tefl online pro review, submitted by Laura Burns.
I’m writing this review of the Tefl Online Pro program from a cafe in Chiang Mai – a city btw that I have come to love over these past 8 months. I recommend anyone coming to Thailand, ok see the beaches and do the island thing, but here up north everything is much more chilled and Chiang Mai is a very special place. It’s considered a city, but it’s really a large town, with amazing coffee, lots of opportunities for doing yoga, and incredible food, and it’s a lot cheaper to live in compared with other cities I’ve visited.
I know it sounds cliche, but I took my online TEFL on the beach when I spent a month on Koh Chang island. Luckily my room had great internet access, so working on the course didn’t present any internet connection issues for me.
I chose the 120-Hr Professional course mainly because I did have some teaching experience, but not enough to qualify for their Fast-Track online course.
The course is based on a very user-friendly learning system and as others have written, I really enjoyed the quizzes at the end of each module. It’s definitely important to be tested on the content you learn and this was an entertaining way of doing that.
You cover all the essential teaching topics and out of them all I’d have to write that the module on Phonology for me was the most interesting, and I have been using it loads in my classes since.
I know Tefl Online Pro is famous for its job support and I did suggest having one consultation, with btw a very informative and very helpful woman (sorry, I can’t remember your name now). We spoke for about an hour and she recommended I teach English up here in Chiang Mai. At first, I was a bit nervous about packing up and heading to a place I’d never been to before, but I am so glad I took her advice. I know I keep repeating myself, but Chiang Mai is such a cool town to live and work in.
I arrived on a Monday, began interviewing on Wednesday, and by the following Monday I had 3 solid job offers, so I took the best offer (obviously) and began teaching the following week.
I earn about 40,000 Baht per month, which I hear from other teachers here is well above the average rate. I don’t know if my certificate got me a high salary but I’m definitely aware that the certificate was essential in helping me find a job here. The language school (the one I work for now) contacted Tefl Online Pro for a reference and they must have made me out to be God’s gift to teaching because, after that phone call, they just said I got the job. On the spot. Just like that.
I really enjoyed learning TEFL online and I’m really happy with my choice of online TEFL school and the really useful advice they gave me. And Chiang Mai rocks! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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