Published 29th June 2016

When you want to go out to a restaurant for a meal, or perhaps to the cinema to see a film, the logical thing to do before you go is to look at reviews of the restaurant or the film. By looking at reviews you are able to find out what experiences people have had regarding the restaurant or film in question, in order to make a decision as to whether you want to repeat that experience or not.

Choosing an online TEFL course should be no different. There are so many different online TEFL courses to choose from that it can be overwhelming to decide which one is the right one for you. Besides, if you have never done an online TEFL course before, then how are you supposed to know what you should be looking for?

That’s where the online TEFL community comes in. The TEFL community is a very tight-knit community. Once you are involved in the world of TEFL you will become familiar with all the names of schools and service providers. When you are working in a TEFL environment you will find the people you work with are always happy to contribute their two cents to a discussion on good TEFL books, amazing TEFL jobs or horrible TEFL employers. So we can use this to our advantage.

Find an online TEFL forum and you’ll be sure to find someone with an opinion they want to share. Look for reviews of a particular online TEFL course or, if you can’t find any (which is highly unlikely!), post a question. Soon you will have a whole group of TEFL teachers giving you their opinions. It’s up to you then to keep an open mind, listen to what they have to say and make up your own mind.

Remember, though, that there are always going to be people who don’t have a positive word to say about anything. If you ever read any Tripadvisor reviews you’ll know what I’m talking about. Some people are very difficult to satisfy so they will complain about anything and everything. This is fine, but maybe what bothers them actually wouldn’t bother you. However, if you find the negative reviews overwhelming, then there probably is some truth to them.

And that’s it. Finding an online TEFL course review is easy. You can utilise the community-mindedness of the Internet to find out what people think about the particular online TEFL course you are considering. Instead of guessing whether or not you think it’s a good online TEFL course, you can rely on the opinions of people who have already experienced it and who know what they are talking about. When you have completed your online TEFL course, you will be able to pay back the favour by posting your own review and letting other future TEFL teachers know what they are getting themselves into.