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Motema studied Neuroscience as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College in the USA and it is one of its courses, found interest in Education.

Motema then worked for various non-profit organisations in Lesotho and South Africa focusing on helping high school students from low SES backgrounds access opportunities to study in HE. In her Masters’ project Motema analysed Lesotho’s 2009 Curriculum and Assessment Policy. This analysis’ findings brought Motema to her current research interests which include gendered STEM education and decolonisation of education policies and curricula in Lesotho. For her DPhil project, Motema is interested in finding out the lived experiences of female Science teachers in Lesotho Secondary Schools especially focusing on the major changes in the Secondary school education system in Lesotho that have happened in the past five years as unique meeting points.


Ann Childs and Judith Hillier


What can the Covid exam crisis teach us about policy making?

Based upon the article, Knowledge, expertise and policy in the examinations crisis in England


Renyu completed her BA degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and her MPhil degree in Education at University of Cambridge.

During her MPhil study, she worked with children aged 4 to 6 years to investigate the relationship between bilingualism, vocabulary size, and inhibitory control, and also to validate a novel app designed to assess early language development. For her Dphil study at Oxford, Renyu aims to explore the factors that might affect L2 pronunciation learning in young children and the interaction between children’s L1 and L2. She is particularly interested in the psychological factors that might influence a child’s L2 pronunciation.

Prior to studying at Oxford, Renyu worked as Research Assistant at the Assessment Research Group at British Council for one year and a half. She was involved in various projects, including gap analysis on reading demand and reading ability, participant feedback questionnaire design and analysis, design and recruitment for a new EAP task study, etc.

Abbey is a Probationary Research Student in the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Engineering.

Before joining the DPhil program, Abbey obtained a B.A. in Applied Linguistics with minors in Russian and Chinese from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford. She was the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship through U.S. Department of State for study in Russia and was awarded two Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for study in both Russia and China. She holds both TESOL and TEFL certificates and has taught English as a Second Language in various contexts to a wide variety of learner populations.

Abbey’s main research interests lie in the use of technology to facilitate language learning. Her DPhil research focuses on the development of a virtual reality program to bridge the gaps that students face when learning languages through distance learning.

Our department buildings may be closed but our department is still open and accepting applications for the last few places on our range of graduate courses for the forthcoming 2020-2021 academic year. If you’re yet to apply to one of the following courses, it’s not too late. We will be accepting applications until the courses are full, with all our admissions processes fully operating by online means.

Interviews for all courses are now being held virtually instead of in person. For more information about this and other changes to the admissions process related to the coronavirus, please visit the main University website at:

The following courses are still open and accepting applications:

For more information about these courses, please visit our website at: Everything you need to know about making an application is available on the University of Oxford website at: /graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide. If after reading this information you still have questions, please get in touch with us. You will find the contact details on the relevant course pages on our website.

We are also still accepting applications for our ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-rated PGCE in the following subjects:

Our PGCE programme runs on a full-time basis and provides training to students for the teaching of a variety of subjects at secondary school level. You can find out how to apply, on the University of Oxford website at: Generous bursaries are available for these courses (up to £28,000 in some cases). You can find more information about them here: If after reading this information, you require further assistance, please get in touch with us at

We regret that the following courses are now full for 2020-2021. Admissions for the entry in the 2021-2022 academic year will be accepted from September 2020:

Closure of these courses is solely a reflection of the fact that all available places have been filled; we have not made any temporary closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications for all our courses for the 2021-2022 academic year can be made from September 2020. Please continue to check our website for more information.

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The department’s 2018-19 annual report is now available to download. The report documents the department’s activities and achievements across the last academic year and offers an opportunity to discover the research and teaching programmes that we facilitated during 2018-19.

Highlights include:

  • Activities from our 100th anniversary year, including a timeline of department milestones from 1919 to 2019
  • Research, impact, engagement and knowledge exchange activities from across our three research themes
  • Teaching and learning achievements, from scholarship awards to alumni career destinations
  • A recap of our top news and events, including an infographic summarising our year in review

Download the report here.

The English Medium Instruction (EMI) Symposium is a one-day symposium held every other year at the University of Oxford, Department of Education for students, researchers, and practitioners to convene and discuss the latest trends, experiences and findings in research on the teaching of academic subjects through English. The symposium invites keynote speakers to share their work on EMI, offering a global perspective with experts from different countries presenting on the realities of EMI in their local context.

This year, the symposium is pleased to announce Professor David Lasagabaster (University of the Basque Country),  and Yuen Yi Lo, (Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong) as its keynote speakers. In addition, a number of individual presentations will also be delivered by students, researchers, and practitioners from across the EMI field.

The event is open to the public and registration is required.

About the speakers

David Lasagabaster is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the university of the Basque Country. His research interests revolve around bilingualism and multilingualism, language attitudes and motivation, EFL, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), EMI (English-medium Instruction), and Internationalisation in Higher Education. He is currently leading a research project on’ Team teaching in English-Medium instruction programmes at university’ in which seven European universities are involved.

Yuen Yi Lo is an Associate Professor in the Division of English Language Education of the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. She is also the Deputy Director of the Master of Education programme. She received her doctorate at the University of Oxford and has previously worked at the Hong Kong Education University. Her research interests include bilingual education, Medium of Instruction policy, code-switching, cross-curricular collaboration and assessment. Her research has been published in Review of Educational Research, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Language Teaching Research and Language and Education.

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In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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Times Higher Education

Letter: A reader responding to an article about the rise of English-language courses in academia mentioning research led by Ernesto Macaro (Professor Emeritus) about the views of university lecturers on English-taught courses internationally.

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