International TEFL Academy

Program Reviews

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Sarang
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

PLEASE READ TILL END!! I beg you.
You can easily get your TEFL certification online from a much cheaper website.
There is no thing as a "fake TEFL certification". My sister and I lost over $2,000 on this program, and we're not even able to get a job due to visa problems. PLEASE SAVE YOUR MONEY!! You can find the similar programs for less than $100. The assignments and videos given were outdated and unnecessarily long. When you try to apply for their course, they contact you right away and stay in touch with you. After the program, they don't even try to help you find a job, which they promised prior to registering. I am still unable to find an English teaching job. I tried several times contacting the company but NO response. I called and emailed. PLEASE PLEASE save yourself and DON'T apply to this overpriced program. Hagwons in Korea do not require 4 year degrees, but this TEFL organization keeps ignoring that information when I talked to them. They will try to convince the heck out of you saying the cheaper TEFL options won't give you the "full experience". To be honest, schools don't even look at the TEFL certifications. Talking to many people teaching abroad in Korea, all of them said they won't care about your TEFL as long as you're from an English speaking country. There is no official thing as a real TEFL certification. Anybody can set up their own site claiming to sell TEFL certifications and that TEFL certificate will be valid for use. Save yourself time and money by listening to me. I usually don't post reviews, but this had to be said. I wish somebody else would've put this review for me before I took their course.

What would you improve about this program?
This company is ripping all their students off by charging a thousand dollars.
I really wish I didn't do this stupid program. You can find the same TEFL certification programs for SO MUCH cheaper. I promise. It doesn't matter where you get your TEFL certification. Some places don't even check. DON'T FALL FOR THIS TRAP!
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hello Sarang,

Based on your feedback, we wanted to reach out to address some of the points you mention in your review.

First, all International TEFL Academy operated classes are externally monitored and approved at a Level 5 Ofqual (British Government) accreditation by TQUK (authorized accreditor of Ofqual). There are many low-cost courses and certificates available, but they will not meet the same standards of accreditation, if they are accredited at all. This accreditation ensures that your TEFL certificate from us here at ITA is globally recognized. It also lets schools know that you have completed a training that includes not only theory, but a hands-on teaching practicum experience as well. There is a long list of significant differences between ITA and any TEFL provider that offers courses for $100.

Students who reach out to us here at ITA speak with professionally trained Admissions Advisors before they enroll. We require this to ensure every student fully understands their realistic options for moving abroad and understands what we do as an organization (pre-enrollment guidance, accredited TEFL courses, lifetime job search assistance, etc.) We want to be as transparent as possible with every single student so everyone's expectations are aligned. When you and your sister reached out, you were in touch with one of our Admissions Advisors regarding the feasibility of teaching English in South Korea without a university degree. You were informed before you enrolled that South Korea does in fact require a four-year university degree in order to obtain a work visa in Korea. Your Admissions Advisor also shared information about additional options and job markets around the world that do not require a four-year university degree.

Finally, when you reached out to our Student Affairs department regarding your job search, you received a response within 1 business day with answers to your inquiries. If you would like to resume your job search, we are here to help and would be happy to work with you at any time. Our job search guidance is lifetime and we will be here to help you whenever you are ready to get started.

- ITA

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Jonas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went during Songkran of 2019 and it was amazing (I highly recommend doing so because they may also be running a special at the same time)! Songkran is like their New Year's and it's this HUGE water fight and all types of festivities. I've never been that far out of the country and this was a very pleasant first experience. The staff were from all over the world just like the coursemates you have which adds to the experience (strangely though in my course that specific time there were a lot of Americans, the teachers found that odd as well).

They gave us language and cultural awareness classes and excursions along with our TEFL classes to aid in mobility around the country. They assisted with opening bank accounts, job search assistance during and months after the course while also assisting in searching for housing and even dental work! If you were to teach in Thailand literally the head of the ministry of education is one of your instructors and gives you a stamp of approval if you really need it (no pressure!)

The course itself was quite rigorous given the fact that it's just a month and if it was longer it would not feel as taxing. You feel rather bombarded after the first week and the end of week 3 and start of week 4 feel like pure chaos but that's because you've never made a lesson plan/taught before. Once you have it's beyond smooth sailing. You may get a psudeo-coteacher to help with some kids so that is also nice plus the kids can really take a liking to you rather quickly which makes your job that much easier.

Also for anyone else who is black in the diaspora (I'm African American) I was one of three in the course and to my knowledge the instructors did not make us feel unwanted or incapable of completing any tasks or any feelings of targeted discrimination (subtle/coded or otherwise); any feelings of doubt were coming from the course load itself. Final point on this, I speak AAVE (first) and SAE (second) and re-learning how to "properly" speak English in it's standard British or American format can make you feel as though there is no way you can feasibly teach English because you're default is already strongly dialectal borderline second language. However, I promise if you are someone who can/do already code switch habitually you will be fine and complete the course no problem; code-switch back when you're not at work!

Taking this course has given me friends from all over the world and those from the country I taught in. It has truly transformed my life for the better and has opened doors to opportunities I had not idea existed; also lasts a lifetime. The job search assistance and onboarding and personalized help is still going on with this company and I can still communicate and get proper documentation with my instructors in Chiang Mai still to this as well. I personally recommend this company and hope this review can give you a little more honest insights into the course!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Literally google maps is such an amazing tool when you don't know much already; use it. Get a lay of the land before arriving and search for at least 2 week accommodation before you arrive so you can plan accordingly.
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john
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've been teaching with an online company for a few years and haven't had much experience with live students. Lauren did a fantastic job setting me up with a great company here in Taiwan. She streamlined everything and was able to get me in touch with some of the best schools. I'm extremely grateful for her professionalism as well as being a FREE resource. I only wished I would've found this website sooner. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.Thanks, Lauren and Go Overseas for this amazing opportunity.

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Jennifer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The International TEFL Academy was very easy to fit into my schedule. I loved how everything was set up each week of doing peer responses, a quiz, and an activity. It is a good mix of lesson planning and learning for the activities. The book used is amazing and easy to understand. The second instructor was good at explaining what was going on each week and graded the homework quickly. I also felt heard through the experience, when I felt like my first instructor was not doing the best, ITA immediately found a new instructor to take over and help make the rest of the class. My favorite thing was that I got an extra 60 days after the 11 weeks to complete the practicum experience.

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Ana
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am a lawyer by profession. I have spent all my life behind a computer trying to solve urgent problems happening all around the world in the shipping industry. I had never worked with children nor as a teacher before. The course gives you a very good insight as to how a language should be taught. This method is far from the methods used when I was at school. At that time we only learned grammar and literature and never in context . The TEFL course shows you how to teach grammar and vocabulary, always in context, making sure the student is in the centre of the class, learning games that students enjoy.

What would you improve about this program?
Giving more guarantees about finding jobs afterwards.
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Brant
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The International TEFL/TESOL Course was the best decision for me because it allowed a degree of flexibility that other courses different offer, but, don't let the online nature of this class fool you. The class content was rich and the amount of materials, examples, videos, etc was outstanding. The course instructor I had (Barbara) was excellent in providing constructive feedback, live office hours, and timely with assignment grading. If you're looking for a course that will give you what you need to know to teach English abroad, and more, this is the one.

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Elizabeth
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

International TEFL/TESOL is definitely not one of those certifications they just hand out for a fee. I found the course to be very informative and very challenging. Definitely not an easy A! I feel confident that I am now qualified to teach in just about any environment and that I was properly trained. I would have liked a little more time to complete assignments and take advantage of some of the resources like the live lectures. I may try to go back and rewatch some videos before it's too late.

What would you improve about this program?
I would like more time to access resources such as the live lectures.
Response from International TEFL Academy

We really appreciate this review! You're 100% right - we are not one of those TEFL classes where you just get a piece of paper. You truly have to put in the time and effort to make it happen, so we're very glad that you did and had a great experience! We are always here to assist you along the way, so don't hesitate to get in touch and we'll be here! Cheers to all your adventures! - ITA

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Trinity
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This TEFL course has helped me understand how to become a stronger teacher and has given me the tools/resources to continually improve upon that. I have enjoyed every week of the course and hope to utilize the strong TEFL community moving into the future. After near completion, I am glad to have chosen the International TEFL School over other options as it exceeded my expectations. More than anything this course has allowed me the mindfulness of how to approach the world of teaching and provided a strong base to build on.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Trinity,

Thanks for this review! We are so glad that you're experience exceeded expectations. We're always here to assist you so don't hesitate to get in touch! - ITA

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Timothy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as an International TEFL Academy student. The Support Staff and Instructors were exceptional from start to finish. I now feel genuinely empowered as I pursue my aspirations to teach ESL to adults. I have travelled to several countries already. I intend to use the information that I have learned to prepare me to be an even more effective teacher. I am excited about what lies in store for the future thanks to the ITEFL course. Take this course -- You won't regret it.

What would you improve about this program?
I am overall pleased with everything that the program offered. If you want a challenge and are willing to make an effort, sign up and go for it! No regrets.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Timothy,

Thank you so much for sharing your store and writing this review. We greatly appreciate your insights. We're always here if you need any job search assistance or have any questions, so don't hesitate to get in touch! - ITA

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Melinda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you have chosen to obtain your TEFL certificate through ITA, you have just made the best decision of your life. The entire staff from your recruitment person to your instructor to the tech support to the employment guidance personnel are completely dedicated to your success. The course work is challenging but doable and each assignment helps to build you into a better ESL instructor. You will definitely feel more confident and eager to teach abroad by the end of the term. I simply cannot recommend this course enough!

What would you improve about this program?
Just maybe a little more encouragement for the older student who wants to pursue this path.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Melinda, Thank you so, so much for taking the time to write this review. Truly, your review means a lot to us and we are so glad you've had a fantastic experience. We've always got your back, so don't hesitate to get in touch and we're here to help! - ITA