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Oxford TEFL is among the most highly-regarded teacher training institutions in Europe. Thousands of teachers have earned their Cambridge CELTA & Cert TESOL certificates in our centers in Barcelona, Prague, Cadiz, Malaga, London and Kerala (India).

We are also one of the largest providers in the world of the Trinity Dip.TESOL, which we offer in Barcelona and Prague.

From the Barcelona and Prague centers we also provide language and skills training to the local and international business community, as well as offering a range of general English classes in the schools themselves.

Founded
1998
Headquarters

Oxford TEFL
Carrer de la Diputació, 279
08007 Barcelona Barcelona
Spain

Reviews

Bárbara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I must be honest. Before starting this CELTA course, I was nervous. I've read so many review blogs where people complained about how demanding a CELTA course is, that one of them even warned about forgetting about family and friends because of how demanding this course is. Now, I'm not going to lie - It is demanding. Nevertheless I didn't have to leave anyone behind. And I'm not only refering to the course, but also to the people you meet (other trainees and teachers alike). In the end it is a great quality course and a worthwhile experience. Remember, it is a very intensive course and they will let you know about it during the interview. Be prepared to give your best and you'll notice the results. The best advice I can give you is to be open to criticism and to grow from it as well as to open up to new friendships. I know I've made valuable friends during this experience and I hope you make some too.

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Kathryn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Having never taught before, the CELTA at Oxford TEFL really taught me the skills required of a TEFL teacher, while also boosting my confidence and my belief in myself. All the staff at Oxford House were approachable, helpful, full of advice and encouragement, while also coming across as human and fun. The course is intensive - but this is the best way to learn how to teach. You can immediately put into practise the skills you learn that day during your teaching practise classes. As someone who moved to Barcelona only two days before the course started, on my own, this course really helped me bond with others and make friends within the teaching community in this city.

I thoroughly recommend Oxford TEFL to anyone who’s passionate about getting into English language teaching, and who’s willing to work hard and give the course their full attention for four weeks.

What would you improve about this program?
The only area I would say could have been improved was the timetable. Being in the afternoon group, we had back to back input sessions, lesson planning support and then teaching practise and feedback, with not even a 15min break to get something to eat etc. We found this particularly challenging as we tired towards the end of the day. The morning group had 45mins before the input sessions began, which would have been a nice break for us too had this been possible.
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Tristan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I completed the Celta Certification Course at Oxford House, (Narodni 25), in early November 2018. The course is intense and extremely helpful for either a beginning or experienced teacher. It is demanding and rewarding. It provides a solid foundation to either build confidence, or to add confidence, for any who take the course. The reason I am writing this review is because this particular school became very special to me because the teachers and staff who run the school are inordinately rare and they work extremely hard. They have a sincere kindness that provides support on days that were difficult and that lends an added warmth on days that were less so.
The staff who taught me were David Young, Šárka Císařovác, Sean Hayward, and Dan Baines. Even though we had only known each other four weeks, I genuinely missed them when I left because they were so hearted in their work, their crafts and their individual talents. Their criticism and feedback was direct, honest, and essential for understanding. Sometimes it was very hard to hear, but honesty is necessary for progress in learning. And they all have a good sense of humor that is most welcome to balance out the demands of the course. And their strong, detailed feedback and instrumental methods provide reverberating echoes in my mind which serve to help me daily in my teaching as useful and friendly reminders.
Rachel Williams is a teacher in the language school at Oxford house, and she works as a coordinator in the Celta course. She helped us with writing our CV’s and helped me find work right away after the course was completed. She gave advice regarding accommodation and answered many other questions about practicalities in Prague. She also set-up different programs after the school day was finished such as Jan Kalina’s informative and useful services in his company “Movetoprague.”
Sean, Dan, Rachel, Šárka, and David breathe a heartbeat into Oxford House and students feel it during, and long after the course has finished. I was not only taught much, I was nurtured and nourished in and through my learning due to their many supportive and encouraging spirits. I cannot recommend this place highly enough as it stands alone and apart from all other Celta certifying schools because of these unique people.

What would you improve about this program?
More people could sign up for the Celta course and take advantage of the special teachers here
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David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Oxford TEFL was a fantastic way to integrate into the teaching community in Prague. The 4-week course not only trains you to be a competent and confident English teacher, but it also introduces you to other teachers in the area. The staff are super supportive and care about your experience and helping you find a job after you finish, utilizing their network not only in the Czech Republic but all around the world, depending on where you want to go. My cohort had 12 people in it, and at the beginning the majority of us were planning to take the course and move elsewhere, but after becoming such good friends and falling in love with the city, nearly all of us decided to stay for a year after. The housing that Oxford provided during the course also allowed us to get our feet on the ground in Prague and take our time to search for something more long-term after.

So not only were the course and staff helpful for preparing us, but we also found a community in each other. Even though most of us have moved on since, the people I met there 6 years ago are still good friends today. That experience will last a lifetime!

What would you improve about this program?
The only recommendation I have is more help planning lessons. Oxford has a library of resources for teachers, and helps a lot with building individual lesson plans, but I struggled sometimes to string together long-term learning outcomes and lessons. Training teachers on how to plan their courses long-term rather than simply class-by-class can make the job much easier.
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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The course from Oxford TEFL Barcelona was very rewarding - it helped me as a new teacher develop the skills you need to give a good lesson as you get lots of teaching practice time and the feedback you receive from experienced teachers is incredibly useful. This is an intensive course so there is a lot of work to do in the four weeks but if you plan it well you can still enjoy the city of Barcelona as you do the course - or stay here after to work as a teacher, as many do! The careers service from the school is lifelong so there is always help available when looking for positions in the city and overseas, which is another reason to use Oxford TEFL for teacher training because the value for money here is great. My time on the course was really enjoyable and the support available from the tutors was above and beyond what I was expecting, they're really helpful and deliver interesting and useful input sessions too.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Tatiana Ishkova

Tatiana was born in a remote Czech-speaking village in the Omsk region of Siberia, Russia. She graduated from Omsk State Pedagogic University in 1995. Tatiana has been in love with the English language and teaching since 1995. She has visited different corners of the world, encouraged a lot of young people to study English and choose the field of languages to further their lives and careers, and has inspired a lot of ambitious youngsters to study abroad and win grants! She is proud of all of her students' achievements and success.

Why did you choose this program?

I came to Prague for permanent residency and to continue my career as an English teacher. I wanted to get familiar with the methodology and approaches in teaching English to multi-language groups of students as well as monolingual groups of students (without speaking the students' language).

I chose CertTESOL after some thorough consideration based on reading the information about it on the internet. It sounded sensible and challenging and I knew it could help me brush up my knowledge as well as learn something new.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The provider of my program helped me at the initial stage with preparing for the course (there was an interview via Skype when I was assessed as a potential candidate; there was also a pre-course test that gave me a general understanding of the language scope to be mastered and there was a lot of material in each category that I could familiarize myself with).

Other things, such as the whole process of studying, materials and audio-visual aids were provided by the school (OxfordTEFL in Prague). The school also provided me with experienced tutors' assistance as well as books and overall guidance through the whole intensive course.

I had to organize my time (for self-study and preparing for classes) on my own. I had to organize papers for my TPLog as well as Language Learner's Profile (if I had doubts, I always could ask any tutor for help). I had to work on some self-reflection myself, and I found it to be a very good helpful part of my lesson analysis.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

If you are ambitious and love communication, you should definitely join the course as it can give you more than just self-development (which is important at any age), the opportunity to travel and work at the same time in any corner of the globe.

I wish I had known more (and earlier) about the format of moderation and self-developed material assignment as that was one of the most important stages in the course and quite responsible too.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

There are four weeks and they are all different because each week focuses on different target materials produced by a trainee. An average day might look like this:

  • 8:30 am - 10 am: Teaching rehearsal (Course Director available 9:15 am - 9:45 am)
  • 10 am - 11:30 am: Teaching Practice (you deliver a lesson of 20, 45, or 60 minutes)
  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm: Feedback (self-reflection and analysis of the class delivered together with your peer-trainee and experienced tutor)
  • 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Lesson Planning (confirm the time with a tutor, you prepare the lesson plan for the next day -- first on your own, then you can discuss it with a tutor)
  • 2 pm - 3 pm: Grammar (part 9 modal verbs, you learn grammar)
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Grammar (you review grammar)
  • Notes: Hand in Learner Profile at 1 pm (reference your time-table all the time as the dates and times for every piece of material are mentioned there)

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was afraid of explaining the meaning of some words that the students did not know. It was difficult at the beginning as I am used to quickly translating the English word but it does not work with the multi-lingual group.

I learned other ways of explaining the meanings of the words apart from just giving a definition from the dictionary. Learning Unknown Language (a special block in the course) helped a lot. Now I believe that it is even more fun explaining some vocabulary without using the translation or the dictionary.

Did you have to change your pronunciation (say American to British) in order to correspond to English textbooks?

No, of course not. You have your own accent that makes you unique. Yet, it is advisable to get familiar with IPA and just sometimes slow down and articulate! It is also good to look up some words in the dictionary just to see how they can be pronounced in some variants of English and pay attention to their meaning!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Fran Austin

Job Title
Community Manager for Oxford TEFL
Frankie has been an EFL teacher since 2005 and joined the Oxford TEFL team in 2011. She teaches ESL and also works as the community manager at Oxford House and Oxford TEFL in Barcelona, organizing events and supporting trainees during their course. When she arrived in Barcelona, Frankie never planned to stay, but the city got its grip on her soon enough; she continues to love the lifestyle and culture of this wonderful city.
Interview with Fran, EFL teacher and community manager at Oxford TEFL

What position do you hold at Oxford TEFL? What has been your career path so far?

Frankie: I am an English teacher and the community manager for Oxford TEFL. This means I get the best of both worlds: meeting lots of people, working in a dynamic workplace and drawing on (what I like to think of as) my skills in marketing, events and community-building. Completing the Trinity Diploma in TESOL and the Diploma in Educational Management a few years ago has helped me to fine tune my teaching and management abilities. Now eight years after qualifying as a TEFL teacher, I am still in Barcelona teaching English as a foreign language to the residents of the city, organizing events, and making sure that as many people as possible know about our courses. We are proud of what we do and we want others to know that too! I also run my own business, Immersed English, which provides intensive English immersion courses in the UK.

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Frankie: I am originally from Winchester, in the South of England. In 2003, after traveling for a year and a half in Asia and Australia, I realized that I wanted to continue to travel but also be able to fund it myself. I spent some time in my hometown saving up the money to take a TEFL course and I selected Barcelona because I already had a good friend there, who recommended a training center to me. At first it was difficult to feel comfortable and confident in the classroom, but once I got over this, it felt like second nature to me.

What does the future hold for Oxford TEFL - any exciting new programs to share?

Frankie: In 2013, Oxford TEFL Barcelona moved and expanded to new premises one block from the famous Passeig de Gracia. All of our centers, in Barcelona, Prague, London, Cadiz and Kerala (India) follow the same mission as us and we have a very loyal team of people working to ensure that the same standard is consistently met. We continue to offer free teacher training workshops, career services, and accommodation finding service to our trainees. We are always looking to improve our courses. This means that we listen carefully to our trainees and to the market, in order to develop courses, which are perfect for those wanting to start or develop a career in TEFL.

What about the future of the TEFL industry? How do you think international education will change over the next 10 years?

Frankie: I think that TEFL training institutions will develop more options for studying online with the support of a tutor via the internet, online platforms or telephone. However, I don’t think that face-to-face options will lose too much popularity; I personally believe the experience you get online versus face-to-face in a group isn’t as effective at teaching the skills you need in a classroom environment – you need to experience it yourself to understand it.