Our dear professor Cristian is doing a mobility corresponding to a structured course of our Erasmus project. We wish him all the best.
We leave you some information of the course that Cristian begins to realize the 12 of May until the 25 of May of 2019.


Creative Teaching in the

Secondary and Adult English Language Classroom


Course provider              The Lake School of English Oxford (Partner or Receiving Organisation)

Address                                              14 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JQ UK

Phone                                  +44 1865 724312


PIC                                        945960006


Course contact                 Carmel Engin

Position                               Director (Legal Representative)



Alternative contact        Susan Barber

Position                               Director (Legal Representative)



Course Provider Profile

The Lake School of English is an independent, private English language school, which offers courses in professional development for people working in education: teachers, heads of department or school, teacher trainers, managers, project coordinators, administrators and other support staff. The School welcomes adults of all abilities and nationalities. Every year, the School teaches hundreds of students from approximately 40 different countries.


The Lake School of English was established in 1978. It is situated in the centre of Oxford.


The Lake School is accredited by the BRITISH COUNCIL and is a member of ENGLISH UK and QUALITY ENGLISH, a group of established, independent schools who are carefully selected for their quality of student experience and their commitment to excellence in English language teaching. The Lake School also featured in the English Language Gazette as a leading Centre of Excellence 2010 – 2019.


Course tutors

Participants experience a dynamic and communicative style of teaching and receive personal attention from experienced and qualified professionals. Tutors use a wide range of up-to-date resources and integrate online and off-line resources to create a supportive, dynamic learning environment. At the Lake School, there are between 10 and 20 members of staff.


Course Objectives

To improve and extend the teaching techniques and English language ability of teachers at Secondary school level and teachers of young adults and adults.


Course methodology

Sessions are carefully planned to suit the needs, interests and learning preferences of the participants and to provide the right balance of skills, content and structure. They are practical and communicative and based on the needs of the participants. They include lively, interactive methodology sessions, so teachers can learn how to make their classes more communicative and effective and improve their learners’ employability and future education prospects. Inspiring language improvement sessions are designed to develop teachers’ confidence in English and discover strategies for self-directed learning.


In each session the tutor facilitates an awareness raising activity, followed by a discussion in which participants discuss and compare their classroom teaching experiences. The tutor presents practical and creative teaching techniques for Secondary and Adult learners based on a range of teaching methodologies and recent research into English language acquisition. Participants try out these techniques, discuss adaptations to their own teaching situations. The tutor presents strategies for encouraging communication, motivating students, managing large and/or mixed ability classes effectively, planning and follow-up activities.


In language improvement sessions, the tutor demonstrates, through loop input, how teachers can improve and update their students’ grammar, lexis and pronunciation, as they improve their own. The minimum language level required is CEFR B2, therefore the nature of the course means that participants are often of mixed ability.


In all sessions the tutor indicates recently published subject-specific materials for further reading and/or classroom activities, also online and offline resources for further research and/or cultural background.


Course Content

Participants are asked to complete a pre-course questionnaire. Tutors plan the course to meet the needs of the course participants.


Course content typically includes:


Introductions, ice-breakers, warmers and fillers
Being a teacher; being a learner
Critical thinking; learning transferable skills
Developing personal language skills and communicative competence
Teaching grammar and making it fun
Understanding CLIL concepts; creating classroom activities
Songs and music in the English language classroom
Vocabulary, collocation and word partnerships
Culture Update – Life in the UK Today
Teaching phrasal verbs, understanding nuance
New words, idioms and the importance of language in context
Learning preferences, multiple intelligences
Teaching students with learning difficulties, inclusion and diversity in the language classroom
Classroom challenges; improving motivation, engagement and results
Writing, feedback and error correction
Working with texts; exploring and creating, engaging tasks
The British education system and visit to a secondary school or college
Practical pronunciation; phonemes, stress and connected speech
Revision and recycling activities
Blended learning, ICT and digital media
Using film and images as a creative stimulus


The course includes:

  • 21 hours of session input per week
  • a guided historical tour of Oxford
  • a guided tour of an Oxford University college or punting on the River Thames
  • a visit to a local education provider, where possible
  • weekly social activities
  • welcome pack and WiFi internet access
  • course materials and 1-year’s subscription to the Lake School e-Learning Centre
  • free refreshments: tea and coffee



Weekly Timetable


Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.15 – 10.30 Welcome Session Session Session Session
10.30 – 10.50 Break Break Break Break Break
10.50 – 12.00 Session Session Session Session Session
12.00 – 12.15 Break Break Break Break Break
12.15 – 13.00 Session Session Session Session Session
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Session Cultural


Session Session Excursion or Free


15.00 – 15.15 Break Break Break
15.15 – 16.00 Session Session Session



Teachers will have a wide range of practical teaching techniques to enable them to make their classes more effective.

In particular, teachers will be able to:

  • motivate and encourage their students to learn more effectively
  • manage mixed ability and/or large classes
  • use different teaching strategies to accommodate different learning preferences
  • adapt coursebook materials to personalise students’ language learning
  • make their lessons more communicative and create their own teaching resources
  • integrate authentic resources and new technologies into their teaching.


and specifically:

  • use a range of introductory techniques with new classes and language concepts
  • use a range of language recycling and error correction techniques
  • use a variety of creative techniques with images, texts, dialogues and videos
  • create activities to make content more meaningful and memorable
  • integrate reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, including pronunciation


In addition, teachers will have:

  • a portfolio of teaching materials including
    • aims of each classroom activity or teaching technique
    • bibliography for sessions, including relevant website addresses
    • photocopiable worksheets and cloud-based sources for downloads
    • promotional materials/resources from a range of publishers (where available)


  • increased confidence in their own linguistic ability
  • a network of new teaching contacts.


Follow up

Participants are required to fill in a course evaluation questionnaire. They are encouraged to continue the international dimension of their experience through social networking. They are invited to contribute to the Lake School Twitter feed: @EnglishinOxford and #CreativeEnglishTeaching


Participants receive a contact list of their course tutors and course colleagues. On some courses this also includes details of other contacts made during that particular course, such as editors, head teachers, publishers or guest tutors. Participants receive 1 year’s subscription to the Lake School online e-Learning Centre, to build on and further develop the English language skills acquired in Oxford.


Certification and Europass Mobility

At the end of the programme, participants are provided with a certificate of attendance, outlining the number of hours and sessions they have attended, and a formal receipt of fees paid. Participants may also bring a Europass Mobility document with them, for validation by the Course Director.


Fees 2019

Creative Teaching in the Secondary & Adult English Language Classroom:  350 GBP + 75 GBP Enrolment Fee (1 week)

Creative Teaching in the Secondary & Adult English Language Classroom:  620 GBP + 75 GBP Enrolment Fee (2 weeks)


Fees 2020

Creative Teaching in the Secondary & Adult English Language Classroom:  350 GBP + 75 GBP Enrolment Fee (1 week)

Creative Teaching in the Secondary & Adult English Language Classroom:  630 GBP + 75 GBP Enrolment Fee (2 weeks)



Homestay accommodation

Most course participants live in homestay accommodation. It’s a great opportunity to talk and exchange cultures in a friendly home environment. They have their own key and complete independence.


Quite a lot of our homestays host more than one person at the same time. In this case, no guests speak the same first language. All hosts offer welcoming, clean and comfortable accommodation. Guests have breakfast and evening meal with the host/s during the week and all meals are provided at weekends, including packed lunch if requested. Some homes have accommodation with private bathroom.


Check in is the Sunday before the start of the course. Check out is the Saturday after the end of the course.


Homestay Accommodation Details Cost per week  
2019 2020
Standard Single room, half board (full board weekends) £180 £185
Standard Twin

(only available for people booking together)

Twin room, half board (full board weekends) £170 £175
En-suite Single room, private bathroom, half board

(full board weekends)

£220 £225
En-suite Twin

(only available for people booking together)

Twin room, half board (full board weekends) £210 £215


Hotel or self-catering accommodation
Some course participants prefer to stay in hotel or self-catering accommodation. We can give advice and suggest some options. However, this must be booked and paid for by the course participant independently.


Accommodation Type Details Cost per week
Hotel Single room, private bathroom, bed and breakfast From £420
Self-catering Furnished one or two-bedroom house or flat From £450


Other expenses

A bus pass is approximately 20 GBP per week, giving unlimited travel in Oxford.  Participants will also need money for personal expenses and weekday lunches.


Social activities and excursions

As well as the cultural and social activities that are included on the course, there are optional excursions to join at extra cost. These half-day or full-day guided tours are to places of interest such as London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Windsor and Blenheim Palace. Prices for these range between 35 and 45 GBP.


Travel arrangements

There is a direct express bus service from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports to the central bus station in Oxford. The cost is approximately 30 GBP return. A taxi from the bus station to homestay accommodation typically costs 10 – 15 GBP.


Please see for more information about travelling to Oxford.