expected to demonstrate understanding of the content of each session and how they would apply what they have learned to their own classroom practice.

Typical tasks might be to design or evaluate a lesson plan, describe a classroom activity, reflect on an aspect of classroom methodology, or apply a theory or principle of language teaching to classroom practice.

The final part of the Evidence of Learning Journal requires participants to complete a ‘Next Steps’ statement in which they briefly describe three changes they plan to make to their own teaching practice as a result of what they have learned on the course.

The Evidence of Learning Journal must be the work of the individual who has completed the course, written by them, in their own words, and using their own ideas. Course participants who submit an Evidence of Learning Journal will automatically be confirming the following Declaration of Authorship:

  • The Evidence of Learning Journal I am submitting is entirely my own work, except where otherwise indicated.
  • It has not been submitted, either wholly or substantially, for any other Oxford Teachers’ Academy course or for any other course elsewhere.
  • I have clearly signalled the presence of any quoted or paraphrased material.
  • I have acknowledged appropriately any assistance I have received in the writing of my Evidence of Learning Journal.
  • I have not had assistance from any professional agency or other party.

Example Evidence of Learning Journal

Example Evidence of Learning Journal


Evaluation criteria


Regulations

The Evidence of Learning Journal complies with the terms of the Declaration of Authorship.

Length

Each session report should be 250-300 words in length.

The Next Steps statement should be 150-180 words in length.

Task completion

The written response should be written in the language of instruction and should:

  • follow the instructions in the task
  • answer all parts of the task
  • be relevant and appropriate
  • demonstrate an understanding of the contents of the course and apply what has been learned to classroom practice, where appropriate to the task.
Communicative effectiveness

The report is clearly expressed and conveys the writer's message in a way that can be readily understood.

For institutions

For institutions

Inspire your teachers. Improve the learning outcomes for your students.

Oxford Teachers’ Academy provides institutions with the tools to implement and monitor Continuing Professional Development programmes for their staff. Up-to-date content, expert input from leading researchers and practitioners in the field, and access to current articles from ELT Journal will make it a must-do training course for all teachers wishing to develop for themselves and their students.

If you are interested in running an Oxford Teachers’ Academy course with a moderator in your institution, you can buy the moderator access from your local bookshop or contact your local OUP educational consultant for more information.

How does it work?

It’s just another virtual classroom, where teachers are participants of an online course. The institution will nominate a moderator for the group - often a senior teacher or a director of studies. The moderator will give participants in the institution a joining code, so they can all be members of the same class.

The role of the moderator is to:

  • monitor the progress of the group in the Learning Management System
  • follow user gradebook
  • coordinate, create, and facilitate discussions and chats
  • ensure Evidence of Learning Journals have been fully completed in accordance with Evaluation Criteria
  • collate all Evidence of Learning Journals on behalf of the participants and submit them.
  • Download this document for more information on moderators.