CIEE TEFL review, submitted by Christian.
I found the CIEE 150-Hour TEFL course (online) to be good value for money and instrumental in enabling me to teach English to online learners. Communication with the school has been very good; both during the course and since completing it and earning my TEFL certificate. CIEE run an internal messaging board, where you can chat with their other teachers, and this has been so helpful when seeking up-to-date information on which countries have been opening their borders to foreign teachers. For the time being though I’m pretty content teaching online. I’ve been working for Palfish for a while now. They pay a fairly decent hourly rate, and I’ve had my pay bumped up twice now as they get to see that I’m a dependable teacher to have on their books. What’s really the benefit of teaching online though is the complete flexibility that comes with this line of work; no travel time and I’m now able to (by mutual agreement) move my students around so I don’t have gaping time slots between classes. Teaching through a computer does take a bit of getting used to, but after a week or so I settled into it and began realizing what does and what doesn’t work. I think I’ve been lucky because (so far) I haven’t experienced any of the classroom management issues which I’ve seen some other teachers sometimes experience teaching distance learning (young) students. After this, I’ll probably head over the ocean to teach somewhere in S E Asia. If the world ever gets back to pre-Covid normality again that is. But for the time being, I’m very content with the current arrangement.
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