Frequently Asked Questions
20. In ordering from Amazon, I follow your instructions, putting an item in my "shopping basket" and returning to your book lists to select another; but when I'm ready to order, only the last item is in the basket! What happened?
Like many of the greatest universities in the world, Oxford University was built
by the church as an explicitly Christian institution. For five hundred years the
Oxford Coat of Arms has proclaimed: "Dominus illumination mea," a quotation
Ps. 27:1- "The Lord is my Light." (See: History; Emblem). Through the centuries
some of the greatest Christian minds have studied and taught there, including
C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, Charles Williams, William Tyndale,
John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, John Wycliffe, and T. S. Eliot.
Oxford Tutorial Service takes its name from this noble tradition and seeks to
emulate its finest ideals of a Biblically-based, culturally-engaged scholarship.
Dr. Lund earned his Ph.D. at Wycliff College (named for the Oxford reformer,
John Wycliff) at the University of Toronto, Canada, in the Toronto School of
Theology. He worked under the supervision of Dr. Oliver O'Donovan (former
Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at Christ Church, Oxford), and Dr.
Harry McSorley (former Professor of Theology at the University of St. Michaels,
Toronto). Dr. Lund offers his tutorials to students who are willing to devote
themselves to a course of serious liberal arts study before they enter college or
the world of employment and family. The tutorials seek to provide guidance in
the development of a culturally informed, Biblical foundation and worldview.
Oxford tutorials are open to students aged 13 and up.
This depends on the student and the lesson, but students should expect to
spend an average of 3-5 hours per week for most of the tutorials. Latin
students should schedule at least one hour to two hours per day for their
Latin homework, including vocabulary study and memory drill (chanting
the verb conjugations and noun declensions). Course taken for credit
through Academy Northwest may require extra work and study time.
4. Does Oxford follow a regular academic year?
All tutorials (except Logic) meet once a week, for two hours, for two
semesters (one year). Logic meets once a week for one and-a-half
hours. Each semester averages 16 weeks of class.
Prices are subject to change. Please check the registration information
at the bottom of the home page. Tuition is non-refundable, except for
course cancellations by Oxford Tutorials, because of the limitations
on class size and server lease commitments.
7. What is Oxford's relation to Escondido Tutorial Service?
OTS and ETS are separate tutorial services. There are close connections
between the services through longstanding personal friendships and
collegial fellowship. Many students take classes from both Oxford and
ETS. However, all fees, registrations, course offerings, syllabus decisions,
course requirements, and questions are handled separately.
See the Software/Hardware page.
In order to help parents establish grades for their students Oxford offers:
1) Graded essay evaluations in Great Books, Rhetoric, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.
Tolkien and Shakespeare;
2) Weekly reading quizzes;
3) Graded exams in Latin and Logic;
4) Access to sources and answer keys for Latin and Logic;
5) Brief written evaluations and recommendations (upon request).
These services are meant to provide parents with the needed resources to
grade their students' weekly assignments and overall performance.
10. Do you offer summer classes?
There are exceptions, but generally it's not a good idea to start students
in the tutorials much younger than the minimum suggested age. The
reason is that there are more things to consider than reading and
intellectual ability. Emotional and spiritual maturity move at different
rates than intellectual maturity, and many of the ideas and levels of
discussion involved in the tutorials require a bit more emotional and
spiritual stability than a younger child usually has, even if he has no
trouble actually reading the books.
This is not as much a problem as the above; if a student is a year or so
younger than the suggested minimum age, but has done well in a fair
amount of introductory Latin, exceptions can sometimes be profitably
made. However, twelve is usually a fairly hard minimum for the
presentation in these courses for reasons of emotional maturity and
Textbooks can be ordered through the Oxford Bookstore. Most books
have direct links to Amazon.com. Just click on the titles listed in the
course descriptions. Others can be ordered through Canon Press,
Moscow, Idaho. (See question/answer #23.)
Primarily from comparing the lists of other teachers. There are many
different "great books" lists available--from libraries, high school and
university syllabi, internet study groups, books about greats books (such
as Mortimer Adler's "How to Read a Book"), and other great books
courses of various kinds. If one collates a random handful of these lists,
you find an 80-90% percent overlap, which means that there is a small
group of "great books" that everyone, everywhere recognizes as
foundational to the development of our western culture and the ideas
that have driven it (ignoring the relativist/multiculturalist attack on the
western "canon"). Many others have ably defended the idea of the Great
Books. I accept the argument and offer the course for others who do too.
There is a fellowship of Christian tutors who compare and share resources.
Every attempt is made to find the most economical books with the best
translations and student resources. Textbooks are chosen both for clarity
of presentation for the students' sake, as well as for the ease of teaching
for the tutor.
See the Software/Hardware page for information on these and internet
For most of the books, no. There are some that require a certain translation
or edition because of its importance for ease of understanding or accuracy
of translation or because of the value of an editor's notes. In some case, yes,
although it's better not to, because the student will be hindered by not
having the same edition, and therefore the same page numbers or line
numbers, as the rest of the class. It is a burden for the student, his or her
classmates, and the tutor, to have to keep asking: "Where are we?" (when
the page numbers don't match, etc.)
Registration for the fall tutorials is open as soon as the new schedule has
been prepared, usually before April 1.
Oxford's association with Amazon.com is a valuable one, for these reasons:
1) Amazon.com has very good discounts that make purchasing through them
attractive, even with shipping and handling;
2) Amazon.com is usually very fast in processing and delivering orders;
3) Oxford Tutorials gets a percentage of the sales on books ordered from
Amazon.com (usually 5-10%).
However, if you wish to buy some of the books elsewhere, follow the link
to the Amazon.com site and note the exact title, author or translator,
publishing company, and especially the ISBN number. Then you can use
the information to order through another book dealer, or even hunt for
the book in used book stores.
20. In ordering from Amazon, I follow your instructions, putting an item in my
"shopping basket," returning to your book lists to select another, putting
that in the basket, etc; but when I'm ready to order, only the last item is in
the basket! What happened?
It's probably because you have a "no-cookie" option selected on your browser.
That means when you leave Amazon.com, their system cannot save your
shopping cart with a cookie. If you have IE 4.0, you can enable cookies,
or be prompted before accepting them, under View | Internet Options |
Advanced | Security | Accept, Prompt, or Disable cookies.
If cookies are disabled on your browser, the only way my bookstore account
can receive credit is if you submit separate orders for each book. This is
inconvenient for you and costs you more in shipping, but is otherwise
If you are concerned about "cookies" on your hard drive, set your browser
to show an alert before accepting cookies. In IE 4.0, go to View |
Internet Options | Advanced | Security, then check "prompt before
accepting cookies". In Netscape, go to Options | Network Preferences |
Protocols, then check "show an alert before accepting cookies". This way,
when you are in a place like Amazon.com, you can accept the cookies
necessary to make a multiple-book order, then refuse them on other web sites.
There is no discount policy, although exceptions may be made under special
circumstances. Every attempt is made to keep prices at a minimum.
See: Who Is the Tutor?
Please to me at email@example.com I should be able to provide you
with alternate sources for any of the books we use if Amazon can't.
Yes. In general, it is best to take the courses in sequence, but there are other
factors to consider. Later literature is so dependent upon earlier literature, and
much of our discussion of later works presupposes familiarity with earlier works.
However, a number of students have taken the subjects in reverse order (i.e. GBT2
before GBT1), express a greater joy of discovery in their second year. Having
developed a curiosity in the one class, they are even more eager for answers in
25. I'm keeping records/transcripts of my child's high school work in preparation
for college--how should I list the Oxford courses on the transcripts?
For suggestions about classifying the Oxford tutorials visit the Course Contracts
section of the website. Please note that the "Accreditation Option" has been
discontinued until further notice. You may also contact the tutor directly for
further suggestions firstname.lastname@example.org.