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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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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Challenging and Rewarding Experience

I've been eyeing taking a TEFL course and did a few months of research from online to in class courses. The TEFL Academy was always one of the highest rated online courses that offered the full hours and flexibility. As a native speaker of English, I found this course challenging, but worth it. The teacher feedback is great and gave me lots of help in order to pass the assignments. I can't wait to use what I've learned here and I know I'll be prepared when I take over my first classroom. If anyone feels unsure about the TEFL Academy and the level 5 course, don't be! It is a lot of work, but you have plenty of time and help to get through it. I used up my entire 6 months, but I was also working, taking college classes and other things. If you dedicate your time on this, you'll be done in 2-4 weeks.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Dedicate more time to the assignments. I pretty much waited until the last minute to complete assignments and almost missed my deadline due to not factoring in how much time assignments need.
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Sana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Worth the investment!

Me and my husband both joined it together when there was an offer. We loved studying for it and attending the online webinar together. The course required commitment, rigour and hard work in order to pass the assignments. Being a teacher by profession, I still found the TEFL assignment challenging and practical. I learnt so much about teaching English as I had forgotten a lot of the essential terms since school. The course is designed to refresh your content knowledge. The feedback on the assignment was quick and very detailed too. Very well designed course. A*

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Doing the assignments pretty late. It can get very stressful! I took a pause, made a rough draft, then talked my husband through what I had written. He gave me some feedback and I then edited my activities to make them more user friendly.
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Grace-Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Investment Worth Making

I didn't know what to expect through this course, but I was pleasantly surprised at how user-friendly and engaging the content was. As a beginner in all things teaching, I felt nervous and many times inadequate. A great thing about this course is it gives many possible and likely scenarios that will be faced in the classroom, and now that I am made aware, I can proceed with the best course of action.
For those who are new like I was (and am), don't feel rushed to finish ASAP; create a healthy and efficient pace for yourself so that you can make the most of this course and become successful in your teaching journey. The content comes with quizzes and projects to truly test your knowledge, and it will equip you with the right tools to be comfortable in the classroom.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have fun with this course and let your imagination run wild with creative new ideas on how to effectively teach English to students, young or old. There is no "one shape" to fit in to be an effective teacher. The possibilities are really endless. Don't be afraid to try something new!
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PRICILLE
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

LEVEL 5 TEFL

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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fabulous Level 5 TEFL Course.

As someone who was not able to complete the course in the given time frame and had multiple back and fourth communications about continuing, I was so blown away by how wonderful and helpful the support team is. I found the course content engaging and interesting as well as easy enough to understand. This was important to me then searching for a TEFL course as I find it hard to study on my own. The assignments were challenging but the markers gave constructive feedback. I ended this course feeling confident in my abilities to step into the classroom and teach.

The only thing I wish there was a bit more of was videos or practical examples of activities to guide you through the assignments.

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.