International TEFL Academy

Program Reviews

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Diana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would recommend ITA to anyone; particularly, if you want to earn your TEFL while working full-time. The workload is manageable and insightful. The lesson planning assignments were helpful and my tutor, Wayne Walker, gave me great feedback. The best part of ITA is the support from staff. They are always available via email or phone to answer questions, give advice, and discuss your concerns. They were incredibly helpful and kind and reassuring during what can be an uncertain and stressful process. Take advantage of the job search guidance materials, alumni interviews, and free webinars.

What would you improve about this program?
I would suggest they continuously update the schools listed in job search guidance manual. Besides that, the manual was really helpful.
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Maddie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I found this course to be very effective and useful in preparing me to teach abroad. The course was challenging and very encompassing. They also throw you in almost immediately to activity and lesson planning. While this seems very intimidating when it first happens, I am very grateful to have been exposed so early on. The thing I am most grateful for though is the job search guidance and alumni support. Student Affairs has been wonderful in giving me feedback and guidance on the resume and cover letter, interviews, and school locations. The alumni are also extremely well connected. Being able to speak with other people who had already spent time teaching in my desired country was so helpful in giving me confidence in my choice to go to Taiwan and reassurance that any question I have can be answered by another alum.

What would you improve about this program?
I really can't think of anything. It's been great.
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Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoy the support I receive from everyone at ITA! From the beginning to now, they have always been willing and happy to answer every question I have had. The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The class is interesting, but not terribly challenging. It is easy to manage while working, student teaching, or going to school. The ITA also provides many other resources available to students that I find really useful. They include information about regions/countries, culture, and lifestyle that are accurate and can help students make important decisions.

What would you improve about this program?
N/A
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Sydney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would highly suggest getting TEFL certified through ITA! The assistance from the staff before, during, and after my class was always helpful and professional. I received comments and feedback on my resume geared at TEFL jobs abroad. The comments on my resume were very helpful and helped me get many interviews here in Costa Rica. I found the job that I have now in Costa Rica through the ITA job search assistance PDF. This is an amazing PDF filled with contact information for many TEFL related jobs within various countries throughout the world.

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Matthew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I just completed my 11-week online TEFL certification through the International TEFL Academy and now feel fully prepared to teach English abroad. To be transparent, you have to work hard throughout the course, give yourself plenty of time throughout the week to study the course materials, plan lessons, and take weekly quizzes! This will not be a breeze for all! I will say, as long as you are willing to reach out to your course instructor and fellow classmates for questions you have, they will be of great assistance with anything you are struggling through. I personally had no prior teaching experience and had no formal classes related to teaching English before taking this course. I can confidently say now that I am prepared to move abroad with my certification and ready to start my teaching career. The International TEFL Academy requires you to observe ESL classes and to choose tutoring or small group classes during your Practicum to get you accustomed to teaching English in the future. I believe this is what sets them apart from other TEFL certification programs. Getting my certification through ITA has been worth every cent! Please look them up for more information and they will help you with any questions you may have.

What would you improve about this program?
I really enjoyed the program and have no negative reviews.
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Haley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was blown away by this program. It came to me at a proper time in my life and has open a door that ables me to follow my dreams of traveling. This program gave me the confidence I need to enter a classroom on my own. My teacher helped me to be as successful as I can be and my advisor helped me navigate the system to reach completion. I have never been more excited, prepared, or proud in my entire life. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the opportunity the International TEFL Academy has given me.

What would you improve about this program?
I genuinely cannot think of any improvements that could be done at this time.
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Kristine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I thought I was purchasing an online course but what I actually received was a life change. I did the ITA online course 2 years ago and because of it I was able to get a job in one of the most fascinating places on Earth (at least to me) - Siberia! The online course was highly organised; expectations and timelines were clearly established at the start of the course and timely support was always available from ITA teaching and support staff. Since I was actually in a teaching job while I was doing the course, I was able to put what I was learning into practice immediately, which helped boost my confidence and the quality of my lessons, for which I’m sure my students are still grateful. The team also helped me immeasurably in preparing my resume for my job search. I had a lot of experience with corporate resumes but absolute none with this industry and I’d probably still be looking for a job if I hadn’t had their help. They provided tonnes of information to help with my job search, although my interest ended up going in a direction where they didn’t yet have much information, which isn’t their fault; they actually have a huge amount of information on most regions. I now happily live and work in beautiful and fascinating Eastern Siberia. Sometimes I feel as if my life is a dream because I never before in my life had such constant happiness. Doing the online certification course with ITA literally changed my life. All in all, my experience with ITA has been 100% positive and I highly encourage anyone who is interested in being a travelling English teacher to enroll in an ITA course without delay!

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly have no idea how they can improve because my experience as a student and an alumnus was and continues to be positive and seamless.
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Kathleen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I just completed my online course with International TEFL Academy. To be honest, the course was more in-depth than I was expecting (which is a good thing, in my opinion). I have never taken an online course of any kind before, so I was a little worried about managing everything. The website/student portal was very easy to navigate. Even though I’m not the best at time management, I feel like the reading assignments and projects were spaced out well so I had enough time to complete the tasks each week while also working at my job. The student affairs reps were very helpful- I was feeling a bit discouraged in the middle of the course and one of them explained that this is normal and it will all make sense and come together when I’m in the classroom. Looking forward to my practicum and the adventures that are to come!

What would you improve about this program?
Overall, the course was great. If there were any changes made, I would like to see more examples of/instructions on lesson planning.
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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Getting certified to teach in Hanoi was awesome. When you start up in a new country it's really nice to have a little community already started, this is the perfect way to build one! I made some great friends from all around the world in just a few weeks. We all learned together and explored the city and made memories I'll never forget! Hanoi has a great night scene in old quarter filled with 20 something backpackers for excitement every night and the north lake area hosts lots of other expats so you'll always be able to find a slice of home. Of course the city is so culturally rich as well, you'll find little street markets for grocery shopping, meet friendly locals driving Grab bikes, and experience what real Vietnam life is like.
I'm so glad I lived in Hanoi, I had an incredible experience there, and hold it with me now that I'm back in the States too.

What would you improve about this program?
Give more heads up when tet new year is happening so students can avoid struggling with finding a job during this time.
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Carlin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed my experience taking a TEFL certification course through ITA. I thought the course was really well thought out and executed. I really enjoyed the interactive online textbook with videos and links to other websites to help explain and demonstrate the concepts in each chapter. I also really enjoyed my practicum experience and how ITA set up that portion of the course. Throughout the entire course experience I felt supported and knew where to go to find answers to my questions. I truly feel like the ITA course has provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful English teacher. I am in the process of looking for a job and am very grateful for all of the resources provided to me by ITA.

What would you improve about this program?
I really cannot think of any big ways in which the program needs to be improved. The entire process went very smoothly for me from the signing up and my initial advisor to completing and submitting my final project and practicum.