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  • freekiejo
    11 April, 2006 at 14:44
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    Can anyone recommend a good online training course? There are many out there and there doesn’t seem to be much to choose between many of them. I’ve heard good things about i to i – has anyone trained with them? Or any others? I want to teach in China, so it needs to be one that is recognised by schools there.

    Thanks, jo

    13 April, 2006 at 8:52
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    To be honest, if you are serious about having a career in EFL I wouldn’t do an online course.
    Any reputable school will expect you to have done a four week CELTA or Trinity Cert course with teaching practise.
    You could probably get away with an online qualification in South Korea, but if you were planning on Europe you will need a CELTA or Trinity Cert before a school will even look at you.


    14 April, 2006 at 10:24
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    Hi Jo

    I agree with ilovebdt about this – if you want to keep your options as open as possible in terms of employment, you should think about taking the CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL.

    However, these courses do not come cheap, so there is something to be said for taking a less expensive course if you’re not sure about TEFL yet. This would allow you to see if it’s for you, and you could then always take the CELTA or Trinity at a later date. Some employers in some countries will employ teachers who have an online certificate, so you will not be jobless!

    If you do decide to do an online course, I’ve met a couple of teachers who studied with i-to-i and said it was very good. Their website is http://www.onlinetefl.com

    Good luck!

    20 April, 2006 at 15:59
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    Hi! I would also advice agaist taking an online course because they are not usually recognized by employers. I took a TEFL course in Prague that I would highly recommend. It is called TEFL Worldwide Prague and the web site is http://www.teflworldwideprague.com. I have been teaching in Prague for a year now, and the quality of instruction that I recieved at TEFL Worldwide was higher than I expected. Some of my friends went on to teach in Asia and Western Europe after the course….so if you are interested in traveling it might be fun to stay in Prague for the month and then move on. Good luck in your school search! :D

    16 June, 2006 at 0:04
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    just to add to the list:

    I would not accept an on-line qualification.

    Not only is it a dubious business to start with [teaching is about face-to-face contact, not sending atachments on an email] but the only person I met who was involved with an on-line tefl course was, himself, recently qualified but without shame. How do you know who they are?

    You can risk teaching /finding work unqualified and, if you think you want to spend a while as a traveller/language teacher, get a real qualification – 4 weeks intensive WITH PRACTICAL/TP ELEMENT preferably RSA or Trinity.

    9 August, 2007 at 2:55
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    Hi all,
    Very glad to find some info on this forum about online TEFL training!
    I’m am currently looking for online TEFL programs, the reason is that I can’t afford a full TEFL certification, and at this point don’t think this is what I want to do with my life, it’s just for temporary work.
    Essentially my partner is going to go to grad school in Italy and if I want to go there with her I have to be able to pull my weight, financially. It seems that the best way to do this will be teaching English, but as noted above, I can’t afford the full 120 hour on-site course.
    Is it better to have an online TEFL certification than nothing in Italy? I don’t have a preference as far as where I work (schools, businesses, personal tutoring), just as long as I can get by.

    Many thanks!

    20 August, 2007 at 16:38
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    just to let you know:

    there are a whole bunch of cowboys offering on-line qualifications.

    i won’t employ anyone who does not have a qual. with a teaching component unless they have taught unqualified or in another discipline.


    19 September, 2007 at 20:03
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    The Institute of TEFL Teaching’s on-line course is very good. You’ll find it at http://www.inst.org/tefl-courses.

    6 November, 2007 at 4:02
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    unless you will teach online 100% you should really go to a live certification class where you will do mock teaching as well. there are plenty of TEFL weekend courses if you are trying to do it quick.
    I actually received the book by correspondence and did a live class. it does help, plus you’ll get input from other teachers.

    9 November, 2007 at 17:36
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    I’ve been in the business of online training, and related job placement, for almost 10 years now and have seen a dramatic change in attitude towards online Certification. More and more schools around the world recognize the value of online certificates issued by professional organizations and employers no longer discriminate between Certificates obtained through traditional institutes and those online. Just be careful who you choose as your course provider (and this applies whether they are online or not) and make sure what they offer is of good standard. You can find quality online courses that will give you not only a widely accepted Certificate but also, and perhaps more importantly, the basic tools to enter a new profession with confidence, knowing that when you walk in a classroom you will be able to make a difference.

    As I said, schools do not reject job applications on the grounds that the training has been done through an online course. Of course, employers will have their preferences and might favor a Degree or Diploma from one college (or country) but not another (regardless of the content of these courses). Some employers will insist on a traditional on-campus course whilst others will recognize the value of online certificates issued by a professional organization. In any case, you can rest assured: "online" is not a bad word when it comes to employment opportunities!

    ICAL Quality Online TEFL Training since 1998

    24 November, 2007 at 9:03
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    Well, seeing as though other schools have taken the initiative to advertise unreservedly I think I’ll have a pop too :-)
    The main point to remember with any online course is there MUST be either teaching practice exposure on the course or you will need to have had previous teaching experience.
    Otherwise, you will find it difficult to secure a competitive teaching job position.
    All the best to all the students and schools on this forum :-)

    26 November, 2007 at 8:57
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    I’m looking to relocate to Italy as well. I’ve already had interviews with Language Schools who are recruiting teachers. From talking to the recruiters, I feel I need the TEFL. I’m also looking at getting it online. 1/ for pratical purposes and 2/ for financial reasons.
    I was wondering if the only difference between on and off line programs is just the classroom experience. Because if this is the case, I’ve taught other subjects in the past and have classroom experience.
    Thanks for your advice.

    15 June, 2008 at 21:31
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    Online TEFL

    This Online TEFL course is a good course for those starting out in the English teaching world.


    4 July, 2008 at 20:39
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    It must be a sad state of affairs if the on-line tefflers have to spend their time posting free sneak ads on this and every other web board in the world of TESOL.

    Fewer and fewer school are accepting on-line certificates.
    We do not generally accept on-line certificates either, unless they were for lat least 120 hours study, and the job applicant has some practical teaching experience.

    However, it must not only be either a CELTA or a Trinity Cert. and not all the institutes offering them are doing a good job of it. One UK firm had its Trinity licence revoked recently, and there are plenty of complaints about cowboy franchise chains in Thailand trying to deliver on CELTA. There are other organisations offering alternative face-to-face courses, particularly in Asia where the cost of living and the courses are much cheaper and some are very good. The downside is that some are rotten to the core as clearly explained in this TESOL scam article.

    You cannot have it all ways but if you want it one way, you can teach in Thailand: http://nittayo.org

    14 November, 2008 at 12:39
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    I’m just about to start online TEFL with i-to-i. I’ve done quite a bit of research and press stuff about them seems to be extremely positive…

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