Is ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd legit? No.
Fake reviews, fake Level 3-5 TEFL courses, fake accreditation, multiple online aliases, lies about its charity donations, etc.
This is a must-read article for anyone considering a TEFL online certification course from ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd and World TEFL Institute and for anyone interested in how a TEFL/TESOL scam actually works.
Both programs are owned by the same British ex-pat, living in the Philippines: James Anthony Dwyer.
ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd – a British TEFL online Scam in the tropics.
Program Website: https://internationaltefltesol.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLtrainer (the Reviews tab has been disabled).
Verified Reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/itt-international-tefl-and-tesol-blacklisted-warning/
Because of the sheer amount of evidence available to us, Trusted TEFL Reviews has decided to present the content of this article primarily through images.
Under each image, there will be a short and detailed description.
James began his TEFL career in 2017, teaching English in Hua Hin, Thailand.
A few years later, James had gone ahead and set up his own Online TEFL certification course program.
Gov.UK is a database of all limited companies registered in the UK.
Anyone can set up a limited company in the UK.
All that is required is that you have legal status in the UK, some pocket change to pay for the processing fee, and a name for your business.
As you can see, James established his online TEFL program just a few years after he had started teaching English.
It is also noteworthy to point out here that ITT is a one-man-show program.
James sometimes claims that he has a team of experts working for him, but that isn’t true.
When you correspond with ITT, you are corresponding directly with James.
A year later, James decided to start running an additional TEFL Online certification course program.
He named it World TEFL Institute.
Both Online TEFL certification programs are “accredited” by the International TEFL/TESOL Accreditation Council. It’s a fake accreditation body and James owns its website.
More about the fake accreditation website and other fake identities a bit later on.
The ITT Homepage wants to communicate three main messages to you:
- ITT runs substantially discounted TEFL online certification courses.
- A small percentage of your ITT course fee gets given to charity.
- ITT runs government-regulated Level 3-5 TEFL online certification courses.
The courses are ALWAYS on discount. The 120-Hour TEFL course was never sold at $299.
None of your course fee money will be donated to Save the Children.
Trusted TEFL Reviews asked James for some proof that he donates to Save the Children, given that he so prominently displays this on his homepage.
He has only ever made a one-time US$20 donation to Save the Children. Since this one-off payment, James has made no further donations to Save the Children. We know because we checked.
James doesn’t have any “staff” to pay. It’s just him.
Just as outrageous, is that the advertised Level 3-5 courses are fake.
They are all the same TEFL course, but with a different fake “Level” applied.
James understands that Level TEFL courses are seen as popular options, and he rebranded his TEFL course this year and now sells it as many “UK government” different Level TEFL courses.
They are fake.
Someone pointed this obvious truth out over on the Paypal forums, where James uses several different aliases. “teflsupport” is one of those aliases.
James has aliases all over the internet, and he has been caught out so many times for his sockpuppets.
Here is an example from Reddit:
One of the major issues with purchasing one of James Dwyer’s fake TEFL courses is that it won’t be recognized as a legal document when you want to apply for a work visa abroad.
Let’s now have a quick look at the accreditation body that accredits the online TEFL/TESOL certification courses of ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd and the World TEFL Institute.
When we first saw the website, we thought it didn’t look right.
We tried to find out who was behind the website.
Both TEFL programs have an Accreditation Statement, where a “Sally King” is claimed to be the “Compliance Officer”.
We discovered that “Sally King” is a made-up name, and that her image is a stock image taken from the internet:
The International TEFL/TESOL Accreditation Council is supposedly based in Eastbourne, England.
Eastbourne is about a 30-minute drive from where James has his TEFL companies registered.
People have also complained that when they contacted this bogus accreditation website – a website funded by James Anthony Dwyer – they received a response back from a Hotmail.co.uk account that is James Dwyer’s personal Hotmail.co.uk account email account.
So, it is clear that the International TEFL/TESOL Accreditation Council is James Anthony Dwyer.
Now, let’s have a look at some fake reviews:
James Anthony Dwyer created a TEFL Reviews website in order to promote his ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd Online TEFL certification course program.
It used to use the URL thebestteflcourses.net, but has recently changed its URL to www.topteflcourses.org/
Here is an opportunity to have a bit of “Find Dwyer” fun. Can you spot him in the above photograph?
Btw that photo was taken when James was still teaching English in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Here are some more examples of James faking reviews for his TEFL programs:
A few more odd reviews:
Regarding reviews, James Anthony Dwyer is a bit of a TEFL dictator.
He limits the possibility of leaving reviews on free-speech platforms and promotes reviews on platforms which he has financial agreements with.
ITT has the Reviews tab disabled on its Facebook page. This is a major red flag.
In the past 24 hours, James has changed the logo on his company’s Facebook page.
It is also very odd that it has almost 30,000 Likes and Follows, but hardly anyone comments on its posts. It looks likely to us that James paid for those Likes and Follows.
ITT TEFL has comments turned off on its YouTube videos.
Btw, please check out the YouTube channel for ITT.
The choice of “cutting edge” graphics and artificial voices in some of the videos are absolutely hilarious.
The Facebook page for the World TEFL Institute does have its Reviews tab enabled, but the reviews have been written by friends of James.
James has his companies registered in the UK, but he lives in Lapu-Lapu Cebu, Philippines:
Interestingly, though, the YouTube channel for World TEFL Institute does have its comments turned off:
The woman in this promotional video for World TEFL Institute looks very similar to “Paula” who supposedly graduated from both ITT and World TEFL Institute.
So, where can you read real customer reviews for the ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd, and World TEFL Institute online TEFL certification course programs?
Well, James would like you to go to Trust Pilot and Go Abroad.
Trust Pilot is like a pirate’s bay for any TEFL program that wants a safe refuge from real customer reviews, so you really can’t believe the reviews there because TEFL schools routinely write their own 5-Star reviews on the platform.
You also can’t believe any of the reviews listed on goabroad.com, or on gooverseas.com.
It’s because their business model is based on the referral system.
TEFL program owners like James pay money to be featured on the platform.
Go Abroad and Go Overseas also receive a referral commission when someone purchases one of James’s courses via their websites.
I mean, why else would Go Abroad spend Google advertising dollars promoting ITT online?
We want to conclude this article by allowing something that James hates to do: allowing his customers to have their say:
This is a recent photo of James Dwyer:
What can you do if you have recently purchased a TEFL course from ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd or from World TEFL Institute?
You can forward this article to your bank or to Paypal.
The evidence is so clear that both programs are a scam and that you have been conned out of your hard-earned money that a chargeback will be granted and you will receive your money back.
The TEFL industry is littered with these types of complex TEFL scams and this is why we have a TEFL Scams section on Trusted TEFL Reviews:
How can you avoid falling for a TEFL scam?
It’s actually quite easy.
Go to the TEFL Course Directory and choose a TEFL program that is ranked high up in the table.
The top-rated schools in the directory are top-rated for a legitimate reason.
If you are still unsure which program to take, we recommend choosing from one of the 5 Best Online TEFL/TESOL certification course programs:
Trusted TEFL Reviews is a non-profit website, so we are not in the pockets of any TEFL programs.
This means that you can trust the reviews published on Trusted TEFL Reviews because they are customer verified.
October 12th, 2022 update:
In a desperate attempt at trying to deflect all the bad press away from his TEFL program, James has, in the past 24 hours, redesigned his school’s logo- hoping that people will think that we are speaking about a different TEFL program.
October 20th, 2022 update:
James Anthony Dwyer obviously saw that we knew that he had changed his school logo, so he changed it back to the original logo again.
Here, btw, is a recently-taken photo of James Anthony Dwyer – the one-man-show behind ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd and World TEFL Institute:
November 1st, 2022 update:
James has responded in the comments section below, using three separate email accounts.
One commenter remarked that James Dwyer’s comments, “are disgraceful, but I’m glad they’re there because they serve as a great example of why people should avoid the course.”
November 10th, 2022 update:
ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd and click farms.
A click farm is “a commercial enterprise that employs a large number of people to repeatedly click on items of online content in order to artificially inflate statistics of traffic or engagement.” – Oxford Languages.
In countries such as the Philippines, where law enforcement of click farms is sorely lacking, shady companies employ the services of click farms.
This industry takes advantage of the poorest members of that society, where click farmers work in squalid conditions and work up to 18 hours per day literally clicking on what a company has paid for them to click on.
ITT International TEFL and TESOL have paid money to a click farm company to have people repeatedly click the Like button on its Facebook page.
This can clearly be seen in the two screenshots below.
- The Facebook page for this fake TEFL program currently has 26,891-page likes.
- When you look at how many users interact with its posts, you see that almost nobody does. In fact, ITT International TEFL and TESOL is the user that interacts the most with the page, liking their own posts.
When you pay money to this program, you will be inadvertently contributing to the appalling conditions of click farm workers in under-developed countries; countries such as the Philippines, where ITT International TEFL and TESOL are located.
We would like to add that James Dwyer constantly checks this article. We see it in our stats.
When the article was first published, James changed his company logo.
When we called him out for it, he changed the logo back.
It is a certainty that he will read this update and he will ask his friends to like some of his Facebook posts in an attempt to dispute the content of this update.
That’s what he does.
He is a con man. A scam artist.
He is just moving deckchairs around now on the Titanic.
The TEFL industry needs to be rid of these bad actors that make money via deception and fraud.
November 14th, 2022 update:
James Anthony Dwyer really wants this article deleted.
He began by responding to this article with rude comments and then progressed to creating a fake FB profile – claiming to be a lawyer – and threatening Trusted TEFL Reviews with legal action.
James has now progressed to threatening Trusted TEFL Reviews with click farms and a malware attack:
This should be enough to convince anyone to avoid ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd.
The two posts that James desperately wants to be deleted:
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