Some clips of Flight of the Conchords. "Business Time" and "Jenny" are partcularly great. Two very talented and funny Kiwis!

Monday, June 04, 2007



Unknown said...

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.

Thank you.

Inspector Mchammered of the Lard said...

For a very good reason Toni Q. This is a blacklist and not a whitelist. I dealt with that very dilemma here
In general ensure that your course lasts at least a month with plenty of teaching practice. Don't be fooled by "International House". Their London courses are good albeit expensive. Pilgrims in Canterbury used to be excellent but I heard that they had been bought by OISE.
Trinity 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.
It also depends where you want to take your course.
Just remember only a tiny % of all the language schools make it onto the TEFL Blacklist. There are plenty of good ones out there.