Teacher Link

Teacher Link

About

Teacher Link's unique classroom TEFL course fully prepares you for the classroom and helps you build the confidence needed to be an effective teacher. Our intensive four week curriculum focuses on getting you many hours of hands-on teaching experience in addition to acquiring a working knowledge of the different TEFL approaches.

Our distinguishing feature is that we require applicants to learn a second language in order to fully become aware of the difficulties non-native speakers face when learning a second language!

Founded
2011
Headquarters

1660 S. Albion St.
Suite 911
Denver, CO 80222
United States

Reviews

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Butchie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I enjoyed the course. Was challenging and I went into wanting to learn and do well. I learned a great deal. The videos were good. The questions were challenging made me go back through material so I learned more. Enjoyed the readings. I could have gotten up to 5 questions right that I got wrong if I had read the questions a bit better good job with being tricky like that. Or is that being tricky and I just need to read better? I enjoyed some of the history of language learning and all too that helped with me wanting to be more engaged to learn.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe have someone, a quality person or whatever you want to calm them, editor. Going through it seemed like some of the verbiage was repeated. Some of the test questions we rent worded exactly right made it confusing. Can’t remember which ones but not too bad. That’s about all I can remember.
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Jailyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience, very Easy and straight forward. I did my lesson plan off topic but they still a allowed me to pass because I had the right requirements! Very supportive! Would recommend to anyone that needs to get their TEFL, great program! Online course, I was able to do it in a few days, it didn’t take long at all. Quick, easy, and very informative (:

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Angelica
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The course was straightforward. There were some questions that were arguably subjective. Beside this, the course does a good job of formatting information effectively. Getting live experience is crucial to applying pedagogy. There is really nothing like it. Great for a quick jump start into the profession. Good value as well. I would really only recommend this course to someone who is comfortable with gaining experience while on the job. It is not an easy feat, teaching children, let alone, children in a foreign country.

What would you improve about this program?
Retesting question validity and reliability may be necessary. Including creative ways to create lesson plans.
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Mi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It's a great course. You will learn alot and have enough information to assist you with your teaching career goals. I found it very informative and lucrative. For instance, the course provided plenty of examples so that the student can grasp the information being provided and taught. This is very important for new teachers because the course acts as a detailed guide for teaching a foreign language. I really enjoyed the material included in the course and learned alot about teaching younger children. When I finally relocate to China, I will refer back to this course to help me with improvement my teaching skills and target language techniques. Overall, I am glad that this course is available to help new inexperience teachers like myself. Thank you!

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Fatima
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The course was very helpful, it teaches you all the basics, later expands further.
It provides online lesson videos to give you insight of what it's like to teach in real life, regardless of your level.
Helps you learn all aspects of English teaching, covers grammar, pronunciation, different teachings, managing classes and even how to lesson plan.
For someone who has no experience, it helps tremendously, and guides you through all the different stages.
It's simple and easy to follow, and will be useful to refer back to when you do start teaching, as it provides example activities and how to implement certain things into your lessons.
There are a few mistakes made but these can easily be fixed with a proofresder.
Overall, it was very good and provided a lot of information.
Thank.

What would you improve about this program?
There's a few errors (spelling errors, pages missing etc). Fix those and it's perfect

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Robert Allan Sullivan, Jr.

Robert was a returning student to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. After receiving his first BA in English in 1985, he spent the last three years as a full-time Social Science Secondary Ed major to graduate Cum Laude with his second BA in early May 2018.

Why did you choose this program?

My prospective employer in China, Aston English Schools advised me that the Chinese officials who were to grant my work visa required a 120-hour TEFL course in lieu of one year's actual teaching experience. I chose the TEFL course from teachingnomad.com because they offered an authentication service for their certification.

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

The structure of the course is designed so that the student can proceed at his or her own pace. I've had experience with online courses before at FAU and I've done lesson plans before, so when the course teacher asked me to rewrite my lesson plans in a different format, that for me was not a problem.

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

I wish I had given myself a week or two extra time so that I wouldn't have felt so rushed. My contract with the school I am to teach at in China begins in a few weeks, and I hope to be on time or at the least, not very late. I am very excited about my new job, and I hope to be teaching in China very soon!

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

Because it's a private school, Aston must work around the public school schedule, so I am to teach mostly afternoons and weekends. It's a 23-hour work week, with three hours a week in the office going over lesson plans with the Chinese co-teacher, and the other twenty hours actually teaching a class of no larger than ten students.

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've never traveled abroad, so I had to start from scratch – from my passport to my background check to my physical medical tests. All the paperwork had to be prepared in fairly rapid order for my application for the work visa in China. My biggest fear was that the task of so much paperwork was simply too daunting, but I've learned to make a plan and stick to a schedule.

Why did I decide to teach overseas rather than locally?

I discovered in observing the local public school system and later teaching that students can be held back only one year; after that, it's social promotion regardless of ability. I didn't realize the implications for this policy until I started student teaching in my last semester; that's when I realized the usual program wasn't going to work for me.

Staff Interviews

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

Daniel John Moors

Job Title
TEFL Trainer
Daniel is from the north of England and has been living in Shanghai for over 4 years. He is TEFL qualified and has been teaching kids and training teachers since Spring 2012 and absolutely loves what he is doing and the city he now calls home.

What is your favorite travel memory?

TEFL Trainer with Teacher Link

Climbing Everest Base Camp was an experience I'll always treasure and never forget. It was an incredible achievement, not only personally but physically too. During the 12-day trek I met two sherpas who were both very different from each other.

The first sherpa I met was an veteran 48 years of age and he had summited Everest five times, the second was a boy of 18 years, and it was his second summit. I was amazed by their strength and courage and also proved that anything is possible in life.

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

I think I most definitely have changed. Before working for 'Teacher Link' I felt my approach to teaching had become a little stagnant over the last 12 months. But through explaining the mechanics of TEFL to others, it's given me a new zest for teaching.

I thought by taking on this extra position it would leave me exhausted but its done the total opposite. My lessons are even better than before.

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

Despite already being TEFL qualified I would love to participate in Teacher Link's 4 week residential course (120 Hours) in Shanghai. The main reason is because it prepares you so well for many situations you will probably encounter whilst teaching in China.

The invaluable experience it offers such as being able to teach to varied audiences including 30+ public school students, adults, as well as being able to observe qualified teachers in their lessons, is the best start to your teaching career that you can have.

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

Our company is so unique because we offer the best of the best in all areas of the course. The team is so diverse and professional, and I know this might sound very cliche, but I if I was taking a course I'd want us to be the team who trains me.

I'm proud of our team every time I see them in action and the way they conduct themselves.

They have such great knowledge, are understanding and give the students their all. The proudest time is when our students finish their course and I can see their immense growth over a 4 week period and I truly believe that this is because of our solid team of trainers.

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

Without a shadow of doubt it's about the "team" that surrounds you! The staff we have at Teacher Link are a collection of the best people in their field, I really do believe that. Our enthusiasm, dedication and reviews speak for themselves. Being part of this team makes me very proud.