Oxford Seminars Course Reviews and Student Testimonials

Read student reviews on Oxford Seminars certification course, including student feedback, course experience, and instructor performance.

 

Highly Recommend This Course

"This is probably the classiest course and company I've ever dealt with. Absolutely professional, personable, and incredibly prompt responses. They helped encourage me throughout the entire process. Not once did I feel frustrated when dealing with Oxford Seminars. I hope I get the pleasure to deal with people and companies of this caliber for the rest of my career."

- J.M., Marietta, GA

Well-Designed Course with Great Instructor

"The instructor made our class so informative and entertaining as well. She taught us all the key elements that our class needed to teach abroad, and made great use of every minute of our class. She made sure we were very well prepared from grammar and vocabulary to detailed lesson plans. She gave so many practical examples. I have been to many seminars and classes and this has been by far the most organized, informative, and well executed program I have attended. I feel very confident and ready to teach English abroad thanks to my instructor and Oxford Seminars. I will definitely refer all my friends and classmates to Oxford Seminars for their TESOL/TESL/TEFL classes."

- T.C., Milwaukee, WI

Oxford Seminars Helped Me Achieve a Dream

"Oxford Seminars helped me achieve a dream. After studying Middle East culture and history in a classroom setting in the US, I wanted to live and work in the area for an extended period of time. Thanks to Oxford Seminars, I am living the dream. Oxford's program, teachers, and staff helped me in many ways that include gaining my teaching certification, assisting me on putting together an application package, introducing me to prospective employers, and advising me on various aspects regarding employment contracts. I have now been teaching English in Saudi Arabia for 9 months as well as traveling to other Middle Eastern countries when I can get away. I would not be here without Oxford Seminars and highly recommend them if you ever have had an interest in living and working abroad - Salam!"

- G.C., Louisville, KY

Awesome Program, Great Materials, Excellent Instructor

"Our instructor was well prepared, had a wonderful grasp of teaching ESL, and good interpersonal skills with the students. Our class had 8 students, a good size for interaction. Because there was so much content in the material, we couldn’t linger long on each; however, our instructor encouraged us to contact her if we needed more help. She chose portions of the books to focus on, giving the main ideas for that material. She was encouraging, well-organized, and yet kept good discipline. We loved it!"

- J.S., Winter Park, FL

Role Model in Teaching

"The instructor was accessible and generous with her time and careful and comprehensive in her preparation of different aspects of teaching ESL. She had such a great sense of humor and high intelligence. I hope to model my teaching style after hers."

- R.K., Philadelphia, PA

Well-Structured Course, Great Teacher

"The teacher really showed he knew his stuff. He was always prepared, organized, very friendly, and didn't overpower his students. He was so enthusiastic and managed to keep a little bit of class fun. He was a great teacher and we all enjoyed him!"

 

- P.R., Sacramento, CA

Totally Recommend It

"I'm so happy that I chose Oxford Seminars for my certification. I tell everyone that if they are interested in teaching abroad, Oxford Seminars is the way to go. Thank you so much for all of your help! I am very satisfied with your course and I am so glad that I decided to take this risk. I can't imagine what else I would be doing right now. I am one very satisfied customer! Thanks a million!"

- C.B., Broken Bow, NE

Oxford Seminars Helped Change My Life

"I was looking down the barrel of what was looking like another dull, drab office job. Office jobs are for some people, but if you got to this point, something tells me that you are looking for something different. Long story short, the experience that I had was the best experience I have ever had in my life. I signed up for Oxford Seminars Certification when I was looking for something different. Being surrounded by like-minded students and having teachers who loved to talk about their experiences who also had a passion for teaching was only the start of what I signed up for. I was already in a better place. One of the best parts about Oxford Seminars was the Placement Service. Oxford Seminars’ Placement Service is very professional, punctual, and helpful. I had never applied for a job overseas but they helped get me in touch with a third-party recruiter in South Korea who helped me get a job teaching. When was the last time you were looking for a job where someone actually helped you with your resume, cover letter or how to speak to someone who is in, say, Thailand? I will tell you, this placement service does that. They put me at ease and in contact with people who would eventually get me something more than just a job. You could say that they helped change my life; had it not been for the Placement Service, I would ultimately not have taught at the school in South Korea, nor had the most life-changing experience that I have ever had. Oxford Seminars’ Placement Service helped me get an entire experience. I have the pictures to prove it. Oh yeah, and I got paid for the experience!" 

- A.S., Los Angeles, CA

Very Impressed

"Oxford Seminars prepared me practically and mentally for the challenges of going overseas. The teaching practicum component of the course was a good experience and I gained much insight from my instructor who had taught in Japan. If you are looking for change, a challenge, and a great experience, then take the chance to travel and teach abroad. I have experienced so much in a short time and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that await me."

- G.C, Toronto, Canada

Great Course, Even Better Instructor

"As a professor of history with over twenty five years teaching experience, I can attest unequivocally that Jeremy (my Oxford Seminars instructor) is a top-tier professional educator. Right from the beginning of the course, he exhibited the qualities I associate with the consummate instructor. First, it was evident that Jeremy had a clear sense of structure for the course. Everyone knew where we were going, what we were going to do, and how we were going to get there. I appreciate knowing up front the layout of the course. Second, he provided engaging warm-up activities that created class camaraderie, a vital aspect of the course given the daunting 9 hours/day schedule. Third, and most important in my view, was Jeremy’s ability to “mix it up” providing a nice balance of instruction, activities, and teaching practice. The nine hours a day didn’t even feel like one hour because he creatively juggled the various learning objectives of the course to maintain interest and momentum. Overall, I can’t say enough good things about the methodology of this instructor. He practiced what he preached to us about how to be a successful ESL instructor. The story doesn’t end there, however. It's one thing to be a conscientious, well-prepared instructor, but his personal characteristics further enhanced the course. His quick wit, his spot on voice and dialect imitations, and his theatrical flair made for intangibles that separate the good teacher from the truly outstanding ones, of whom I count Jeremy among the latter.

In short, I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone interested in taking the Oxford Seminars course."

- S.N., Willmar, MN

Great Experience and Instructor

"The experience I have gained from Oxford Seminars has helped me to fully understand the need for teachers abroad. They have helped me to gain experience and learn about different cultures. My instructor made me feel so comfortable about teaching overseas and I am ecstatic to have this opportunity."

- C. S., Leamington, Canada

Practical Course and Experienced Instructor

"This course was very practical and the instructor was an impressive teacher. Her experience both in the US and abroad was very extensive and the knowledge she shared with us was relevant and extremely useful. I have more confidence to teach ESL abroad thanks to her."

- A.D., Manhattan, NY

Amazing Instructor - Very Thorough Course

"I feel great about my placement. I am teaching in Northern Thailand...and am really enjoying it. Teaching the secondary students requires a lot of energy but I continue to gain more and more insight into teaching from this experience. I feel like Oxford Seminars did a great job preparing me for this and I continue to refer back to the books and notes that I have from the class. My instructor did such an excellent job preparing us and helping me gain the confidence I needed to walk into class my very first day. I have thought about the Oxford course a lot since I've been here and am so happy I signed up for it." 

- K.T., Seattle, WA

Just What I Needed

"I would like to extend my appreciation for all of the resume, cover letter, and job search assistance that your department provided me. It was most helpful and enlightening. As a result of my certification with Oxford Seminars and your help, I have two ESL students within my own teaching practice. I have been operating my own tutoring service for two and a half years and currently have six students plus my ESL students. The teaching strategies and the excellent instruction that I received have been translated into my teaching practice. For that, I thank Oxford Seminars."

- M.G., Port Dover, Canada

Great Course and Very Helpful Teacher

"My teacher was phenomenal. Her lesson plans were direct and coherent. Her experience was evident from the moment she introduced herself. It was relaxed, but when she gave a critique, it was sharp and to the point. I was very impressed. I was in school full-time and needed the schedule they offered. They also guaranteed job placement assistance afterward and provided many great resources for finding positions as well as valuable warnings about what to look out for. With my Oxford Seminars certificate I secured a job teaching at a major state university in New York. I thought Oxford was great! I have recommended this program to about a dozen other students since I have taken the course."

- S.T., Syracuse, NY

Incredible Resource

"You and your staff have been stellar in helping me get this far. I can't express how much I appreciate the fact that you are willing to assist me with further job searches. As I said, you and your staff are an incredible resource in cutting through the international and bureaucratic thicket of applying for international teaching jobs."

- M.L., Plymouth, MN

Progression to Becoming a Quality Teacher

"Prior to taking the course I spent one year teaching oral English communication in Beijing. The students were mid-career analysts with a major Chinese company. Prior to that experience, I had very limited teaching experience of any kind, primarily teaching work-related courses during my thirty-plus years of public service employment. After the one year experience in China, I had made every teaching error, although the students succeeded in passing the end of the course test. My objective in taking the Oxford Seminars course was to gain insight which would assist in future overseas teaching assignments. After completing the in-class course… this objective has been met. The emphasis in the class was on lesson planning and the need to integrate each lesson within a larger set of classes. I appreciate that the emphasis in the practicum and the primary text was on teaching grammar. The practicum also allowed me to plan a class and practice techniques which addressed several of my perceived deficiencies after the Beijing experience. I feel that I am better prepared for future assignments because of the course. The Oxford training appears to be part of the evolution towards becoming a quality teacher."

- K.A., Saskatoon, Canada

Solid Course

"Through the specialized training I received from Oxford Seminars, I am now able to fulfill my ambition to teach English as a foreign language in Japan. The certification from Oxford Seminars has given me the necessary training to ensure these qualities can be put to use in teaching to any age or level of student. Additionally, I received the tools necessary to assist every student to feel they will meet their full potential. Thank you very much."

- Z.W., Los Angeles, CA

The Best Choice

"I have recommended the course to my friends, but I have also recommended it to my four teenage children. To prepare for an exciting journey of teaching English overseas, the first step is to sign up for the Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL course! It is the best and only choice."

- Z.K., Clifton, NJ

Course Added to Prior Teaching Experience

"I found the Oxford course to be very helpful. I already had teaching experience, but no ESL experience, so I learned quite a bit about teaching ESL. Despite my prior teaching experience, Oxford made it clear from the time that I signed up that this course was oriented towards teaching overseas. I viewed taking this course as a relatively low-cost program that provided me with the necessary background and knowledge about teaching ESL that I could add to my prior teaching knowledge."

- M.C., Toronto, Canada

Course Was The Perfect Next Step in Career Development

"Your service made all the difference in finding a suitable placement for me. I received three offers from universities in China by way of your extending my candidacy to your contacts. I felt the resume and cover letter tool was outstanding. Your guidance throughout the process made a world of difference. It is a big step to take, accepting a position abroad. For me, there is great value in the reassurance and confidence I gained, in knowing that Oxford has an ongoing working relationship with the recruitment agents I was put in contact with. I am excited about experiencing China. This opportunity is the perfect next step in my career development."

- D.M., Syracuse, NY

Forever Loyal to Oxford Seminars

"The kind of service/courtesy I got from Oxford Seminars is worth more than what I paid for. I will forever be loyal to them and will talk highly of it to my friends who want to make change in their lives. I'm so fortunate to invest my money, time and effort with you guys and as always, I will make sure that I will be an asset to Oxford Seminars as well. In the future if there's a school that will hire me through Oxford Seminars - I will make sure the school will see me as an asset and I will make Oxford Seminars proud."

- M.P., Jersey City, NJ

Teaching Business English Important Element in Obtaining a Job

“Just this week, I accepted a job I found through networking with local residents of Istanbul. I have been hired to be a part of the core, four-person leadership team for the first (and only) English school dedicated to teach Aviation English to pilots and members of cabin and ground crews. I begin next Wednesday. My certification teaching Business English through Oxford was an important element of the qualifications that made me the final candidate. I am very happy with this position! Thank you for your support and advice as I’ve made this transition from 'visitor' to 'resident' with a job!”

- H.B., Midlothian, VA

Highest Recommendation to Oxford Seminars

"The course work and tempo of the materials are practical and fun. You will be required to work with two books. They are "How to Teach English" and TESOL/TEFL Certification Course Training Manual.” You will be encouraged and guided to create interesting lesson plans. Oxford Seminars teaches the fundamentals on creating such lessons. My son and I took the course and were blown away at the sincerity of our instructor. He teaches TEFL at a major university. He taught us on creating the framework of lesson plans. He also gave our class advice on how we  should interact with our future students. This would include insights on cross cultural aspect of teaching overseas. Another key factor of Oxford Seminars is their fantastic Graduate Placement Service. I was concerned about age related job discrimination. The kind people in this department offered me a list of schools that offer possibilities. They will direct you on where to find the most reliable English language schools. I offer my highest recommendation to Oxford Seminars."

- W.M, Dallas, TX

Training was Great, Job Search Assistance was Phenomenal

"Thanks again for all of your help and support during this process.  I have recommended Oxford to many people who are interested in getting certified for ESL; because the training is great, but the job search assistance is phenomenal."

- R. T., Pacifica, CA

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After completing the Oxford Seminars course, I have refined my understanding of what it takes to be an effective teacher of English. - A.K., Portland, OR
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