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  • Thipi
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    11 Jan 2017 at 19:39
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    Hello all!

    I mainly registered and joined this forum because i was looking for a job in India. I come from Europe, from Holland and i speak English as a second language quite fluently. So after some googling, i came on a website called goabroad.com.
    From there i saw an advertisement:

    International TEFL Certificate Program – ACT from an institute called Asian College Teachers.

    I entered the chat live support and fired my questions away. Not really knowing which course or what i wanted to follow. They basically said to me, that i can follow any course. ‘They were all important’. And from that point, after completion, i gain a certificate which allows me to be more eligible with, for example, a certificate or diploma from my own school, in that line of field. Over there in India, that is. After i asked also if they help with job placement. They said they did. So okay, cool, i think. I try to see this as a serious opportunity for myself.

    But in the meanwhile my alarm bells ring off warning me of a possible scam. So i googled all i could of this institute, contact-person to see what i could find. Bunch of reviews from native people claiming it is a good organization. I wasn’t convinced just yet. I came to this website eventually. Later on, actually just half a hour ago. I discovered, this website has a ‘TEFL directory course’ and from there you guys seem to recommend ACT. This institute as well. It’s quite a relief then, that this institute is at a legit company, at least in the eyes of eslbase.com.

    But i still have some suspicious feelings and doubts with anxiety. Is it really real what they told me? They’ve also said over and over again their certificate is internationally recognized.

    So to sum up a long story in a nutshell. I’ve read that a TESOL or CELTA certification is much more valuable. However if i follow a ‘Diploma in Nursery Teacher Training’ online course with ACT. Is it likely after completion, that i could really find a job and they help with job placement?

    It also offers the option of applying for a resident visa in the long term. India government states a 7 year long working participant that is a foreigner could apply for a visa. Or isn’t it realistic at all? The thing that concerns me the most is the likelihood of acceptance over there given a completed course and certificate. I doubt that all courses they offer have the same chance of being employed in the long term. Something tells me it is too good to be true.

    Maybe there are other people here who have worked with ACT that can share their light on the topic. It would be highly appreciated by me before i invest my money and time and energy into this. I don’t commit easily, but once i’m committed i am dedicated.

    Thanks for understanding.

    Eslbase
    Administrator
    12 Jan 2017 at 14:06
    • Total posts: 77

    Hi Thipi

    Let me try and address a couple of your questions / points:

    I discovered, this website has a ‘TEFL course directory’ and from there you guys seem to recommend ACT. This institute as well. It’s quite a relief then, that this institute is at a legit company, at least in the eyes of eslbase.com.

    Being listed in the Eslbase course directory isn’t an endorsement or recommendation from us. Our aim is simply to provide an impartial listing of TEFL/TESOL course providers worldwide. What we then do is try and provide as much information as possible (for example in this forum and in our “What is TEFL ” section) to inform and help potential trainees make appropriate choices when deciding on a TEFL course provider. We do, however, (as far as is reasonably possible) work to ensure that the course providers listed in our directory are legitimate. *

    My advice to you is the same as I would advise anyone – thoroughly research any TEFL course provider you are thinking of training with. From what you said, it looks like you’ve already done a lot of research, so that’s great.

    I’ve read that a TESOL or CELTA certification is much mo I’ve read that a TESOL or CELTA certification is much more valuable. However if i follow a ‘Diploma in Nursery Teacher Training’ online course with ACT. Is it likely after completion, that i could really find a job and they help with job placement?

    Research also based on where, and in which context, you’re thinking of teaching – there are a lot of advantages, for example, in taking a course in the country where you want to teach. So, even though a CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL may be considered more valuable than other courses (not necessarily my opinion, just echoing what you wrote!!), it may not be more valuable in your particular case. For example, if you want to teach kids in India, a course for teaching kids offered by Asian College of Teachers, in India, may be more valuable in your case than a CELTA (geared more towards teaching adults) gained in the UK.

    if i follow a ‘Diploma in Nursery Teacher Training’ online course with ACT. Is it likely after completion, that i could really find a job and they help with job placement?

    I would maybe ask them for examples of the kinds of jobs they could find for you. Bear in mind the title of the course though – with this course I would guess the job placement help would be for jobs in nurseries, rather than with adults, for example.

    Good luck!

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