The success of the course hinges upon the skills and knowledge of the tutors, their approach to the material and ability to communicate and empathise with students. The majority of our tutors have taught on the course for a number of years; they are experienced and high-calibre British university graduates, many from Oxford or Cambridge.
Teaching encourages effective and empathetic communicative skills and an inspiring student-centred approach. Tutors' commitment and dedication is a key factor in each student's positive experience. Content is often specifically designed by the tutor who teaches each class, with an awareness of the needs of US students and the demands of high school curricula.
|Ralph Dennison B.A., P.G.C.E.||Christopher Barder M.A.|
|RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR||Shahin Bekhradnia M.A., P.G.C.E.|
|Esteban Cichello Hubner B.A., M.A., P.G.C.E.||Paula Chorlton L.L.M., P.G.C.E.|
|ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR||Ruth Collins B.A., Ph.D.|
|Charles Duncan M.A., Cert. Ed.||Brendon Connolly Film & TV Directing Dip|
|REGISTRAR||Neil Clark B.Sc.|
|Monica Woods||Alice Foster M.A.|
|Hans Glockner B.A., M.A.St (Cantab)|
|Robin Holden M.Sc., P.G.C.E.|
|Ian King B.A., C.A., P.G.C.E.|
|Linda Losito M.Sc.|
|Magnus Moar B.Th., M.A.|
|Rachel Waring M.A.|
The course was founded by its present Director, Ralph Dennison. Ralph originally joined the course as Director of Studies in 1985 and he oversaw a major overhaul of the course in 1988, when it became part of Oxford Tutorial College. He studied for his Bachelor's Degree in English Literature at Sussex University, and after a spell of teaching both abroad and in the UK, took a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the University of Swansea, which he passed with distinction.
After working in secondary education in Gloucester, he moved to Oxford, where he worked firstly as a tutor, then as a Director of Studies in independent education, before founding Oxford Tutorial College. An educator throughout his career, Ralph takes pride in the development of student potential and in the positive feedback the summer course receives.
ESTEBAN CICHELLO HUBNER
The residential team is led by the Residential Director, Esteban Cichello Hubner. Esteban has been part of the supervisory team in different programmes at the University of Oxford and Oxford Tutorial College and over the years he has gained extensive pastoral care experience. Esteban was appointed Residential Director in April 2011.
Esteban studied International Relations and Political Science, a P.G.C.E. in Modern Languages and a Master in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford. Currently he carries out research on Second Language Acquisition at the University of Salamanca and also teaches Modern Languages at Oxford Tutorial College and at the Department of Continuing Education of the University of Oxford. Esteban is a talented linguist, with a very international background. It is his aim that the distinguished and experienced OASP faculty and residential team should contribute to the learning and individual experiences of every OASP student by sharing their knowledge in and out of the classroom.