ICAL TEFL review, submitted by Gordon.
I don’t have a bad word to write about the ICAL Tefl online certificate course. I was recommended the course through a friend of a friend, who had taken the exact same 120-hour course a year prior to me taking it. She described it as a no-nonsense course, not trying to pretend to be something it isn’t. And this was my experience too. One of the things which struck me, and which I found refreshing, was how ICAL state on their website that there is no accreditation for online Tefl courses and that you should be suspicious of any course which does claim accreditation. I thought this was incredibly upfront. And further to more research, when I was later interviewed for jobs, I found this information to be true. The signup process is quick and easy. I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting the course was, given that it is only studied online as a distance learning setup. It took me 2 months to finish the course, but if you put your head down and get on with it then my guess is that you can easily complete it in 1 month. I was taking the course while I was still working full-time and some more, so this is the reason why it took me so long to complete. No difficulty getting a job with the ICAL certificate. None whatsoever. I sent off my resume to many, many schools. Not one questioned the validity of the certification and not one questioned if the certificate was accredited. I now conclude that the courses offering accredited Tefl online only add “accreditation” to further sell more courses to unsuspecting students who think it will make a difference. It doesn’t. I’ve been teaching in Chengdu, China for 7 semesters now. Taking this course was one of the better life decisions I made.
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