When looking for a good-quality, internationally recognized TEFL Course, you’ll need to do your research! Here we use our 20+ years in the TEFL industry to help you decide what’s right for you:
Let’s start with the main differentiating factor between TEFL courses: external accreditation or recognition
Your TEFL Course should be externally accredited
A good course should be accredited by an independent and academically rigorous organization.
TEFL Accreditation essentially means that an organization higher than the school you attend approves, regulates, inspects, and ensures that a high standard of training is maintained. It is your quality assurance guarantee. Many TEFL schools say they are accredited but if you check the fine print you’ll often find that they monitor their own standards.
Membership does not equal Accreditation
There are a lot of academies that say they are accredited. However, when you do the research you’ll sometimes discover that they are just members of international organizations. To get into these organizations all they have to do is pay a yearly membership fee, which is sometimes as little as $20 a year. As you can imagine – $20 doesn’t go far if you want someone to independently and thoroughly monitor the quality of your course.
Please ensure that the accreditation is valid where you would like to teach. If your TEFL certificate is not accredited then you will struggle to find work.