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  • Frequently Asked Questions Chicago

    1. Can I take the program if I'm not a native English speaker?

    We accept non-native English speakers. However, you must submit a written essay and engage in an interview to assess your level of English proficiency.


    2. Are your TEFL courses accredited?

    Yes. This TEFL certification in Chicago meets international standards in quality and deliverance by providing 180 hours of academic work and including 10 hours of practicum (student teaching/observation). Its curriculum has been externally monitored and approved for accreditation by TQUK, an officially recognized Awarding Organization that is recognized and regulated by Ofqual, the British Government body responsible for monitoring and maintaining educational standards in the United Kingdom.


    3. What are the requirements for the TEFL course?

    We ask that all applicants have a university degree and are over 21; however, we do make exceptions on a case to case basis. You will complete an application form which will be reviewed by the Director of Studies. Once this has been approved, you will have an interview with our TEFL Course Manager and will receive our answer within 24 hours. If you do not have a degree or are non-native, you will have an extra interview with our Director of Studies.


    4. Can I do the course if I am not a native speaker of English?

    Absolutely! We have many successful non-native graduates, and in fact generally speaking they are better at grammar than the natives! Again, you’d just need an interview with the Director of Studies to make sure your level of English is appropriate for the course.


    5. Are your courses internationally recognized?

    After the program you will be qualified and certified to teach English as a second language wherever you desire in the world. Whether you want to work in South America, Central America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, or anywhere else in the world.


    6. Do I need to have any teaching experience?

    We have people from all walks of life doing the TEFL here, so we start from scratch as far as teaching is concerned. You will complete 6 teaching practices during your time here and you will be amazed at your progress – you will leave here feeling like you’ve been teaching for years!


    7. How long will it take me to complete the course?

    The certification program is 4 week long. You will have a total of 180 hours of training and 10 hours of teaching practice and observation.


    8. Do you guarantee a job?

    No, we do not guarantee a job in Chicago. However, we have a job offer program. You will have the opportunity to teach English in China, South Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Spain, Saudi Arabia, France or online. Through the Job Offer program, you will be introduced to different private, public and language schools, and we will assist you in the whole process. To work legally in a foreign country you need a work permit.To work legally in a foreign country you need a work permit.


    9. What kind of Visa should I get to come to the USA?

    Depending on where you are from you may or may not need a special visa. If you plan to stay for 6 months or less, you only need a Visitor or Tourist Visa. You can study, travel or do a study and travel combination within this 6 month period with a Visitor Visa. Please, check with the local embassy before your departure. Each country has different requirements and regulations. If you obtain a job, make sure your employer assists you with your working permit.


    10. What will I see during the class?

    The program contains a module on grammar, teaching practice, feedback and teaching techniques in the classroom. This gives trainees the chance to experience and try out new strategies and techniques in a supportive learning atmosphere, while gaining skills and confidence as a new teacher.


    11. What can I expect on a TEFL course?

    A lot of hard work! It is an intensive course and in 4 short weeks. You will meet a great group of people who are all in the same boat and pursuing the same goals and you will become part of the family.


    12. Does it include housing?

    This program does not include housing. However, We can provide advice on housing options, all within minutes from public transportation.


    13. Does it include the airfee?

    It does not include transportation. You have the flexibility to do it your way. Trainees come from all over the world and prices differ based on location.


    14. How much money will I need during the course?

    It depends on your life style and habits. You may want some extra money for personal expenses. We recommend bringing about $2,000.00 (USD), or just bring your credit card. The best method for getting money is to simply use ATMs. Most banks in the USA offer 24-hour ATM access.


    15. How do I get started?

    Your application for admission must be submitted online through the ITTO website. The registration fee is 50 US dollars. You can book your course with a deposit and pay the remainig balance at least two weeks before the course starts. After the payment process, you will receive a response (via email) regarding your admission status. Then you will be asked to write a 400 word essay (for non-natives), If accepted for admission, you will receive a confirmation that you are enrolled in the course you requested on your application form.


    16. What about medical insurance?

    Before you travel make sure that you are covered by medical insurance in case of accidents or emergencies.


    17.Where are most students from?

    We have students from over 60 different countries in the world study with us. However, you will most likely meet people from Mexico, Korea, Japan, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Switzerland, France, and Saudi Arabia.


    18. How many trainees are there in a class?

    The usual class size is about 8 students per class but the maximum class size is always 12 (and never more).


    19. What kind of people take this certificate program?

    Participants encompass a broad range in age and experience. There are college-age students who are interested in traveling and working overseas; working professionals preparing to enter alternative careers or retirement; stay-at-home moms looking for some extra cash or to re-enter the workforce; people concerned about the economy looking for a job abroad; people wanting to travel and learn a new language and culture; and those who have been teaching in ESOL for many years without formal practical training. Non-native English speakers with strong English skills also take the course so they can teach English when they return to their own countries or elsewhere.