The TEFL Academy review, submitted by David.
It’s been about 4 years now since I graduated the (168-hour) Level 5 TEFL course and I can say that I still use some of the course materials in my classes to this date.
Sure, they charge you for your TEFL certificate, but I think most schools do that anyway.
I remember the course being very professionally run and communication with the school was always very good too. Taking my TEFL online meant that I could study at my own pace and also meant that I could continue working while I made my way through the course.
You will cover all the TEFL essentials while taking this course and it will properly prepare you for when you start teaching in a real classroom. It’s true that some teaching practice would have been a nice addition, and The TEFL Academy were provide this service for additional cost when I was studying with them, but I was a bit short on money at the time and decided to just take the written course. I think a lot of what you will learn anyway will be when you actually start teaching so I wouldn’t sweat it so much if you come out of the course without any actual teaching practice experience.
The only con of the course that I can think of (apart from needing to pay for certification) is that it took them a bit of time to issue my certificate. It wasn’t a major con, but it would have been nice if they had been a bit more involved once course completion had been reached. Otherwise, all in all, a very decent, well-rounded course which will prepare you for teaching in most English classrooms overseas.
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