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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!

Reviews

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Paula
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Level 5 course provided by The TEFL Academy ensures that anyone who takes it is prepared for a career in teaching English abroad. It's not easy, nor is it too hard, and you have plenty of support throughout the course. The content is provided in an easy-to-follow format and allows the learner to pace themselves. You will have practice lesson planning and using your creative side and will be able to use the information provided for years to come.
The course is also of great value for the price and ensures that you have a high enough certification to be able to teach almost anywhere in the world. So if you are still unsure of which course to take or maybe you want to dip your feet into teaching English to test the waters, then this course would be suitable for you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Getting a TEFL certification with a Bachelor's degree would open up an entire world of long-term exploration.
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Kingsley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Level 5 TEFL course was a very comprehensive and challenging course, definitely worth more than the money put in. It gave you access to world class content which are not readily accessible anywhere else and presented these in very organised units. I found the numerous links and further reading articles very helpful too.The assignments will push you to research and you'd be grateful you did because at the end of the day, you'd be more knowledgeable, more professional and ready to take the world of ESL teaching. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

What would you improve about this program?
Definitely the time it took to grade the assignments. Quite a long wait.
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Mujahid
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What made my experience so unique was how much I benefited from the deep knowledge that the units covered concerning the English language which I never even knew of nor did I realize how important it was. Like the unit concerning grammar which was unit 4 in the course was very challenging and also very informative. It gave me more knowledge about grammar than I ever knew even though English is my first language. I also loved the unit on the history of English language and how it evolved and spread and became a lingua franca and known as the universal language. What was most outstanding to about studying this course was that it taught me how valuable the English language was in the world and how it broke many communication barriers that people of different origins and nationalities once had. For those who want to study the 168 hours online level 5 TEFL course with The Tefl Academy, I suggest that you hurry because a rich world of knowledge awaits and also an exciting fun learning and easy to navigate online platform awaits with supportive tutors and a very weighty certification awaits if one completes the course. This course is well accredited by award winning bodies like OFqual, QUALIFI, DEAC and AQC as well as the price you pay to begin the course is great value for your money. check out the link (www.theteflacademy.com) for further information.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Being worried when I submit my assignments as I was so nervous if everything was correct in them and if I would pass, but what reassured me was that I could submit them atleast 3 times if I failed and that the tutor assessing the assignment would give informative feedback on where I need to work on to pass.
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went with TEFL Academy because it is a qualification recognised by both the UK and American governments and thus I thought it was the best way to become qualified. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the support was wonderful and quick. The only issue I had was it took 2 weeks until I received my first assignment result (but that was because the assignment was changing and so everything was doing the same as me!).
Course is great, I would have loved some more guidance on online teaching, however, included in the programme is an additional free add on course - one of which is online teaching! Very happy with the experience I had and very happy to be qualified, ready to work and travel when the world opens up again! Would really recommend to anyone who has some time on their hands and may have a slight interest in something like this, just to give you the option of a different future!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would start doing the course as soon as I bought it! The 6 months for the course starts from the date you bought it rather than the day you start working on it so just remember to make a start at first :)
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Maria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lockdown has motivated me to look for more opportunities to work online. The Level 5 TEFL Certificate that I now have from the TEFL Academy is already opening doors within weeks of completion. The course material is relevant and the online format works very well. Once completed you will have the confidence to create high quality learning material and to welcome your first students. You will know how to help your students reach fluency and that will make you a valuable part of any teaching team.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked even more information on online teaching, but they have a top-up course for that.

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.
Jess Morris

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.