1. When will I receive my certificate?
Once you have completed the 60-hour in-class component and the 40-hour online component of the course, you will receive your certificate.
2. Can I teach in the US with my certificate?
Oxford Seminars internationally recognized TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification Course is specifically designed to train teachers for ESL placements abroad. It is important to recognize that a Bachelor of Education is required to teach within most school boards in the United States and that many states have specific requirements that involve in-depth training that is “on par” with an education degree. Private ESL schools in the US assess certification along with experience when considering candidates. The best way for you to find out if you are qualified to teach in the United States is to research the qualifications of the state where you wish to teach to see if you meet those requirements. If you have a particular school that you are interested in, you should inquire at that school regarding their qualifications. For American ESL school contact information, including school websites, email addresses, and phone numbers, visit the United States section of the English Language Schools Directory.
3. What do you mean by “Internationally Recognized” TESOL/TESL/TEFL certificate?
Regardless of your educational background, initial exposure to the professional field of TESOL/TESL/TEFL is essential to give you the confidence needed to succeed in academic ESL fields. Currently, there are no international standards for TESOL/TESL/TEFL qualifications as there is no international governing body for TESOL/TESL/TEFL Training Programs. Courses vary in content and contact hours in the classroom, with some (mostly online courses) having no in-class exposure. Certification is the formal recognition given to participants who have completed studies in training programs focusing on TESOL/TESL/TEFL, applied linguistics, studies in second language acquisition, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), ESL literacy, and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). All legitimate employers require teachers to be trained and certified. Thus, if you want a good job in the more competitive markets, you should take a TESOL/TESL/TEFL certificate training course. A recognized certificate is essential in the highly popular teaching locations. Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification Course is held throughout the US and Canada. Oxford Seminars graduates have successfully found placement since 1992. Employers in overseas schools have become familiar with Oxford Seminars high caliber teachers and often contact us looking for qualified ESL instructors. Employers have confidence that Oxford Seminars graduates have received practical, engaging, and authentic contemporary TESOL/TESL/TEFL training that has effectively prepared them for overseas ESL teaching positions. Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification Course is detailed, comprehensive, up-to-date, and effective. Oxford Seminars highly skilled Job Placement Advisors offer years of field experience to enable graduates of the course to be placed in one of the thousands of teaching positions in various locales around the world!
4. What qualifications do I need to take this course?
The Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL course is open to anyone who is: 18 years of age or older; a native speaker of English, or a non-native speaker with fluent English abilities; open-minded about living and working in a new environment.
5. How do I enroll for the course?
Visit the Locations and Dates page to choose a course that is most convenient for you. The course price of $1,195 includes all Course Materials, ESL Teaching Resources, full access to the English Language Schools Directory and Job Placement Service. Enroll anytime by phone, fax, mail, or by using our online enrollment process.
6. What is covered in your TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification Course?
During the course, you will be exposed to a variety of concepts which include: interactive language teaching, principles of second language acquisition, multiple intelligence theory, classroom management techniques, detailed lesson planning, long-term unit planning, how to teach oral communication skills, listening and comprehension strategies, creative ways to incorporate English grammar in a classroom setting, teaching across age and proficiency levels, teaching in a multicultural setting, testing and evaluating ESL students, and making effective use of ESL teaching materials and resources. This course will give you the practical techniques and the confidence to excel in teaching English as a second language abroad. For a more detailed description of Oxford Seminars course, view the Course Curriculum.
7. Can I change my course enrollment if my schedule changes?
If you are not able to attend the course in which you are enrolled, you can switch to another course prior to the first day of the class, as long as there is room in the desired course.
8. When will I find out the location of my course?
The location of the course is available approximately two weeks before the start of the course. You will receive location details by mail or email.
9. Will I have to write a test during the course?
On the final day of the in-class component, students are responsible for a practicum. In addition, the online component finishes with a 100-question multiple-choice assignment.
10. What specialization modules do you offer?
Oxford Seminars offers the choice of three modules:
Teaching TOEFL Preparation
Teaching English to Children
Teaching Business English
Each module is conveniently done online and is an additional 40 hours of teacher training.
11. What specializations are best suited for which particular countries or regions abroad?
While each specialization will provide you with tools that you can use regardless of where you decide to teach, some specializations are better suited to certain areas of the world. If you have prior business experience or are particularly interested in teaching adults in the business sector, Teaching Business English will assist you in accomplishing this goal. This specialization is particularly useful in many Latin American and European countries as well as in China and Japan. Teaching English to Children provides you with a better understanding of how to work with children and provides you with many teaching aids. Teaching monolingual children, though fun, can be a challenge. Since it is common for first time teachers to work with children, especially in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and China; this can better provide you with the necessary skills and confidence to communicate and work with children. Teaching TOEFL Preparation; is a great specialization module if you are interested in teaching in Asia, particularly in Korea, China and Japan, especially if you are interested in private tutoring. This specialization is also a great way to refresh your grammar skills.
12. Can I upgrade my TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification?
After taking Oxford Seminars course you are eligible to upgrade your certification to up to 220 hours with Specialization Modules
. Once you complete and pass a module, an updated certificate will be issued, showing the additional hours.
13. Can I cancel my course enrollment?
Yes, you can cancel your enrollment completely. The $95 deposit will be retained for any enrollments cancelled in the two-week period before the course start date.
14. What happens if I cannot attend all six days?
Successful completion is based on classroom attendance, understanding the course material, classroom participation, course assignments, the in-class practicum, and completion of the online component. Due to the amount of information covered each day of the course, attending all classes is extremely important and a leave-of-absence is not possible.