I-to-I is popular provider of online TEFL courses as well as in-class courses. They are also known as Love TEFL. I thought it might be helpful to some if I collected some reviews of it's 120 hour online course from Youtube and Reddit.

I also chimed in with my experience and thoughts in a few places too. It's important to note that these are not paid reviews nor do they contain affiliate links.

Reviews from Youtube on i-to-i's 120 hour online TEFL course

gabitoireview

"When I first signed up for the training I thought I am just going to get through with it in like 2 weeks... ...once you get immersed in the certificate program you realize that it was more than you bargained for."

"I thought that the information that i got from the tutor was good overall. However, I did feel like a few times it was flaky or generic so I didn't think it was tailored just for me.

I thought a few times my tutor copied and pasted..." - TheGiftofGab (Took the 100 hour online w/ 20 hours in-class course)


misteritoireview

"To be honest teaching English is actually a lot more fun than learning how to teach English..."

"The website itself is good. It's easy to navigate all over."

"You can call me old fashioned I guess. If I don't understand something I wanna be able to walk up to the teacher and ask what's wrong? What can I do to correct my mistakes? And it doesn't really work that way you have to send emails back and forth." - Mister D (120 hour online TEFL)

My thoughts

I also didn't think that the first course that I took was that fun. There were 2 days in a classroom and then take home study. There was a lot of general overview and then studying teaching methods, theory and grammar.

That stuff went in one ear and out the other. I think the value of learning that stuff is minimal. The things that I actually remembered in that course were the two activities that we did.

If you want to be able to walk up to the teacher and inquire then you might want to take an in-class course. Face to face communication is absent in an online course. There may be feedback depending on the course, but it will probably happen via messaging or email.

Comment on Reddit

"Yeah it's fine, but the i-to-i certs are geared towards people who will be teaching adult ESL. They aren't appropriate for people who will be teaching child EFL..." - Robobob9000


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lessonsitoireview

"They've been around for a long time... That's good for credibility... ...and affordability... They say it is 120 hours, but I think if I wasn't working fulltime I could knock it off in a couple of days."

"Each unit in the course is a series of online pages where you are clicking "next". Reading through the content of the pages sometimes the pages have a video embedded in the page." - YJLessons.com (120 hour online TEFL)

My thoughts

The use of so-called "hours" with TEFL courses especially online courses is kind of deceptive. Read more about how long online TEFL courses take to complete.

Reading text and clicking next sounds similar to the Groupon course I took. Find out more about what online TEFL courses are like.


martinitoireview

"If you want to do the online TEFL course don't get that attracted by the discount that they provide on their website it says a discount of $200 and it's a time limited offer... Because I think they just had it all the time."

"It's like you bought a book and read through it. There are 12 modules and each module and you read articles... From time to time they'll ask you some questions..." - Martin Ruzicka

My thoughts

Massive "discounts" and time limited offers are kind of common with TEFL courses. Learn more about how TEFL courses try to sell to you.


Reviews from Reddit on i-to-i's 120 hour online TEFL course

"I did an i-to-i course and it's fully recognised by many schools. Both the online and practical parts of the course were great! I managed to get a lot of interviews and I've now been working in an awesome teaching job in Poland for three months...

I'm from the UK though and don't know how the American i-to-i course will differ and I'm not sure about how good it would be for South Korea sorry." - Jwb93

My thoughts

i-to-i is a company that has been around for a while so I am sure that some schools have seen their name before. But the phrase "internationally recognized" is a bit misleading. Learn more about "internationally recognized" TEFL courses.


"Legitimate is a difficult word. It isn't illegitimate, but if you want to make a decent start in the TEFL world you need to search the sub for discussions about online certs vs face to face courses. (in summary do the CELTA)" - ai565ai565

"The only really difficult part of the TEFL certification was the actual lesson plan you must draw up. I took an entire day to write mine out. I carefully went through all of the examples provided in the book and wrote everything as meticulously as possible. This is not multiple choice like most of the course and requires a little more thought.

The lesson plan and your accompanying explanation document gets graded by a tutor, and you must wait usually around a week to get results back (I bought the express marking package for 7 dollars, in which I got an answer back on my results within 24 hours)." - Teufulkoenig

My thoughts

CELTA is considered by many to be the best when it comes to in-class TEFL courses although some people can be a bit dogmatic when it comes to CELTA.

Read more about the Reddit's views on online TEFL courses and about "legitimate" courses.

"I did a TEFL course with them a few years ago, the person I talked to told me that if I did an intensive classroom course with them they could set me up with an EFL job in Thailand through one of their contacts.

I did the course, got in touch with them and this time they told me that I didn't have the necessary qualifications and I had to do another online course.

I did that course, got in touch with them and they then told me they didn't have any positions in Thailand, but could get me a job in China if I did another course, or they could send me their list of contact schools in Thailand, which turned out to just be a directory of public schools in the country." - AtomicMonkeyTheFirst

About the course

This is some information that I got off of their site about things that you will learn in the course:

  • The theory of TEFL 
  • Planning effective lessons
  • Classroom management
  • Practical teaching tips
  • Teaching vocabulary & grammar
  • Creating a great learning environment

Overview

This is an overview of the modules.

1. Planning a Lesson: Learn how to create a lesson plan

2. Lesson Content: Teaching topics and studying the English language

3. Making it Work in the Classroom: How to create a good learning environment

4. Check your Knowledge: Quizzes

5. Course Assessment: A final assessment 

Includes

  • A personal tutor
  • 3 month time limit

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