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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Atom
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The information and course direction is invaluable. The teacher link representatives respond promptly and they provide excellent feedback regarding their desired work performance. it was interesting to analyze my own educational experience with reference to the different methodologies I learned while completing this course. it was very easy to see how my educators throughout my life combined and practiced these different learning styles and teaching method combinations to help students learn. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to complete this course, learn this information, and go to work now that I have completed the TEFL exam successfully. the companies I have worked with up to and through completing this online course have been tremendously wonderful. I can only hope everyone has the same delightful expereicne I have had.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Completing the Final exam was the most nerve-racking moment during the course. I overcame the experience through studying and performing my best on the exam.
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COITT
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I felt the information was extremely concise and anticipate it will be very helpful in the classroom! The lesson plan introduces new information in an order that allowed me to retain the information before moving on to the next lesson. The videos gave me a good idea of what the atmosphere of a tefl classroom can be like and prepared me for things I may have trouble with and thrive in. The test were not overly complicated or designed to trick but to ensure the needed information was received. 5/5 stars

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Nathaniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

There was a lot of valuable material presented in an entertaining manner in a relatively brief amount of time. I was very satisfied with the course, and I felt like it furthered my academic and professional goals greatly. Thanks! I particularly enjoyed the sections on tenses and phonetics. Also, watching the videos from actual teaching events was a really good way to see how the job would actually be. I liked how the questions applied during the video mirrored the taught teaching methods. You usually were not told explicitly what was good or bad in the teaching videos, but rather asked if you thought a particular method you witnessed was effective or not. Even the best teachers had some areas where they could be improved. This was a good confidence builder and reality check to show that not even the best teachers will always have a perfect class.

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Tom
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I started out training to be a teacher years ago but life tends to get in the way now and again. When I heard about TEFL opportunities I decided to give this course a chance and it turned out be quite informative and very valuable. I look forward to putting what I've learned to good use. The lesson plans are perhaps one of the more detailed parts that one might need to pay more attention to but once the idea of being as concise and as detailed as possible is drilled into you there's not a lot else that can't be learned along the way and reviewed as a person goes along. The English language is a little tricky even when you're a native speaker, but at the same time it's much harder for those that are just learning it. I'd recommend this to anyone that's looking to teach.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing really, everything was well thought out and quite detailed.
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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Aside from being useful in your career, TEFL actually brought to light a lot of things that we normally don't consider, especially as native English speakers. It was very eye-opening to see how the children reacted to the material that was presented and how they behaved for the teachers in the example videos and the lesson plan assignment was a very good way to prepare us for what's to come in terms of the general school day. I especially found the pronunciation chapter helpful because, as a native English speaker, I didn't realize that there was a lot more to pronunciation than just making sounds, it was very interesting to learn exactly how those sounds are formed and what they were called, too. Overall, a fantastic course that not only prepares you for your future career but may even teach you things about yourself.

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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.

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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.

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Staff Interviews

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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.

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