39 reviews of Oxford Seminars

Review 39 of 39 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 39 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 39 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 39 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 39 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 39 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 39 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 39 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 39 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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