Life in Britain Course


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

Enjoy the conference facilities of The Bay Tree in Burford, a wonderful hotel dating from the 16th century, or at The Shaven Crown, a wonderful hotel dating from 1483.

Have seminars on methodology and language, receive teaching materials you can use with your classes, create your own materials with support and guidance, spend one day visiting schools 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 (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 or Stratford-Upon-Avon.  There is a maximum of 12 course participants, and accommodation is in the hotel conference venue or in B&B in the surrounding area.  One day is spent visiting local schools and observing lessons of your choice.  The course provides teaching ideas and materials for creative classroom activities relating to different aspects of culture, language and life in Britain today, e.g.

  • Varieties of spoken English in Britain
  • Developments in modern spoken English
  • British humour
  • Food and eating habits in Britain
  • School system in Britain
  • Stereotypes of Britain and the British
  • Modern youth culture
  • Landnmarks in British history
  • Multiculturalism
  • British Parliamentary system
  • Facts and figures about life in Britain

Ready-made teaching materials are provided for all the topics above.  Participants have the opportunity to access and explore a wide variety of educational websites and are given practice in designing classroom materials and activities to suit the particular age and interests of their learners.  Participants present and share the materials they produce.  Detailed and creative feedback and guidance is provided.  There is input on task-based learning for designing classroom activities, including project-based work and film production possibilities for learners.  The use of popular films and documentaries is also explored.  There are 20 hours of seminars and one day is spent visiting schools and observing classes.  There is an evening social programme of films/theatre and a selection of wonderful places to eat. There is also an optional one-day trip to London at the weekend.  By the end of the course, participants have a range of materials which they can use with their learners.

Course fee: £550

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



“It was a privilege to be on your course.  I learned so much and you gave so many materials and resources I can use with my learners.”  (Adina, Rumania)

“It was a wonderful experience to work with you and other colleagues on the course.  I think I will never forget such a beautiful two week period.”  (Valentina, Sicily)

“Thank you so much for all your help and support.  The course was fantastic, stretching and involving.  It was a pleasure.  I hope I have the opportunity to enjoy more of your seminars.”  (Anna, Italy)