Category Archives: Online 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

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MyTEFL.net 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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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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Interview – ESLinsider and its free TEFL course

I’ve written sceptically about a free TEFL course and then interviewed the company before, but when I came across the one from ESL Insider I had a feeling something was different about this one. Seems I was right: The site/ … Continue reading

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Is Cambridge ESOL unwittingly legitimising dodgy courses?

My recent posts have reminded me of three ways in which the name “Cambridge” is being used to sell courses that are actually competing with them: – Websites which are agents for both CELTA courses and others, including maybe their own courses, … Continue reading

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Spending 559 pounds on an online TEFL course from TEFLINK?

Then you are an idiot, because for a month they are offering it for the much more realistic price of 59 Euros on GroupOn – and that “original” price of 559 pounds is quite possibly only there so that they can … Continue reading

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TEFL course amongst Ireland’s most popular online vouchers

“a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Tefl) course was one of the biggest sellers in August, according to sift.ie, with 1,500 voucher sales bringing in €125,000 in sales.”

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TEFL accreditation Part One – ODLQC

ODLQC is The Open and Distance Learning Quality Council and is a former UK government organisation founded in 1969 that is now a non-profit organisation that offers its service to accredit courses including online TEFL certs. Sounds pretty impressive, and … Continue reading

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