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Re: Anyone heard of Tesols.com (TESOL Prep Academy

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Thursday, 3 January 2013, at 2:23 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Anyone heard of Tesols.com (TESOL Prep Academy (Denise G)

I bought the Groupon & started the course. I think it is a good review so far. You get a year to complete the course, and the instructor has been prompt in returning responses to queries. I have an MS in speech & language sciences. I also already have the hours as I have been teaching without a certificate in this topic. But as the certification is not reviewed, I really don't know if it is worth it. They also had a similar deal for tesolexpress.com or something like that. That program has been reviewed positively. I suppose Photoshop could produce a certificate, but I don't want to endorse fraud on my part. Is it possible to email the company, they are located in Canada I gather. Also check the BBB online to see if there are any complaints. I suppose I should have before I bought it, but it didn't cross my mind. Good luck and I look forward to others responding to this question, as I have no idea what is a good program or what one would need to show to a prospective employer.

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A "good" TEFL cert program is one that's at least 120 hours of onsite (in person) instruction and includes a minimum of 6 hours of supervised practice teaching with real students (not peers). A CELTA, Trinity certTESOL, SIT, and even some university/community college and non-brand TEFL cert programs fit the bill in regard to what prospective employers expect. This is the industry standard. Granted, some TEFL jobs don't require a cert, while for others, an online certificate will suffice. However, if you expect to compete for the better jobs in a wider international market, skip those bargain-basement TEFL cert deals and go for one of the aforementioned comprehensive cert programs. Moreover, don't rely so much on a TEFL program provider's standing with the Better Business Bureau; the BBB mainly focuses on the business-customer relationship and only on businesses within N. America. In other words, don't choose a cert program solely based on BBB ratings and consumer complaints; make an informed decision according to what the overseas employer and TEFL market require.

By the way, you stated, "I also already have the hours as I have been teaching without a certificate in this topic." Just because you've already been teaching (without a TEFL qualification) doesn't mean you've been doing it well. The key component to a good TEFL cert program is that you're supervised and observed teaching real English language learners multiple times in a classroom setting and that you receive crucial feedback on your teaching and classroom management toward improvement. This is why the CELTA and similar TEFL certs appeal to employers; they're proof that you've actually been trained. On the other hand, this is also the reason online TEFL certs fail to impress the better employers and potentially limit you as to where you can teach.

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Kymberh Santa Isabel -- Wednesday, 12 September 2012, at 10:00 a.m.
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Denise G -- Wednesday, 2 January 2013, at 4:19 p.m.
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nomad soul -- Thursday, 3 January 2013, at 2:23 p.m.
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Shawn -- Friday, 6 December 2013, at 11:31 a.m.
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