Category Archives: TEFL certificate

TESOL International Association set ridiculously low standards for short TEFL courses

God knows something needs to be done to raise the standards of the typical 120-hour-ish TEFL courses that dominate our industry, but TESOL (the larger American version of IATEFL) have quite possibly acheived the opposite with their current attempt. From … Continue reading

Posted in Online TEFL certificate, TEFL certificate, TEFL qualifications | 5 Comments courses – all the usual signs of dodginess

If you want to know how dodgy a TEFL course is, all you usually need to do is look at the accreditation page and look for these typical signs: – Mention of membership of IATEFL (which is available to literally … Continue reading

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“The TEFL University” – as dodgy as it sounds?

The founder/ owner of “The TEFL University” seems genuinely keen to give stuff away for free or cheap (including other people’s stuff – see below), but unfortunately I still recommend giving this site and its courses a wide berth. Here … Continue reading

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A hilariously bad TEFL course model lesson plan

Discovered this while researching something else and my jaw just dropped with its awfulness (and I say that as someone who still has to teach with materials made up by random teachers in other branches of my schools). I’ve highlighted … Continue reading

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Interview – Big changes at Trinity TESOL

I can’t remember why I ended up looking at the list of Trinity TESOL courses a couple of months ago, but when I did I got the distinct impression that they had expanded since the last time I’d looked. I therefore … Continue reading

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The most half-arsed TEFL course website page ever?

There ain’t much of it, so quoted in full just as on the original page: “TESOL Worldwide – Teach English in Palestine Wikipedia article – First two paragraphs – no links. Palestine (Greek: ?a?a?st???, Palaistine; Latin: Palaestina; Hebrew: ???????? Palestina; … 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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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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