Updated: May 4, 2020
Getting started with your TEFL career can be overwhelming. There is a lot of TEFL job scams on the internet, along with too much information and too much noise. I know this, because I’ve been there too. Read Teaching English in China: How my journey started
Instead of writing about all the different companies that offer TEFL courses online, I'd rather jump straight into it. If you want to sign up for an accredited and fun TEFL course, choose i-to-i TEFL. They have great customer service, a lot of good reviews and their courses are both interesting and affordable. It's a UK based company with 25 years of teach and travel experience. Their courses are regulated by Ofqual and accreditation from ODLQC makes them a cut above the rest. Obtaining your qualification from a place like i-to-i TEFL will make your CV shine like never before.
i-to-i TEFL offers courses for everyone! Whether you are a qualified teacher, an artist, a journalist or a salesman - they have a TEFL course for you. You don't need to have a teaching qualification or any prior teaching experience to take a TEFL course at i-to-i TEFL. Back in 2018, before my wife and I started our TEFL journey, we chose different TEFL courses, since she had teaching experience and I had none! I enrolled in the 320 Hour TEFL Course while my wife signed up for the 300 Hour TEFL Course. The major difference between these two courses is the 20 hour practical section included in mine. (Read the practical session review here).
Apart from the 20 hour practical session, our courses gave us access to the same resources including a 120 hour online standard course with various specialist courses to make up the rest of the hours:
1. 30 Hour Advanced Grammar Course
2. 30 Hour Teaching Young Learners
3. 30 Hour Lesson Planning
4. 30 Hour One to One
5. 60 Hour Business English
With all these added courses, employers are sure to favor you above candidates with the standard 120 hour TEFL course These additional courses will path the way to more opportunities within the TEFL industry. Just to mention a few: business English, TOEFL & IELTS teaching, one-to-one teaching and the ever-growing teaching English online.
After you have purchased your i-to-i TEFL course, be sure to read through the instructions carefully. You have a specific time period to complete the 120 hour course (as specified in the instructions) This excludes the specialist courses. You can complete these additional courses at your own pace. This is really convenient.
A huge benefit of the i-to-i TEFL course is the extremely useful eBooks and guides that are included. You'll be able to find all the answers you'll ever need in one of these included resources:
· Finding A TEFL Job.
· Essential TEFL.
· Lesson Planning Guide
· Warmers, Fillers and Coolers
· Ultimate Grammar Guide
· TEFL Career Development Guide
· Finding Work Abroad Guide
These resources were an absolute life-saver to me as a brand new TEFL teacher.
Whether you are aiming at teaching in-person to any age or online, I would highly recommend i-to-i TEFL as it has been an absolutely wonderful experience studying with them.