ICAL TEFL review, submitted by Hannah.
It’s been a couple of years now since I studied TEFL with ICAL, so this is me finally getting round to writing a review of them.
I remember that I wasn’t expecting too much from an online study course. It was my first time studying online (not my last though!) and I had read a lot of conflicting info in online forums about whether or not it was recommended to take the TEFL certification online. There were strong arguments for taking it in-person, and other strong arguments for taking it online. The main argument for the in-person corner was that online certificates are not as recognized as in-person ones, and the main argument for the online corner was that the in-person certification courses are overpriced and an unnecessary expense.
Well, I can most certainly clear this up now.
I have NEVER experienced any issue with using my online TEFL certification when applying for jobs.
My own personal experience is that I was NEVER (not once) asked whether my certification was attained online or in-person. And when I was teaching in Seoul, I taught with other teachers who had online and in-person TEFL certificates and both groups were teaching at the same level and for the same money.
My advice is to take your TEFL certification online.
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