What to Know About TEFL Reviews in Thailand
- Salt. Take reviews with a BIG grain of salt.
- Crybabies. People are 100x’s more likely to make a review when they’ve had a problem than when everything went smoothly.
- Question. When reading a review, ask yourself:
- Does that sound like a one-off problem or a recurring problem?
- Does that sound like the person might have had unrealistic expectations?
- Does it sound like it was a communication breakdown, perhaps on the part of the student?
- Things change over time, sometimes overnight.
- A TEFL training course might be great one year and awful the next, and vice-versa because of
- new ownership, new management, different TEFL trainer, etc.
- Trainer. The trainer is one of the the most important factors.
- We know a course in Thailand that used to have THE BEST TEFL trainer. When he left, they replaced him with a Thai. Now, he was a good teacher given that he wasn’t fluent in English, never trained to be an English teacher, never taught English, and never trained to be a trainer. However, is that really who you want to give your hard-earned money to?
- So, feel free to ask for a profile of THE trainer who will be teaching YOUR course. If they cannot provide you with one, move on.
- Job Assistance/Guarantee.
- A TEFL provider worth a dang should provide a specific job guarantee/assitance.
- This can really only happen if you take a class INSIDE the country where you will be teaching.
- Make sure they are specific about their assistance/guarantee.
- If they aren’t, move on.
- Trusted Source. Seek out people who have previously completed a course and get their advice.
Our top pick:
California Teachers College in Phuket
Top picks by location:
kdkdk in Bangkok is #1
TEFL Bangkok Courses Reviewed (use as a link to the page)