International TEFL Academy

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JoAnna
10/10

I have been thinking about teaching abroad for so many years. I finally decided to go through with up because... why not!? I found ITA Costa Rica in Barva, Heredia, through searching ESL teaching programs abroad. ITA Costa Rica was the one I found the most positive reviews about. While reading about the program I had the best feeling about the program. It was a sense of comfort and I felt like it was a true educational program that would prepare me the best for teaching English as a Second Language. Once choosing ITA Costa Rica I had a sense of peace and I felt like I was about to make the greatest move of my life.

* Reasons why you SHOULD take this course:
- The course instructors, Luke and Melanie are absolutely amazing. You are given so much guidance throughout the whole process. They are both experts in TESOL and give you so many helpful resources & tools throughout the course.
- Starting with the first day of class, your mind will be put at ease with what you'll have to do and what is expected of you throughout the course. Everything is organized very nicely day by day. You are shown how to navigate the calendars, teaching schedule, moodle (where all course info will be available online), and where all the essential things are in Barva to help you be successful throughout the month.
- Without a doubt you are able to walk into this course with out any teaching experience and walk out feeling confident about how to be a teacher in the TESOL world. So don't be intimidated!!!
- It is not overwhelming if you stay on top of the work and if you have good time management skills - you will be fine!
- It is a very affordable program!
- You have the opportunity to stay with a homestay family - and you should definitely do it!! It gives you such a sense of security to have a family and they truly do care about you. They are supportive, extremely nice and cook amazing food! It's an easy way to experience the culture and practice Spanish.
- You are living in a beautiful country - obviously :)

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, nothing. You will need to be open to new opportunities and different cultural approaches.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Morgan
10/10

My expectations were very high coming into this course, and still they were exceeded. I met some of the best people in this course & they have prepared me amazingly to be a teacher. They introduced us to many people who are directors of language academies. Most of them personally know Luke and Melanie & they trust that the class prepares us well. I was even hired before the course finished because they knew that I would be able to teach efficiently if I made it though the course. That being said, the course is so doable. It’s all very practical and the instructors help you every step of the way. Overall this course was so fun and helped me not only be a fantastic teacher, but it helped me be familiar with Costa Rican culture!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sue
9/10

I completed the ITA TEFL course in Costa Rica. The coursework was very challenging and kept me busy with work the entire month, however, my classmates and I still found time to get away on the weekends to enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica.

While I understood a lot of Spanish before arriving, my speaking ability was very limited. Staying in a homestay, I had the opportunity to learn so much, as well as getting excellent meals and having my laundry done, allowing me all the time I needed to complete my coursework.

The instructors were very knowledgeable and although I was wondering during the first two weeks if they were trying to weed us out due to the intensity of the workload, I came to understand that they were just ensuring we were fully prepared.

3 weeks into the course, I applied for a job teaching English in the Galapagos Islands, a dream location for a former science teacher! Within three days, I had been interviewed and offered the job! The morning after completing my TEFL course, I was on a plane to Ecuador.

At least once a day, I use specific information, tricks, activities, or grammar learned during my course, and I can still hear my instructors voices as I teach.

Don’t expect this course to be an easy A, even for the most experienced student. I have 2 masters degrees, and this was the most work I’ve had to do for a course ever, but every assignment has proven to be valuable.

How can this program be improved?
More organization of the course schedule and assignments. I found myself having to check multiple documents to find the information needed to understand the scope of each assignment, and had different ways to turn in different assignments. Streamlining this process would reduce the already high stress that naturally accompanies an intensive course such as this.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
10/10

I took it upon myself to walk into the ITA office several years ago merely inquiring about my options for my [then] pipe-dream of living and working abroad. From start to finish, the staff was extremely helpful and gave me the tools I needed to feel more confident regarding my experience of teaching abroad and has since opened up quite a few doors over the years.

Compared to many people I know, my TEFL certification experience was unique in the sense that I was in a classroom for a month-long practicum. Although ITA offers an online course which I have also heard great things about, I preferred to be in a classroom and interacting with other people in the same boat as me.

ITA was the boost that gave me the courage to move halfway across the world in 2013, and nearly five years later I'm still finding the course beneficial. One of the reasons this program is unparalleled to others in the market is the fact the alumni groups exist. I've been teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for a little over a year now and have connected with so many awesome ITA alumni here through the Facebook groups. It's honestly been an invaluable asset to the certification itself. In addition, the South Korea Alumni group connected me with one of my closest girlfriends I've met abroad; same with the Vietnam group.

While I didn't initially move abroad to teach English in Vietnam, I'm glad the path brought me here, as not only is it one of my favorite countries on our planet, but my entire experience in Saigon has been completely transformative. I largely have ITA to thank for that, as I may not have had this opportunity otherwise.

All in all, I had a wonderful experience and cannot recommend the program enough.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I can really recommend changing would be to possibly adapt some of the course material to include sections on dealing with super young learners, rather than just adults. Many people who go to Asia are generally not teaching adults right off the bat. This may have changed since 2013, though!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jacqueline
10/10

I had been contemplating taking the TEFL certification course for over a year and had ben speaking with ITA TEFL Academy for some time. I registered at a time when I received a great discount in the price of the courses and I was very satisfied. The courseload was a bit difficult because I was a high school teacher with a full load at the same time. But I persevered and am at the end of my Practicum. I was very satisfied and would recommend this course to others.

How can this program be improved?
I would not change anything about this program right now.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Jacqueline, Thank you for your review! Really happy to hear that things are off to a fantastic start. Keep us posted on your adventures and if you ever need anything, just get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shannon
10/10

I'm so glad I chose this program to begin my journey to teach abroad because an ITA Alumni is the reason I got a job overseas so quickly. Upon completion of my course, which I was able to do online while also taking college classes, I saw a post in the ITA Taiwan Alumni group where someone had a job opening at their school and was able to message this person and get an application in right away. It was a very quick process and I did not have to do much searching on my end for a good job overseas. If any of my friends or family wishes to teach abroad in the future I will 100% reference ITA to them.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Shannon, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience! Really glad to hear your job search has gone smoothly so far and we're wishing you the very, very best in Taiwan! Keep us posted! If you ever need any help just get in touch with us! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Keenan
10/10

There are lots of TEFL course options. I would highly recommend International TEFL Academy. I opted to complete the on-line course. The materials were appropriate and adjusted for on-line learning. I had access to resources during my course completion, while I completed the practicum and life-long job guidance. How great is that!? In addition, there are so many resources about job searching and preferred schools. A great choice and so much value to the course.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Keenan,

Sounds like you had a great experience with your ITA Online class and practicum - awesome! If you ever need anything or have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ifeoma
10/10

Enrolling in the International TEFL Academy was the best investment I’ve made for myself. The course was seamless and everything was properly outlined and explained. The video elaborations were very useful tools in truly comprehending the different topics. I love the ITA because the staff is exceptional as well. There were so many resources provided to promote success. I am overjoyed because I chose ITA and I can’t wait to start teaching overseas.

How can this program be improved?
I loved everything about this course.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Wow, such kind feedback! Thank you so much for your review and we're overjoyed that you're overjoyed! Anything you need, always just get in touch! Safe travels! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mairin
9/10

This was a great place to take my TEFL course. I would recommend it overall but particularly to people that are planning to use the PPP method to teach in a traditional classroom. The instructors are enthusiastic and obviously care about the students. The grammar review was stellar and we thoroughly dove into all areas of PPP. The only thing lacking in my opinion was introducing other methods of teaching. Even just a brief review of their schools of thought and the different approaches would have been a great addition to the course. The practicum was well organized and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to teach in different types of classrooms and interact with different ages to get a feel for what level I may like to teach. Overall I would recommend this course and you can’t go wrong with the location in Chiang Mai!

How can this program be improved?
Include more critical thinking practices during the last two weeks of lesson planning. The formula was a little to cut and paste.
Response from International TEFL Academy

We really appreciate your detailed feedback and suggestions about the course curriculum about your experience in Chiang Mai! Overall, we're really glad to hear that you had a positive experience with the class! If you ever need any help with your job search don't hesitate to get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Todd
9/10

Where to take our TEFL course was a decision my wife and I mulled over for quite some time. After taking a career break and traveling in Southeast Asia for nine months we moved on to Europe. While touring around Europe in a camper van we decided to take the plunge and sign up for a TEFL program and in doing so change the course of our lives. But the options of where to take the course seemed limitless. We fell in love with Chiang Mai while passing through the previous spring and decided it was the place! The amazing culture and hospitality of Thailand would be great fit for us and it would allow us to explore the area more. Chiang Mai is an incredible city with a lot to offer yet it's very easy to navigate. SEE TEFL had excellent reviews and came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. John
and his team are extremely professional and were always around to give advice and help. While we didn't stay in Thailand to teach I would highly recommend taking your course with SEE TEFL especially if your goal is to teach somewhere in the country. As an added bonus we made friends that will last a lifetime.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Todd, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience getting TEFL certified in Chiang Mai! Really appreciate your insights and it sounds like you and your wife are having quite the adventure! Awesome! If there's ever anything we can do for you guys or if you need help with your job search in Thailand or elsewhere, just ask! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program