English Language Teachers’ Summer Seminar- Oxford University.

When I enrolled on the annual summer seminar for English teachers at Exeter College in Oxford, I really didn’t know what to expect. This would be my first visit to Oxford and the first professional development course I would attend… Luckily, the overall experience turned out to be more satisfying than I could ever imagine!

The seminar lasted for two weeks that literally flew by! We were a diverse group of 54 teachers from Greece, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Slovakia, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, China, Japan and the USA! Our daily schedule was very demanding yet highly motivating! Each morning started with some very informative lectures given by inspiring teacher trainers among whom Ken Wilson and Shaun Wilden.

The workshops to follow covered a wide range of ELT areas for ‘every taste’ like language testing, developing materials, how to become a teacher trainer, successful pronunciation, teaching grammar, working with texts, promoting speaking skills and teaching teenagers. Our tutors, Charles Boyle, Hanna Kryszewska, Jon Hird, Edmund Dudley and Adrian Underhill were great- I’d say the elite of the ELT field!

Aside from all the learning, we had our share of entertainment too! Indeed, we had lots of fun doing some Scottish country dancing, going on a pub tour, walking in the countryside ‘the English not the Latin way’ 😉 as well as talking about our countries while trying local delicacies and drinks on a special cultural exchange night!

Experiencing the Oxford student life at the beautiful premises of Exeter College, going around this lovely city with all its historical buildings, the old colleges, the Botanic Garden, the Bodleian Library was dreamy to say the least.

Most importantly, in Oxford I made some lifelong friends :-)! It’s so nice to feel part of a worldwide ELT community and even better to have special people to visit wherever you choose to travel in the world!

I consider myself very lucky and privileged to have attended the seminar at Exeter and if you ever get the opportunity to do this course, just don’t miss it!

A big thanks to everyone who made this course so memorable!


4 Comments on English Language Teachers’ Summer Seminar- Oxford University.

  1. MOROR, Yoshifumi
    May 20, 2013 at 8:53 am (4 years ago)

    I am going to take part in English Teachers’ Summer Seminar 2013 at Oxford. Your blog is very informative and I learned a lot. Thanks from Japan.

    • Christina Martidou
      May 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Hello Moror! So glad you found useful information for the Oxford summer seminar in this post. For me, it was a unique, unforgettable experience! Hope it’ll be an equally rewarding one for you too! My advice: Try to make the most of it 🙂

      Good luck!


  2. christina greece
    August 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Christina!!!Ελληνιδα κ εγω και σκεφτομαι να παρω μερος στο προγραμμα του χρονου!!!οσα γραφεις ειναι πολυ χρησιμα..απλα εχω καποιες αποριες στις οποιες θα ημουν ευγνώμον αν μπορουσες να απαντησεις!

    Αρχικα θα ηθελα να σε ρωτησω αν την ημερα αφιξης στο αεροδρομιο ειναι καποιος που σε παραλαμβανει κ τα σχετικα.Οσο αφορα τα δωματια ειχες το δικο σου δωματιο ή το μοιραζοσουν με καποιον?υπηρχε μπανιο στο δωματιο?

    Οσα αφορα τα μαθηματα τωρα ειχαν assingments να κανετε?Γενικα ειχε πολυ διαβασμα?Ελευθερο χρονο ειχατε?

    Και κατι ακομα τελευταιο…ειμαι 23 χρονων..το προγραμμα πιστευεις οτι απευθυνεται σε μεγαλυτερες ηλικιες,με περισσοτερη πειρα?αγχωνομαι για το αν θα υπαρχουν συνομήλικα ατομα.
    Forgive me για τις τοσες πολλες ερωτησεις!Σ ευχαριστω πολυ για το χρονο σου!


    • Christina Martidou
      August 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Christina!

      hope you are fine! Here are my answers to your questions:

      -The participants of the seminar arrive in Oxford on their own. if you live in Athens, you have to take a flight to Heathrow airport in London and then catch a bus or train to Oxford!
      -In Exeter College, there are single rooms both ensuite (with bathroom) and with shared facilities. The earlier you apply, the more chances you have to get an ensuite room.
      -The programme is quite demanding but there is still some free time in the afternoons and the evenings to socialize or explore Oxford. The trainers usually give no or a manageable amount of homework! No lengthy written assignments :p

      As for the age factor: This year there were one or two people your age (out of 62) but in general there is a variety of age groups and nationalities. Participants are carefully chosen and from my experience, most of them are open to making new friends and bonding with the rest of the group irrespective of their age! I can’t tell you for sure if it’s a good idea to attend the seminar at this age or not because this decision clearly depends on your goals and what you aim to achieve from a program like this. Speaking for myself, I think it would be good to have some years of teaching experience so that you can benefit the most!

      Hope this helps :-)! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment!

      Best wishes,


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