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The 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards: TEFL Courses

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Go Overseas Community Choice Awards - TEFL Courses

Typically, earning a TEFL certificate and teaching abroad go hand in hand. Most people who enroll in a TEFL course hope to teach abroad one day, and they want to better prepare themselves for the challenges and joys of that journey.

A TEFL course aims to teach teachers what they need to know, but there are many components that go into them. Here at Go Overseas, we look at five main categories -- Instruction, Support, Value, Academic Rigor, and Job Assistance -- as well as the overall scores that TEFL graduates provide as part of their reviews, to get a sense for the best TEFL course providers out there. Read on to learn which TEFL courses were the top rated in 2018.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Top TEFL Course Providers

Preparing teachers to enter the classroom and educate the children they encounter is no easy task. A TEFL course helps ensure that each certified teacher has a solid grasp of the basic skills they will need to succeed as a teacher, anywhere in the world. When we looked for those providers who scored highly across all of the categories we ask reviewers to rate, we found the following providers had the top scores overall:

1st

Vantage Siam


Review Highlight:
"Vantage run small class sizes and that translated into a great deal of personal attention—right through the entire course." -- Taylor, 24

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2nd

Buenos Aires TEFL Institute


Review Highlight:
"I loved every minute of my TEFL class, my professor was always prepared. She inspired us to be better teachers every time. " -- Mel, 38

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3rd

Canterbury TEFL


Review Highlight:
"The program is well worth the time, effort, and money since the staff work with you to help you find job placements throughout Madrid." -- Katherine, 25

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Instruction

Not all TEFL courses are created equal. There are certain lessons all teachers must learn as part of their TEFL certification -- but there is also a variance in the quality and depth of training they receive. We ask reviewers to rate the quality of course materials and lessons they receive as part of their TEFL course. The following providers had the top scores in the Instruction category:

1st

International TEFL Academy


Review Highlight:
"It’s all very practical and the instructors help you every step of the way." -- Morgan, 24

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2nd

TEFLPros


Review Highlight:
"The instructors really understand the TEFL industry and I like that they have both lived abroad for a long time and can give real world advice." -- Robert, 68

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3rd

Maximo Nivel


Review Highlight:
"The instructor provides an intense amount of positive reinforcement despite a heavy work load. It is certainly an experience that pays out based on what you put into it. " -- Michelle, 28

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Support

While the objective of a TEFL course is to create an independent, successful teacher, this doesn't automatically happen. TEFL courses offer support and guidance to help each future-teacher improve, and this support is a critical component of teacher success. We ask reviewers to rate the assistance they receive from staff as part of their TEFL course. The following providers had top scores in the Support category:

1st

TEFLPros


Review Highlight:
"The support from the instructors really helped with pinpointing direct and expected issues while teaching abroad and how to adapt and solve these problems." -- Conor, 32

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2nd

ITTT TEFL


Review Highlight:
"The program was rigorous and comprehensive but easy to work through. The staff was supportive and faithful to the content. " -- Timothy, 37

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3rd

International TEFL Academy


Review Highlight:
"In my experience ITA provided me with an invaluable experience of learning and support in the convenience of an online course, without being overly expensive." -- Angela, 40

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Value

A TEFL course is an investment in one's future: it requires committing both time and money to make yourself a better teacher. We ask reviewers to rate the affordability and cost of the TEFL course they took, compared to the value they received. The following providers had top scores in the Value category:

1st

The Global English Teaching Academy


Review Highlight:
"The Trinity Cert Tesol course at the GET academy was certainly rigourous but support was always there when needed." -- Marcell

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2nd

Teaching Nomad


Review Highlight:
"The presentations and videos made the course as interactive as possible and for the price, it is a very good course." -- Syed, 22

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3rd

Teaching House


Review Highlight:
"Those 8 weeks are well-worth the cost , tremendous effort and the loss of sleep." -- Alina, 34

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Academic Rigor

A good TEFL course both challenges the prospective teacher and enhances their confidence to manage and lead a classroom. We ask reviewers to rate how challenging they found the TEFL course they were enrolled in. The following providers had the top scores in the Academic Rigor category:

1st

Maximo Nivel


Review Highlight:
"It is a challenging course that really gives us the full experience so we are ready for anything. " -- Pritishna

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2nd

TEFL Zorritos


Review Highlight:
"This was a highly enjoyable, rewarding and challenging course that has changed my life in terms of where I will live and work in the future. " -- Robert

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3rd

International TEFL Academy


Review Highlight:
"In my experience ITA provided me with an invaluable experience of learning and support in the convenience of an online course, without being overly expensive." -- Angela, 40

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Top TEFL Course Providers: Job Assistance

Receiving job assistance is a critical component of ensuring that the TEFL certificate you've worked so hard to earn is put to good use. Most TEFL course providers offer some form of job assistance, which we ask reviewers to rate. The following providers had top scores in the Job Assistance category:

1st

International TEFL Academy


Review Highlight:
"I had access to resources during my course completion, while I completed the practicum and life-long job guidance. How great is that!?" -- Keenan

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2nd

TEFLPros


Review Highlight:
"This course was comprehensive and will actually prepare you to get into the classroom and get your first teaching job." -- Colgate

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3rd

Maximo Nivel


Review Highlight:
"The course was thorough and prepared us well for our coming job search." -- Stephanie

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How We Scored Programs for the 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards

To find the best TEFL course providers on Go Overseas, we looked at every review left on the site between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Any provider who received three or more reviews was considered.

To choose the Overall Best TEFL Course Providers we looked at the average scores each provider received across all of their programs and the factors we ask students to rate. We averaged each provider's scores and weighted the score based on the number of reviews they received.

To find the best providers in each category, we averaged all review scores for each provider on just that factor. The best programs in each factor won the awards. Providers who won in the Overall Best category were not eligible to win another award in these categories.

Questions about these awards? Email us.