School Details - London Oxford Street
Our school in Oxford Street was established in 1974. The college provides a wide range of English language and teacher training courses. Their excellent premises are situated in a very central location on Oxford Street, and their students come from all over the world. In a typical year, over 100 nationalities are represented at the College. Their English language courses are accredited by the British Council. The College is also accredited by EAQUALS (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality in Language Services, an NGO of the Council of Europe) and is a member of English UK.
Facilities include a well-equipped library, Wi-Fi internet access and a cafe/espresso bar - course fees include membership of the School Club - speakers from the ELT world come to the College monthly to give participative and practical sessions on a wide variety of ELT-related topics. Previous speakers include Michael Swan, Mike McCarthy, Jeremy Harmer and Susan Kay.
The course includes teaching practice, observation of experienced teachers in the classroom and completion of a range of practically focused written assignments.
You will receive training and support from fully qualified and experienced ELT professionals. You will also have access to library resources including professional books, publications, multimedia titles and Internet access.
You are assessed continuously during the course and there is no final examination. An external assessor, who is appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course.
There are three components of assessment: Teaching Practice, Written Assignments and Professional Development. The school will help you prepare thoroughly for each assessment.
Assessment of Teaching Practice: You will teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. The assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.
Written Assignments: There are four written assignments to complete. Two assignments explore aspects of teaching and learning English at an adult level, one involves work on the language system of English and one is a reflection on classroom teaching. Your written work is moderated by an external assessor appointed by Cambridge ESOL.
This is based on your overall performance and commitment during the course. We will provide you with regular feedback on your development throughout your training.
To be successful, you must pass all components. There are three grades - Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'.
The school can arrange accommodation for you. You can choose from three options - a room in a homestay, in a university student residence (summer courses only) or in a student hostel. Please note that there is a £55 accommodation finding fee.
Homestay can be arranged for you in London Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. You will have your own room, and you can choose between 3 meals options: self catering (you cook for yourself), breakfast only, or breakfast and dinner. Prices vary between £135 and £220 per week.
All residences are located in central London, near great places to visit and only a short journey from the school. Each residence features different room and catering options and all have on-premises laundry facilities. Shared and en-suite amenities include: showers, kitchens, television and games rooms. Rooms are available from £260 per week.
10:15 - 18:30, Monday - Friday.
During the summer (Jun-Jul), 12:00 - 20:00 Monday - Friday
The school seemed to be a high-quality establishment and the trainers, one in particular, were very good at their job. The course was fun and I learned so much over the course.
- Sophie Burt -
Help for Jobs
Our tutors are always on hand to provide advice and guidance in applying for work and we advertise suitable overseas positions that are passed on to us for the attention of our trainees. In addition, the School Club provides a great networking opportunity to meet and get to know teachers, Directors of Studies and Teacher trainers from schools around London.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
You can also submit an application by email. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you have any problems with the application procedure.