International TEFL Academy

Program Reviews

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Mason Douglas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm an American living in Russia and I decided to get certified. ITA made it possible. I was able to finish the course online in my free time. I learned a lot and I actually feel ready to teach my own students. The best part is I know that even though I've finished the course, ITA will still be there to help and guide me. I'm not just going off alone, I have the support and assistance I need to succeed.

What would you improve about this program?
No comment. They're doing awesome!
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Mason! Thanks for your review and really glad to hear you've had a positive experience with ITA. If you ever need anything we're here! Happy travels! - ITA

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Camille
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took the online program through ITA and was really impressed with the material and feedback provided in the course. Outside of the TEFL course, I think the best part of ITA is the alumni base and job search guidance. I received invaluable help from alumni all over the world when I was deciding which country to move to. You can join Facebook groups for every country and ask questions about finding a job, what to pack, or the best area to live. This eased my mind so much before making the move across the world to China!

What would you improve about this program?
I really enjoyed every aspect of this program!
Response from International TEFL Academy

Really glad you had a great experience with ITA and that you've been taking advantage of the ITA alumni networks on Facebook. Definitely always nice to be able to connect with some fellow travelers before heading abroad! If you ever need anything just get in touch! - ITA

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Ian James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with ITA was wonderful and the course was intensive and informative. Doing the online course was helpful especially with working and being with the family.

The online course with deadlines helped keep me on track and the assignments were really what teachers need to do and that is planning good lessons and giving awesome lessons. All in all, the course was practical and what we as teachers do on a daily basis.

Future participants should know that the course is tough but useful and it really does open many doors and with the ITA support there are so many countries to be explored and cultures to experience.

I was already working at a high school in Spain and wanted to have a title behind me, so I did the course and continue working even getting a slight raise for the certificate.

Useful tips are stay focused, stay on course, learn and most importantly enjoy, because this is what you have chosen to do and when you get into a classroom, you need to be enthusiastic, approachable and knowledgeable.

What would you improve about this program?
The program can´t be improved but I think it would be a great idea if ITA developed another course from perhaps certificate to diploma.

In other words, two courses Certificate and Diploma in TESOL training.
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Monica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was excited to see pictures of beautiful places! With real people interacting and serving the community all over the world! I wanted to be a part of it and my personal consultant, Andrew shortly after I expressed interest. We scheduled a time to chat and he answered all my questions both conscience and subconsciously. The coursework was hefty but I expected nothing less for a crash course of incredibly priceless material and instruction. Plenty of how to videos are available. The website can be cluttered and difficult to maneuver through because there is so

What would you improve about this program?
More streamline design of the website to find routes more smoothly. More initiative from the staff to personally reach out and check in throughout the process.
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Lauren
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall, the course is excellent. As a person that holds a BA in Linguistics, the course wasn't too difficult and I don't think Non-Linguistics majors would have much trouble picking up the concepts from the lessons. The price is competitive compared with other programs which often cost more, but have less hours of certification (make sure to take ITA up on their extra 30 hours for teaching Young Learners and Business English). The only problem I had was with the textbook. There were some concepts that would conflict with each other. For example, in one of the early chapters, it states that a teacher should not admit mistakes to students while a few pages later it states that they should. I imagine the best solution would depend upon the culture you are in, but the editors need to make sure the textbook has consistency or at least explanations for conflicting ideas.

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Amber
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I started my online TEFL course with ITA in April 2017 and completed by July 2017. The online course was convenient for those who work full time jobs, and the directions for each assignment were easy to understand. I also appreciate that they required me to complete a practicum, by volunteering to teach English somewhere in my local community. Teaching Spanish and Arabic speakers was a good first step to prepare me for going abroad.

They also helped me prepare my resume and gather all the necessary documents to work in Korea. They provided recommended recruiters and websites, and once I got a job offer, they helped me review my contract. Overall, it was a great experience, and I will be using their help again to find my next job in Taiwan or elsewhere!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have preferred a bit more one on one contact from the online course instructor and a bit more information on the recommended time to start searching for a job, but overall I still had a great experience.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience it our Online TELFL class! Glad you found this class manageable, even with your full-time work schedule. Don't forget, you have your job search advisor here at ITA so you can work one-on-one and make sure you are clear about your timeline for searching for a job and planning your move to Asia! Always feel free to get in touch! - ITA

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Seth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As a teacher with a few years of experience already under my belt, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my ITA course was an excellent use of my time. I appreciated learning the theoretical underpinnings of the practices I had in place in my classrooms, and picked up many new techniques and lesson plan ideas from the course. I already had jobs in mind when I began the course, but ITA staff were very responsive and the job support after the course seemed very accessible.

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Shae
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I opted for taking the TEFL course online, and I was very pleased with the experience. My advisor, Helen, went above and beyond to help me with any questions I had about the class or applying for jobs internationally. The teaching hours, which were part of the course, really helped me to secure a teaching position in South Korea. Right now, I am on my second contract. As a bonus, ITA also has wonderful Alumni services and contests!

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Carley
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went to school for Aerospace Engineering and now I teach English as a foreign language. Wait, what? Well, the summer before graduating I went to Italy to teach (but mostly, to be in Italy) and found myself happier than I had been in the four years prior. I loved being in the classroom and loved the feeling of spreading the language in my own small way. After that, I decided I’d rather be on a plane rather than build one. ITA helped make that decision a reality. After graduating from college, I enrolled in their online course. I learned about teaching methods, techniques, classroom management, and more. Each week was a different topic, quiz, reading, discussion, and lesson activity. The course closed with a practicum where I was finally able to put my new knowledge to use and observe/teach in a classroom for 20 hours. Aside from all the new material I was learning, I think I am most grateful for the lifetime job assistance and sense of community this program offers. I get on the ITA Facebook groups multiple times a week to check for recommendations from other students. There are various Facebook group for various countries! From my first call to register for the course to my most recent job assistance phone call, I have had nothing but genuine, attentitive advisors. Since completing my course, I have taught students from 33 different countries online and am now getting ready to step into a Spanish classroom this fall!

What would you improve about this program?
I currently work for a teaching company that doesn’t allow our students to receive 5 stars so maybe that’s why I have the “everyone can improve” mentality. This is why you don’t see 10/10 ratings. The lowest rating is for “difficulty.” The main reason for this is because there were times throughout the reading where I thought to myself “well yeah, that’s common sense.” On the upside, since the course wasn’t difficult, this made the readings light and the coursework more enjoyable.
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Jaquelyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have taken many hybrid courses at a separate university, but the International TEFL course was by far the most inclusive online class I have been in. The Professor was very connected and involved and was able to answer any and all questions I had during the course (even with the time change). The academy provided guides, resources, and connected me with alumni from all over the world. Through these connections, I was able to finish the course stress free and obtain a new position in Bilbao, Spain as an AU PAIR. My passion for helping others and traveling can now be done all at once thanks to International TEFL Academy!

What would you improve about this program?
n/a