Category Archives: Teacher training

TEFL or Tefl?

The latter seems to be becoming more and more common, including in quite serious contexts. I’m none too keen on that, though, because it reminds me much too much of the very un-serious expression “Tefler”, which is only one or two … Continue reading

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Guardian still up to their TEFL advertorial tricks

I’d just finished a story on the end of Guardian TEFL Update for TEFL News via TEFLnet when into my inbox popped a Google alert for a piece in that very same paper called How to Choose a TEFL Course That’s Right For … Continue reading

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IATEFL recommends Cambridge and Trinity

I also do, if only because that’s what employers ask for. However, I’m not very comfortable about an international teaching association taking such a clear position on which TEFL course to take. From their FAQ: “Do you accredit any courses? … Continue reading

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Kaplan join the TEFL course bullshit party

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. … Continue reading

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Taking the Cambridge Delta in 2013

There are many caveats about the list below (see the bottom for them), but what I can say is that it is much better than the information available on the actual Cambridge ESOL website, where about 50% of the links … Continue reading

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Has TEFL International been taken over by ITTT?

It would be big news if it were true, because they are two of the many organisations claiming to be the biggest in some way – ITTT the biggest online provider with 100,000 graduates and TI the biggest face to … Continue reading

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The thin line between CPD and neurosis

It’s difficult to argue with the fact that remaining critical about your teaching and constantly trying to improve is better than spending years churning out the same old crap. However, being constantly unsatisfied and always looking for things that you have … Continue reading

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TEFL International and me

I got really tired of people avoiding the issues in my posts on TEFL International by claiming that the number of posts on that organisation proves (on its own) that I have it in for them. So tired was I, in … Continue reading

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Cheating on online TEFL courses?

How much of a problem is it? Well, enough for i-to-i to give this very strong but unconvincing warning about the consequences of trying to do so: The REAL consequences of cheating on your TEFL (LINK BROKEN removed 5 March 2017) … Continue reading

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CMU and Unitefl – The greatest TEFL soap opera?

Now that Unitefl have made a few changes (some at my suggestion) to their course and (especially) website, I’ve rewritten my “Do not study with Unitefl Thailand” post as “A History of Chiang Mai University and Unitefl” – and quite a … Continue reading

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