tefl online pro review, submitted by Alistair Harris.
With so many online tefl options to choose from it took weeks to research and narrow down three which I could then choose one from.
MyTEFL – tefl online pro – OISE University of Toronto TEFL
All 3 appeared to have excellent reputations online.
To my disappointment though, I read the MyTEFL scam posts so they were immediately off the list. Anyway, I thought they offer a combined course training program but it turns out they just provide distance learning, with no teaching practice possibilities.
I really liked the look of the OISE University of Toronto TEFL and saw their number 1 ranking. But the high course fees were a bit too rich for me. If they charged half of what they now do, I would seriously have considered them to be my number 1 choice.
So I was left with tefl online pro, which won a teachers’ award last year, and they also offer the combined online/in-class course (Hybrid) so I bit the bullet, enrolled, and received immediate access to the course, plus a nice-touch personalized email from their operations manager. They were the cheapest combined course that my research came up with.
Overall, I am very happy with the choice I made.
Everything was personalized. So if I had a question, I would send off a private message to my tutor (Sarah) and she would 99% of the time respond within a few hours. Not just an automated blah blah response, but a human response that addressed the question of the issue raised. And I did ask a lot of questions 🙂 But that’s just me. I invested $549 and wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t fail. $549 is a lot of money for me.
I can attest to the other reviews that I read online about the course that it is modern, sleek, informative, and covers everything from grammar tenses to lesson planning assignments.
The feedback on my lesson assignments was constructive, helpful, and motivating. This was the star of the online part of the course because they guide you through the correct way to plan classes, using the PPP teaching system, and by the time I was ready to submit final lesson plan number 2, I completely picked up on how to plan classes in terms of timing, objectives, time management, and how to present, practice, and produce language in class time effectively.
And it was really great fun when completing a quiz at the end of each module.
I must admit though that the in-person teaching practice side of the course wasn’t really that well described in much detail, so this was a constant niggle in the back of my mind as I got closer to finishing the 120 hours of the online section of the course. This is an area in which I think they should make it a bit clearer on their school pages.
I took a flight to Prague once the online work was done and I was assured that they would help me find students to practice there, so as to complete my 20 hours of in-person teaching. I have always wanted to live in Prague and heard it was an easy place to find teaching jobs.
Within a few days of arriving, I received an email from Paul. He wrote down where I would be teaching, and who I would be teaching, and added some local tips for moving around in the city. I was to teach half my lessons at a gymnasium (high school) located near the Old Town Square, and a half at a Czech/German company on the outskirts of the city. This was worked out so that I would be gaining the experience of teaching (General English) groups (teenagers in the mornings and afternoon group lessons with the general public) and individual (Business English) lessons at the company.
Despite still having full access to the online course materials, I tripped up a little in my first few classes, but then after around lesson 8, I found my footing and got on with it like a duck to water.
After completing the 20 hours I was offered a part-time job through one of my Business English students, and the week after I had 5 interviews lined up with AGAIN 3 to choose from 🙂
I chose the language school that offered the most money and flexibility, so I could work around my Business English classes.
I began the course on 3rd January 2020 and now on March 6th, as I write this (rather long) review, I find myself in the fortunate position of working full-time hours and actually having to say no to new classes.
It is important to have a TEFL certificate. Well, to teach here in Prague anyway. Because in all 5 interviews, they asked to see either the original or the copy.
I don’t think taking just an online course would really have made much difference in the outcome of my interviews, but taking the combined course definitely got my foot in the door and saved me a lot of time had I arrived without having those student contacts available.
I would like to add that it’s very unusual in this day and age for such a personalized experience with a business. And it’s also unusual for a business to go so much out of its way to make sure that their customer succeeds.
My name is Alistair Harris. I took the tefl online pro Hybrid course in January/February 2020. And I am giving it a well-deserved 95% rating.
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