Teacher Refresher Courses for Overseas Teachers of English Enrol now


Our 2-week teacher refresher courses are for overseas teachers of English who would like to update their knowledge of methodology and teaching materials, and to broaden their linguistic and cultural awareness.

The course explores recent and current theory and practice, focusing on methodology, materials and advanced language analysis. It also includes a range of social and cultural activities. The training style is interactive, with workshops as well as presentations, and intended to promote discussion.

This course is aimed at non-native speakers who have experience of teaching English and hold a teaching qualification from their own country.

Course Objectives

  • To explore the latest methodologies and best practice to enhance teaching skills
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the English language
  • To share ideas and experience with fellow language-teaching professionals

Outline Syllabus


In these sessions, various aspects of foreign language pedagogy will be presented and discussed, including different ways of teaching new language, such as communicative, lexical and task-based approaches. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and views.

Advanced Language Awareness

These sessions will focus on pedagogical grammar and aspects of lexis such as morphology, collocations and idioms.

Teaching the Four Skills

Ways of teaching the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking (including pronunciation) will be discussed. The focus will be on practical activities for classroom use, including poems, stories and songs. These sessions will be workshop-based and will include hands-on materials design.

Key facts

  • Minimum CEFR C1
  • Classes of 5 – 10 students
  • Professional teacher training tuition with experienced teacher trainers, all of whom have DELTA qualifications and/or higher degrees (Master’s or PhD)
  • The courses have been created by Dr Sarah Ekdawi, an Oxford University Research Fellow who also teaches on the course (Bio:
  • Half-board (bed, breakfast & dinner) single room homestay accommodation from GBP 167 per week

See a for week one of the 2-week course. Please note that this programme is subject to change or can be adapted to the specific needs of the group.

Course dates and fees

08-01-2018 « » 19-01-2018
16-07-2018 « » 27-07-2018
Other dates available by arrangement for groups of a minimum of 6 people.

Course fees are GBP 350 per week, and include:

  • 20 academic hours' classes per week
  • Welcome pack
  • All learning materials
  • Free WiFi
  • Free access to our ICT suite
  • A guided tour of Oxford
  • Traditional English cream tea afternoon with the teacher trainer
  • End of course certificate

Students on this course also have access to all parts of our wonderful school, including our spacious and comfortable student lounge, tuck shop and games area (virtual tour)

Tailor-made courses

Our teacher trainers, all of whom have DELTA qualifications and/or higher degrees

Our teacher trainers, all of whom have DELTA qualifications and/or higher degrees

We welcome the opportunity to create tailor-made courses for teacher training colleges, university departments and ministries of education. Course components can, for example, include 'How to teach for IELTS'. If your organisation would like us to design a closed group programme, please contact us here


If you are working in education in the EU, the Oxford School of English Teacher Refresher Courses are eligible for grants under the Erasmus+ programme. These courses provide opportunities for people to broaden their knowledge, develop their professional skills and to work together, sharing good practice and discussing innovative approaches to common challenges: improving employability through skills and education.

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