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Teach Away

About

Teach Away offers a wide variety of international teaching jobs with English-speaking education organizations, public, and private schools. Established in 2003, Teach Away has become a leader in international teacher recruitment through a commitment to placing the world’s best educators in leading educational institutions around the globe.

Each year, hundreds of teachers explore the world and experience a new culture through opportunities found on Teach Away. Our job board features a wide range of educational institutions including elementary, middle and high schools, ministries of education, international schools, overseas education businesses, educational NGOs, and private ESL schools.

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Amina
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL

It was a good course. One of my friend recommended this course to me and I am glad she did. The course is designed in a way that can help and motivate teachers become useful and helpful for students. This course helped me understand that taking care of students and being kind to them is important that help students grow. A lot of important and useful skills, methods and techniques that teachers can apply were taught. Whenever I emailed to TEFL advisor and had any questions, the course advisor was very helpful and I always got a reply.

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Gregoy
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

I enjoyed taking the course, and I felt like I learned a lot. I found the homework assignments to be a bit confusing sometimes. The assignment was always related to the topics covered by the lessons, but I did not always know exactly what was expected by the graders in order to demonstrate that I understood the material. It all worked out in the end, but the course talked about how people learn by modeling. I think they could have modeled some of their homework assignments. Those who run the course are very serious about teaching. If someone is looking to go overseas to teach, I think this course will help them. I work in a completely different industry, but I have been involved in international business travel for the last 25 years. I don't know if I will ever teach in an international school, but I am glad that I took the course.

What would you improve about this program?
I would make the homework assignments clearer. I also would make the grading of the homework timelier. It seemed like it took several days to get feedback on homework. Finally, this is an online course. Those of us who work will typically take the classes in the evening after our regular jobs are over. Coverage from the school during those hours is nonexistent. It would be nice to be able to pick up the phone and call someone to ask questions or seek assistance, but assistance is not available outside normal business hours.
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Soichiro
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

International House Berkeley TEFL course

Hello, My name is Soichiro Nishisako. I am from Japan. I am a high school teacher in Tokyo. So I want to be a good teacher in English subject. I really enjoy this course a lot. The lessons are very clear and understanding easily for me. All of the modules are very informative and through. This course fully covers the theoretical and practical aspects that we need to know to be a successful teacher. If you would like to be a good English teacher, you just join this program. I suggest you do it now.

What would you improve about this program?
This program should improve Technology Enriched Teaching.
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Sean
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

OISE University of Toronto TEFL course

My experience during the online course was excellent because of parts of teaching that I was not aware of. A lot of resources were suggested that would make life easier during a teaching abroad experience.

Comparing to what other TEFL programs people have taken and the knowledge I gained, I believe this one is the most complete and resourceful. Specially if you want to take teaching seriously and make a difference for the students while you teach.

I found that having a university backing up the program gave it that much prestige; I know some people say it doesn't matter where you get your TEFL from, but if the university is recognized overseas, that might just be the difference.

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Lakshmi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Quality Teaching

The course is linguistic basis and some prior knowledge in this area is an advantage. It offers some excellent teaching strategies, not only for teaching outside your immediate area or overseas, but also in any school environment from primary through to senior secondary. However, I found the blockage annoying. For example, when you have to wait to have the Journals marked and cannot move to the next module. The timed tests also posed a problem. For people like me who work full-time as a senior secondary teacher with 2 year 12 classes, a family to run and grand children. There was an occasion when I failed an exam because I had to attend a very young grand child's needs. There was also a time when I had planned to work on the course and your URL was down. This put me very behind in my schedule. You do need a very good internet connection to do the course and be able to be flexible with your time to complete the course. Overall a worth while course and for myself a very good review of what I had learnt awhile ago.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Soichiro Nishisako

I am a licensed high school English teacher currently teaching in Tokyo, Japan.
Soichiro Nishisako graduating

Why did you choose this program?

The International House Berkeley program fit my needs perfectly. The course has a wealth of reference material to take with you and I highly recommend it. I think the most helpful part of this program was the lesson planning unit. Being able to plan lessons and manage my own classroom has been a lifesaver. This program in TEFL prepares me to specialize in teaching English to non-native English speakers in an increasingly globalized environment.

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

My TEFL Course Advisors (Elspeth, Jessie, and Sam) helped me a lot to complete my Reflection Journals. There are 19 Reflection Journals in this course. If you don’t receive a passing grade on your reflection journal, you will provide feedback from the advisor in detail. Then, it will be necessary for you to revise your responses and re-submit your answers based on feedback from your advisor. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the advisor directly for support.

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

Choosing International House Berkeley was easily the best decision I’ve made in my life. I learned so much about myself and about other cultures, and it helped me decide what I want to do in the future. Because this program will have opportunities to study a variety of important topics, including critical pedagogy, curriculum design, English as an international language, English for academic purposes, English grammar, intercultural rhetoric, interlanguage pragmatics, language and identity, language testing and assessment, materials development, nonnative English speakers, second language acquisition, second language phonology, and second language writing.

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

International House Berkeley was very easy to fit into my schedule. I loved how everything was set up each week by doing a Quiz and Reflection Journal. I took 3 months with 2 hours of study a day to complete this TEFL course. This course shows you how to teach grammar and vocabulary, always in context, making sure the student is in the center of the class, and learning games that students enjoy. The course is completely self-paced so you may begin at any time and you are given one year to complete it.

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

My experience abroad when I was moving to study abroad at the University of California, Berkeley, I felt both unfamiliar and uncomfortable to me. Because of different cultures, languages, food, and customers between US and Japan. I had to get at the English language first. So, I joined an English Language Club. Because of this club’s goal is to give students with interest in the English language a chance to expand cultural knowledge outside of the classroom. There are many international students there. It is like an Intercultural. This brings students interested in English and related subjects together to teach and discuss English and participate in different cultures, languages, food, and customers. While participating in this student organization, I can develop competencies in areas that lead to greater academic success and build important many more forms of learning language skills necessary for success in the workplace and life in general.

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COVID-19 global pandemic today, my high school in Tokyo has moved all of its classes to the live online learning format (Zoom) now. Zoom format allows teachers and students to take courses from our house with an internet connection. To say the truth, while my English class is currently available in the Zoom format now, it is unlikely all will be. All the teachers strongly encourage our students to take this into consideration.

Staff Interviews

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

Christie Van Tol

Job Title
Course Coordinator
After a stint abroad in Italy while studying for her Bachelor's of Arts in English, Christie decided to get TEFL certified and moved to Spain for a year to teach English! Christie now works as the Course Coordinator for the University of Toronto TEFL Online course, where she helps others realize their own dreams of teaching abroad.

What position do you hold at University of Toronto TEFL Online? What has been your career path so far?

colorful coastal views

I currently work as the Course Coordinator for the University of Toronto TEFL Online course at Teach Away. The most important stop on the path to my current position was my experience teaching abroad in Spain.

After graduating university I began working in an administrative position with a large company to save money to move abroad. After a lot of research I decided that teaching English overseas was the best way for me to meet my goal of long-term travel, and I quickly decided on Spain.

Earning my TEFL certification before leaving Canada, making the calculated risk to move to Spain (without a teaching job first!) and eventually landing a teaching job, lead me to where I am today. In my current position, I translate my past teaching and traveling experiences in a meaningful way to help others take the first step towards teaching English abroad, getting TEFL certified.

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

I lived in Gijon, Spain, in the northern province of Asturias for one year teaching conversational English to adults in a private language academy. Ever since studying abroad in Italy between my third and fourth years of university, I knew I wanted to live abroad long-term. I finished my final year of university and graduated with my bachelor’s degree.

A friend in my program told me about TEFL certification, and the advantages of teaching abroad as a way to travel abroad long-term, and I was hooked!

I earned my TEFL certification that summer and began researching for my adventure. After some research I considered teaching in Spain and Japan, but quickly settled on Spain.

I was inspired by Spanish culture - the food, the history, the language - and couldn’t wait to explore a part of Europe I had never seen before.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

I have always wanted to go to the Czech Republic. To me, photographs of Prague make it look as if it were first imagined in a fairytale. With its UNESCO world heritage sites, famous bridge and old town, colorful baroque buildings and Gothic churches, it is almost too perfect to visit! But, how can I choose just one?

At the top of my list are also a road trip across Iceland and a trip to Antarctica. I would love to get lost along the Ring Road in Iceland, stopping to see the beautiful volcanoes, waterfalls, icebergs, northern lights (if I’m lucky!) and National Geographic worthy landscapes.

As for Antarctica, I would love to board a cruise from the southern tip of Chile bound for Antarctica. To learn about the wildlife, history and current affairs of the southernmost part of our planet, which would definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What's your favorite ethnic dish?

Being one of the culinary capitals of the world, living in Spain was like being on a culinary tour e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y. One of the first things I ate when I arrived in Spain was a tortilla de patata, which is a Spanish omelette made of eggs, potato and onion, served on piece of fresh bread. I had never eaten so many starches and proteins in one dish and had never been so full in my life!

If I had to choose a favorite, however, it would have to be the fresh seafood. Teaching English in a coastal town I was spoiled with fresh seafood paella, fried chipirones and calamari, and my ultimate favorite, octopus.

Smothered in local olive oil and sprinkled with smoked Spanish paprika the octopus is traditionally boiled and lightly grilled on the outside before it’s diced and served on a simple platter in round bite-sized pieces. It is so soft and delicious it will spoil you for all future octopus.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

While living in Spain, I spent the first ten days of my summer vacation sailing around the Balearic islands. Starting in Ibiza, continuing to Palma de Mallorca and ending in Menorca, it was a trip I would never forget.

Before the trip I had never been on a sailboat, let alone for ten days with three people I had just met. I quickly discovered that traveling on water was one of the most beautiful and rewarding ways to experience a place, especially when the body of water you get to sail across is the Mediterranean Sea.

I jumped off the boat to snorkel with fish everyday, enjoyed meals on the boat with no land in view, and went to bed with the sun every night.

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

A graduate of the TEFL Online course once told me that they would not be in their current teaching position in South Korea if it weren’t for the University of Toronto TEFL Online course.

When I hear stories like this - and I hear them often - of teachers who graduate from our course are able to fulfill their dream of teaching and traveling abroad, and that they are finding joy in making a difference in the lives of their students, I know that I am making a positive impact on the lives of others, and that I am without a doubt in the right industry.