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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.

Reviews

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Janke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience with The TEFL Academy

I did the level 5 course with The TEFL Academy and it was money well spent. It was extremely convenient to do this course at my own time and pace. The course can be completed in less than 6 months and everything is online. The staff of The TEFL Academy gives complete feedback about your assignments and the marking of the assignments gets done within a few days. The course material is interesting and provides multiple resources for lesson plans and activities. I can recommend this course to anyone who would like to explore their options in teaching English online or overseas.

Pros
  • Interesting study material
  • Great support from the staff
  • Everything is online
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Shaun
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Shaun Coustets Level 5 TEFL Review

The Level 5 TEFL Course gave a great overview and starting point of what is needed for English language teaching. I appreciated that there was a significant portion dedicated to learning grammar as native speakers often know how to use grammar correctly yet would not be able to explain the rules to a non-native speaker.
I also liked that throughout the course a wide variety of exercise examples, learning games and teaching techniques were provided. This is something I would be able to revisit if I'm having difficulty engaging a particular class or student to have a different approach.
Thank you!

Pros
  • Wide variety of teaching techniques
  • Grammar lessons
  • Challenging and useful assignments
Cons
  • Lack of video examples
  • No in person element due to covid
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One
7/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Level 5 TEFL program course

I undertook the Level 5 TEFL course in hopes to teach abroad. I was not prepared for how lengthy the chapters would be and had started off committed to note taking which prolonged the length of time I took to finish the course. However, after Assignment A I realised you don't have to study too intently to pass the assignments. You can always go back to each chapter at any time. I enjoyed the learning activities although there could have been a bit more for checking understanding. The website is designed fairly well and easy to navigate. I found it a bit annoying however to constantly get logged out for being inactive for a little while. Besides being tedious at times the course content is overall very informative. I learned quite a lot of things I had not known about the English language beforehand. It also gives helpful guides and tips to teaching. Any queries I had through the course were addressed usually within a day or two. As far as what happens after completion of the course, I can't say much as I'm still applying for jobs (completed a month ago) nor can I comment on how ready the course gets you to teach. I was unfortunately under the impression that they would assist you more actively in finding placements but the help given after completion is simply links to job sites. If you're not from the developed (first world) English speaking nations, such as myself, be warned there are countries that will not want you. Something I had inquired about prior to undertaking the course but was assured not to worry about. This is obviously quite disappointing as it should be about a teacher's qualifications and capability.

Pros
  • The course was informative and detailed
  • It's in my opinion not too expensive for what you get
  • You receive help and responses to queries through the course
Cons
  • Simply providing links to job sites is not exactly the help I was expecting to receive in finding jobs
  • Disclaimer should be included about a lot of countries only wanting teachers from certain nations so I'm questioning if the course was worth it
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Natalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Completed Online Level 5 TEFL Course

I have recently completed the online level 5 TEFL course with the TEFL academy. I found the course really engaging and well-structured. It begins with learning the different aspects of English language and provides lots of ideas and further reading in relation to activities and ideas that can be applied in the classroom. I particularly enjoyed the end of unit assessments at the end of each unit as I felt that these gave me something to work towards and kept me focused throughout the units. The coursework activities are interesting and engaging and the speed feedback and grades are received is absolutely incredible. The amount of feedback provided and support from the examiners is also amazing. I would recommend this course to anybody who is considering teaching English as a second language whether that be in the UK with EAL students or abroad.

Pros
  • End of unit assessments give you an idea of where you are working at
  • The feedback received from examiners was extremely detailed and informative
Cons
  • Sometimes I felt that there should be more interactive activities in the units to break up the vast amounts of information.
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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The TEFL Academy Level 5 qualification

I started this year unsure of what I wanted to do during my gap year. I have always enjoyed teaching so when I heard about this course I jumped right in. I really enjoyed the course and loved how easy and accessible it was to do. The assignments were challenging in a good way (they get you to think out of the box) and the end of unit tests are great for checking which work needs revision. I enjoyed the course so much that I am actually upset that it's over. Although, I am excited for what's to come.

Pros
  • I learned a lot about teaching
  • A short and engaging course
  • Affordable

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.