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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.

The TEFL World Factbook 2021

To give teachers an idea of earning potential, degree requirements, typical student profiles and average teaching hours per country, The TEFL Academy has released the 2021 TEFL World Factbook!
Founded
2012

Reviews

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Rosalind
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose this course as it’s level 5. I decided this was more worthwhile than doing a level 3 (120 hour) course as it would give me more employment options. I chose this particular level 5 course as it is well accredited and affordable. I chose this course over a CELTA as CELTA is only for teaching adults whereas I wanted a flexible qualification that would allow me to work with children also.
I did consider the Trinity CertTESOL, which is Level 5 the same as The TEFL Academy, but it was very expensive so The TEFL Academy was an affordable alternative for me.
I was very happy with this course. The content is everything you need to be able to teach adults and children. It’s not an easy course as in particular the assignments are challenging and time consuming, but it’s worth it to obtain a Level 5 TEFL that will be desirable to employers.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Grammar modules were challenging yet vital to learn
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Philippa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As someone who was already tutoring EFL parttime and wanted to pursue it as a career, I found I already knew about most areas being taught but this served as a confidence boost in my abilities as a teacher. It also helped me find some very useful material to use in lessons. The staff were great on the phone and the feedback on coursework was fast, informative and uplifting. 6 months completion time is largely doable if you can organise it around work or other studies. Each lesson slide takes about an hour and I put aside an hour a day for two weeks on each assignment.

What would you improve about this program?
Make the lesson slides a little more engaging and two of the assignments felt very similar.
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Holly
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was initially cautious to try learning online as it wasn't something I had ever done before. The TEFL Academy was accessible and highly enjoyable. I learnt so much about the English language I didn't already know as a native speaker. The course was well structured and easy to follow. Every stage built on your previous knowledge and explained new terms easily. The content was varied and doing it online worked well with my other commitments. Despite being online, I was engaged throughout. The support team was also great at responding quickly to any questions I had.

What would you improve about this program?
The use of some interactive content would be great.
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Simon
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I just completed the Online Level 5 TEFL course with The TEFL Academy. The course covered a good range of content that I found engaging. The website worked well and I had a hassle free experience with no problems to report. I'd recommend them. For what you get it's good value for money. I compared many online TEFL providers before choosing The TEFL Academy and as far as I could see they are the best in terms of price and having now completed their course the experience was also of good value. Overall it was a good experience.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that could be better would be perhaps a more stimulating and collaborative online environment.
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Judy-Lynn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was an amazing course, pity it took me so long to try it out = I haven't met anyone in my circle that has tried this out yet... I had no examples around me of people making a success of this course.
What is excellent is the response/review from the tutors when doing your assignments... the TEFL Academy wants you to pass/complete your course; making sure you not just read/view the content, but understand it as well.
I was annoyed by the time delay in response of my ticket-requests (I wanted to be helped immediately...) BUT the responses were always helpful and encouraging.
One can honestly complete this course in a few short weeks (+-4-6hours a day), but I had family & work life to juggle, causing me to take an extension - my advice is to take the 3month extension instead of monthly (this can end up being way more expensive).

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I got a negative response on one of my assignments... and I took it to heart... making me scared/doubt my abilities... but I had to take a step back - this was NOT the end of my course... they were helping me correct my misunderstandings/errors = they were helping me to pass my course.
Once I got over my self pity I blasted through my last assignment... and the rest was history.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Quentellus Ladale Toliver

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.