Teacher Link's 4 Week Residential Classroom Course (120 hours) - Notarized & Authenticated Certificate

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Teacher Link's unique TEFL course fully prepares you for the classroom and helps you build the confidence needed to be an effective teacher. Our intensive four week curriculum focuses on getting you many hours of hands-on teaching experience in addition to acquiring a working knowledge of the different TEFL approaches.

Our teaching practice includes one-on-one sessions with real students, small classes of 4-15 children aged 6-12 or adults, and large classes at poor primary schools in the outskirts of Shanghai with class sizes of up to 50 students. Observed Teaching Practice is the most important component of the program.

The course results in a notarized and State-level authenticated certificate. As of July first, 2017 all teachers in China need an authenticated certificate in order to obtain a legal work permit. We can also assist in the authentication of other documents (e.g. diploma).

The total course fee is 1690 USD, including the 600 USD deposit.

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Reviews

95%
based on 57 reviews
  • Benefits 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.9
  • Safety 9
  • Instruction 9.1
  • Support 9.3
  • Value 8.5
  • Academic Rigor 7.7
  • Job Assistance 9.5
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Molly
10/10

Fantastic Experience!

I'm just finishing up my TEFL course with Teaching Nomad, and I'm so glad I chose to come to Shanghai to do it. It was pretty nerve-wrecking at first to put down a substantial bit of money to come to a country I've never been to and take a course from a program I had never heard of, but my experience has been fantastic and I am 100% sure it was the right decision. Ginger and the staff were extremely helpful in answering all my questions before the course, and because they are a placement agency, I found a great job easily in the third week of the course with very little effort on my part. I feel like I am coming out of this program with all the tools for success to be an effective English teacher in China, and Teaching Nomad also has a huge network of other foreign teachers here in Shanghai and around the world that I can look to for advice or anything else I may need. Their doors are also always open if we want to come back and sit in on lessons or have our teaching observed, so I feel very confident in my investment getting my TEFL certification with Teaching Nomad.
If you want to teach English in China and don't know where to start, definitely go with Teaching Nomad!

Yes, I recommend this program
Justin
9/10

TEFL September 2016

I really enjoyed doing this course in Shanghai. I got to know some great people, including all of the instructors. Ginger directed the course really well, offering a lot of support, guidance and encouragement as well as his great sense of humour, which he used a lot in his classes that we observed.
Nik, Lisa and Nicole were great as well and offered a lot of expert knowledge relating to teaching grammar, classroom management, teaching styles and methods and different ways of learning.
We all got a lot of opportunities to learn from each other as well as the trainers and I learnt a lot from the constructive feedback I received while doing the course.
I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants to teach English as a second language.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Simon
10/10

Awesome course

I completed the course in September 2016. I would highly recommend the course to anyone. The instructors were excellent and i learnt alot from their constructive feedback. I found the practical experience in real life classrooms fantastic, and it prepared me well for my first job as an English teacher. I made some great friends along the way and although the course was challenging i had a blast. Do it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rod
9/10

Excellent course!

I was looking for a TEFL course. I needed one so I could work in Shanghai easier. I came across TN TEFL course. The experience that I gained from it was well worth it. I had eight opportunities to teach in classroom. I needed that not only for my confidence. Also the feedback on myself from the instructor. Was very valuable for me. I would highly recommend this course. For people that are new to teaching. Or even the more experience teachers. That need a TEFL. You will gain more knowledge in the four weeks. Making yourself a better person. Plus you may even get some new friends from it.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Winnie
10/10

How To Be A GREAT Teacher

I came to Shanghai in search for a way in to becoming an English teacher. With several recommendations for this program, I joined... and I never looked back. This was one of the best decisions I've made. With the experience I received from the states, I assumed this program would review the information I had already learned. Luckily for me, it has altered my perception of the teaching world.

Teaching English abroad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and Teach Nomad taught me the basics plus more on how to do so. In addition to teaching at the public schools, experienced teachers critic and analyze the way I teach and offer advice on how to better myself. My teachers were Ginger, Nick, Steve, and Lisa. All were fantastic and were always easily accessible whenever I had questions or needed suggestions.

Growing up in the states, English was second nature to me. I never had any struggles with it and assumed it may be similar for others. In the program, we had to learn a foreign language to experience how frustrating, difficult, and impatient it could be. In order for us to teach students English, we have to understand where they are coming from. That activity was absolutely fantastic because it gave me a better understanding on how to accommodate to students' struggles.

Pros:
- Hands-on experience
- Work w/ different age range
- Easily accessible experienced teachers
- Mock lesson plans
- Flexible teachers

Cons:
- Different locations for volunteer work
- Color printers for material isn't always easily accessible

Yes, I recommend this program
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Douglas
10/10

Great program

I was very impressed by how in depth this program is, I knew I would not just be handed a certificate but I was surprised by how detailed much of the course was. I also am very impressed by the community outreach, it was a great experience to go out into the schools away from the center of the city where they do not get as much exposure to native English speakers. The trainers were very good, they always took the time to answer questions and give examples of who to deal with the issues faced by a new teacher. They gave honest critical feedback but it was always in a positive tone. It is nice to work with people who obviously care about what they are doing, and care about both their trainees in the class and the future students those trainees will be teaching.

How can this program be improved?
I wish we could have spent a little more time on how to evaluate the level of students
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kyle
9/10

A course worth every penny

I had taught before in shanghai as a part time tracher when i was a student, but i did not have a clear idea of what I was supposed to be doing. This course is exceptional in teaching teaching comcepts clearly and effectively, and give plenty of real time practice with heaps of suggestions for improvement. For anyone serious about becoming a good english teacher, there isn't any question in my mind that this course is of critical importance. it additional provides so much in the way of living assistance for all those who enroll.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing of significance comes to my mind.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Robert
10/10

Great Experience

I took the course in July of 2016 and loved it. I had this preconceived idea that everything would be extremely easy and it might be a waste of my money. But everyone at Teaching Nomads proved me wrong. The entire program is very thorough and everyone on the staff was very helpful with any questions that we had. Not to mention they were all very personal. Going through the course made me realize how unprepared I would have been if I tried to get a job without a TEFL certificate. I was employed within a week after finishing the TEFL course and now I feel confident about getting started.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Todd
10/10

TEFL course in Shanghai

All of the trainers were very helpful! We were teaching by the second week and getting feedback as well as getting feedback and help where we needed it, as well as learning about different styles of teaching and classroom techniques. Also very helpful with getting a job setup after and recommendations about the city and positions. It was great to see the different types of schools that we could work for and have actual time teaching the kids. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to teach in China.

How can this program be improved?
Hopefully it will expand to different cities inside China.
Yes, I recommend this program
Giuseppe
10/10

Complete and compelling course

I've chosen this course because I wanted to improve my teaching skills. I had no experience before starting the course. The workload was challenging, the material compelling and the organization great. I was really happy to practice with real world students and to see my practical skills growing alongside to my theoretical preparation. The course was complete in providing pedagogical theories and practical games and activities. The feedback sessions were really useful to develop the critical thinking about me and the others. Moreover, the feedbacks from experienced teachers were an opportunity to understand my mistakes and improve. Overall it was one of the most beautiful experiences that I've done in my life. i feel ready and confident to start my new adventure as a teacher.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sean
10/10

Great Program 10/10

When I decided to go to China as a native speaker, I figured I could just show up and get a job. Could I have done that: probably. Am I glad I decided to spend a little money and hook up with the Teaching Nomad team: 100% YES.

Seriously, I was nervous and if you are reading this review then you probably are too. But everything about this company is great. Great program, great teachers, great people in general as a matter of fact. They helped me during every step of the transition, from packing, to getting a job placement. Honestly, I couldn't be happier. Feel free to contact me if you want specifics or have questions.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Chase
10/10

Best value course on the market

Teaching Nomad is a great program where you get to learn by actually trying and doing and struggling and even some failing. In my class there were only three of us and they still treated us as a formal class. The moderators are friendly and helpful, some of which I still see around and consider my first few friends in Shanghai. While you work through the course (make sure you do the portfolio work) they find placements for jobs and negotiate things like guaranteed Z visa for work so that you can be teaching legally and as soon as possible. Ginger, Nik, Nicole, and Lisa are a nice blend of trainers that give helpful insight and care about turning out quality teachers. Schools offer jobs before the interview because they know Teaching Nomad is good. It says 4 weeks but it's really more like 3 long, intensive weeks. Gives you a good sense of the difficulties of teaching. If you have any uncertainties just ask to talk with one of the former trainees. You absolutely will not regret this, it was the smartest thing I did before leaving the States to come to China.

How can this program be improved?
The theory parts can be dry and boring, and building the portfolio feels tedious, but its just like a really short and difficult university course.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Adam
10/10

Real World Teaching

Nothing prepares you better for teaching English as a foreign language better than getting up in front of a class and just doing some actual teaching. With many chances to observe other teachers and several practice classes guided by my own lesson plans that are followed by feedback from professionals, this program really helped me get ready for teaching English in China. We also put ourselves in the shoes of students by taking a mock foreign language class so we could understand how difficult it is and how important it is to have students participate. There was good exposure to the various teaching theories that we could apply to our classes. It is important to understand which techniques are effective for each type of student depending on their age, level, background and goals. One cannot forget grammar as well. Especially native speakers who know the rules, but might not be able to explain them very well without some prior review. I have a much better grasp on all these concepts after taking this teaching English as a foreign language course.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Fraser
10/10

Zero to Hero

I was thoroughly impressed by Teaching Nomad's in class TEFL course. Ginger and his team do a fantastic job in moulding you with all the necessary skills to become a competent teacher. Prior to enrolling in the course I had no experience teaching English. I even had issues speaking publicly. By the end of the 4 week period I was competently teaching a class of 20 plus students. Something I never could have dreamed possible from an online TEFL certificate.
The practical side of the course with applied in class training really did add huge value. Not only are you equipped with the theory and knowledge of how to teach, but you're placed in front of volunteer ESL students and required to actively teach using the skills you adopt. They really do take you from zero to hero.
The culture shock of entering China (if it's a first time) is made a lot more tolerable as well, with TN streamlining the whole assimilation into Shanghai life. All in all a great course run by professional and competent trainers. I'd highly recommend to anyone considering a job in the profession.

Many thanks Teaching Nomads!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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E.y.
8/10

a Good learning experience

The head trainer of the course was very helpful and professional. We had a lot of teaching experiences. The mentor of the course gave very consistent teaching advice and helped in every possible way. We met interesting new friends and hard-working people. The course taught me a lot about the students of the country where I took the course. The trainers were very understanding and sympathetic in our challenges during the course.

Yes, I recommend this program

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