TEFL Services International

About

TEFL International is one of the world's largest TESOL/TEFL course providers with a network of twenty schools worldwide. TEFL International's reputation and the high quality of this course give you all the skills, experience and credibility you need to embark on your first teaching position as a TEFL teacher wherever in the world that may be.

Teaching English is a fun and rewarding career whether you are taking a year out, financing global travels, exploring a second career or simply enjoying the experience of taking the course. Once qualified, you will find a whole new world opens up to you giving you the perfect opportunity to experience different cultures, enjoy unforgettable moments and make many lifelong friends along the way, all whilst following a professional career.

Our in-class TEFL certification courses are 100% classroom based and taken over a four-week period at one of our international locations.

Website
teflcourse.com
Headquarters

14 Annapolis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States

Reviews

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Elizabeth
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In 2010 in Australia the college I worked for closed and my children left home. I was at a loss as to what to do next. I sat with this for a while thinking over what I wanted to do with my teaching career in middle age. I was a qualified primary school teacher. Eventually I remembered that in my youth I had wanted to teach English as another language.
I searched courses on the internet and found this course in Barcelona. I decided on this one as I had started learning Spanish. I chose the option to do the assignments over the internet and spend 2 weeks at the college attending lectures and doing practice teaching.
This was really a wonderful experience. The college found us boarding with locals which was great. There were only 3 other mature students in the course but the young ones accepted us and we all went out together on weekends. I did spend some late nights with assignments and there was some pressure to get your daily lessons ready fairly quickly to teach them that afternoon.
The teaching staff were all very experienced and gave us good advice on how to live in this city. I got lots of practice teaching English and great feedback and advice on teaching methods from the supervisors.
I could not teach English in Europe because I was Australian and couldn't get my papers. So when I came home I applied for work in China. I secured a good job but had to pull out because of health reasons. In 2011 I was employed as a teacher of English, literacy and numeracy in a nearby town in Australia and taught mainly new settlers to Australia for the next 7 years. As many of my students were refugees, it was a very rewarding experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I think if you have done all the theory and assignments over the internet you should be exempt from doing the assignments over the practical portion of the course.
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Johnny
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A nice Experience ! nice city, good environment and good friends ! I really enjoyed ! hope that all my fellow friends are working as teachers using this good certification !I hope to go back there some day to be a teacher and present my experiences already obtained in other places and school . Zhuhai I been called one of the most beautiful cities of China ! specially that many foreigners choose this city to visit and work. good teachers and good place to be around ! its been called "The pearl of China south' !! and hope that some day will come back soon again.

What would you improve about this program?
by adding more foreigner teachers
Kody
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I came in with a Bachelor's degree, so I knew I didn't need the certification to get a job teaching in Japan. What I wanted from TEFL Tokyo was the confidence to walk into a new classroom and start teaching. That is exactly what I got.

TEFL International Tokyo gave me a TESOL certificate, but more importantly, they gave me the tools and practice and confidence I need to be an effective teacher.

What would you improve about this program?
Lose ITTT.
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Keah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was a great course with a sufficient amount of time and attention paid to both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English as a second language.
Larry and Dave conducted the classes with a friendly enthusiasm and had a way of making every task interesting and informative. Additionally, classes were well organised and provided plenty of opportunities for students to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of the given topics.
TEFL International was a great way for me to start my time in Tokyo and was an invaluable experience which I believe will definitely help me in any future language teaching career.

Daniel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I truly learned a lot in this course! It is a great mix of textbook information, practical real life teaching, great teacher role models, and lots of valuable skills and inputs. The teachers are really fun and friendly and knowledgable. It's a good atmosphere to learn in. The real world teaching opportunities are helpful and great practice. This is a course I can be proud to say I have taken, and it should carry a lot of weight with employers. Speaking of, they gave me a great reference, and I was able to get a job offer shortly after the course finished, using what I had learned in the class during my interview. Thanks Larry and Coach Dave!!

What would you improve about this program?
I think they could retype and crisp up the handout materials. They have good content, but the ink was dull. Such a small thing. But hey there's gotta be something to improve.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Justin Cipriano Usle

Justin Cipriano Usle has been abroad for over a year and has enjoyed the ups and downs of this lifestyle to the fullest. He enjoys being a meathead, reading Cormac McCarthy, then finding a brighter happier novel to counter it, doing different voices in pursuit of a second career reading audiobooks, and jumping off of really tall structures into oceans, lakes and rivers.

Why did you decide to get TEFL certified with TEFL International in Barcelona?

justin usle

Justin: I decided that I wanted to teach abroad in Spain after talking to a friend who had recently decided to spend a year teaching in Thailand.

She recommended the same program that she had gone through which led me to get in contact with TEFL Barcelona.

After a couple discussions with the managing instructor it sounded like the place for me, a good combination of knowledgeable instruction in a positive environment.

I knew Barcelona was very international and was on the coast, which sounded preferable to me over Madrid.

What made this teach abroad experience unique and special?

Justin: Well it is still continuing now. I have come a long way from Spain as I am currently teaching in Bangkok, but I am planning to circle around and teach in Spain again in the spring of 2015.

I think that is the beauty of this job that you really have opportunities all over the world, and when you find something that suits you it can really grab hold in a good way.I know now having taught outside of Europe that it truly had a draw for me and I look forward to having it pull me back.

How has this experience impacted your future? (Personally, professionally, academically, etc.)

justin usle, christmas, tree

Justin: It is the realization of a long standing desire to see the world, and I have found a profession I enjoy that enables me to do a good service whilst enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

It has also enlightened me and retouched my own inner student as I find myself writing and reading more than I did in past years.

I know that ultimately I would like to teach adult learners full time and will be looking to do so in Spain starting next spring.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering teaching abroad?

Justin: I would take a good look around and make sure you go somewhere that suits a variety of your interest. There is something to be said about being out of your comfort zone, but if you are planning to stay a place a year or longer, it is nice to have some things to fall back on (ie; if you really like snowboarding, go someplace where you have that opportunity relatively close).

Also be ready to adapt, because many times what you learn in TEFL will be very different from what is expected in your school or language center. It is advisable once you pick a place to practice the language before you get there as well, the locals will appreciate it and you'll discover many things that non speakers generally miss.