(review published here, courtesy of www.teflonlinereviews.com)
I just completed the ITTP TEFL Online 100 hour Integrative Online course and here is my feedback.
I do just want to add that I took the course on the back of a friend
who took the course previously, so ITTP for me wasn’t a complete blind
Positives: The application procedure went very smoothly. I felt the
application form questions were relevant and it only took a few days
between submitting the application form online and being accepted to the
course, with plenty of communication from the ITTP admin in between.
There was a slight hiccup making my payment, but this was the fault of
my bank and not ITTP (I didn’t know that my bank has in place an
automatic block when I try and make an overseas payment). Very
reassuring was that within 24 hours of my payment made I received my
welcome email package from ITTP, together with my login password for the
course. Communication was always prompt and professional. The course
itself was very good and much more in depth than I had initially
expected and made me realize all the complexities of teaching English to
someone who had little or no English language skills. Logically thought
out and very easy to follow (for someone like me especially who doesn’t
have a lot of online study experience). My online tutor (Joe) was very
attentive and helped me through any difficult sections of the course
with helpful prompts. Received my certificate at the end of the course
and this was a satisfactory certificate for my employer where I now
teach English full-time. I thought it might be useful to ask ITTP for a
reference letter in the case that I might change jobs in future and this
wasn’t an issue for the ITTP admin.
Negatives: It transpires that I paid more for the course than my
friend, because Matt applied and paid when they were running a course
discount. I knew nothing of this and felt a little gutted that my course
cost $100 more than his did (both receiving exactly the same course and
services). Also, I felt that at times the course relied too much on
intuitive knowledge and in particular in Module 5 I had to ask my tutor
many times for his help and support to get through the module.
Admittedly I did only come across this wall in the 5th module. I found
this module very difficult and I breathed a huge lug of air when I
completed it and progressed to Module 6. My tutor was a star, but
communication at the weekends was a bit hit and miss.
Overall I can definitely recommend the ITTP TEFL Online course and
the certificate has served me well. I know I can contact ITTP at any
time for further support and this for me is worth its weight in gold.
Just watch out for that 5th Module! :)