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Teacher development course

Certificate in Observing Teachers and Giving Feedback

Who is this course for?

The Certificate in Observing Teachers and Giving Feedback course incorporates both online and in-person observation contexts. This course is ideal for Teacher Trainers, Directors of Studies, senior teachers, and teachers interested in developing their career. You may be already working as a CELTA tutor, for example, or on a similar teacher training course. You may be working in a language school or university and be responsible for observing teachers in your team and giving them feedback. This course is ideal if you would like to develop your skills and know-how in this area.

It is recommended that you have a CELTA / Trinity CertTESOL or initial teaching certificate to take the Observing Teachers and Giving Feedback course plus at least 2 years of classroom experience.

What will you learn?

The Observing Teachers and Giving Feedback course will help you learn and practise how to give effective written and oral feedback to teachers you observe. It will also teach you how to manage teacher observation in the context of a training course, in a school or in any other teaching organisation. The course covers a range of topics including:

  • The role of observation in teacher training and teacher development
  • Types of observation and which to use when
  • The stages of observation and feedback
  • Setting up and managing observations
  • Providing feedback in the context of a school or training context
  • How to listen and what to say in the feedback conversation
  • How to prepare and carry out positive and constructive observation conversations
  • Options for creating and structuring effective written feedback

How will this course help you develop?

The course content is highly practical and you will learn through the application of tools from coaching, teacher development and counselling. You will have the opportunity to observe classroom teaching and feedback conversations, read and evaluate samples of written feedback and put what you have learnt from this into practice during your tasks and assignments. At the end of the course you will feel more confident about your ability to set up and carry out effective observation and feedback in a variety of contexts and with a range of teacher/trainee types.

How will the course work?

For information about how this course works, the schedule and how you will be assessed, we recommend reading our FAQs section at the bottom of this page.

Course Tutor

As a participant of the Observing Teachers and Giving Feedback course, you will receive personalised guidance from Anna Stubbs. Anna has been teaching and training teachers at Oxford TEFL since 2001. She is the Course Director on our Cambridge CELTA courses and also tutors on our Teaching English Online course.


How can you take this course?

Online one to one course

  • Flexible – study over 3 or 6 weeks
  • 30 hours
  • Personalised attention from an expert tutor
  • Feedback on tasks and live tutorials


Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a digital Oxford TEFL certificate.

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Courses start every Friday


Our teacher development courses are provided on a one-to-one basis with individualised attention from an expert tutor who will guide you through the three modules covering a range of topics. All of these courses are 100% online so you can take these courses from anywhere in the world.

You will need a laptop or computer, a webcam and speakers/ headset and a good internet connection. You do not need to purchase any account to connect with us but you will need to ensure that you have downloaded Skype / Zoom onto your device.

Our 30-hour teacher development courses are taken over either 3 or 6 weeks (you choose). If you choose to take the course over 3 weeks, you will need to dedicate around 10 hours per week to the course. If you take the course over 6 weeks, you will need to dedicate around 5 hours per week to the course.

You can start our teacher development courses on any Friday of the year. Your start date is when your tutor will get in contact to introduce themselves and connect you to the online learning platform. This doesn’t mean you need to be available on Fridays specifically.

The course is designed to be very flexible. The only thing you will need to schedule will be your three online tutorials with your tutor (one at the end of each module, around 25-30 minutes each). You will arrange a convenient time for this directly with your tutor.

The rest of the work (watching videos, reading articles, reflecting on your own teaching and completing assignments) can be done on a day and time which suits you. We will help you set some deadlines and you would simply need to make sure that you work through the content and complete your assignments on time.

This makes our teacher development courses ideal for busy teachers anywhere in the world.

During your teacher development course you will read articles, watch videos, reflect on your own teaching and complete tasks. You will then discuss the content with your tutor in our online learning platform and during your one-to-one live tutorials. For each module there is an assignment for which you will receive written and verbal feedback specific to your context and development.

In order to complete your teacher development course successfully, you will need to participate fully, meet deadlines and submit tasks to a satisfactory standard. Your tutor will measure your progress and provide feedback on your tasks. At the end of the course we will provide you with an Oxford TEFL digital certificate which states that you have completed and passed the course.

Taking a teacher development course will not only help you develop and fine tune your skills, it will also prove to potential employers that you are serious about your profession and willing to invest in your future.

When deciding which course to take, you should consider the area(s) you would like to develop, your goals for the future and demand in your area or in the industry.

It is not unusual to take more than one teacher development course if you are keen to advance your career and enhance your CV. This will also widen the employment opportunities within the ELT industry.

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