Some cautionary tales from people who did not study with EBC
Tales of woe from people who took other TEFL courses
We get contacted on a regular basis by people who took other courses and believed what they were told about job help.
Would you like to wind up like Andrea, Linda, our chat line visitor and lots of other people that did not take their TESOL TEFL certification with EBC and then regretted it due to the total lack of job help?
“I’m finding that I might have studied with the wrong school. Which is really sad because they were also very expensive and probably completely over priced.” Andrea.
“I have just recently become Cambridge CELTA certified (Eastleigh College, UK) & would like to secure a TEFL position in Spain to improve my Spanish. ……. In hind-sight I now realise that it would have been more productive to enrol for my TEFL course with an organisation like yours Oh well, I guess that’s life!, Linda”
Visitor : How may I obtain information on teaching English in Spain as a TEFL instructor? My contract expires in March 2014.
EBC chat line ((+ 1 mins, 3 secs)): Do you mean to teach English or to be a TEFL course trainer?
Visitor ((+ 4 mins, 7 secs)): To teach English at elementary schools, language institutes and even universities. My apologies.
EBC chat line ((+ 1 mins, 39 secs)): The best thing to do is google for English teaching jobs in Spain. We offer lifetime job assistance but it’s only for our course graduates. Can’t your TEFL training school help you?
Visitor ((+ 1 mins, 48 secs)): I can email them once more, but I have emailed them about teaching jobs in other countries, and I have not had a response.
“I am looking for work next year to teach English as a second language in Argentina. I am 18 and have just obtained an XXXX diploma from Regent’s College Oxford and hope to use this invaluable qualification to teach abroad. I also have A-levels in English, French and Latin. I have such a fascination with Buenos Aires and can speak some Spanish too. If there are any job placements, in any type of school, then please do not hesitate to contact me. I can teach children, adults, one-to-one and big classes. I hope this is what you are looking for and hope to hear from you soon. Yours sincerely, Amelia”
“Please let me know if EBC would consider placing a teacher already qualified in XXXX, with experience, or must one take your course first? Many thanks, Bryony”
“I am a PhD student who is looking at ESL training as part of my dissertation. I just took the XXXX course (to get some idea of training) and was surprised and deeply disappointed. Now that the XXXX course is completed, I have to write a paper on my thoughts about my experience, and the quality of the training generally. I began looking on the internet for other courses to see if my disappointment was warranted and I came across your course. What you seem to offer is what I expected to get from XXXX but did not. In comparison, their course was, how shall we say, LAME! If I could I would take your course . . . My question is would anyone there be willing to briefly correspond with me about any other differences between the two courses than mentioned on the Internet, and more specifically WHY your course is more logically and practically organized (i.e., teaching at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels), practice with peers, UNHOSTILE trainers. One of the things I found most troubling with XXXX was the unwillingness to entertain questions (and not from me as I kept my mouth shut as they told me they didn’t like it that I was doing a PhD.), lack of ANY theory whatsoever (even one lesson’s worth), slavishly following a script, no actual modeling except for how they trained us, well this list could go on. Regards, Sherrie “
“I’m an English teacher, I am looking for work in Argentina, could you please let me know if there is any work at the moment? I have a XXXX . Regards, Gillian”
“I am an experienced English teacher with a degree and a XXXX. I’m an energetic person with a strong desire to teach because I love language and I want other people to share my love of English. I want to work in Madrid as an English teacher. Regards, Jenny”
“I am an American currently working in Japan. I have about 15 years ESL/EFL teaching experience and I am XXXX certified. I have taught beginner through advanced levels, pre-school through adult, general conversation, test prep and company lessons. I am Spanish speaking. Regards, Christine”
“Poor or non-existent job help is a common problem in many TEFL programs. My fellow Brits are the main victims. They attend what they are sold as being the best courses only to find out that there’s little or no job help. They quickly discover that schools outside the UK don’t care what your certificate is as long as the TEFL/TESOL certificate meets generally accepted requirements: 4 weeks, at least 100 hours of classroom training and 6+ hours of observed teaching practice. These people have a good certificate and zero job help. EBC graduates have a good certificate and lifetime, worldwide job help. For me it’s a no-brainer but there are still many people that forget that the purpose of training is to get a job rather than only get a certificate with a nice logo on it.” [Jim Ross]