International TEFL Academy

Program Reviews

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Victoria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Don't let the big price tag scare you: this course has the bang to match your buck! I was impressed with the sheer volume of information, the difficulty of the assignments, and the extensive support network ITA has to offer. I felt like I was back in college - in both a good and an exhausting way! - while taking this course. I learned things in 10 weeks that 2.5 years working in the industry hadn't taught me. I also now understand the "why" behind a lot of what I do. This course has made me excited to move abroad, and equipped me with the knowledge to feel confident about doing so. Now that I'm done, I'm looking forward to taking advantage of the job search guidance ITA offers. I'm confident in their ability to help me, too, as one of my classmates already received her job offer - two weeks before the course even finished!

What would you improve about this program?
I would've liked a little more time to complete the Thematic Unit (Final Project) at the end, as the break-neck speed of this course left little wiggle room for life to squeeze in!
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Toniann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Let me start by saying that I am 36 year old female that has already been well in-depth in her career. I went to Barcelona, Spain on vacation and literally left saying I want to move here.. but how? I did my research and found ITA online and immediately made up my mind that I was gong to become an ESL teacher, ditch my corporate America job and leave everything behind to move to Spain. I read everything the site provided and then I read it a couple more times. I signed up for the class, and fortunate for me they were having a sale at the time and I was able to save on the tuition. I have always been a "student", but starting this program I quickly realized it was not going to be a walk in the park and I needed to put my all into it. And so I did. I have learnt a great deal and was not always easy for me with no real teaching experience. I have completed the course and feel 100% ore confident than I did half way through the course. I highly recommend this course to anyone trying to become an ESL teacher. In addition to the course, the support provided by the ITA staff has been tremendous.

What would you improve about this program?
As a complete new comer to teaching ESL, the assignments in the beginning were a bit overwhelming, but perhaps with more explicit instructions I would have eased into the course more comfortably.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Sorry we are so slow to reply to your reply, but really, thank you so much for sharing your experience. It takes a lot of courage to take the plunge and make a change and go on this grand adventure. We're glad you chose ITA and don't hesitate to get in touch if we can ever assist you moving forward! - ITA

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Virginia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This is not a simple certification course. The theory is provided in depth as are the assignments that need to be completed. I wouldn't consider this course to be part-time but full-time with all of the research and formatting needed to complete the assignments. The course will make you into a strong lesson planner and you will know how to find and incorporate materials whether or not you have a textbook for your class. You will learn how to create interesting lessons that your students will remember that are provided in context. Make sure you have plenty of time to pursue this course; it will help with your understanding and strengthen you as a new teacher.
Know that once you complete the course you will still have 4-6 weeks to wait for your final certification.

What would you improve about this program?
I recommend there be more actual demonstration on using the skills taught for that chapter via uploading videos of their use rather than writing research papers about them.
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Deby
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed my experience with International TEFL Academy. The were extremely helpful in making me feel confident in the process. Both my student affairs advisors and course instructor answered any questions I had throughly and in a timely manner. The course was easy to follow and gave me plenty of time to complete it. I worked 40+ hours a week and never felt too overwhelmed. The task and course content will give you a strong grasp to be an effective teacher in the classroom. The only area that was confusing was their job search guidance. There is a lot of information and it can be daunting. Overall, I recommend International TEFL Academy if you are considering in going abroad. They have so many programs to offer and tons of expertise.

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Cody
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed taking this online class. It has great instructors and good material. I highly recommend taking this course if you want to be a certified ESL teacher. This course has all the right material you need to learn about learning how to teach as an ESL teacher. It will teach you how to plan lessons, cultural sensitivity, different learning approaches and much more. The Academy will even help you land a job after you complete the course so I definitely recommend this course. The instructors are great and the support staff are very helpful. This course is affordable and can really build your resume having this certification. I think it is great for students, retirees, or anyone looking to travel to distant countries and teach English.

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve nothing. It was great. I think it was great exactly how it is and I would not change a thing.
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Tiffany Marie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am very happy I took this course because it was a great learning experience. This course was very thorough and structured. This course was 11 weeks long and I feel it flies by so quickly. I was very into the material I was reading and the weekly quizzes forced me to retain the information. My teacher was excellent and her instructions on the weekly assignments were straightforward. She would explain what mistakes students tend to make so you know what mistakes to avoid. It leads you to the right direction when you know what not to do. The course requires a lot of writing so you have to be very passionate about learning this material and have a purpose for taking this course or it will feel daunting. I am very excited to become a teacher abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
Although the job search manual includes a lot of information and provides resources such as Facebook groups and other links, I feel like explanations about getting a visa details is still hard to understand depending on where you want to move.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thank you for reviewing ITA! Glad you had a great experience and thought your instructor was excellent - always good to hear! Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you ever need help with your job search, particularly if you ever have questions about visas! That can be a VERY confusing topic and we are always happy to help. Your advisor in Student Affairs would be your go-to for any questions moving forward. Happy travels!- ITA

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Alison
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took International TEFL Academy's online course starting in June 2019. I can't emphasize how helpful it was for someone who had absolutely no teaching background, minus a few workshops or facilitation sessions I've conducted at work. It was really helpful to understand and actually craft lesson plans, review lexis and grammar, and gain tips & tricks for classroom management. Overall, I highly recommend this course for anyone who is ready to travel and earn an income while doing so. Additionally, the online course was great for me, as I work full time Monday-Friday from about 8-5 (which helps me save money to go abroad!). For those waffling about taking an in-person or online TEFL certification, I would say both have their pros and cons. But for an online course, I found this really interactive and organized.

In terms of job search guidance - I haven't really gotten to this portion yet because I just wrapped up the main course and I am not planning on leaving the US to teach abroad for some time. However, ITA's job manual, informational videos about particular countries, links to Facebook groups, Instagram stories for those who are teaching abroad, and the Q&As that they post on social media are already extremely helpful. I've been narrowing down my choices based on a lot those resources, and I look forward to speaking with a job search advisor soon. Overall, if you're thinking about a TEFL certification, I'd highly recommend ITA.

What would you improve about this program?
At the end of the course you have the option to add on two extra weeks for Young Learners and Business Professionals (free of charge!). I was really excited about this, and still think it's beneficial. However, they threw in the two weeks right at the end of the course and made the first week of Young Learners the same week as the final project was due. It was all so much and I stayed up really late to balance everything I had to do while maintaining a day job from 8-6. I'd suggest to ITA that they should communicate that the two extra weeks will be concurrent with the final project and have different due dates than what was in the main course, to prepare online students that it could be a really busy week.
Response from International TEFL Academy

This is an incredibly thoughtful review! Thank you for sharing your story and honest feedback, we greatly appreciate it. Don't hesitate to get in touch if we can ever help you out! You have lifetime job search guidance so when you're ready to get moving on your job search, call/email Student Affairs and they will be ready to help you out! Happy travels! - ITA

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Nicole
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm so happy I decided to take my TEFL course through ITA. I feel I am so much more prepared to teach overseas. Their course is informative and engaging and really prepares you to provide the best learning experience for your future students. Highly recommended!

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michael
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It's tough deciding, when there are so many programs to choose from. I must have searched for weeks, I talked to recruiters from all over the world. Then, there was the challenge of actually deciding whether to do this whole thing online or do it remotely in a location which was described as intensive. When I finally decided to take an online approach I felt a bit intimidated because I wasn't sure how I would fair. I've always done better in person and sometimes, when material is dense, I can make mistakes which normally would have been trouble shot in a classroom setting. But, I was surprised to get so much extra attention from my professor and she was really compassionate to me in my learning curve to become an ESL certified teacher.

What would you improve about this program?
I would do a bit more in job placement, there are resources but I think that having an assigned counselor whom is willing to reach out to you would be great.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with ITA, Michael! Glad you ended up taking the plunge and that you had a great experience with your professor. Be sure to take advantage of your job search advisor here at ITA. You have an advisor in our Student Affairs Department to assist you with every phase of your job search. Just shoot them an email or give them a call and they will be there to make sure you're all set. Happy travels! - ITA

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Bryant
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I truly loved the experience of learning the foundation of what it takes to become an effective ESL teacher. I came in expecting the course to be "easy", but it was challenging. For the money I spent, I am thankful it was challenging because it made me feel as though my money was well spent and, more importantly, my time. If we want to become the best teachers, we have to be great students. In order to go in that direction, we need challenging environments that push us beyond our comfort zones. In life, we are all students and teachers, even if we do not view ourselves as teachers. We teach not only through direct teaching and instruction, but also through modeling. There are always eyes watching us to see what traits can be adopted to include in one's own life. In essence, teachers are always students and students are always teachers.

What would you improve about this program?
I would make sure that the module objectives for each task are explained in greater detail. Right now, it seems they are too vague, which can cause issues with completing tasks.
Response from International TEFL Academy

You're right, this course isn't easy! But we're so glad you feel the course was a good investment of your time, money & energy. Thanks for sharing your feedback about the course, we will pass this over to our Student Affairs Department! Don't hesitate to get in touch if you ever need any help! - ITA