As the TEFL industry has grown over, so has the sale of online “budget courses” on sites like Groupon. At first sight, they can appear to be a good deal; however, these TEFL courses at knock-off prices offer low-quality content, no classroom or teacher contact, no support in finding a job and no accreditation.
If you are tempted by the low prices, here are a few reasons why you should be wary of Groupon TEFL courses:
The price might be too good to be true
Although we all love a good bargain, if you see a TEFL course selling for less than £50 when most TEFL course providers sell courses for around £300, this should be grounds for concern. The price of a TEFL Course is a good indicator of how much training accredited providers invest in the course, what type of customer service you can expect, whether you will have access to a tutor, and whether the course will be in depth and prepare you to teach English abroad confidently.
The content of a Groupon TEFL course is low quality
You will not learn how to teach English effectively in schools if you have never had any classroom experience or access to an online tutor. Completing automated online pages will not provide you with the skills and expertise you need to teach English as a foreign language. Just to be clear, you should look for a TEFL course that has an online tutor (a real person!) who will guide you through the course and give you feedback and mark your work.
Ideally, you should try to include a classroom course of 2-3 days where you join a group and an experienced who tutor will guide you through the ins and outs of creating and delivering your own lessons. You will have the opportunity to provide several lessons in this mock classroom environment, which will be an invaluable experience when you come to finally teaching for real. If your TEFL course offers anything less than this, you simply will not be prepared or qualified to teach English abroad.
A Groupon TEFL Course is not accredited
You can check if a TEFL course is accredited by looking at whether it has been vetted by independent learning body. You would not take a school exam or university exam without knowing that your qualification is going to be recognized by employers. The same should apply with TEFL. If the course is not accredited, applying for a TEFL job will be very difficult when you are up against candidates who have taken a course with an internationally accredited TEFL Course provider.
You may not find a job
Groupon TEFL courses also do not offer any support finding and applying for TEFL jobs. You will not have access to a TEFL Job Centre with a database of jobs by going down this route. Through our recruitment contacts, we can offer TEFL jobs in exciting locations from employers who have contacted us to employ our graduates.
It is not fair on your prospective students
If you are still not convinced that buying a TEFL course off Groupon is a bad idea, you should consider your prospective students. Teaching English as a foreign language is a serious job with entails a lot of responsibility. Often your students will be learning English to better their lives, and they deserve a teacher who knows what they are doing. You simply will not be prepared to teach English abroad without the correct training and qualification.
How to choose a TEFL course
Look for how long they have been around for, check out course reviews to see what other students have to say about the course, check accreditation to make sure you will be able to get a TEFL job and speak to a TEFL advisor!
If you want to speak to one of our advisors about the right TEFL course for you, get in touch and we will be happy to assist.
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