40 reviews of Oxford Seminars

Review 40 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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I completed my Oxford Seminars TEFL course in November of 2019, and found a job in December of 2019 through the Oxford Seminars Job Placement Services.

The Oxford Seminars course is divided into two 60-hour parts. The first part is in-class, meeting over three weekends for nine hours a day. The second part is entirely online and done at the user’s own pace – though it does need to be completed within roughly three months of finishing the in-class portion of the course. You receive several books with the course, at no additional charge. At the start of the course you receive a teaching manual and a book that briefly covers teaching theory and methodology, and upon successful completion of the in-class portion, you receive a grammar textbook.

The in-class portion of the course will be fairly variable. Even though the instructor’s have a common curriculum, obviously how they present the material will vary based on their own teaching styles, as well as the facts of the classroom. In general, the in-class portion features a lot of discussions and opportunities for “teaching-like” activities. For example, in our class, every student needed to come up with an ice breaker and guide the class through it. There were a lot of activities like that which simulated teaching.

The in-class portion ends with a practicum, in which each student creates a lesson and then teaches the rest of the class. Depending on the size of the class, these lessons will be anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour. While passing the class is ostensibly tied to delivering a good practicum, all the students in my class passed despite several pretty bad lessons.

The online portion of the course is only available after completing the in-class portion successfully. It’s divided into two sections, each of which features several smaller units and each of which is concluded by a multiple choice test. The first section focuses on grammar, though it does feature some scenario-based questions about teaching. The second section is more of a hodge-podge, concerning, for example, punctuation marks, technology in the classroom, and CEFR language levels. It definitely feels like padding to justify calling it a “60-hour” course. The multiple choice tests are not only “open book” in the sense of allowing you to look at your notes, but you can even have the relevant units open in another tab, so it’s very unlikely that you’ll fail.

The three books you receive are fairly decent. I can see using the grammar textbook and the teaching manual as references in the future. The book on methodology is interesting, but a lot of the same information is included in the teaching manual. All-in-all, it’s a good deal that these books are included without any extra fees.

The Job Placement Service becomes available upon completing the course successfully. You are required to select between three to five countries you want to look for jobs in (even if you only really want to go to one), but you can certainly game the system by picking countries which you certainly won’t be qualified to teach in (ie. Germany or the Middle East). I can’t attest to the quality of the Job Placement Service for all countries. I specifically wanted to go to Japan, and my advisor was able to produce five possible companies. None of them had particularly stellar reputations, and four of them were companies which I could have applied to on my own. I had hoped for some secret connections that might have gotten me into some special job some place, but unfortunately Oxford Seminars either lacks such connections or simply doesn’t have those connections in Japan. Realistically, if you aren’t looking for a job in China or South Korea, you will probably want to be ready to job hunt on your own.

Overall, I would say that Oxford Seminars is worthwhile. Personally, I wasn’t too confident standing in front of a class when I first signed up for this course. Day one I was nervous when standing up in front of eleven other people. But by the time my practicum came around, I felt fairly confident. The in-class portion of this course is THE reason to take it; everything else is a bonus. That said, the actual quality of the material is somewhat questionable, and I think in most cases you will have better luck than Job Placement Services at finding a good job in your target country. It also seems like everyone passes, regardless of how well they grasp even the most basic material; if you’re one of those people, that may be a good thing, but otherwise it’s a mark against the company.

Review 39 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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Oxford Seminars has been a pivotal aide in the reason I’ve been able to see three countries over the past two years. In class they gave me the tools I needed to feel confident in my position as well as expectations up front for what you can expect from each teaching position. For example, my professor was very open with how the position may look from country to country and the resources and money you might make from country to country. She back her information with facts and pictures from her abroad teaching experience. I had a very confident and competent instructor. I also appreciated the self paced but thorough nature of the online portion of the seminar. It included a grammar book which I was able to refer back to with each position I took.

I have nothing but great things to say about the Oxford Seminars Advisors. They helped me secure my first interview and were literally available round the clock with questions about placement or getting in contact with my employer. This company is supposed to be a stepping stone not someone who does everything thing and sees to every little detail. If you ask they’ll be more than willing to pony you i the right direction regarding flights and visas and additional courses. They helped me a lot in Colombia. My program is interviewees for was shifting into a new program funded by the government so my information had to be resubmitted and Oxford was very helpful in making a daunting process less stressful. I think of you really want to make this a good experience for yourself you will and Oxford Seminars staff will be there to guide you. I talk to my instructor from time to time updating her on my travels and success and she’s always willing to give me tips and things. I have had great success with this company.

Review 38 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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Oxford Seminars CANCELLED my class on May 21st, when I was supposed to begin on June 1st. I already had a job lined up abroad with the implication that I would be certified when I left on June 20th…. Oxford offered me a course in July and $50 off.

I can’t even begin to explain how unprofessional and debilitating this issue is…and the person on the phone showed not an ounce of humility .

So now I scramble to find a GOOD program; maybe one that won’t back out at the last minute after I paid them my money….. Of, which will take 4-6 weeks to refund via check by the way. The take your money in a heartbeat, and drag their heels when it’s time to refund?

Sounds like a shady business to me instead of a institute of higher learning.

This place is pure TRASH.

Review 37 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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I am currently on my second placement with Oxford. The first time the Job Placement advisor bent over backwards to find a recruiter who was willing to take on my friend and I at once, and find us a placement at the same school. The second time I used the Job Placement service I was again impressed at the responsiveness and the amount of leads I was given. Everyone I spoke to was personable and helpful. I was quite picky the second time around, and they stood by me until I found a placement I was happy with.

Overall my experience with Oxford has been great. In terms of value, I could not be happier. I know plenty of people who have spent more money on their TEFL and have not been treated with the same importance. I am quite proud to have a certificate from Oxford Seminars, and when it comes time to plan my next move abroad I will not hesitate to ask for their help again.

Review 36 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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My instructor, Laura Wilkinson in Richmond, Virginia, was absolutely fantastic. She went well above and beyond what I expected from a certification class from a private company. I get the impression that a large part of my experience was owed to her personal passion for teaching and language, so I don’t know if all Oxford instructors are as good. However, she had very positive things to say about her experience teaching for the company, so I suspect that Oxford cares about choosing instructors who are at least competent and experienced.

Caveat: I haven’t used their job placement service yet, so I can’t review it. It also wasn’t a major factor in my choosing Oxford, because I was focused more on getting my certification for a reasonable price and learning as much as possible along the way, both of which I got, and am very satisfied with. I would recommend Oxford to anybody who is focused on these aspects of the TEFL program!

Review 35 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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The grammar is the most difficult portion of the course. The course should focus on the grammar to prepare you for that 40-hour online section but doesn’t prepare you well enough. Go somewhere else.

Review 34 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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Overall the course was great! The instructor Brent was very experienced and he shared examples from his time overseas. We got to create a lesson plan and present it to the class which was great because I had never created a lesson plan before. The online component was challenging but it was a great refresher as I had been out of school for quite a few years. after they will even help you find a job based on where you qualify to teach.

Review 33 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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If you are looking for a paid vacation, this is the right place. The certificate you get here is not recognized in North America or Europe. They will try to find you a job in China or other countries where your annual income does not exceed $40.000 cdn. However, this might be a good opportunity for young graduate or retired people.

Review 32 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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Good in class program but they are absolutely horrible with student service and placement. Save your money and apply elsewhere.

Review 31 of 40 Oxford Seminars

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The course I took was acceptable and my instructor was competent and experienced. However, I’ve experienced real difficulties with job placement–the main reason I chose Oxford initially. Specifically, they recommend schools that don’t honor their agreements and they are not interested in helping you find a new job when the situation isn’t working out.

I am currently in my 2nd job placement with Oxford. In both cases, the schools have not lived up to the promises made. The first school, in Turkey, didn’t pay on time. I often had to wait several days for my money and some teachers were never paid. I had to camp out in the offices for four days in order to get my final pay and end of contract bonus (a substantial amount of money) after finishing my 11 month contract. Here in my second position, in Mexico, the school promised an annual contract and holiday pay, but neither have been provided. I’ve gotten good student reviews and the director seems pleased with me, but it appears that the school is failing. We have dwindling enrollment and fewer classes each session. I’m getting only the bare minimum of hours and can’t support myself on that. I contacted Oxford about moving to a new school. First the put me off for two weeks, then admitted that felt they needed the school’s *permission* to help me find a new position. I’m not under contract. I don’t even have a verbal promise of employment.

I simply can’t recommend Oxford.

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