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Teach Away

Why choose Teach Away?

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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Excellent TEFL course

Completing an ESL course was a personal academic goal for me as a Teacher at an International School in my country. I, of course googled many courses and eventually decided on the OISE TEFL 150 hour course with Teach Away.
The units were well laid out, carefully structured and offered room for reflection and continuous personal assessments. Each unit contained modules each of which ended with a quiz. This was a bit daunting at first, but the opportunity to retake each quiz and the answers that accompanied each question added to improving my understanding of the content.
Being a mom, a teacher, my love for reading and attending to the usual unplanned surprises of life, I must admit I needed more than 150 hours.
The kind and amazing TEFL support staff were there to help with this, and any challenges encountered.
I will recommend this course to anyone venturing into teaching English as a second language or any teacher who wishes to refresh their skills.

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TEFL Course

I would like to share some notes with the amazing experience I had with the TEFL course. I was a little apprehensive when it comes to online course as I prefer in class learning but I was surprised how convenient it turned out to be specially for someone who works full time. The course was well organized with different modules and the assignment were always so engaging, relevant and up to date. I really appreciated the feedback at the end of each assignment. Whenever I was stuck or required help the teach away team was always so quick to respond and so helpful.
I have learned so much not only when it comes to the course but also to everyday life and a lot of the teaching advices came handy when dealing with people .

  • The program was well organized in modules.
  • The assignments always had interesting questions
  • The response time of the Teach away team was amazing.
  • Sometimes the video were not loading, so had to skip them and check them on YouTube
  • Some documents were hard to download
  • Applications they suggested in the course like duolingo unfortunately are no longer free
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Transformative TEFL Experience at the University of Toronto

Undertaking the TEFL course at the University of Toronto was nothing short of transformative. The program's well-structured curriculum, coupled with the expertise of the instructors, provided me with a comprehensive understanding of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. The dynamic and engaging teaching methods employed during the course not only equipped me with valuable pedagogical skills but also fostered a deep appreciation for cultural sensitivity in language teaching.

The University of Toronto's commitment to excellence was evident in the course materials, which were not only relevant but also reflective of the latest advancements in language education. The support and guidance from the instructors were instrumental in building my confidence as an aspiring English teacher.

I highly recommend the TEFL course at the University of Toronto to anyone seeking a top-tier program that not only imparts essential teaching skills but also cultivates a global perspective on language education. The experience was enriching, and I feel well-prepared to embark on a rewarding journey in the field of English language teaching.

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Excellent course content
Support during and after the course. Excellent handholding and prompt response to issues and concerns. Highly recommended to everyone. The topics are relevant and detailed with adequate practice and tests .The topics can be learned at your own pace and can be repeatedly accessed any number of times. There are multiple videos and illustrations and case studies included in the curriculum. The summary at the end of lesson and downs of chapter summary and test excersie is also an interesting feature.

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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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Alumni Interviews

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

Greg Adams

Greg has been working in the aerospace industry for the past 25 years primarily focused on international markets. During that time, he has worked in contracts, customer service, sales, marketing and business development.
Greg Adams


Why did you choose this program?

I work with airports and airlines. When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, commercial air travel declined dramatically. I had to consider the possibility that I might lose my job and be out of work for a some period while I hoped for a recovery and rebound in air travel. During that time, I saw an online ad for teaching English online. As I researched the possibilities, I saw that some opportunities only required a degree while other required a degree with a teacher's certificate. Those requiring a teacher's certificate recommended the Teach Away program sponsored by International House Berkeley in cooperation with Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

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

I worked through an online course. I thought it was very easy to follow. They have an introduction video that helps explain the program. The online course has training modules comprised of individual lessons related to the overall topic of the module. The student is expected to maintain a journal of reflections in which he takes notes and writes responses to thought questions. At the end of each module, he must submit a homework assignment, which is graded pass/fail and then take an online test. I think the people organizing the course did a good job preparing students for both the homework and test.

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

You get out of the program what you put into it. You have paid money to take this course. Make your investment count. The course provides links and references to external teaching materials, which are very useful. My advice is to look at those links and explore those materials. Learning is a process; take the time necessary to study the material.

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

I can only speak for myself. I never lost my job in the aerospace industry. Even during the pandemic, I had work to do. My participation in this course typically occurred in the evenings and on the weekends. There were many times, especially midway through the course, when I was tired and did not feel like reviewing the lessons or performing the homework. I had to push myself, but I could get through a lesson in about an hour. Rather than try to cover a lot of material at once, I tried to do one lesson every few days to make progress. As long as you are making progress, you will finish. The key is not to stop and stagnate.

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 just finished my course, and I have not traveled overseas for a teaching assignment. I have a lot of international travel experience associated with my aviation career. This experience was very helpful in the latter part of the course when cross-cultural adjustment is discussed. I do not know whether I will teach overseas or not. I am waiting to see what opportunities exist for this type of work. Over the last 25 years, I have many experiences with missed flights, missing luggage, being lost in an unfamiliar city, not knowing the local language, and an assortment of other issues. The key in those situations is to remain calm and work towards a solution. Do what you can, but don't try to control what you can't control.

What do you like about international travel?

I like the adventure of it; I like seeing something new; I like observing those around me who are locals. It would be very easy to travel to an international city, stay in a business hotel, eat at the hotel or other international restaurants, and insulate yourself from the world around you. That is not living. I am not advocating for taking unnecessary risks, but if you are visiting a new place, explore it. Don't be afraid to get out among the people; try the public transportation; eat the local cuisine. If nothing else, it will give you stories to tell in your old age.

Staff Interviews

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

Christie Van Tol

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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?

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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.