Hello Inspector Mchammered
Interesting blog, found while I was searching for a training centre.
Whilst you have merrily bashed several training facilities, you have recommended none. Are there no schools that make the grade?
I would love a nudge in the right direction so as not to waste my hard-earned pennies on shysters and thieves.
January 31, 2008 7:53 PM
For a very good reason Toni Q. This is a blacklist and not a TEFL Whitelist.
However a few pointers wouldn't hurt the Inspector! So.................
In general ensure that your course lasts at least a month with plenty of teaching practice. Don't be fooled by "International House" as although the London courses are good (albeit ludicrously expensive given TEFL salaries), some of the International House "affiliates" or rather franchises are dreadful and clearly there is enough evidence that they don't all operate to the same standards. International House Kuala Lumpur is notorious.
Trinity (who actually removed accreditation from Windsor TEFL and Paul Lowe) or Cambridge approved is a positive sign. Google the hell out of your shortlist as the Internet often yields unexpected nuggets of information. Expect the course to be very hard. There are simply no shortcuts. The weekend or online courses might get you a job in Tibet but you won't learn anything much about TEFL.
Just remember only a tiny % of all the language schools make it onto the TEFL Blacklist. There are plenty of good ones out there.
Oh and don't expect unbiased helpful advice from Richard Bradford and the folks at Cactus TEFL or for that matter i - i or Saxoncourt Recruitment. Their priority is parting you from your hard earned cash.
Inspector McHammered of the Lard in Pamplona, Spain