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OISE University of Toronto TEFL

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OISE TEFL is an internationally-recognized TEFL certification course designed by professors at the University of Toronto OISE and offered by Teach Away. The course is 100% online, self-paced and will qualify you for a variety of international teaching jobs around the world. Upon completion of your course, you will receive a TEFL certification from the University of Toronto OISE and can apply to hundreds of teaching jobs abroad through Teach Away!

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John
2/10

If you are in a rush and need things done very quickly, do not rely on University of Toronto.

While doing this course, you are forbidden from even viewing the content of any lesson until you have completed every lesson before it. And (almost) every unit is capped with a submission of reflection journals that need to be manually 100% accepted by someone, somewhere, and you can't continue the course (or even try to write the test for that unit) until that is done. Which can take 1-2 days. You also never get any feedback on the quality or content of your reflective journals, despite the course having a whole unit talking about the usefulness of feedback and good ways to give useful feedback on a students work.

After completing this course, I was made to wait a full 5 weeks before receiving a scanned copy of my certificate, and I still haven't received the physical copy now, more than a week since I got the scanned copy, and it should normally take 2 or 3 days for how relatively short of a distance away I am. And this is despite me asking them multiple times to send it to me by the fastest means possible, even saying to do it at my own expense!

With that out of the way, the content itself seems fairly straightforward. The quizzes and unit tests weren't especially difficult.

How can this program be improved?
- Give at least a tiny bit of feedback on submitted work
- Allow students to at least take the unit test while waiting for the reflection journals to be accepted (if not also allowing them to start studying the next unit)
- Have some sort of back-up for the single person that is currently the only one allowed to sign and seal the certificates, in case they suddenly die or quit or something. No company should allow itself to have such a critical single point of failure
- At least allow the option for express shipping of the certificate, even if you charge the students who opt-in for it.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi John,

It was lovely speaking with you again today. As discussed, the design of the course is such that students must complete each unit successfully before progressing to future units. This ensures that you have fully grasped the material before building on it with future lessons. The Reflection Journals are also an important part of the course as it is a chance to reflect on what you've learned and for a real person (our Grading Assistants) to review your understanding. It is often an opportunity for feedback as well, though students who are successful in their journals may receive less feedback, as was true in your case.

As we discussed last month, at the time of your course completion, a medical emergency that meant our Executive Director was unable to sign the certificates for some time. I do apologize that these unfortunate circumstances lead to an unusual delay in your receipt of the physical certificate, though I was pleased to be able to send you your scanned certificate within 2 weeks of completion in spite of this.

We do send all certificates via standard mail and mailing time may vary. In our previous conversation, we opted for standard mail due to your proximity to Toronto, but I hope future students do know that a courier can be arranged upon request in similar circumstances. I was very glad to hear that you have since received your certificate and begun your visa application.

I do wish you the best on your teaching adventure in China and please feel free to get back in touch with me should you require any further assistance.

Best,
Elspeth

No, I don't recommend this program
Joanna
8/10

The material was great overall. There was a lot of repetition, which can be tedious at times, but was ultimately good for knowledge retention. There were some minor problems with the specialization courses, such as wrong files being attached to a slide (I got a document for Arabic speakers when I was studying for Chinese speakers), but they did not interfere with the learning process.
The staff really helped in solving tech issues. When I had problems finishing the course due to personal reasons, they were helpful in granting me an extension.
The scan of the certificate was on time.
I took the program to learn more about teaching, so I never quite put much hope in the Teach Away job board. As it is, I will be getting a job, but not through TeachAway. It may be more helpful for others, but certainly not for me. (My nationality has to be taken into account as well.)

How can this program be improved?
I can't really add much to the course, but I would suggest running through the material with a fine-toothed comb to ensure the documents are placed correctly and to address smaller tech issues.
One thing I would really love is integrating the option to courier the certificate. It was difficult for me as the recipient to arrange a courier, though the staff, to their credit, made every effort to help me do so. Having an option for the recipient to pay the university staff to send the certificate via courier would greatly ease the process for all involved.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Muhammad Jamaluddin
9/10

This is a course that set you up step by step, a streamline starting from 101 and leading to exactly what it takes to be a TEFL teacher, not matter what your major is in university, even to those that English is L2. If you study hard and seriously enough, you will be a great TEFL teacher. As matter of fact, I am quite unique example because I took the course NOT TO TEACH ENGLISH, but to teach Mandarin. Still theories, skills and techniques presented by the course are very useful in helping me to be a good Mandarin (should I say TMFL?) teacher.

How can this program be improved?
Try to provide a big range simple and useful various activities, directly or indirectly related to the classroom teaching so as teachers will have a "magic hat" to improve classroom atmosphere or, just simply kill the extra time in the classroom. Like a lot of tricks for Plan B.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jamie
10/10

I had spent about 6 months doing extensive research about which TEFL program would be the best choice for me before deciding to choose this program offered by the University of Toronto. I'd heard excellent things about this university and actually had had a few friends attend, so I decided to join them (what really hooked me is that there a special going on at the time that decreased the enrollment fee $100, so as soon as I saw that, I knew I had to sign up immediately). After having signed up, I began my classes that same day. I would study day and night, writing down everything I thought was important and that I could use in the future. This program is tough, but you will learn so much more than you would have ever thought. You'll learn about different learning acquisition theories, different learning styles, how to teach different age groups, and even the differences between teaching boys and girls. This program is worth the time, money, and effort. Also, upon completion, you'll receive a link to make an account with www.teachaway.com that allows you to search for all sorts of international job opportunities for TEFL. Don't wait! Sign up and get started! If you aren't looking to move abroad, there are still many opportunities to work at local languages centers or work online as well.

How can this program be improved?
n/a
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jenny
9/10

I completed the 120 hour online TEFL course, and I would definitely recommend it. The instructions/modules were very easy to follow. I found the course content interesting and truly felt like I've gained valuable knowledge and strategies to prepare me for teaching a class.

Any time I called the support team with questions, the staff were always helpful and friendly. Elspeth is very quick and helpful in answering emails.

How can this program be improved?
It would be nice if reflection journals were marked twice daily during the weekends.
Yes, I recommend this program

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