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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Wendy
9/10

My course started from Feb. 27th to Mar. 23rd. During this period, I have learnt a foreign language, studied a set of TEFL materials, put my teaching skills in practice, got feedback from the trainers and my classmates, and I have made friends with people around the world. To sum up, I have improved a lot in my teaching skills with effective feedback given from the trainers and had lots of fun with people around me.

How can this program be improved?
To keep refreshing your ideas from time to time.
Yes, I recommend
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Aqsa
8/10

Learned so much about the different teaching styles and how to adapt myself and my lessons to different levels. Had a great time teaching Chinese children and being in Shanghai, even though stepping into a classroom of 40 rowdy students could be very tough! I learned a lot about my personal teaching style and the way the Chinese students learn. The trainers were great fun, really supportive and helpful - not just with teaching but also with getting settled in to a new country. A great experience and had lots of help with my job search. Can't wait to start working.

How can this program be improved?
Teaching a variety of different age groups, such as adults, teenagers and kindergarten students.
Yes, I recommend
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James
8/10

This generally gave me everything that I needed/was looking for in order to teach in China (Shanghai). I really didn't want to do an online course because that is a common phenomenon, so it offered no competitive edge in the job market. It may have been a cheaper option but you get what you pay for. Actually teaching real children in real schools/centers (having never taught in a classroom before) was sometimes stressful but it was an invaluable experience that was even fun at times! Most importantly, it impressed prospective employers at interview. The people running the show went the extra mile, buying food and drink for us, answering questions and helping us with things that weren't even related to the course material (sometimes at unsociable hours) etc. Coming to China from the UK was really scary and there is so much that you don't even think about so this level of support was beyond useful. The people were just really nice and that is worth a lot. To cap it all off they even sorted out legalizing etc my certificate which is a huge/very expensive pain otherwise.

How can this program be improved?
Keeping on top of students to make sure that every step that needs to be completed is done before the end of the course to stop lots of things pilling up at the end.

Some more teaching of smaller classes with less/more advanced kids would be nice as the teaching mainly involved larger/less advanced classes (a lot of the jobs that students will go on do will involve smaller classes etc).

Yes, I recommend
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Chinyere
10/10

Thank you for breaking the course sections into manageable chunks. It was very user friendly, and without complications. Also, the staff were prompt in their responses to my emails and answered any questions I had. I would definitely recommend your course to anyone trying to acquire a TEFL certificate! Actually, I've already recommended your course to my friends. Thank you again for helping me achieve this goal.

Yes, I recommend
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Wendy
7/10

Teaching Nomad was helpful with the whole process! I got my TEFL through them, and they were quick to respond to my emails and instructive when I had questions. I had a job lined up in China though a friend, but I got cold feet, so I emailed Teaching Nomad, and they had me connected to several jobs in just a couple of weeks. They acted as a conduit between myself and the school during the visa process as well.

How can this program be improved?
I wish that they had warned me how difficult it is to get to China; I spent several months waiting for my visa to process in various stages and spent around $2000. At one point had had to fly to the consulate to get fingerprinted.
Response from Teacher Link

Hey Wendy,

Thanks for the feedback! I just checked and it looks like you got hired right after the Chinese government introduced all the new criminal background check/degree/TEFL authentication requirements. Most schools and visa agencies now know exactly what is required to process your work permit/visa, and we actually run background checks and do the authentication of documents for US nationals in our Denver office these days. If it's any consolation, you don't have to go through all of this again if you switch positions in China!

Yes, I recommend

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