Which TEFL course should I choose?

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Which TEFL course should I choose?

Post by Martinx » Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:09 pm

Hi!

I would like to do TEFL / TESOL training in the future.
At the moment I don't speak English well enough, I still have a lot to learn and then I want to do TEFL / TESOL training.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a BA degree - so I thought I’d do the best TEFL / TESOL training I could to increase my chances of getting a job.

I checked very, very many places, read a lot of reviews and evaluations. Based on these, I found the following courses worthwhile (I would do it online!):

https://www.theteflacademy.com/ - 168-hour five-level certificate

https://www.tefl.org/ - 168-hour five-level certificate

The above two are the best. Very good feedbacks.
Almost nothing negative, nowhere!

https://tefl.ie/ - 300-hour five-level certificate
There are also very good reviews on this. I would most like to choose this, but the customer service was very kind to me, but when I said that I would just sign up next year, I didn't get an answer after that !!! I wrote them an e-mail, they didn't get an answer there either. I'm not sure I'll pick them up after that. After that, I don't trust them.

What would work best for me:

https://www.i-to-i.com/ - 300-hour five-level TEFL Diploma - does that mean a higher level than the certificate?
However, there are also very bad opinions about i-to-i - so I dare not apply here!

The price doesn't matter anyway. I will only want to do the best and highest possible training in the future. I definitely care about level five.
https://bridge.edu/ would also be great, but unfortunately I’m not eligible (I don’t have a high school diploma).

Which one do you recommend, which one should I choose in the future?

I also like the 300-hour degree offered by https://www.go-tefl.com/, but it doesn’t accredit Ofqual unfortunately. And I think it's important.

I am looking for training that is of the highest possible standard, the price doesn’t matter, preferably a minimum of 168 hours, and be fair to the person.

I wanted to choose the 550-hour course at ITTT for the first time, but in principle there is a fake accreditation behind it.

My important question: The level 5 certificate (accredited Ofqual) is there a quality difference between a and a TEFL Diploma? (non-accredited Ofgual)?
What do I mean?
Let's look at an example:
The TEFL Academy is a 168-hour Level 5 certificate accredited by Ofqual.
VS.
Go-TEFL is a 300-hour Master’s Diploma that is not defined as Level 5 and is accredited by “ITEFLAC” only.
So despite the title of “Master Diploma”, I think the training provided by the Level 5 TEFL Academy could mean a higher level because of Ofqual’s accreditation?


I don't know if you can help me here, give me advice.
I apologize for the mistakes, unfortunately I don't speak English well enough.
My English level is B1, I would only start my TEFL course next year after I reached level C1.

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

Post by Martinx » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:06 am

I have another question.

I will also have to take a language exam.

Which type do you suggest?

-Cambridge
-TOEFL
-IELTS
-TOEIC

I dropped the TOEFL and IELTS language exams because they only have 2 years of validity.

I am interested in the Cambrdige language exam or the TOEIC.
I was told that in many countries a TOEIC language exam is required to work for ESL. Is this true?

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Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

Post by Martinx » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:11 am

In the meantime, I checked, the TOEIC language exam also has a validity period of 2 years.
The Cambridge language exam is perpetual and does not need to be renewed every 2 years.

If the TOEIC language exam is really necessary for ESL work I will do it. If not, then Cambrdige.

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Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

Post by LewisH » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:21 pm

Look for TEFL certification courses that meet or exceed international standards (100 hours coursework & six hours of practicum) and that are externally accredited. You should also consider which courses include services like job guidance that enable you to get a great job teaching abroad.

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Re: Which TEFL course should I choose?

Post by alexanderth » Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:33 am

Wow you really dived into research! I agree with what LewisH said. Look for something that would enable you to apply what you learned through a practicum. This might serve as a great plus when you're starting your career. Remember, the most expensive course does not necessarily mean that it's the best course. In most cases, accredited courses would have more bearing, but not all companies take a look at that as a specific requirement. Good luck!

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