International TEFL Academy

Program Reviews

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Arash
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience was unique with TEFL courses. The practical part and task-based nature of the course can help me a lot in real life teaching situations. There is a practical side behind every good theory. In a sense that Ss know for sure that s/he can use what s/he has learnt in real life situations. If applicability is limited to the four walls of the classroom, then it is only good for special occasions.

Whenever all the pillars of teaching are present, there will be no barriers on the way of teaching and learning. There exist T(s), ELL(s), objective, and the most important of all application. There is a clear and vivid one to one correspondence between classroom activities and real life activities. They can be expanded and abridged. Ss can give comments on them and use them in related context.

What would you improve about this program?
If I were one of the course designers, I will add more examples and situations which demand the use of four major skills- S, L, R, and W.
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Sergio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When I first started this course, I admit I was rather nervous. I never had any experience teaching, much less teaching English. However, I was blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Professor Cruz, and Ms. Houston. These two provided me with the confidence I needed to move forward in my journey to become an English teacher. I experience nothing short of utmost professionalism and dedication from these two individuals. It was clear that these two represented the pinnacle of professionalism and dedication to see me succeed. My experience with this course has provided me with the unique insight, and confidence I needed to become a successful teacher. I am grateful to have had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of this phenomenal course.

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Stefanie
8/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Overall, the course was extremely helpful and very thorough. I am a business major and work in the marketing field. I graduated college 7 years ago and have worked in two different jobs as a marketing director so teaching is not something in my background or my area of expertise. As someone brand new to teaching, this course really explores all areas of teaching English as a foreign language (I know there are plenty of other things to learn as a general teacher in a school). I feel very prepared to move abroad and begin teaching in a language school. I am ready to write lesson plans and I think will be able to bring my life experiences into the classroom which will be helpful rather than hurtful. One of the most eye opening things for me was the idea of student centered classrooms. In traditional school environments, the teachers did most of the talking and led lecture based classes so I have never really experienced a student centered classroom but this makes so much sense for a language environment. If the students aren't speaking, then most likely they aren't learning.

What would you improve about this program?
Robert Zappa introduced me to this school and program and brought me on board. He was persistent in his communication, informative in his emails and phone calls, and helpful whenever I needed him. I would recommend that the person who is responsible as a job search mentor would be equally as proactive in their pursuit of students. So much is going on during the course and in real life that the general emails that we receive from the student affairs office isn't enough. It would be nice if the advisor who is responsible for me as a student would immediately reach out and talk to me throughout and keep me on top of the things necessary to be successful after I finish the course. I know that I must take responsibility for my future and of course I will but in the meantime while working full time and doing this course on top of that, it is a little daunting to think of the other tasks necessary for getting a job until after you're finished the course itself.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thanks for taking the time to write this detailed review, Stefanie. Glad you feel prepared to take the plunge and move abroad and begin your teaching career. We'll pass this feedback over to Robert, too! Don't hesitate to get in touch, you have a personalized job search advisor here at ITA just like you worked with Robert on the front end. Thanks for your feedback about ou job search guidance advisors. Our job search advisors operate a bit differently because every single student is on a different timeline. Some students get certified and don't actually want to teach abroad for another 2 years, so they just aren't ready to begin their job search yet. If you're ready to get your job search started now, get in touch with us and we are ready to work with you and get your job search rolling. I will also pass this message along to our Student Affairs team and have someone reach out to you! - ITA

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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose ITA for my TEFL certification because they have a better reputation than other TEFL programs. They require a little more work of their students (thus students are better prepared), but the course as a whole was very well structured and made me think like a teacher! Highly recommend this course as you'll leave it with a certificate that has a top reputation, you get personalized guidance through the job finding and visa process, and the instructors are super accessible! The nice thing about this course is that they provide you a full textbook if you take the course online, and you can use it for future reference. The textbook provides you a strong baseline/guidelines and examples, and then peer interaction in the class message board is great to bounce ideas off each other and get useful links from your classmates. The task assignments are great to push you out of your thinking box and help you find outside resources, and the instructor gives you personal feedback as well. It's great!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would say that it's only 10+ weeks to complete and become certified. This course does require you to complete 20 hours of shadowing in a teaching classroom, which is very beneficial! I was hesitant to spend a little more money, but in the end I think it's totally worth it for the reputation and preparation you receive.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Jessica. You're right, our course is definitely not the type of class that you just breeze through, but it's worth it! We're always here to assist you along the way in your job search so don't hesitate to reach out. - ITA

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Kayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The course was everything I needed and more. My advisor and instructor were very helpful, and I found that even though the course was challenging, it was very informative. In the beginning, I had zero knowledge of teaching, but now I feel much more confident as I search for my first job overseas. I'd read that this course was very tough, and it's true, but it's a gradually process that goes from slightly easy to really difficult. I'd never before created full lesson plans or activity worksheets from scratch—now that I've done that, I know I can take on anything. It keeps you on your toes and it has shaped me into a better facilitator! I don't have my degree yet, but that still isn't stopping me from achieving my dream of traveling! Future students, I'd say 'go for it and have fun!'

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep in mind you must complete 20 hours of observation or tutoring or teaching!
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thank you so, so much for this review, Kayla! This really made our day! We are so glad you had such a great experience. Don't hesitate to get in touch if we can ever help you out! - ITA

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Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I completed the online class, and found it very capable of having a working schedule during the day and still be able to complete my course load. I loved my teacher Kristin Jones! I feel very confident in my lesson plan writing skills, and ability to teach a class full of students that may have never experienced the English language. Grateful to ITA for their course! The online webinars really helped with completing the final project as well as understanding the material. I have not used the job finder help yet, but they have already reached out to me and want me to succeed in finding a job! I suggest that students interested should invest in buying the grammar book as well as the textbook in hardcopy. I used them routinely throughout my course and fully intend on using it as I teach.

What would you improve about this program?
That it may be difficult, but not impossible to find a job without a degree in the online platforms of teaching.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thank you so much for this review! We will also pass this over to Kristin, it will really make her day. Glad you had a great experience in your class. We're always here for job search guidance so don't hesitate to get in touch! - ITA

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Naydene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My initial thoughts were that I won't be able to cope with assignments and online tests while having a full-time job + being a mother of 2. As I progressed with my course I saw that it was really not that hectic (as I thought it was going to be). I was able to submit all my assignments on time, every week! I really enjoyed learning something new in every chapter. The content is resourceful and helpful. A tip to future TEFL students, I printed out every weeks chapter readings, and put it in a file. When I got time off at work, during my lunch break, I would study! It also helps to have it printed when you have to do your online tests, because each test has a one hour time limit. It just makes it easier to look up answers instead of searching online. I am glad I took the courage to sign up with ITA!

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program needs no improvements. It covers all you need to know!
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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm always happy when I find those rare instructors and programs that actually know their subject well enough and care enough about it to teach it well---with strategically placed content and relevant student tasks. ITA is a great example of such a program and such instructors. The homework took just the right amount of time each week and I truly found myself learning things that felt useful. I often felt inspired to apply what I learned, as I could easily see its application and importance. I usually don't write reviews of products and services, but because ITA did such a good job of meeting a need that I rarely see met, I wanted to write this review. I really want ITA to become an example to the world of good teaching and good student programs.

What would you improve about this program?
It met all my expectations. No improvements come to mind.
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Isabel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I can not speak about my experience with Job search Guidance because I have not started it yet.
About the course, I believe the best I can say is that I would recommend it without hesitation!
When I enrolled I had no special expectations. From chapter to chapter, from task to task the challenge grew bigger and I found myself completely dedicated to the course and to learn better. These courses are an excellent opportunity to to open horizons in terms of learning experience and I believe in terms of opening doors to travel the world teaching a language. Teaching is in itself a chance to get closer to locals and exchange culture, life experiences and stories. Living in a different community is the best way to embrace the fact that is always a different way to look at life.

Response from International TEFL Academy

We greatly appreciate this review! Don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions or if you need any job search guidance help! Happy travels!

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Dolly
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I learned more than I thought and found confidence in possibility of being a teacher. I never considered teaching so the possibility and thought was outrageous. But I love traveling and want to see other places, I figured if there’s a way to travel and earn money at the same time while not. I cannot wait for the experience and what I will learn in the process.
The teacher was helpful and provided feedback that improved my work every week. The resources are amazing and you have access to answers for questions you didn’t even know you had. The school was recommended by a former college classmate she loves teaching right now and her experience inspired me to consider. I myself can say it was worth it and I plan on recommending it to as many people as I can.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go for it. It would be worth the expense and experience to come.