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  • freekiejo
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    11 April, 2006 at 14:44
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    Hi

    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

    ilovebdt
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    13 April, 2006 at 8:52
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    Hi

    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.

    ilovebdt

    kevrev
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    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!

    sunnyday
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    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

    teflersanonymous
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    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.

    groundup
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    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!
    Alex

    siddharta
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    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.

    siddharta

    Janen
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    19 September, 2007 at 20:03
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    Hi,

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

    luka
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    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.

    ICAL_Pete
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    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

    ITTP
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    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 :-)
    http://www.tefl-tesol-online.com
    :-)
    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 :-)

    Bahia
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    26 November, 2007 at 8:57
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    Hi,
    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.

    Sunshinetefl
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    15 June, 2008 at 21:31
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    Reply To: Best online TEFL course?

    Online TEFL

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

    http://www.sunshinetefl.com

    systematic
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    4 July, 2008 at 20:39
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    Reply To: Best online TEFL course?

    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

    Boobaloo
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    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…

    Paul Simmonds
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    21 November, 2008 at 11:35
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    There have been a number of criticisms of distance-learning courses but I think it’s very important to point out that there are some excellent professionally-accredited programmes available. Employers want a minimum of a 150-hour programme and it should be accredited by a body that specialises in English language training. There are only two of these bodies in the UK that do this: the College of Teachers and ACTDEC. Other bodies may register course providers but will not provide full accreditation by looking with care through the course materials, the assignments, the trainers qualifications and experience, and carrying out regular monitoring checks. Centres that do this can provide excellent initial training which is just as good as anything offered by Cambridge or Trinity. Having had experience of both, and 30 years experience in teaching and training, I am confident that a well-designed distance-learning programme with comprehensive feedback from experienced trainers can provide an excellent training programme for half the price (or less) or a full-time taught course.

    arthur768
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    22 November, 2008 at 0:56
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    Reply To: Best online TEFL course?

    more often than not, employers will view classroom courses better than online courses.
    If you have the experience to compensate for this slight disadvantage then it’s really no problem.
    however if you don’t, better do an onsite course, in the country you’re planning to teach at.

    not forgetting that you should have a monetary safety net, of course.

    there are package deals of sorts out there too, where you take their onsite course and do classroom teaching afterwards.

    one I remember is TEFL International’s STP (Special Thai Project).

    Anglo0001
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    4 February, 2010 at 19:09
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    Does anyone maybe know if the i to i tefl course is worthwhile? I’m considering doing it as I really like what they offer. Some advice on i to i please folks?

    Thank

    ICAL_Pete
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    6 February, 2010 at 14:16
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    Reply To: Best online TEFL course?

    Does anyone maybe know if the i to i tefl course is worthwhile? I’m considering doing it as I really like what they offer. Some advice on i to i please folks?

    Take a look at http://teflcoursereview.com where they are mentioned.


    ICAL Quality Online TEFL Training since 1998

    jenna
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    16 August, 2012 at 16:52
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    Has anyone heard of or done the TEFL 4 week course in Thailand at the TEFL Plus school? Ive heard it is very good but feel I need more personal experience stories before i make a final decision.

    Shanghaier
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    5 February, 2013 at 1:45
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    I was offered a job teaching English at a major school in Shanghai on the condition I completed an online TEFL course. So I guess with the school requesting I do the course you can be pretty comfortable with schools in China accepting online courses. I went through http://www.ccped.org for my TEFL certificate, they’re material was pretty good and I could move at my own pace (which was pretty quick to meet the schools deadline). It seems like once you have experience, the type of TEFL certificate you have isn’t all that important either.

    Murphy
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    23 April, 2013 at 12:53
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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!

    Sorry but I think you work for onlinetefl.com because you give us their website when nobody even asked for it. Anyone who wants the truth about this fraud factory should visit http://chinafraudpatrol.blogspot.co.uk

    kevrev
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    23 April, 2013 at 14:38
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    Sorry but I think you work for onlinetefl.com because you give us their website when nobody even asked for it.

    Wow, you do realise that you’re resurrecting a post I made 7 years ago. Do you have some personal issue with onlinetefl?

    To answer your question/accusation, actually no, I don’t work for onlinetefl.com and never have. I was simply recommending a course that I had heard good things about. (Recommendations without some hidden agenda do happen you know. Ever recommended a film you liked to a friend? Did your friend suspiciously ask you if you worked for the film production company?)

    For the record also, since that post 7 years ago I’ve met a fair number of teachers who have taken an i-to-i course. I’m yet to hear a bad review. I remember one or two who said that in hindsight they wished they’d taken a classroom-based course rather than an online one, but if I recall, those comments weren’t reflecting on the quality of the i-to-i course, just on personal preferences and situations.

    phil
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    23 April, 2013 at 18:44
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    Come on Murphy, are you really that naive? Of course i-to-i (or any other TEFL course provider for that matter) only want teachers to think that China is a "great place to teach" – they’re a business and they’re selling a product!

    When you go to an airline’s website to buy a plane ticket, do you see lots of warnings about toxic air pollution in the destination to which you’re intending to fly? When you go to a car showroom, do you see posters warning you about the dangers of driving over the edge of a cliff if you choose to drive on a winding mountain road?

    Of course not. They are businesses who want to sell you their products and services. How do businesses sell products and services? By highlighting the advantages and benefits that the product or service can offer. What makes you think a TEFL course provider would be any different? Do you know of ANY course provider who, alongside an offer for a TEFL course in China, would say "oh by the way China has a hidden hepatitis epidemic"?

    Murphy
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    24 April, 2013 at 21:35
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    I suggest you read this blog post below before you comment further. OnlineTEFL even operates 3 of their own dummy "TEFL Review" websites where they give themselves 5 stars and everyone else never gets past 3 stars. Also note the way they cheat people on the job placements by calling them "paid internships"! ChinaFraudPatrol.blogspot.co.uk

    phil
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    26 April, 2013 at 9:45
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    Ah yes, the famous blog post that you’ve now linked to twice. Well, let’s consider this blog post.

    I always thought the definition of a blog was a website containing numerous posts around a central theme. So let’s look at your "blog". Wait a minute, there’s only one post! And your original post about it in this forum thread came just two days after that one blog post.

    So, firstly, it’s not really a blog at all, is it? It’s a one page site designed to hurl abuse at a specific TEFL course provider that you clearly have issues with.

    Secondly, given the short time gap between your "blog" post and your post in this forum, could it be that you created the site yourself with the sole intention of then campaigning to promote it anywhere you can, to slate a company’s good name?

    Thirdly, could it also be that the one comment in the blog post was written by the same person that wrote the post itself, or at least by one of his/her cronies? The comment appeared on the same day the post was made – that’s pretty quick for a brand new blog to be found online… Look at the language in the comment, the staged nature of it is laughable!

    By the way, I don’t work for i-to-i either and never have. I just don’t like to see campaigns that set out to abuse a company for no reason other than the fact that someone has a personal grievance with them.

    NELSON
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    4 May, 2013 at 22:44
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    Boobaloo – Are you joking or do you work for onlinetefl.com? There are negative posts about i-to-i all over the internet! Suggest you have a look at this post from last month: http://www.abroadreviews.com/warning-on … lever-scam

    Besides, their TEFL certificate has no international accreditation and is not accepted in Asia – only Eastern European countries like Bulgaria and Uzbekistan and Central America. CELTA, TESOL, & Trinity are the respected certs to get and they ARE internationally recognized.

    phil
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    6 May, 2013 at 7:54
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    Ok, anyone considering taking the comments of Nelson and Murphy seriously, please please read this first:

    There are negative posts about i-to-i all over the internet!

    That’s not really true, is it Nelson. Yes, i-to-i has attracted some negative reviews, but no more than any other online TEFL course. Spend a bit of time looking and you’ll see that all well-known online courses attract a fair balance of positive and negative reviews. That’s normal.

    What’s not normal though is this:

    Since about April 23 of this year we see a flood of extremely similar forum posts and reviews. All of them have similar titles, similar content, have something to do with working in China, and have some kind of link with organisations like CFTU and China Fraud Patrol. Whole "blogs" have even been created with the sole intention of writing one post – a negative review about i-to-i.

    All this since April 23.

    Anyone with half a brain can see that all of these forum posts / reviews / one-post blogs were created by the same person or small group of people with some personal issue against i-to-i or someone who works for them.

    Just look at the language used in the posts – there’s not even any attempt to use different writing styles to make it look like they were written by different people. Have a look at the comments in the review that Nelson quotes, for example – the language is so unbelievably unnatural for a genuine reply to a forum thread, it’s laughable – they are such obviously staged replies, written by the same person that wrote the original post.

    Nelson (or Murphy, or Lee, or Judy or Benson or whatever the person’s real name is) quite obviously has some personal issue with i-to-i and has decided to devote a large amount of time and energy into trying to discredit them.

    My advice to anyone reading this – treat anything negative you read about i-to-i written on or after April 23 with a very large pinch of salt.

    P.S. No, before you ask, Nelson, I don’t work for i-to-i.

    Briona
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    7 May, 2013 at 8:32
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    I couldn’t agree more, Phil!

    I don’t work for i-to-i either, but I do use their forum. Several weeks ago it was being inundated with posts that were little more than rants about China. There was nothing constructive about them – they were simply designed to put people off ever working in China. They read as though they were written by someone with a very large axe to grind!

    i-to-i took the decision to remove all of the offending posts, which they were within their rights to do. Lo and behold, barely two days later, Nelson and his bitter alter-egos can be found creating fake blogs and spamming every single TEFL forum on the net. Only this time it’s not about China, it’s about i-to-i. It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. :roll:

    Eslbase
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    7 May, 2013 at 13:11
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    Yep – we agree with what Phil and Briona have said. We considered just removing the posts by Nelson and others in this thread, but have decided to leave them in the hope that it will help people realise what’s going on.

    Nicholson
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    26 May, 2013 at 21:47
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    How do you define "Best" people?

    jessicaZ
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    3 June, 2013 at 5:51
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    This means that the quality of your TEFL certification has been verified by independent institutions and you’ll have a better chance of getting hired..

    TonyParsonsProject
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    24 June, 2013 at 18:48
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    I stumbled upon this link
    http://ittp-tefl-prague-tesol.blogspot. … -tefl.html
    Does anyone have any comments as I am wanting to do a tefl course online and trying to wade through all the conflicting info i’ve found on forums such as this one.
    Thanking you for your feedback
    tonyparsonsproject@yahoo.com

    mikkimus
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    19 August, 2013 at 8:18
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    I will be retiring after 43 years of teaching, so as far as experience goes, I should be fine.
    I want to find the best reputable TEFL course and have time this year to do it at home online leaving my options open for jobs abroad. Am skeptical about courses "guaranteeing placement"
    Any idea about the best plan for me?

    phil
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    13 September, 2013 at 11:14
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    Reply To: Best online TEFL course?

    "Guaranteeing placement" is a marketing tactic that a lot of courses seem to use now. It doesn’t necessarily mean the course is not a good quality one, but I too would be a little skeptical – how can they guarantee placement when they don’t yet know the quality of the candidates they are planning on placing?

    Helping with placement is altogether different. If you can find a course that gives advice and assistance, and uses their network of contacts to help you find a job, rather than guaranteeing a job, then I would sway towards that course. i-to-i is one example.

    marymccarthy
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    25 September, 2013 at 13:58
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    I have recently done, the Part 1 20 hour weekend course with I to I, but decided not to do the online course as I find it a difficult way to learn. Most people on my course were also doing the online course, and although nobody said it was not good, most found doing it online tough going and would prefer to do it in class.
    also if you don’t finish it with a set time you do get charged more to finish it.

    jteacher123
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    22 March, 2014 at 8:03
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    It is hard to distinguish which online TEFL courses are reliable or not. Many of them promise a lot and don’t deliver, and that’s why online TEFL courses have grown a bad reputation, in general. But not all of the generalizations about every course are valid. There is a lot of value in taking them that a lot of people overlook because they make the ignorant assumption that the physical certicate is a ticket to getting offered a job, which is simply not true. Just like a diploma from university doesn’t guarantee you a job, TEFL courses are designed to give you practical information on teaching strategies and ways to prepare to teach to a variety of types of students – from toddlers, to kindergarten, to elementary, to high school, to university students, and even working profesionals.

    To be honest, it is possible to just find a job in most countries without any ceritifcations or experience, but you won’t find the best job. That’s why I recommend, if you are seriously considering teaching, to get a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate to learn how to do the fundamental, yet extremely important aspects of teaching English. It doesn’t cost a lot and it can be completed online in your own time in about a month or two, on the weekends! After, they give you your official Teacher’s Certificate, help you find a job, and you’ll have no problem finding work to live and teach anywhere in the world!

    There are a lot of different online TEFL courses out there so be careful choosing. After extensive reseach, I went with the 120-hour course on:

    http://mytefl.net/

    For me, it was a fantastic course, and I still use material I learned from it as a resource in my classes today! Highly recommend it! They are the only Online TEFL courses that donate a portion of each course sold to charity, for buying stuff like school supplies for kids in impoverished countries. Plus they have some pretty awesome promotions on the prices right now!

    Personally, I think the CELTA courses are way too expensive and require way too much time. The TEFL certificate is enough to find a good job, have a good idea about how to handle a classroom, and start making money fast. Not everyone ends up loving teaching English overseas, so it’s smarter to start with a TEFL and if later on you want more qualifications on your CV, you can get a CELTA. But I highly doubt you will once you realize that all you needed to get started was a good TEFL course from a great service like MyTEFL to get your foot in the door of most schools. Then you’ll become a better teacher from actually being in the classroom teaching real students. We grow as teachers with time and experience!

    Let me know if you have any other questions about the process and/or the TEFL course I took, I’d be happy to help! :)

    Tommybuttler
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    18 May, 2014 at 9:23
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    I have seen praised an online course at the website TEFL Lifestyle. Its name is Itefli, the author of the blog has completed that one. Also my sister is going thru it right now and she finds it not very difficult (keep in mind she is a geek :D )…will let you know her proress.

    JeffBB100
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    26 June, 2014 at 12:55
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    Hi

    I live and work in China. I just did a TEFL course. I researched CELTA but its so expensive to take 4 weeks full time off work! I did my courses with Teach-the-world and I-to-I. Yes I did two of them!

    I preferred some bits from I-to-i and some stuff from TTW. You can basically get any CERT to teach in China. The main things you need is a University degree.

    I recommend either of those companies above. If your still serious about teaching after a year then do the CELTA. At least that’s my opinion, I think its good to do the distance learning first, go to China and get some hands on work and build your confidence up and get some practice lesson planning. Then do the CELTA after a year. Its really intense from what I hear and not necessary as it promotes all these methods and techniques that aren’t always appropriate practical to use different cultures. Remember the way in which people learn or belief teachers should act is different in each country. Its all bullshit really about the teaching methods. Just get a simple cheap Cert:

    I-to-i
    http://www.i-to-i.com/tefl-course

    Teach the word
    http://www.teach-the-world.com/product/ … fl-course/

    Profie
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    28 July, 2014 at 1:20
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    Okay, I was going to accept that i-to-i isn’t bad, but that last post above mine is a straight copy/paste I have seen on many tefl forums. Does this mean that i-to-i is bad? No. However, it shows potential dishonesty, sounds fake, and really turns me off the idea of using their site. I think I’ll look elsewhere.

    TanyaHMaselli
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    16 September, 2014 at 7:54
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    Reply To: Best online TEFL course?

    You should have to remember some tips while selecting the best TFL course:
    Job placement assistance, Student teaching hours etc…

    According to me Bridge IDELT and the IDELT Online are the best courses and also have been approved by ACCET.


    mongolia
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    30 October, 2014 at 21:14
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    Hi!
    I just started an Online TEFL course through TELF247.COM. This is a 120 hours advanced course with a lot of information. Do you know this website? If so, is it good?

    I also would like to ask if CELTA course can be done if you don’t have a degree.

    Thanks in advance,

    sanket.d
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    27 June, 2015 at 20:33
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    This whole discussion is quite confusing to be honest. So I’m not going to fuel it further and ask if online courses make sense or if so and so brand is good enough.

    I’ve a fairly unambiguous and specific question, what is the most globally recognised accreditation when it comes to teaching english as a foreign language? I understand Trinity & CELTA have their own accreditations? But what about all these third party institutes? I read somewhere that a lot of these independent companies are ‘self-accredited’. If that is the case, what sort of credibility do these accreditations have at all? If anybody can help me out with this bit, I think it will help a lot of people make decisions independently without having to worry about scammy/self-promotional reviews or ratings on supposedly ‘independent’ review sites.

    My only realistic option is an online course, because I hold a non-EU, non-US passport – the developed world more or less treats our passports like shit and will not allow us to come do as much as a 1-month course in any of their countries, despite taking our money. I’m really banking on this – so I hope I get some conclusive answers here.

    Thanks!

    dan
    Moderator
    29 June, 2015 at 10:04
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    what is the most globally recognised accreditation when it comes to teaching english as a foreign language? I understand Trinity & CELTA have their own accreditations?

    CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL are the most globally recognised qualifications.

    I read somewhere that a lot of these independent companies are ‘self-accredited’. If that is the case, what sort of credibility do these accreditations have at all?

    And therein lies one of the biggest issues / problems with the TEFL industry. There is nothing to stop anyone at all creating a TEFL course and saying that it is accredited by XYZ institute. Why? Because there is no central accreditation body for TEFL courses.

    Now, a number of reputable accrediting bodies do exist, for example ODLQC (http://odlqc.org.uk/) for online training. So if a course is accredited with one of these organisations that has some credibility of its own, that of course lends the course and the company offering it some credibility. You’d have to look closely though at the criteria required for accreditation – do they look closely at the actual pedagogical content of the training or just the customer service, means of course delivery, etc?

    If a course is self-accredited though, or has invented an “accrediting body” just so they can say they are accredited, then I would say that the acreditation has close to zero credibility. That credibility has to come from the reputation of the company and the course itself. Are the people who have taken the course satisfied? Did the course prepare them adequately for their teaching jobs? Were the schools they went to work with after completing the course satisfied with their theoretical and practical teaching knowledge and skills? And so on.

    These things are not necessarily easy to measure. One way is through TEFL course review sites, but how can we know that they are not controlled by one or another TEFL course provider and that the reviews are genuine?

    So you see the problems! It does become a bit of a leap of faith… The only way to be 100% sure that the course is up to scratch is to go with CELTA or Trinity, but this is obviously not possible or desirable for everyone for many different reasons. A good starting point is to find a course that looks fairly similar in terms of theoretical and practical content to CELTA or Trinity and taking it from there. There is, for example, a good reason why these courses are four weeks long and not two. So if you sign up for a two week course, how likely is it that you will receive the same level of in-depth training as provided on a 4 week course?

    As for your situation – my view about online courses has always been quite clear in these forums I think – that they cannot provide the same level of practical training as a classroom-based course, but, if there is no other option (like in your case), there are some good quality online courses available. Look for accreditation from something like ODLCQ (that’s just one example, there are others). Look closely at the content of the course. Look for reviews from previous trainees, look for a good quality, well-put together website that answers your questions, states everything clearly, doesn’t look like it’s been put together in 10 minutes and doesn’t make outlandish job guarantees. And so on… Do a LOT of research into the course on the internet.

    One thing though – you don’t necessarily have to take a classoom based course in the USA, Europe, Australia, etc. There are many classroom-based courses all over the world (http://www.eslbase.com/courses/) – is there no country that wil allow you to come for a course?

    Hope that helps.

    Dan

    itti madrid
    Participant
    1 July, 2015 at 21:32
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    Hi, I have the same feeling as ilovebdt. If you really want to learn how to prepare classes, how to teach nothing better than a course where you have real practice with students, and you can only get that in a school.
    We work as a TEFL school in Madrid http://www.teflcoursespain.com, we belong to a ITTI international, and they have online courses, you can go and check. They are well known and the most important thing is that they have 3 international accreditations. If I were you I would look for accreditations and also for opinions of other students.

    ulde
    Participant
    4 September, 2015 at 8:00
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    Hi all,

    Has anyone tried Lovetefl courses? They have good reviews, although they keep spaming about their costly paid internships and that’s really annoying. So – any experience with them?

    Sarahbet14
    Participant
    5 October, 2015 at 15:16
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    Hi–
    I am looking for guidance on a certification course of action. I have a California credential in Social Sciences, 10 years plus experience in the classroom and am currently in the US Peace Corps teaching English and training teachers in student centered instruction practices in Moldova. We did 100 hours of training to teach English with PC on arrival (I will get a description of courses taken) that isn’t certified in any way. I am trying to sort out the best course of action to pursue in securing certification and it has to be on-line. My research is having me lean toward completing a 120-170 hour TEFL course as the CELTA and TESOL are both expensive and redundant with my training and experience. I want to be able to teach both abroad and perhaps at home, though not in a public institution. Any advice/guidance on which course of action I should take would be appreciated!

    weh_1986
    Participant
    13 October, 2015 at 7:54
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    I did my course online. I didn’t love it to be honest. I wish I’d done a physical course, in person. I came to Prague to teach and felt a bit unprepared from my online course. Most of my friends here took The Language House Tefl. They all seemed to love it. There’s a great community aspect, it’s a great course, and a few of my friends now work for them following the completion of the course. In hindsight I wish I’d done the course like this and not online.

    ambrose
    Participant
    13 June, 2016 at 16:21
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    please help me I am hearing so many stories about this I-TO-I course. is it accredited service provider? contact me on my email mapiravanaambrose@yahoo.com

    Jess_ib
    Participant
    14 June, 2016 at 14:50
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    Hello everyone,

    I was just looking on the forum today and found this thread – I am looking to speak to people about the different TEFL courses available with anyone who has taken one of the following courses in the last two years: i-to-i TEFL course, Oxford Seminars TEFL Certificate, SIT TESOL Certificate, American TESOL, Trinity CertTESOL, Via Lunga, Global English, International TEFL Academy or Learning Resource Network ELTAB.

    We are conducting telephone interviews over the next two weeks which will take about 30 minutes and we will give a cash incentive as a thank you for your time.

    If you are interested please email tefl@freshminds.net as soon as possible with your name, the qualification you took, where you are currently living and your contact details.

    Or if you know anyone who might be interested then please spread the word!

    Thank you

    Jess

    wilsokl
    Participant
    1 July, 2016 at 8:48
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    Hi all, and thanks for the information. I’m interested in working with ESL students in the United States, namely immigrants and refugees on a part-time basis, which is why I’m interested in the online option. Do any of you know if the i-to-i or others that have been mentioned are particularly helpful for fulfilling these needs?

    Steven Morris
    Participant
    23 August, 2016 at 13:58
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    You need to check out the websites – if you want to teach in China you need at least a 120 hour certificate. This usually entails a weekend school in a local hotel – so check out those that do the school close to your home.

    susan
    Participant
    24 October, 2016 at 13:42
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    http://www.gettefl.com is by far the best! This course is based on what employers want.

    dan
    Moderator
    24 October, 2016 at 13:53
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    This course is based on what employers want.

    @susan – Can you expand on this, give some details? Readers of this post who are new to TEFL, and therefore may not know exactly what employers want, need more information to make informed decisions. If not, you risk looking like you’re just posting to promote the course. Are you a graduate of the course?

    Thanks, Dan

    susan
    Participant
    28 October, 2016 at 7:27
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    Hi Dan…Yes I’ve taken the course. I did a lot of research when I was looking to sign up for a TEFL course. Most TEFL courses are based on theory and not on practical teaching methods. getTEFL is completely based on practical teaching methods so you learn exactly what you need to know for the job. The course is based on over 10 years of feedback from employers so you learn how to meet employers expectations. I learned so many helpful teaching techniques that I was able to use daily in the classroom.

    lip420
    Participant
    19 February, 2017 at 7:26
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    It really depends on what you want, who you want to teach, where you want to teach, how much you want to spend, etc.

    My thoughts are that the best course will prepare you to do your job.

    Factors like:

    • accreditation
    • internationally recognized
    • the most reputable
    • the cheapest

    might sound good, but they are not all that they seem. They are mainly external factors that don’t tell you much about what you’ll get from the course. They are just used to sell the course.


    Taught English in Taiwan, China & Korea. Here’s an online TEFL course that you’ll probably like especially if you teach kids in Asia: http://www.course.eslinsider.com/

    Jenny154
    Participant
    25 February, 2017 at 17:36
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    Personally I found http://www.learntefl.eu great, my certificate was accepted in 4 schools in Vietnam and got decent paying jobs with it. Hope this helps. :)

    flyeogh
    Participant
    16 March, 2017 at 8:57
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    Mmmm 75 Euros for a 120 hour course (http://www.learntefl.eu). Should one be suspicious?

    From searching for an on-line course I have rejected those that:

    Are run by one man and a dog
    offer the course material as a big pdf (why not use something professional like Moodle – free software??)
    offered chat to help desk but then couldn’t answer simple questions
    offered a taster that didn’t work and when questioned said the taster was not theirs and didn’t relate to their materials or methods
    based on US English (nothing personal guys)

    And that hasn’t left me with many lol

    But to be honest 75 Euros compared to the overall investment I’m spending, despite I have very little intention of working professionally in the industry (just helping my Spanish family and friends) seems worth having a go.

    Any one beyond Jenny154 know these people http://www.learntefl.eu

    Cheers

    flyeogh
    Participant
    20 March, 2017 at 16:15
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    OK I had a look at http://www.learntefl.eu.

    I managed to get to a few pages of their course beforehand and seemed quite good (at least it does exist). The 120 hour course goes through all the elements you’d expect and while the summaries are very useful most of the detail is based on links to free resources on the net. I tried a number of them and they are very useful and all links appeared to work. Some of the linked pages had been updated in recent weeks so certainly current info.

    However it seems impossible to get in contact with http://www.learntefl.eu. The telephone numbers are false. The emails are not responded to. The navigation in one lesson was broken. there is some sort of comment system but it does not work. There are no assessments (e.g. even simple quizzes) at any stage. The course ends with no way to get to any test/assessment or TEFL certificate that I could find.

    To be honest for less than £70, as I’m not interested in certification (just using for family and friends), it has proved quite useful and as I have it fully copied it will continue to be a good reference.

    But if you need to take TEFL seriously…

    I’ll be of course pursuing them through paypal but if anyone knows a name or address behind it please let me know.

    Cheers

    flyeogh
    Participant
    16 April, 2017 at 9:50
    • Total posts: 19

    For those looking for an on-line course I’m now doing a 150 hour course with http://www.global-english.com

    Used a discount code from here so less than £250.

    Once paid had access and had contact from allocated tutor within 24 hours. Nice on-line user interface so no need to download big pdfs. Interface shows course structure, progress, marks gained, time schedule for modules, mail to/from tutor and technical support, and more. Materials include video and audio.

    Assessments: A few on-line with immediate automated marking. They represent about a quarter of the marks for the course. Most marks come from submitted work that is marked and commented by your tutor. All happens very quickly.

    I’m 25% through.

    It is in parts challenging and more interesting /in depth than I imagined. (there is a 120 hour but this is 150 hour) but if you study, follow the recommended external research, and use common-sense it would be hard to fail. But less than 50% would be a fail.

    Based on progress so far I’m very very pleased.

    flyeogh
    Participant
    17 April, 2017 at 16:49
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    Do not touch http://www.learntefl.eu

    Paypal pursued this for me and I have a full refund.

    dan
    Moderator
    17 April, 2017 at 17:34
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    @flyeogh – Can you expand on what happened?

    flyeogh
    Participant
    18 April, 2017 at 18:28
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    Dan. Just what I said on post 20/3 above. I’m just guessing but it looks to me like a genuine attempt to create a course but is a long way from complete. Maybe the original developers gave up and someone thought why not try and get a few bucks. You do get a receipt and a log-on which works. But I’m speculating.

    As for paypal I just completed the form of complaint, waited a few days while they waited for a reply from the suppler, then I asked them to escalate it – money refunded in a few days.

    For me it was good to run through a TEFL course and be guided to some good free resources, and cost in the end nothing.

    jamesjett
    Participant
    17 October, 2017 at 5:03
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    I took the 120 hour TEFL with http://www.gettefl.com. I’m really happy with this course. I learned a lot of really helpful practical hands on teaching techniques. After I finished the course, they placed me in a great job in South Korea.

    Promise Opens Doors
    Participant
    18 October, 2017 at 0:25
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    That IS a true success story, I’m happy for you and I hope you like teaching in South Korea. I have taught students online to students in South Korea for over 7 years…it’s a wonderful experience.

    LindaGoesEast
    Participant
    11 December, 2017 at 4:55
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    I’ve taught English in China and South Korea and obtained my TEFL certification from International TEFL & TESOL Training https://www.teflcourse.net/!

    They offer a wide variety of courses and also have a lot of online options! I took their 120-hour online TEFL/TESOL course with tutor support and videos, which is currently $349. It was great because I could study at home at any time and could also ask my tutor when I had questions.

    Here’s what you also get:

    – Lifetime job support after completing the course
    – Access to hundreds of current job postings around the world as well as an extensive database of school contacts worldwide
    – Assistance with writing a TEFL resume, and prep for your TEFL interview
    – A hard-copy embossed certificate and a PDF version of the certificate before the paper certificate arrives

    When you sign up for their 120-hour course with tutor support, you’ll also get a free 50-hour course in teaching Business English or teaching Young Learners! I ended up taking both 50-hour courses and found better teaching positions with these specializations!

    They also just came out with new TEFL/TESOL package courses, such as the 220-hour Master Package (120-hour TEFL + 50-hr Business + 50-hours Young Learners), as well as a 470-hour Professional Package (120-hour TEFL + 250-hour Diploma + 50-hr Business + 50-hours Young Learners).

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