ICAL TEFL Programs
Become qualified to teach English as a second language anywhere in the world through the ICAL 120-hour TEFL/TESOL Certificate! This is a great option if you are interested...
Become a better and more confident English teacher through ICAL’s 150-hour TEFL Certificate Course with Practicum. It features observed Teaching Practice (TP) through video...
ICAL TEFL Reviews
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Submitted by Tony price - Lausanne area Switzerland | July 19, 2017
I took the ICAL course to enhance my employment efforts in retirement.
Although I have a degree in languages and have 'translated' and 'reported' all my working life, I needed a specific teaching qualification.
Here in Switzerland where I now live, there is a demand among the four native language-speaking communities for English as a foreign language, and I will be able to use my ICAL qualification to develop my business as an English tutor-coach.
I thought I knew my mother tongue very well and that I would not have too much to learn on the ICAL course. I was wrong!! ICAL provided me with a system of student needs analysis, curriculum planning and adaptation, lesson planning and structuring and lots of useful guidance on how to be an effective and successful teacher in the classroom. My tutor was always available and ready to handle my 'senior citizen' foibles patiently and instructively.
I can honestly say that I was favourably surprised by, and fully satisfied with, the ICAL approach and course content and would have no hesitation in recommending ICAL to any prospective teacher of English as a foreign language.
Thank you ICAL for a job well done!!
Submitted by Matthew Tirado - Charlotte, NC United States | December 14, 2016
It was a fun, interesting, and eye opening experience. I was surprised to learn that the material not only consist of English specific material, but also subjects that go into detail about language psychology and linguistics. The entire course was a pleasure, and my very wise professor was great help. I also was thankful for the fact that I was not rushed and that the certification course fit well into my busy life.
I recommend to anyone who is passionate about teaching others wanting to understand the foundation of teaching strategies.
A very inspiring course !
Submitted by Aleyd - Istanbul Turkey | September 02, 2016
I actually only started the course because I needed the certificate, but it turned out to be a very interesting experience and I have learned a lot. The course is quite demanding, but very clear, simple, helpful and inspiring. You can really count on the tutors and the administrators to answer all of your questions. You get fast and detailed feedback positive and negative, and many tips to improve your teaching. This is a devoted team, helping you to become a better teacher! I loved working on the course.
Sorry for being so wordy but maybe you won't be second guessing yourself now
Submitted by Matthew - Upland United States | July 26, 2016
Choosing an online course was scary, honestly scary because I would search on Google for a TEFL program and would think I've found "the one", then to double check I'd look for reviews which would ultimately make me back off from them. I've never been abroad before and since I'm a younger guy I'm pretty sure wherever I begin my journey, I'm going to make some gullible choices. Putting my trust in strangers over the internet to lead me something that may decide my future is a huge deal, so I’m going to write this review as if I was writing it to leave for myself; something that sounds human and not so cliché. To start, I'll give my honest and blatant reasoning for choosing this program: I read around the internet for a good program and this was one of the few that I didn't see any negative reviews about. Not to say that the ones that seemed a little fishy (to me) aren't legitimate or a money trap, nor could I say that one won't find a negative review about this program, but this one seemed safest. The price also seemed fair to me. So, I've put my trust in this course and I will see where it will get me. I have not yet begun my English teaching adventure, so I can't honestly give feedback on how well prepared I will be, but I also understand that I really couldn't be prepared for experiencing the real thing the day it comes. Before I downloaded my modules (the course work), I looked around the website. This is what one could expect at first glance. The forums appear somewhat dead, or "unused" to put it nicely. I'm not sure what the reason is because there are some users that come around here and there but I suppose they come to get to business rather than be sociable with others, which in some ways is disappointing since I'd like to speak with others that are already ESL teachers. My guess is they must frequent other forums dedicated to that sort of thing rather than use the course's provided forums. The advantage of this though, is that if one post something there it will get an immediate response by an admin or from another user to help with the issue since there isn't many other posts to bury the thread. There is one page that lists all completed progress which is nice because usually the tutor updates that the same day he or she emails submitted work back with the grade. The website is very easy to navigate because the layout is simple, and they also have section full of articles to help course work, such as inspiring ideas for creating lessons as well as articles giving advice on other things like finding a job or even what one could expect in certain parts of the world. I don't think I've used many sources outside of their supply of articles and ideas for my work. I used the phrase “inspiring idea” because they have a page that talks about plagiarism, so I don’t think it would be a good idea to copy and paste. They've got nearly everything one will for completing assignments, which even looks useful for live practice as a teacher. Their rules about submissions are very lenient for the time one may take before he or she must submit his or her work, which I believe is a maximum of one whole year between each module. The course work itself was not too difficult but I think this is because I only learned a concept rather than learn it then apply it in a live situation. It’s something that is a factor when taking online courses, but I’ve got enough confidence in myself to not let that worry me, though I think its something one should always keep in the back of his or her head; in fact the more this course goes on, the more that issue may discourage the student. Persistence is the key. With this being said, the course work will definitely give one the tools to be an English teacher. In my case, my tutor was what got me through the feeling of being insufficient. It was very clear to me that he takes pride in both his job as an English teacher as well as a tutor for helping others to get where he is, because he was really what made the program what it was. I have not had any other tutor so I can’t compare him with others, though I wouldn’t doubt they’d give any less of an effort, but I’ve got plenty to say about him. His name is Larry Jarocki. Can’t recommend him enough. Besides the first module, which if I remember correctly was more or less just an introduction to key concepts one must know as a teacher, he didn’t let me pass easily. As I’ve said before, the course itself seems average or good enough to get the job done, but he took it to a much higher level. Most of the questions are about real life situations and require at least a couple paragraphs to answer (I would assume), but what I enjoyed about this tutor is that he would always find holes in what I’ve submitted. Basically I needed to make sure all of my bases were covered, at least to the point where any unresolved issues weren’t going to put a wall in front of a student (the English learner) and halt him or her from learning. The modules allow one to select which questions he or she wish to answer and they range from questions that really made me think long and hard to the point of where I thought about picking a different question, to questions that did not belong there at all because they were simple and more about terminology from what I’ve read in the module rather than being of practical use in a classroom. I highly recommend choosing the hardest questions rather than the easy ones, even with the knowledge of having one’s tutor redo the assignment because of x, y and z. This is a must in my eyes because I plan on making this a career rather than a one-time experience, and I really don’t want my first day of school to be me standing in front of a class sweating because I don’t know what to do. This is as much as I can fairly say. This was my experience with the program. I’m not sure what to expect when I finally do find a job abroad and begin teaching, but I think I’m ready. I think so, I don’t think anything I’ve been prepared for will beat experiencing and getting through it, but I’ll get through my first day, then week, then year with what I’ve learned here without stumbling over myself.
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Submitted by Jonathan S Starling - Fayetteville United States | July 09, 2016
I recently completed the ICAL 120 hour certificate. I was very happy with the course because it made me think about being a better teacher. I had already taught ESL in the United States and in Italy before completing the course, so teaching was not brand new to me.
My tutor helped me with the course and was very positive in her comments and recommendations. I had to submit some modules more than once, but I learned a lot from the mistakes.
I wish I would have completed the course before my classes were over so I could have used the ideas in my own classroom.
I highly recommend ICAL, but be warned because it will require additional work and study on your part to complete the course successfully.