In a previous scam article, we wrote about being defamed online, and it became quickly crystal clear to us that the company orchestrating the spreading of the false allegations online about trustedteflreviews.com, was MyTEFL.com.
We would actually advise reading the MyTEFL.com scam post before then coming back to this post, as then you will have a clearer picture regarding why we have chosen to expose MyTEFL and their rather dubious business practices.
‘ottsa’ btw, is an acronym for ONLINE TEFL & TESOL STANDARDS AGENCY.
And at first glance, it looks impressive.
The issue though, is that there are no external governing bodies for Online TEFL/TESOL certification course programs; therefore no official accreditation organizations.
I have been teaching for almost ten years now, and never once was I asked which accreditation organization issued my (online) TEFL certificate.
For an Online TEFL/TESOL certification company to be considered ‘internationally recognized’ they must cover the core TEFL/TESOL training elements. This, for the most part, means providing a TEFL/TESOL course that covers 120 hours (or more) of online training (less so if you are already teaching and simply need to take a refresher TEFL/TESOL course for a certain visa requirement.)
Also on the ottsa main page is what appears at first glance to be a professional statement:
Again, it looks impressive.
The one issue with this though, is that it is an outright scam.
I don’t think people really mind so much whether a course is accredited or not, and schools definitely don’t care at all. But what is particularly painful here is that this fake accreditation website has been developed in order to pull the wool over people’s eyes and to get them to make that course purchase because they will probably assume that ottsa is an internationally recognized accreditation body.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, and in fact, only this week, trustedteflreviews.com received a scathing MyTEFL.com review where the reviewer’s employer refused her a teaching position because their school didn’t want one of their teachers to be associated with a fake accreditation scheme:
But how can we really know that this is a fake accreditation website, besides there being no official accreditation bodies for Online TEFL certification courses?
- If you contact ottsa, you will never receive a reply. They are definitely not in the business of encouraging more members to join their fat cow laid out to graze.
- The website connection is not secure:
3. Their “Accredited courses” page really gives the game away
The companies that ottsa claim went through a vigorous accreditation application process, and were successful in being accepted to such a prestigious accreditation organization are:
1. ITTT TEFL
5. TESOL Coach Master Inc. by The American Global TESOL Association, LLC:
6. Promise Opens Doors
8.TESOL Professional Teachers Global Limited
9. TEFL Tycoon by Chelsea International Education LLC
Now, besides ITTT TEFL being the only Online TEFL school listed with a live link to their website, we thought we would take a look at a few of the other (unknown) Online TEFL schools (besides MyTEFL.com, whom are now very well known to us.)
And what a shock! 🙂
When we checked last week, the remaining 7 websites looked very different than they did when we checked again this afternoon.
Last week there were ridiculously high course offers for 120-hour Online TEFL courses, such as $2,000, but we know how quick the MyTEFL.com Asian team can be in manipulating websites and they have now made the remaining 7 look almost plausible Online TEFL course options.
But of course, again, if you look closely, you can recognize immediately that these are hastily-created websites, without any other significant presence on the web.
Now they spell their accreditation company in capitals all of a sudden 🙂
What does ottsa do?
ottsa is a fake website that attempts, rather well, to scam money from people searching online for accredited Online TEFL courses (which by definition don’t exist.)
Everything we have written is non-defamatory. It is the truth.
And perhaps that’s why the only responses that we have received so far have been vulgar, private comments – threatening us with further online defamation and online attacks if we continue down this path of exposing this well-established corrupt corner of the international Online TEFL certification industry.
I was even insulted with an insinuation that I am a “dike”. The comment received read: ‘Your website is a disgrace and payback is coming your way. You’re just a dike with brains about the TEFL world’.
My response was that the correct spelling is, “dyke” and that whatever my sexual preference, it is my business only – and my boyfriend’s too if you really want to know 🙂
I then laughed when I signed my comment response as, Mia Williams – “just a dike with brains about the TEFL world”
Btw, as a quick thought and a message that I feel is important to all readers: don’t ever give a fuc* about what someone says about your choice of sexuality. It’s none of their business, and it’s SO 1990 even to bring up the theme.
Again though, not all Online TEFL programs behave in such an appalling manner in order to get a hold of your hard-earned cash.
If you are reading this and are searching for honest, reputable Online TEFL certification companies then may we suggest you view our Online TEFL Courses Directory:
We welcome any comments in the reply section below.
If and when we are notified of shady practices, or even outright scams, we will post details of them in the Online TEFL Course Scams section of this website.
Written by Mia Williams for Trusted TEFL Reviews.
WARNING! We strongly recommend that readers are made fully aware of MyTEFL’s violation of the international TEFL/TESOL Code of Professional Conduct: