The TEFL Academy

The TEFL Academy

About

The TEFL Academy specialises in TEFL courses and nothing else. TEFL is not only in our name, but it is also the backbone of our academy. All of our trainers are experienced EFL professionals. They have all qualified as TEFL teachers themselves, gained years of actual teaching experience and are now passing on their working knowledge to our TEFL course students.

Accreditation is a major factor that should be considered when choosing a TEFL course. The TEFL Academy is fully accredited by Qualifi, (UK government department) and the DEAC, (US government department); two regulated awarding bodies.

Founded
2012
Headquarters

28 - 32 Upper Pembroke Street
Dublin
Co. Dublin D02 EK84
Ireland

We've got four, yes FOUR new course locations in North America!

👉 Washington DC
👉 Austin
👉 Seattle
👉 Vancouver

Reviews

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Greg
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This is the perfect TEFL course for anyone looking to teach online or in a foreign country. Easy to use interface, can be used on all mobile devices so you can complete your TEFL course on the go. The course also provides loads of additional helpful material and links to teaching aids that you can make use of while teaching. The end of unit tests provide good coverage of the material contained in each unit. The test questions are direct and unambiguous. The assignments are fun to complete and allow for individual creativity.

What would you improve about this program?
The assignments are lengthy and have been broken down into multiple parts. This can make it easy to forget to do something. There are loads of activities throughout the units which can slow progress, however they are not mandatory to complete.
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Manuel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This course helped me to focus and improve my teaching skills, giving me the opportunity to analyse different ESL teaching method. The couse is well presented, and covers the most important topics.
The course provides further readings and additional resources useful to support your learning as you work through the units. Without this further material, maybe the course would be a little too basic, so depending on your study method, i suggest to use it as much as possible.
Unfortunately, within the online course you won't practice what you learn in a protected environment (eg. tutoring, internship, class activities...).

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LeOui
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would highly recommend the Level 5 TEFL Course. I think it is a very well thought-out syllabus which gives plenty of, both inside and outside, resources in order to improve one's teaching. The course has not only made me feel more confident as a teacher, but also has inspired me to keep thinking of new ways in which to make a lesson fun and engaging for students. I originally expected more practical training, however, I think that the course offers enough background and tools in order to effectively apply these skills. I think this is an excellent course.

What would you improve about this program?
I would perhaps add more practical assignments (where one might actually interact with potential students), as well as try to standardise the marking a bit more. If there can be a way to organise a courier service for the delivery of the certificate at the end of the course, that would also be useful.
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Philip
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have just completed the Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hrs) from the TEFL Academy and I must say that I really enjoyed the experience.
The course was challenging, but at the same time very satisfying, and I felt that it covered every area in depth. It was also extremely good value - I'm not sure how they manage to provide this much material and level of attention from the assignment markers for the price.
As with all courses of this type, you need to put the effort in, but if you are prepared to do that, I cannot think of a better course for the money. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Apera
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm so pleased there was an entirely online option for the course as this made it affordable for me. I found the course challenging and I feel quite prepared to start teaching with what I've learned. The assignments were marked quickly and thorough feedback was given. A little more tutoring along the way would have been appreciated but enough guidance is given in the instructions and videos that its not a problem. Overall, I'm very happy to have been recommended the course and I would recommend it with gusto to anyone considering getting into TEFL.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would work more consistently on the assignments rather than procrastinating.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Quentellus Ladale Toliver

Quentellus is an individual that is of African-American descent. He is an accomplished electronics degree graduate with several certifications in ammonia operation and air conditioning systems with years of experience.

Why did you choose this program?

Because of geological location; however, the reason I chose this particular program was in part due to it looking more official than the others. On my trip to a foreign country (South Korea), I was told by my friend that I was very knowledgeable about what I knew and wondered how I would do at teaching. With my current job, it made sense with the way the program was laid out.

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

The provider assisted with making me dig deeper into what I already knew about the subjects; on my own, it was up to me to decide mine on topics' materials for every assignment (the provider also assisted in the matter by providing templates). When it came to reviews, the assessor assisted in what I need to improve and what was good, if not great.

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

If I had to give advice to someone that wanted this program, it would be to take their time. Although it can be done as quickly as needed, I would recommend them to take their time. Rushing will make them impatient and the longer lessons seem daunting, making one miss the simple things one already knows.

Be prepared to not have reviews on some of the lessons, as it will seem as they are abundant in the beginning.

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

An average day, as it is an online course, is, however, the students want it to be. However, I would recommend doing half a lesson in 2 to 3 days, then the other. Even so, that is still pushing it for those who are struggling; spending 1 hr a day may be enough, depending on how much one covers in that hour.

I myself tried to cover a lesson a day; in the beginning, it worked out fine, until you get to the longer lessons; then you have to take into account the assignments, which would take almost a week to perform properly.

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

When going abroad, I was fearing that I would not be able to answer the questions that were being asked. But after a while, I felt more comfortable about that.

There are still times I feel I would not have the answer to some questions, but I am comfortable now that, if asked a question I don't know, I could easily answer it with the appropriate response.

Is there any type of information you would like to point out to others?

Yes. I would point out that it would be a good idea to find out what requirements one needs for the teaching job they want. It is important to note that there is paperwork that is needed as well when going abroad that needs to be taken into account. These two things are easily missed in the thought process.

Staff Interviews

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

Jess Morris

Job Title
Student Services
Hi! My name is Jess and I am a part of the Student Services Team here in The TEFL Academy! We deal with everything, from enrolling to certificates and are here to help existing, potential and alumni students with whatever questions they may have.

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my favourite travel memories is when I was in Croatia with a friend and we decided to venture in Bosnia Herzegovina for a few days. We stayed in a crazy hostel, with even crazier owners! They brought us to a rave in a cave which was so much fun. The next day we got to explore Mostar and we also traveled to Sarajevo and did a walking tour. It was so interesting!

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

Getting to work for The TEFL Academy has given me opportunity to grow in many different ways. I speak to a range of different people from different places daily which is really interesting and sometimes we do have little chats about where in the world we are! I've also significantly improved my geography, which is handy!

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

My favourite stories are from teachers who teach young learners. The students get so attached to their teachers and they always have gifts from them that the children have made! I love to see the photos also; we often share these on our social media (with consent). It's a good way to show current and future students the opportunities out there when they get their qualifications.

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

I would love to go on our Vietnam internship! I've always wanted to travel to Vietnam because it does look absolutely beautiful, but the internship sounds like a very rewarding one also. Getting to travel the world by also helping those to further their future prospects is an amazing opportunity.

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

I think our company is unique in many different ways. Our organization is special because we really do believe in the power of education. We all, in some way or another, have traveled to many different places across the world, and the majority of us have taught also. This gives us a real insight into the actual world of TEFL and the teachers.

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

Being successful means a lot of different things for different people. I think a successful company really values what they are intending to do, and I believe The TEFL Academy does it in every way. My hope for our organization is that it grows and expands to cover all across the world! Providing a course that helps individuals to further themselves but also to educate others is something that is very special.