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Review 64 of 64 TEFL Express

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Awful online website to deal with, confusing lessons/exams. The Only downloadable teachings were a fragment of what was needed to learn and the grammar book was even worse to connect what was needed to pass the course. Useless book, and the only way I could study was to copy and paste all the course pages and then print to study because as I said, the ‘downloadable teachings’ was a slack summary of what was actually needed. Lots of days where website was unobtainable, during 30 min exams it would drop out, even the exam questions were laid out in the most confusing way for an online format therefore took more time to ensure correct matchings instead of focusing on the actual tasks. Lots of times where I thought I had finished an exam only to find a simple ‘submit’ button after scrolling(hard to see due to layout of website) had wiped my answers, let me continue to next page therefore with 2 min on the clock having to race Andre enter answers. This course is designed to make extra money off the extra attempts needed on some exams. I have hunted through every reading and none have answers to some key elements. Stay away from this course if you can

Review 63 of 64 TEFL Express

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I took the 160 hour course and I bought it through Groupon. I’m someone who had never used Groupon prior to this and I was a little skeptical about the low price of the class. However, everything went smoothly and I was able to begin my class a few minutes after the purchase.

The course, while a bit long, wasn’t all that difficult. In fact, the most difficult part (for me at least) was the unit on Phonemics. Everything else was either common sense or could be found with a little bit of reading. The course did a great job on giving information about teaching English as a foreign language as well as interacting with your students. There were quite a lot of pages that had nothing but long blocks of text. They can look pretty daunting but once you get into the swing of things you’ll realize that you don’t have to necessarily read ALL of it. The graded assignments were usually only based off the main points covered in the readings. I gained a lot of knowledge from this course and would highly recommend to anyone else. Especially considering that it’s a $1000 course that’s being offered for crazy cheap on Groupon.

*My advice: They give you plenty of time (75 days) so you don’t have to work on it everyday BUT don’t procrastinate! While I didn’t have to extend my course I did have to really crack down on it towards the end because I procrastinated a little too much. So take your time…just not too much time.*

Review 62 of 64 TEFL Express

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Before I review, I should say that I bought the course (160 hours TEFL online) through Wowcher for £28. The full price is £500.

Overall, mainly because of the price I paid, I was happy with the course. As I have never taught before, let alone teaching to non-native English speakers, I wanted to gain a certain amount of self-confidence from learning the basics for putting together lesson plans, general preparation, and brushing up on English grammar (I left school over 30 years ago).

The aims above were largely achieved, and I passed the course with a 90%+ pass rate. This wasn’t difficult to do though, as the tasks are ridiculously easy for the most part. I thought initially, they were set to ease newcomers into the course comfortably, but the simplistic multiple choice and gap-fill tasks remained this way throughout. Those which were slightly harder were generally so because the question and/or answers were ambiguous.

You are given 75 days to complete the course (which gives you just over 2 hours a day). I finished after 35 days, and that included at least 5-10 days without doing any work. I refrained from doing some of the example tasks, only really completing the tasks which were set for grading. This was because a) I have a full time job, so wanted to ensure I finished the course before having to pay (or not) an extension fee; and b) each of these tasks has another sheet with example answers anyway.

There is a wealth of information, which I saved as PDF files as I went progressed, but have only printed out about 20 or so as hard copies for reference (Activity Banks, Needs Analysis, Week Planner, etc) to save on paper.

The website itself navigates without too much difficulty, although the video section doesn’t work in Safari – I used Firefox instead. Considering it’s a course for teaching English, the text was littered with spelling errors. Apart from that it was just a bit slow and cumbersome, but I put that down to my internet connection up here in the wilds of northern Thailand.

I have prepared my first lesson, and am delivering it this evening. The course has certainly given me some very good pointers, information, and confidence, which is all I was after.

If I had paid £500, I would very likely feel ripped off, but for £28 it served its need.

Review 61 of 64 TEFL Express

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I didn’t finish this TEFL course so I didn’t interact with any instructors or receive feedback. There are at least two different course types, and after previewing the other I realized I had signed up for the wrong one. I also signed up at a discounted rate, so I didn’t want to shell out for the better course.

Still, in my limited experience, the website was difficult to navigate, there were several grammatical mistakes, and I found it very difficult to get through lessons in general. The video version of the course was much easier to follow and more engaging. I know that I am naturally an audio-lingual learner so at first I thought my failure was due to my own limitations, but I tried a different course in the same all writing format and found it much easier to pay attention to and get through.

Still, one bonus is that the monthly email newsletters from this company were full of information about jobs and teacher experiences. But overall, not recommended.

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