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i-to-i TEFL

About

Established in 1994, i-to-i TEFL are one of the world’s leading TEFL course providers - with over 210,000 of their happy graduates teaching English both online and abroad.

They offer a range of US & UK Government regulated and accredited TEFL courses, both online and classroom-based in more than 30 locations worldwide. i-to-i has an excellent global reputation for helping first-time TEFL teachers and are linked with hundreds of reputable TEFL employers across the globe. Their dedicated free TEFL jobs support team are there help you find your dream TEFL job. i-to-i also offers paid and voluntary TEFL internships with 1-12 month placements in classrooms across South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

With a globally recognized, accredited i-to-i TEFL qualification, you will stand out head-and-shoulders above the crowd. Enrol onto an i-to-i TEFL course today, and start earning in as little as 6 weeks! Let the adventure begin.

Reviews

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Chanté
1/5
No, I don't recommend this program

MISLEADING AND LYING

Very misleading, stating that the 420 hour diploma is a Foundation Degree, when in fact it is worth nothing more than the paper it is printed on.
It has no worth a degree, dont waste your money on their misleading and lying adverts!
I paid a lot of money to do the course, worked hard to complete it all, only have one assignment left, and I find out it is NOT a foundational degree, it is actually worth NOTHING!
Very disspointed in I-to-I, their reply was it is a mistake on the advertising side. (Wondering if that is yet another lie to add to it all!)

Pros
  • Nothing
Cons
  • Spend a lot of hours and money and time to get NOTHING!
  • Lying and misleading on the advertisements
Response from i-to-i TEFL

We're very sorry that you took the course under the impression that the 420-hr course was a Foundation Degree. Our description specifies that this is a Foundation Degree-level qualification, as both our 420-hr TEFL course and a Foundation Degree are classified as Level 5 on Ofqual's Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
This will not affect your ability to get TEFL roles, if this was your aim in completing the course, as the 420hr Advanced Diploma is in high demand with TEFL employers.

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Nicolau
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Internship: South Korea

The entire process from securing placement, through to booking flights and coordinating quarantines and other administrative issues has been seamlessly handled by a very competent and caring team.

The program is everything advertised and far more; the accommodation is fantastic, the staff are very welcoming and supportive this side and there is ample space given to one, to settle in and find their own bearing.

Overall a fantastic program that should be experienced at least just once by everyone

Pros
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Administrative support
Cons
  • Language barrier
  • Cultural differences
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Tia-Tyrone
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I-to-I

I-to-I is a wonderful institution to get your tefl diploma, not only are their staff helpful, considerate, thoughtful and bubbly, but their content is good amazing.
They have a variety of courses to choose from as well as the different levels which you'd like to do them at.
The content and their portal is very user friendly and they're always ready to help every step of the way.
Their markers are precise and skilled. And their feedback to assignments is extremely helpful and rewarding.
I-to-I pride themselves in providing nothing but the best.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would not waste an extra minute over considering whether I should do the course I would just do it!
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Iuliia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An engaging course for us EFL instructors

I had chosen this program after a careful research and it didn't disappoint. I'm an experienced general and business English tutor, and though about 90% of the program wasn't new to me, the rest of it including video observations of teachers at work and the practice in writing extended lesson plans was engaging and professionally beneficial. For those who consider EFL as a career and don't know where to start I can recommend this program as the one that can provide a very solid base. Take your time to complete it though, as it is a demanding program.

What would you improve about this program?
I would like to see more teacher observation videos included, they are helpful and insightful.
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Benjamin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Level 5 300 Hour Online TEFL Diploma

I was expecting the course to be heavy on teaching grammar from the beginning but was very happy to find this was a module later on, and it didn't feel other whelming.
The course was very well structured and each module flowed nicely from one to another.
The quizzes at the end of module, and some quick ones mid module, helped me retain the information better than reading and note taking. The assignments were tough but there was support for any questions I had and they were very quick at responding.
I feel very prepared to teach a class !

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Paul Stanton

Paul Stanton grew up in Leeds, England: the Mecca of the North. After working in Leeds, he realized he needed a fulfilling travel experience and was a little apprehensive to go it alone. Paul decided to try his luck at being a teacher with i-to-i and chose Hanoi, Vietnam as his destination of choice. A three-month volunteer program, teaching in a secondary school in Hanoi, turned into Paul falling in love with the Vietnamese way of life. After i-to-i’s program finished he was given the opportunity to work full-time in a language school and due to his interest in language, he also decided to study and learn Vietnamese. Six years later, Paul still resides in Vietnam where he lives with his wife and family.
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Why did you decide to get TEFL certified through i-to-i TEFL?

I decided to get TEFL-certified through i-to-i because I felt that I needed to “test the waters” so to speak. At that time, I did not know if teaching was the right thing for me and a full time intensive course was going to be no good if I only taught for about 3 months. i-to-i’s courses seemed to be full of the right knowledge and teaching techniques and had many different types of courses (that were short but packed full of the skills needed in order to survive your first time teaching abroad). When I first contacted i-to-i in 2005, I initially just wanted a unique travel experience with their volunteer programs, but then soon discovered their TEFL courses. Their skill and knowledge (and the patience to answer my many questions) were fantastic and it was a great stepping-stone into the life I have now.

What made this online TEFL experience unique and special?

At first I was a little skeptical due to the fact that courses seemed much too short and I kept comparing them to other TEFL courses. I was also worried whether the course would be internationally recognized in the locations where I wanted to teach. Regarding the first problem, i-to-i was great in explaining the differences between programs. Although the courses were short and could cover aspects of practical teaching skills in just a weekend, the i-to-i courses were packed full of the necessary skills and teaching know-how’s that I needed for my first venture into teaching. The courses are great as they give you the time to absorb all the skills and theories behind teaching. Taking you through the material step-by-step, the tutors, who were very helpful, were always there to provide further explanations and give you sound advice.

How has this experience impacted your future? (Personally, professionally, etc)

After my first teaching post in Hanoi, Vietnam with a secondary school called Binh Minh School (Sunrise School) in 2007, I traveled for a while and I returned to Hanoi to work full-time at a language center in the center of the city. I was swamped with offers from other schools too as English classes are growing in popularity in Vietnam and much of Southeast Asia. One thing I noticed is that many employers were thankful I had teaching qualifications, which were of course thanks to my i-to-i training. This greatly impressed the employers and put me in a good position to negotiate the terms and gave me great confidence in answering their questions about the methodology of teaching a foreign language (which they will ask you to test your teaching abilities).

I have grown professionally in that since that first teaching post in 2007; I have gone on to teach all levels of the English Language from beginner levels to advanced levels, taught business English for many high-profile companies, and trained students for the TOEIC (Test of English in Communication). From there, I have taught IELTS (International English Language Testing System) given to students around the world who need to apply for university placements in English speaking countries.

Happiness? Well I love it out here in Hanoi, Vietnam. I have a great job that I love everyday, a good life and most importantly, the first person I ever met in Hanoi became my soul mate! We dated for three years before getting married in 2011. We are happily married and enjoy every second together. I thank i-to-I, as they gave me a foot in the door to true happiness.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering an online TEFL course?

Life has its up’s and down’s; if you feel lost or scared (like I was) to take a leap into unknown worlds, then at least have a back-up to help you along the way. Mine was the i-to-i TEFL course, which helped greatly in giving me the confidence to stand in front of a class full of students and deliver quality English lessons. Teachers around you will really appreciate your skills and effort. Employers will recognize your knowledge and skill on the subject. As always, one thing will always lead to another and many great things may happen, new people will be met and you will feel like the world is your oyster. Don’t worry about the “if’s and but’s” -- they are what make the journey and experience that much better. You never know where it all may lead.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sam Hudson

Sam has worked for LoveTEFL for around 2 years now and has sent many teachers to their dream jobs in various countries but predominantly in South East Asia.
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What position do you hold at LoveTEFL? What has been your career path so far?

I’ve travelled across the world and taught / volunteered at countless schools and institutions. The majority of my experience is within teaching English to European school children and this has been an extremely rewarding career path so far. My job at LoveTEFL is to source teachers from across the globe to get trained in TEFL and to find brilliant work opportunities abroad.

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

I’ve taught in Belgium for a long time teaching mixed groups of children from countries including Russia, France, Germany, Brazil, Spain and various other non-native English speaking countries. I was inspired to go because teaching was something new to me and I wanted to boost my skillset and learn things such as, how to control a classroom and how to create engaging lessons.

What does the future hold for LoveTEFL - any exciting new programs to share?

Yes, in fact we have just launched a brand new short programme in Thailand which allows people to get a taste of TEFL in a small supported group but also provides the opportunity to experience other cultural aspects of Thailand including volunteering with elephants and travelling to the beautiful southern islands to celebrate the end of the teaching trip.

What about the future of the TEFL abroad industry? How do you think international education will change over the next 10 years?

The TEFL abroad industry is an ever-growing industry. Countries such as China are constantly seeking more and more TEFL teachers as there is a huge demand for English teachers in Asia. The future looks very bright indeed for aspiring TEFL teachers as more schools in countries all over the world are wishing to spruce up on their English training.