Kaplan is a huge educational company that is most famous for exam-prep courses. They now seem to have decided to branch out into TEFL courses, and given their size it could well spread until it is also somewhere near you. In many ways it sounds like a reasonable course, with eight hours of observed teaching practice and plenty of face to face time in its industry-standard 120 hours. Unfortunately, they have also joined in the industry standard practice of bollocks on their website and in their PR announcements:
– “Our Kaplan Teaching English as a Foreign Language course is the only TEFL program that offers you a real-time classroom experience, in an international environment.” (that’ll be a surprise to Cambridge, Trinity, TEFL International, Via Lingua, etc etc)
– “All teaching practice is performed alongside some of the most experienced teachers in the industry.” – (In the whole industry?? Wouldn’t they all need to be over eighty to make that true??)
Given the standards of untruth above, I very much doubt that their special offer of 260 dollars for a 1760 dollar course turned out to be true for many people who applied. (The PR announcement says “for as little as $260 USD” but their website just states that as the price of their first course in March).
I also have some concerns about the academic rigorousness of the course, e.g.
– “Our course was designed… to help you obtain the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT).” (that’ll be Cambridge ESOL’s lowest level teaching qualification – so why not spend the same amount of time getting the higher level Cambridge CELTA for about the same as their standard price??)
– “Course entry level/ Admission requirements: None” (just have to be an over-18 native English speaker with a US passport or green card)
– Graduation requirements: “Completion of all assignments including observation sessions and teaching practice sessions” (sounds like weasel talk for impossible to fail to me)
Very pretty website though!
PR announcement here: