Teacher Training Programmes
We have two types of programme:
- For international teachers, educational managers and trainee teachers from both within and outside the European Union, Scandinavia and Turkey. These can be individually designed programmes, but more often take the format described below.
- The Erasmus Plus sponsored programme. Applicants are eligible for European Commission grants, and must be nationals of the European Union, Scandinavia or Turkey. Our PIC number is 931304373. Applications for financial support must be made through the National Erasmus Agency of the participant.
Refresher programmes for international teachers
The course is aimed at trainee or practising teachers of English and other subjects, who wish to develop their language and teaching skills further.
The course includes:
- developing command of written and spoken English and building confidence in using English in the classroom
- grammar clinics
- vocabulary and pronunciation
- reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
- classroom activities
- using games and music in the classroom
- optional sessions in English Literature and Culture
- planning effective lessons
- using resources and media (e.g. video, newspapers, computers, the internet)
- observation of lessons at various levels
At the end of the course you will have:
- explored teaching methods and resources
- improved your classroom and presentational skills
- improved your own language skills
Structure of the programme:
In general, participants have 20 morning lessons and 10 afternoon sessions which include visits to schools, universities,and suppliers of educational resources. We are also able to tailor programmes to meet special requirements.
Programmes for educational managers and administrators
- New approaches to the internationalisation of the curriculum
- International Collaboration in Education
- International examinations
- Orientation programmes for international students
- International Research Partnership Strategy
- E-Learning: Innovative approaches in International Education
- Integration of international academic staff and students
- Setting up of self study processes for students
- Quality control and assessment
CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning
- The CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is increasingly popular in European schools and colleges. The aim is to teach both the subject and the language …in the words of the British Council “Using language to learn, learning to use language”.
- At Oxford International Study Centre we have many years of experience of teaching over 30 specialist subjects including languages, sciences, humanities, social sciences, business and economics, and mathematics. The range of expertise is therefore very wide. Our teachers of specialist subjects are enormously experienced in teaching those whose first language is not English. We teach all age groups from juniors to graduates, and OISC has worked with many partner overseas schools and colleges in welcoming their teachers for professional development programmes.
- The CLIL programmes are tailored to meet the needs of the group or individual teachers, but in general they involve morning lessons in teaching methodology, classroom management, lesson planning , resources etc. These lessons are taught by specialists in English Language. The afternoons are spent with specialist teachers eg Sciences, Geography, Business subjects, where the emphasis is on teaching the subject in the context of English Language . Since many overseas schools and colleges are now teaching many of their programmes in English, this course has proven a popular option.
Early Childhood and Primary Years’ Education:
Interactivity and Creativity in the Classroom
The programme is designed for teachers and trainee teachers of children aged from 2 to 4 and 5- 8 years. The emphasis is on practical sessions based on the Montessori educational philosophy:
"The fanning of the flame, the inner drive to learn and develop is the key core contrast between Montessori schools and conventional schools" Trevor Eissler, author and advocate of the Montessori method.
The programme includes:
- New ideas, practical classroom activities and resources for teaching Literacy in English and Numeracy to young learners;
- Developing interactive teaching methods in the classroom ;
- Art, Music, and Drama in the teaching of language;
- Practising language through story-telling and role play ;
- The importance of creativity in the learning process – the benefits of creative thinking and encouraging creativity in young learners ;
- An opportunity for teachers to improve their communication skills and confidence in using English in the classroom ;
- An introduction to Early Childhood and Primary Education in The United Kingdom, including (subject to dates) a visit to a school in Oxford ;
- The classroom environment; inspiration and activity. The programme includes a visit to a teachers’ resource centre in Oxford ;
- CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is increasingly popular in European schools and colleges. The aim is to teach both the subject and the language - in the words of the British Council “Using language to learn, learning to use language”. We are able to offer sessions to primary teachers with specialist tutors on topics such as the Environment; Sciences; Nature and Farming etc.
Programmes for teachers of students with Special Educational Needs
We are able to offer programmes for teachers of children with special educational needs in the following areas:
- Pupils with severe learning difficulties (SLD)
- Pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)
- Pupils with complex needs
- Pupils with cerebral palsy, behavioural issues, downs syndrome, autism or asperger’s syndrome
- Pupils with hearing and vision impairment.
The lead tutor’s main area of expertise is autism with several accreditations (PECs, SCERTS) who also teaches at a special school for children in Oxfordshire.
The programmes are tailor made to meet the requirement of each teacher or group of teachers . They run throughout the year and dates are flexible
Developing Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills in the Classroom
The programme aims to support teachers in all subjects to develop in their students the ability to “think outside the box”, the skills of lateral thinking, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and critical analysis.
Some of the following approaches are included:
Problem Solving Skills
- Defining the problem and analysing the information given in the question. Using diagrams;
- Identifying known and unknown elements;
- Identifying the knowledge required…examples, illustrations, etc and collecting
- sources of information;
- Developing the best strategy for a solution, and trying alternatives;
- Encouraging students to constantly refer back to the questions being asked.
Critical Thinking Skills
- Beginning with a question. “What happens if…..?”
- The Socratic method and learning from peers ;
- Thinking aloud;
- Drawing upon previous knowledge;
- Knowing what information to include and what to discard;
- Using diagrams for information models ;
- Brainstorming and concept mapping ;
- Using roleplay to encourage empathy with various viewpoints;
- Summarising information and ensuring it is relevant;
- Using errors as a means of identifying better solutions;
- Setting a framework and goals;
- Planning lessons to build in sufficient time for understanding, question and
- answer sessions, and review;
We always teach this programme within the context of the subject, not as a separate exercise, and adapt it to the age group of the students who are being taught. The programme is therefore adapted to meet the needs of each individual teacher or group.
Public Speaking, Presentation and Communication Skills
Of course communication skills are key for all teachers , but sometimes teachers are called upon to make presentations to large groups, or simply to enhance their present classroom skills.
The programme is designed to give practice and confidence. It includes:
- Initial assessment of public speaking skills
- Dealing with nervousness
- Relating to the audience: using appropriate language, vocal emphasis and gesture
- Being persuasive, informative and inspiring
- Assertiveness, persuasiveness and delivering the message with authority
- Handling difficult questions
- Delivering tough messages
- Feedback through video, discussion and assessments
- Preparing the speech: Keeping to the main aim, knowing your audience, using relevant evidence, and delivering a conclusion with impact
- Using visual aids effectively: Powerpoint,whiteboard, flipcharts, graphs etc
The programmes are designed to meet the requirements of each group or individual. They run throughout the year and starting dates are flexible.
All our programmes for teachers and educational managers are of flexible duration, and starting dates are by agreement .
Many of our programmes for teachers are held in the University .
We are also able to arrange an optional programme of cultural visits in Oxford and excursions out of Oxford .