Secondary Teacher Course


I run Teacher Training Courses throughout the year for Secondary English Language teachers in the beautiful villages of Burford and Shipton-Under-Wychwood in the heart of the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful areas of countryside in England. 

Enjoy the conference facilities at The Bay Tree Hotel in Burford, a wonderful hotel dating from the 16th century, or at The Shaven Crown in Shipton-Under-Wychwood, a historic hotel dating from 1483.

Have seminars on methodology and language, receive teaching materials you can use with your classes, create your own teaching materials with support and guidance, spend one day visiting a school and observing classes, and explore the beauty of the Cotswolds.

Visit beautiful villages, ancient houses, historic castles, and admire wonderful views. Visit nearby Oxford (20 minutes), Cheltenham (20 minutes), and Stratford-upon-Avon (45 minutes).  Trains to London are just 76 minutes.

 Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the village is around £50 per night, or you can choose to stay in a local hotel:
Accommodation in and around Shipton-Under-Wychwood



Alternatively, the course can run in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the historic and beautiful town of William Shakespeare.  The venue is The Shakespeare Hotel in the heart of the centre next to the school that Shakespeare attended.  Accommodation is £70 per night.  It is an ideal location for visiting the 5 houses connected to Shakespeare, exploring the beauty of the Warwickshire countryside, and seeing world-class performances of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.



Course dates 2017

This course runs flexibly throughout the year.

Just email me to say when you would like to do your course, and further details will be sent to you.  Write to me at:

This 5-day course is run in the beautiful village of Shipton-Under-Wychwood in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds or in Stratford-Upon-Avon.  The course is for a maximum of 12 course participants, and accommodation is in the hotel venue or in Bed and Breakfast in the surrounding area. The course includes one day of visiting schools and observing classes.  The seminars (25 hours) deal with:

–     Using a Lexical Approach and designing practice materials

–     Activities for recycling vocabulary

–     Analysing language for teaching purposes

–    Designing board games for language practice

–     Using literature for language purposes

–     Creating your own Task-Based Learning materials

–    Integrating new technology

–     Using film extracts for productive language use

–     Aspects of British life and culture

–     Using and creating websites, wikis and podcasts

There is an evening social programme of films/theatre and wonderful places to eat.

Course fee: £550

Email me for further details and to book a place on a course:



“I took part in your course for English Teachers and I’d really like to thank you for all your teaching ideas.  They’ve improved my classes a lot.  My students and I just love your class activities.  I’m looking forward to your book of materials for Secondary Teachers!  Thank you very much.”  (Agata, Poland)

“Your course gave me a wide range of teaching ideas I can use with my classes.”  (Marco, Italy)

“Your training course was really inspiring.”  (Jens, Switzerland)

“Your course was both inspiring and motivating – it was full of great classroom ideas and so entertaining. Thank you very much.”  (Sabine, Germany)

“I’ve never learned so much on a course and had so much fun – and I say that for everyone on the course.”  (Svetla, Latvia)

“I’ve been on courses with other major providers, and your course was a hundred times better.  Thank you so much.”  (Anne-Marie, Belgium)

“This was a super useful course.”  (Tina, Sweden)

“This course was beyond my expectations.  It was just great.”  (Stefka, Bulgaria)

“I just wanted to thank you once more for the wonderful training seminars you gave us.  We had a very enjoyable time.  And thank you for the PowerPoint presentations that go with your Popular Films for Language Use books.”  (Dieter, Germany)

“Thanks once again for the very inpsiring course.  It was superb!”  (Christina, Germany)

“Thank you for your great ideas and materials.  I really enjoyed everything we did on the course.”  (Teresa, Spain)

“Thank you very much for the most wonderful 4 days.  The seminars were truly inspiring!  I wish I were a teacher like you.”  Gabriela, Slovakia)