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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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Toronto ON M6K1X4
Canada

Reviews

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
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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
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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
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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
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Stacey
3/10

I was aware that there is no practicum to this program, but I picked this program because it is self-paced and because U Toronto has a great name. The information is comprehensive but this certificate is no way, shape, or form worth the cost of almost $1500. At most, this course should be valued at $4-500. There are no recorded lectures. It is all PPT-style, with only a little audio for each topic. The audio is usually someone simply reading you the text on-screen. There are constant glitches with the ability to access the lessons, move forward, submit the assignments, return to the right point in a previous lesson, etc. It is really, really frustrating. Some of the "assignments" are a joke - you can move forward and "submit" by simply meeting the minimum character requirement, no matter what you've written. Then, later, it takes 3 days for someone to grade your journals so that you can proceed with the lessons.

How can this program be improved?
Lower the cost, add video lectures, ensure that all assignments are actually graded so there is an incentive to actually try hard.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Stacey,

Firstly, we appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback on the course and we are glad that you valued the 100% online and self-paced format of the OISE TEFL course.

The expert education faculty at the university opted for pre-recorded videos, interactive slides, and downloadable PDFs to ensure the lessons are engaging while allowing for an asynchronous course. The course is also designed in such a way that students can self-assess through quizzes and short answer questions. Students are graded by way of unit tests and written reflection journals. The journals are graded by our Teaching Assistants twice on weekdays and once on weekends.

We're sorry to hear about your technical issues. I know I was able to help you in late March with your journal submission issue and would have been happy to help further had I been aware of your trouble! We are always available for our students when asked.

I hope you also found value in taking a course from a recognized institution. It's important to note that TEFL courses are not accredited, and there is no regulatory body governing the standards of TEFL courses. This accounts for the variety of TEFL courses available at drastically different costs.

When researching different courses the most important consideration you will make is choosing your TEFL course provider. In the case of this TEFL course, teachers are paying for and completing a TEFL course designed by an internationally recognized top-20 university. You will find that most reputable TEFL courses to hover around the $1,000 mark.

We are still here to support you in your teach abroad adventure and please let us know if you would like to chat about your job hunt.

Best,
Elspeth

No, I don't recommend

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