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TEFLPros

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By combining high-quality instruction, full accreditation and practical skill-building techniques with dozens of real-life classroom and instructional videos, TEFLPros brings real value to an online education. 17 hours of in-classroom video in addition to 30+ hours of video from the company's co-owners, Jos and Whit, provides the closest thing to an in-person experience that you can get with an online course. Whether you want to go volunteer in a local village or work for an international school, we want to prepare you for the world of teaching English as a foreign language. It’s this approach that makes us different. We don't just give you a stack of papers to read and a multiple choice test. We actually prepare you to teach high quality lessons.

Graduates of our course will receive a portfolio of their own lesson plans which have been thoroughly reviewed and commented on by your personal grader, a 120-hour TEFL Certificate and a certificate from our accrediting body Accreditat.

Founded
2015
Headquarters

PO Box 18561
Asheville, NC 28814
United States

Reviews

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Brandon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I just shared my experience on another review site too because it was a really good one. I'm pretty skeptical of online TEFL courses (my school paid for this) but TEFLPros must be different from the rest. It was great, probably even better than what I would have gotten in-person in many ways. They don't have an in-person observation component but rather give you a ton of video, like more than 15 hours I think, to observe via your course portal. You also have to plan lessons and then they give you feedback on them. And it's not like you're flying blind on the lesson planning, they walk you through the whole thing. The course is organized and easy to follow. I had one tech issue (easily resolved by clearing cookies on my computer) and their customer service was prompt and efficient. I really enjoyed it guys, thanks so much.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
It was a positive surprise. I was surprised how good an online course could be, but again, I don't think this is the norm.
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Lana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did this course because of all the great reviews I read and i had the same experience. Online courses aren't really my thing but this one was really good. I needed the certification to go teach in Vietnam later this year. I definitely feel prepared to be in the classroom. Before taking the course I had no idea how to lesson plan, I mean I know how to speak English fluently but I didn't realize how different it is to plan a lesson. For this course, I had to plan several lessons and they were all reviewed one-on-one so I knew that I was getting real support, that meant a lot to me since I am totally new to all of this. I have a friend in Vietnam so I didn't really need job assistance from TEFLPros but I'm sure that if I did, it would have been great considering how hands-on they were for other parts of my training. I can't wait to start teaching!

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Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL certification was a requirement for most of the jobs I was looking at so I did some research and found TEFLPros. I was really happy with everything that was presented on the course. I was a total beginner, basically all I can do is speak English but I had no idea how to teach it. This course really helped me understand how to plan proper lessons. I learn by seeing/doing and the thing I really liked was the video component. I'm not sure how many hours of observed classes there were, but it was a LOT, probably more than what I would have observed in person. I also had to write lesson plans in order to pass the course. I'd recommend the course for anyone who wants to feel prepared to teach. Now I know how to plan lessons, handle the major grammar points and do some classroom management. Highly recommended.

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Joanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Today is my birthday and my favorite present was my TEFLPros course passing email! Haha. But seriously, I enjoyed every minute of this course. It challenged me but I also felt like I was being fully supported by the course itself but also the TEFLPros staff. Because it's not a big mega-TEFL operation like other courses, they are able to support you individually and I really liked that. But if you're someone who likes to go it alone, you can totally do that too. What I really liked about the course was that it felt like I had real teachers. I kinda live in the middle of nowhere so going to an actual classroom was basically impossible for me. But I wanted something that felt personal and was good quality. These ladies nailed it. I don't know how to explain it, but it feels like I really know the instructors on the course even though it was all online. That's pretty cool! I also got personal congrats emails from the co-owners which really meant a lot to me after learning from them for the whole course. So happy I chose this course and so excited to start teaching abroad :) :) :)

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I knew the course was advertised as being like an in-person course but online but I didn't really understand how that was possible. Well, it is!
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Gwen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Such an awesome experience! Didn’t expect to get much out of this but boy was I wrong. It was so informative and inspirational. I have already recommended this course to other friends and colleagues so they have the opportunity for the experience I did. The instructors were helpful and answered all of my questions from a simple question to the more intricate ones. While the course was challenging it was challenging in the best way and pushed me each and every day. The best thing about it was how inspired I felt to be a good teacher after taking it. I felt really prepared to help other people learn English and that was important to me. Every module had interesting new content that kept me engaged. I’m teaching in Bali and they helped me get my resume all ready to go so I could get my dream job.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jocelyn Pollak

Job Title
Co-Founder

Jos started as an EFL teacher and after seeing the lack of quality for online TEFL certification programs, she partnered with Whitney in 2015 to build TEFLPros. She has taught over 5000 students from 15+ countries and now focuses on running TEFLPros in order to build a new generation of capable, passionate EFL teachers. She has traveled to 45 countries and has no plans of slowing down!

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memories always involve people. One of my favorites was when I went to see the "Crab Sorcerer" in a remote mountainside village in northern Cameroon called Rhumsiki. I was about 25 years old. He looked exactly how you'd expect a crab sorcerer to look, long flowing blue robes and a wise old face. He had a ceramic jug filled with sticks, sand and a few river crabs. He then put a lid on the pot and told me to ask the crabs a question.

I asked what my future would hold. He took the lid off the pot and the crabs had moved the sticks around and scratched lines in the sand. He was very excited about whatever had transpired in the dark pot.

In his tribal language, Kapsiki, he told me that I was going to be a big chief someday and that I would help many people with whatever I am in charge of. I hope he was right!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

When I began TEFLPros, I had a .com business background and English teaching and training expertise, but the concept of building an online business from scratch was new to me. I have learned SO much about web development and I still feel like it's only the tip of the iceberg!

I also learned that it's important to work with the best when it comes to building websites, which is what we did for TEFLPros.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Recently one of our grads got a job at one of the most prestigious schools in Thailand. Another one started working in West Africa where her TEFL certification wasn't required but she was so happy that she could be a great teacher because of what she learned from TEFLPros.

One grad is a retired man volunteering to teach in his spare time. A Filipino teacher was recently promoted because of her TEFLPros certification. Another woman is teaching Syrian refugees in Europe. I could go on and on...

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

We only offer one so I would choose that! Haha. Actually, the choice to only offer one very specific certification (120-hour TEFL) was very much on purpose. Other companies have so many things going on and their online courses usually fall by the wayside and therefore lack in quality.

We noticed this happening and decided that we wanted to focus 100% on making our online course the best. Our attention to detail and specialized approach is what makes TEFLPros 120-hour certification different.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Wow so many things :) I'll just choose three. As I mentioned, TEFLPros doesn't have a bunch of irons in the fire so we can focus 100% of our energy on providing the best online course out there.

We aren't a big "TEFL Course Factory" so we can pay attention to our students as much or as little as they'd like. We want to create the closest thing to an in-person course, online. We also know that modern learners want something interactive and interesting which is why we have so many hours of video on our course.

Most importantly, we want our grads to be successful after they fly out of the TEFLPros nest. Graduates leave us with two certificates (one from us and one from Accreditat) and a full portfolio of lesson plans to show on interviews. We provide an interview and resume guide, job assistance, access to a closed Facebook group, and most importantly a fantastic education so you can KEEP the job once you get it.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

  • Caring about the customers and being attentive to their questions
  • Agility. Nowadays, if you can't adjust quickly to what's happening in the world, your company will sink. You have to be open to new ideas and new approaches.
  • Passion. If you aren't passionate about what you do, you will never become successful, not as a person and as a company. I know what it feels like to work a job that I hate. And with TEFLPros and teaching, I know what it feels like to work a job I LOVE.