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International TEFL Academy


International TEFL Academy is passionate about two things:

1. Providing the highest quality TEFL certification classes.
2. Ensuring all of our graduates find professional, paid English teaching jobs abroad & have a wonderful experience overseas.

All of our staff at ITA have worked, lived & traveled abroad extensively. We "get it," and we're passionate about helping you have a great international adventure as we did.

Based in Chicago IL, ITA is a worldwide leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad offering accredited TEFL classes in 20 locations worldwide & award-winning online TEFL classes. We certify 5,000 people per year to teach English abroad and we have graduates teaching in 80+ countries.

In addition to earning an accredited teaching qualification recognized worldwide, all of our students receive lifetime job search guidance & access to a full array of alumni services and networking opportunities.

ITA has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.


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Agata Ewa
Yes, I recommend this program

I can recommend this programme

I decided to become a certified EFL teacher with The TEFL Academy and I had a really good experience throughout the entire course. When I initially paid for it, there was some glitch in the system which did not allow me to access the platform but the IT staff and consultants replied promptly and helped me resolve my issue.

The programme is well structured and allows you to go through it at your own pace. As I had a lot of time, I was able to dedicate more time to it so I got through it faster. The course additionally involves 3 assignments which have to be assessed by a tutor. Although the programme gave them up to 8 days to mark it, I was pleasantly surprised that mine were handed back after a day or two which significantly motivated me and improved my productivity.

Overall, I think it was a good value for money, even for a teacher like myself who already has EFL experience. I was still able to learn more about teaching methods and approaches in the classroom. I would highly recommend this programme.

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Great learning experience.

I enjoyed every hour of this course. It was a great experience for me to learn about teaching and how to teach. I highly recommend this course if you're looking into teaching English as a second language. Their advisor's team is very helpful and they can answer any questions or doubts you have. I had a great time learning about the students and what they need to achieve for learning goals. The lectures were very helpful, if you don't have time to read all the studying material, the lectures can cover everything in a very concise way.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
PACHA is an Iraqi traditional food made from sheep's stomach, trotters and head. All the parts are boiled slowly and then eaten with bread. Tongues and cheeks are the favorable parts when people eat. PACHA is an Iraqi traditional food made from sheep's stomach, trotters and head.
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International TEFL Academy Review <3

Everyone who is involved in the International TEFL Academy is wonderful. From Student Affairs (who will contact you initially upon request if you're interested in the academy) to administration, to the teachers. They are all around super responsive, supportive, thorough, and there is a much a human touch about everyone at this academy, it doesn't feel transactional but more a place of community, growth, and support. The online module is very easy to navigate and the timeline is very digestible for due dates of course work (I took the part-time course that is spread over 12 weeks). The part-time course is perfect for anyone who is working or studying or has a family). I highly recommended the Int'l TEFL Academy for certification in TEFL/TESOL teaching and more!

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the emphasis on the grammar learning we come across during the course. I was under the impression we would be learning more about the speaking, listening, and reading parts of the English language but it does focus on details of grammar teaching. Detailed grammar is something I have not touched in 15 years since college and I also have never been a teacher before so, in my post-college career in Real Estate and Property Management, I wasn't exposed to deep dives into grammar. This course focuses on creating lesson plans and I found that to be my biggest challenge creating lesson plans around detailed grammar. But overall it's a very detailed and educational course, super helpful and prepares you to teach English as a second or foreign language.
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ITA Review

I would strongly recommend ITA as the institute of choice if you plan to teach English as a foreign or second language. It has just enough rigor to and length to get you prepared and the support you need to help in the future. The online course and weekly lessons were constructed for real life, communicative teaching. The cost for the course proved worth the money as well. The personal support during the course provided all I needed to succeed within the lesson and for the entire course. Do your homework to find the organization that fits you. However, look at ITA as a top pick.

What was your funniest moment?
I attempted the course with a serious attitude and I didn't yuk it up that much. I was too busy studying. however, I found the course worth it!
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International TEFL Academy Experience

The International TEFL Academy costs more than your average TEFL certification program but you get what you pay for. Unless you are already a seasoned teacher in the field, the value of the program is well worth the cost. They provide you all the information you need to succeed, and support you beyond your course with job search assistance. The content of the course and many of the assignments prepare you well for a future career. I found the final project, in which you establish a learner profile based on a needs analysis and diagnostic assessment for your student, to be especially interesting.

What would you improve about this program?
I found a couple of the assignments and forum posts that required self reflection/assessment to be tedious. That being said I did occasionally find myself considering things I would not have otherwise thought about.


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Alumni Interviews

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

Jonas Hudnall

Jonas is an online TEFL teacher from Nashville, TN living in Corvallis, OR. He graduated in Wildlife Biology in 2017 where while working at one of his many jobs, he learned about the world of TEFL. He decided to go all-in and get his TEFL in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2019 and has been teaching online ever since.
Jonas Hudnall standing in front of the Olympics sign

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I wanted something that was short-term and that had lots of assistance along the way; it being during Songkran was a bonus! I looked around at a lot of TEFL courses and this one stuck out to me with the amount of extras and benefits you got for the amount of money you were spending.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

They assisted me with a lot actually. One major thing was obviously some onboarding and visa information as well as numerous email threads and phone calls where needed; vaccine information, country/city information, etc. They connected me with the on-site director, who also gave me information on things I may need or recommendations for accommodation in the area.

I did not take their specific recommendation, so I had to look for my own accommodation. I also obviously had to coordinate getting the visa they told me I should get as well as doing a currency exchange.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Looking back on it I wish I had joined a group chat beforehand so that I could've had understood the various modes of transportation better; even some phrases. If I had done this earlier it would have saved me A LOT of walking and sweating, but that also is a highlight of my trip as well. So I'd advise you to get into some group chats and connect with the alumni network if you can, and JUST GO!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average day consists of you showing up to the learning center building and having a light conversation than starting the day's lesson. You'll have handouts and various other lessons and break-out sessions to try and aid and hone your skills. The week is usually set up that way and then towards the end of it, every day is out getting practical in-person experience.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I believe my biggest fear was just jumping into it as well as being alone after I arrived. I never really got over the first fear, so I just had to tell myself to do it and get it done. There's only so much "prep" you can do to where you could potentially psych yourself out, and it becomes overwhelming, or all you do is prep. The fear of being alone went away after I began classes, but it was nice for a little to experience this new place on my own without having anyone else with me. I wasn't afraid something bad would happen, just knowing that the festivities would've been better with a friend.

Staff Interviews

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

John Bentley

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Senior Admissions Advisor & Head Writer
A lifelong traveler who grew up in Cairo, Egypt, John Bentley wrote for the Egypt-Israel Edition of the famous Let’s Go! guidebook series during his student days at Harvard and has worked in the fields of international travel, education, and journalism ever since.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Having grown up overseas in Cairo, Egypt there are too many to count - from camping & fishing on desert islands in the Red Sea to exploring ancient monasteries in the Sinai and visiting the Berlin Wall at the end of the Cold War in 1989. Our high school in Cairo even had our high school graduation at the Great Pyramids of Giza.

But really the most rewarding moments of travel are the small ones you experience when immersing yourself in a foreign culture: strolling through a market in Saigon, riding a train through the countryside in India, interacting with the locals at a coffee shop in Cairo or a pub in Liverpool. These are my favorite travel moments.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

One of the great aspects of working at International TEFL Academy is that we are constantly encouraged to learn as individuals, as team members, and as international travel experts.

We are constantly receiving new training and updates on all aspects of teaching English abroad.

From work visas in Poland to hiring requirements in South Korea, we are constantly getting updated on job markets and TEFL course options to provide the best information to our students & graduates.

Personally, I have also been able to learn a ton to enhance my skills in areas like writing, blogging, personal communications, and social media.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There are too many to count, but certainly the most rewarding aspect of working at International TEFL Academy is seeing the people you work with realize their dreams of living, traveling, and teaching English abroad.

I love following my students' blogs, photos, articles and videos after they've gone overseas to teach English, especially for those for whom teaching English abroad is their first international travel experience.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would take my TEFL class online or in Chicago and then teach English somewhere in East Asia like Japan, South Korea or Vietnam, though it would be hard to pass up an opportunity to live and work in a tropical country like Nicaragua, or even a class European country like Italy.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The passion of our team for helping others realize their dreams of teaching English & traveling abroad. International experience is the number one requirement to work at ITA so each member of our team understands personally the challenges and rewards of living and working overseas.

We also do our best to provide the most comprehensive and realistic information possible about teaching English abroad - this is why have more than 600 blog articles, FAQs, alumni interviews & videos on our website.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Passion for what we do and providing the best possible experience to our students so that they can realize their dreams of living, traveling and teaching English around the globe.