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English teachers benefit from free academy places
06 September 2011
Teachers who won places at a University of Oxford backed training academy in July are set to bring Oxford knowledge back to classrooms across Europe this school year.
The 36 teachers from 15 countries were flown to Oxford to take part in Teaching English to Teenagers after fighting off competition from nearly 4,000 other entrants to win their places.
The course formed part of OUP’s Oxford Teachers’ Academy, which provides acclaimed professional development for English teachers across the world, and there was positive feedback from those who took part.
Erika Osváth was one of the many participants who took photographs to remember her time in Oxford, and after returning home to Hungary, said, “I have been using them for my teaching for the last couple of days. You should see students' faces and how much language is being generated. It is truly amazing. I'm re-living my ‘Oxford-experiences’ in every single class.”
Developed in collaboration with the University’s Department of Continuing Education, the Oxford Teachers’ Academy provides intensive training to help teachers develop their professional skills. Led by experienced teacher trainers, it takes place in locations around the world, engaging participants in discussion, examining their own teaching experiences, and providing them with practical ideas for immediate use in their classrooms.
OUP Teacher Trainer Tim Herdon explained that the multicultural nature of the recent course in Oxford played a key role in its success: “Participants find that although their backgrounds are different, the issues and challenges they face are very similar,” he said. “And of course the icing on the cake is the location: for many teachers of English, engaging in professional development in a city famed for both its educational excellence and its multi-faceted beauty is a genuinely unforgettable experience.”
More than 2,000 people have so far completed an Oxford Teachers’ Academy course. You can read more about Erika Osváth’s Oxford experience here.