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Expectations

Dress Code

Oxford asks that you wear appropriate business attire. 

  • Men should wear slacks, a dress shirt, a tie, and dress shoes.
  • Women should wear slacks or a skirt, a shirt or a blouse, and shoes.

In particular, sandals, sneakers, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other such casual clothing are unacceptable for the atmosphere we are trying to create.  That said, we have no strict policies regarding piercings or jewelry within reasonable taste.


Materials

Oxford supplies all the materials necessary for your class, including markers, books, CDs, worksheets (copies), etc.  Oxford will also acquire any additional material needed for class.  The appropriate books will be given to you when the class is first assigned, and you will be responsible for all materials that Oxford provides, i.e. books must be returned when they are no longer needed.  Failure to return books, CDs, and other similar supplies may result in penalty fees to cover the cost.

Oxford also has a computer and a printer in the resource room which teachers can use the Internet to get extra activities or fresh ideas for their classes.  As well, there are translation dictionaries, thesauruses, and many other reference books at your disposal.  


Class Conduct

Oxford wants you to feel free to be creative and individualistic in the classroom.  However, there are a few guidelines teachers are asked to follow.

  • Oxford adheres to an immersion setting; thus, you should not use any language other than the one you are teaching.
  • Obviously, you should not use vulgarities.
  • To ensure that all materials are present and the lesson is appropriately planned, you should arrive at the academy at least fifteen minutes prior to class.
  • You should be in the classroom a few minutes before commencement.

Teaching Theory

Oxford strives to make classes dynamic for students because it induces a better learning environment and keeps our clients happy and present.
  • You should keep sitting to a minimum.  Standing in front of the class makes students more aware of what they are doing and what you are saying.
  • To instigate more active lessons, the class should be a language exchange.  Students are here to practice, not hear lectures.
  • All lessons should in some way cover the four basics of language: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • Having fun--games, activities, and jokes--enhances the effectiveness of your class, so you should try to include at least one fun task in each lesson.
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