About Oxford TEFL

Our story 

Since we opened in Barcelona in 1998, we have been helping teachers gain qualifications which have allowed them to teach English around the world, develop their careers and develop their professional skills. Over 5000 teachers have completed their CELTA course with us and over 600 their Trinity Diploma in TESOL.

The company was founded in by Duncan Foord and Nick Rawlinson, with the ambition of creating a place where students, teachers, trainers and marketing and admin. staff felt happy working and learning. For us that means helping people to focus on their aims and enjoy the experience of achieving them. Creating an atmosphere of open communication, support and willingness to try out new ideas is important to us.

We think learning to teach is an important and challenging endeavor. We want you to feel as excited about it as we do!

Our values

At Oxford TEFL we believe that teaching is essentially a craft, a professional skill acquired mainly with guidance and practice in the classroom. For this reason the qualifications we offer have observed teaching practice as their central focus.

As a business, we are mindful of creating value for money courses which are useful and enjoyable for you. We are a company founded by teachers and driven by them and we are committed to making a contribution to English language teaching and teacher training, not just sustaining ourselves financially.

We are also committed to supporting the education community globally, working together with charities, such as CAMFED, and partner schools to help more resources reach those with fewer opportunities.

Our commitment to you

We are committed to listening to you carefully so that we understand your goals and how we can help you reach them. We take your teaching forward by providing feedback to you based on our expertise and the constructive approach of our tutors in communicating this expertise. We are committed to innovating and improving our courses based on listening to your feedback during and after your course.

Our team

We value the diversity of our students and our teachers. Our staff includes teachers from all over the world. We select teachers and teacher trainers based on their excellent teaching and training skills and command of English, not in the country they were born in. We work with centres in Kerala (India), Hong Kong, London, Malaga and Cadiz (south of Spain) to extend the options for you to gain practical teaching experience. Our team has grown over the years since we opened and includes leading ELT professionals, trainers and writers, many of whom originally trained with us! There are currently around 80 teachers and trainers working in Oxford TEFL Barcelona and around 50 working in our partner schools in Kerala, London, Malaga and Cadiz. 

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