How is ESLinsider different? Actually the goal wasn't to be different. The goal was and still is to be better.
Lots of practical teaching ideas for free (how-to videos)
I don't know of another TEFL course provider out there that put as many how-to videos (100+) on Youtube as I did. All other courses as far as I know keep everything they have (and what do they have???) behind a log in with access for a limited time (usually 2-6 months).
Then there are the informational teaching sites that have games and activities on them, but in my experience they all sucked because they were disorganized, not easy to read and hey it's way easier to learn how to teach by watching other teachers than it is by reading about it. But if you like reading then under the instructional videos in the link above I put quick and easy to read bullet points.
Also ESLinsider didn't start off as TEFL course. It started off with videos and an ebook back in 2010-11.
ESLinsider is independent and it's not accredited
And that might disappoint some, but I don't believe in the system or want to support it or be anything like it.
Accreditation is a paid review.
Basically I could get an accreditation if I paid someone - someone I don't admire or look up to or know anything about - which is most of TEFL. Everyone tries to look official and academic like a university, but none of them actually are.
If I pay an accreditor then I become part of a system that I don't believe in and I help perpetrate that lie. And speaking of lies...
There is no 100, 120, 140, or 200 "hour" course here
This is not university. Aside from CELTA or maybe Trinity TESOL TEFL courses have no affiliation with universities or colleges so why do they name their courses with "hours"? They do it to look official, but most of them are not.
This is especially true with online courses. There are 2 types of online courses: asynch (not held at certain times) and synch (held at certain times) and I have never heard of synch courses in TEFL. Which means these courses are work on them when you want and there are no hours or credits or any of that BS.
There is no affiliate marketing here
Because it seems like a misleading way to get people to spread the word. You might get popular because of it like some courses are, but it's a rigged way since you are paying people to do it.
I also don't pay for advertising or use 3rd party review sites.
I've taught English in China, Korea, and Taiwan and now I live in Japan
ESLinsider is focused on a smaller part of the world. A part where I've spent quite a bit of time. I taught here, lived here and interviewed teachers here. I like it over here. If you are thinking of teaching over in this part of the world then you might find this site to be helpful.
ESLinsider was created by someone free spirited, adventurous and creative
I've always been an artist of some sort and that is what I studied in college. I like to make things and ESLinsider is just one of the things that I have made or am making as it's a work in progress.
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