Maximo Nivel TEFL review, submitted by Jonah.
Before Course Purchase
Maximo answered all of the questions I had about the course and about where I could teach after the course. They didn’t try to pressure me into taking the course, which I definitely appreciated. I was looking for a course that would qualify me to teach English in Argentina, and after a lot of research online I finally settled on Maximo.
During the Course
There was a healthy mix of text and videos, and they also sign an online tutor to you in case you have any questions or need guidance. There is a lot of information to take in and I would recommend reading up on grammar or purchasing a good grammar book for when you take the course because grammar is one of the main focus elements of this course. At first, all of the new information can feel overwhelming, but by applying it to the lesson plans you soon get a feel for how it all fits in together. If you don’t have so much time to delve so deeply into English grammar before the course then my advice is just to go over the basics, like grammar terminology and time tenses, and conditional forms. It will help you a lot if you have even just the general knowledge of grammar before taking the course.
After the Course
I chose to get the electronic and hardcopy certificate versions. My electronic copy was issued right away, and my hardcopy version came in the post in a matter of just a couple of weeks. Maximo has a dedicated team to providing job hunting services, and they were excellent when it came to providing me with tips on where to teach, who I could teach, how much I would be earning, what questions to expect to be asked in job interviews, how my teaching resume should look, etc. Since completing the Maximo online course, I have taught English in Buenos Aries and I’ve also recently been teaching English to online students. I never had any issues with using the certification.
I feel that the price of the course is justified, given the quality of the course and the program’s excellent support network.
Teaching Onsite vs. Online
Nothing can replace the effectiveness of teaching face-to-face. I absolutely loved physical classroom teaching and looked forward to each lesson. Having said that, teaching online is doable and some companies pay around the same as I earned when I taught onsite. You just need to choose the right company to teach for because I’ve seen some paying way below what should be considered as being the standard for online teaching. It’s not that I don’t like teaching online, I just prefer teaching in a physical classroom setting.
TEFL/TESOL is a great way to broaden your horizons, meet new people, and earn relatively easy money whilst doing something you enjoy. Not everyone is suited to teaching, but most of the people whom I’ve met don’t have any regrets about going into teaching English.
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