tefl online pro review, submitted by Janette R.
I am a recent graduate of TEFL Online Pro’s Professional (120 hour) course online. My experience with this company was very positive and I would like to share my thoughts on the program.
I completed the course in May of this year. It took me three weeks to complete all 12 modules and the two bonus units. I studied a couple of hours a day on it during the weekdays and for 2.5 full weekends (I finished the course on a Saturday afternoon.) The course took just over 120 hours to complete and I was happy with what was advertised in terms of study hours and with what I received.
I chose to take the TEFL with this program because they won the Teachers’ Choice Award this year, and because their course had the two bonus units. These were teaching Business English and teaching young/younger learners (children and teenagers.) I don’t necessarily plan on teaching children or teenagers, but it is always good to have a backup plan in case I need to in future. Plus, the Business English and teaching young/younger learners improves my resume content.
The 12 modules cover in depth the main TEFL syllabus that I have seen also listed on practically all other TEFL programs. I’m assuming that this is the standard international syllabus for TEFL. The modules are accessible through a login page on the TEFL Online Pro website, and the structure of the course is user-friendly and very well presented.
I have to agree with other reviewers of this program that the feedback on assignments and general speed with which my emails were answered was excellent. When you pay for something online, you are never quite sure what you will receive. When I paid for the course, I immediately received an email from Paul Murphy. It was a personalized email. When I wrote back to ask a question about testing, he responded within an hour with a detailed response. This was the precedent for how communication was quickly responded to for the whole duration of the course.
My online tutor (Rosie) was just as quick with her replies. And just as helpful in her responses.
Within two days of completing the course, I received a letter of recommendation and my course certificate from the TEFL Online Pro office. I also received access to their international job support team. Again, the communication here was excellent.
I paid a total of $299 US for the course, which included the online tutor support, the reference letter and course certificate, and the job support.
Because of COVID-19, I wanted to teach online. I asked their support for help, and they delivered. A week after, I was interviewing for jobs. Two weeks after that, I had a full-time teaching position.
I really couldn’t have asked for any more. Especially given that the course is a fraction of the price of some other programs I saw advertised which don’t seem to have so many varied services to students.
The only negative of the course, for me at least, was that I wasn’t able to download the modules for later use. Instead, I was instructed to make screenshots of the activities that I wanted to save for my records. The reason for this might be because of copyright issues. Still, it would have been nice to be able to create a binder of the course that I could then use as a library resource.
I recommend this program for the quality of the course, office feedback, and the end of course job support services.
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