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October 09, 2006

Teaching Spots- Oxford, England

Hello Readers,

In the last few months, we've looked at teaching spots in a variety of cities in China. This month, let's take a look at what it's like teaching in a city in England. Nicknamed the city of dreaming spires, it's the home of Radiohead, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as the BMW Mini. Any guesses? It's the city of ...

... Oxford, which is located just 55 miles northwest of London in South East England.

As Oxford is a university town, attracting students from all over the world, there is a high need for ESL teachers there. Finding a stable year-round job in the ESL field in Oxford is not easy, but when summer rolls around, you'll find that schools are in high need of ESL teachers, as most schools run intensive programs then.

Requirements for working in England include a CELTA or equivalent, experience, and an EU passport or work permit. How can an American get around this? Sign up for a CELTA/DELTA program at one of the schools and then stay on for a few months afterwards to teach.

Oxford is a relatively small city, with plenty of history and cultural events to keep you entertained. Because of the high student population, there are also plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops. The city itself is fairly easy to get around. Walking around the city is both pleasant and safe with its many University Park paths. As cars are forbidden in the very center of the city and parking spots are few, many people get by with a bicycle or public transportation.

If you're currently living in a cheap area, beware. The cost of living in Oxford is quite high. A dinner for two at a reasonably priced restaurant will be about 20 pounds. Bus tickets are approximately 1 pound each (give or take 40 pence). Petrol is approximately 82 p/ liter at the moment (that's about $6.00/gallon). A pint of beer at the pub will cost you approximately 2 pounds 50, and a cup of coffee is about 1 pound 50. Of course, many summer schools will provide you with accomodation, which means you won't need to worry about the biggest budget concern of them all- housing, which, for a typical two bedroom apartment in the city, will run you about 800 pounds.

Despite the cost, it is an exciting place to live. For more information about schools in Oxford, go to:
http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/oxford/home_education_english_language_schools.html

For more information about events in the city, go to:http://www.dailyinfo.co.uk

For more information about the city in general, go to:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford

If you've worked or studied in Oxford, please feel free to comment on your experiences!

Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!


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