The TEFL Express qualifications that Groupon advertised in 2011 looked promising at first glance. However, buying courses online can be risky in any profession.
The main problem is weighing up the cost savings of doing the course online against the quality of the material, and the usability of the platform that you have to use.
If you’re a freelancer, you probably don’t have time or money to throw around. Full TEFL courses take quite a long time to obtain (and are quite expensive), so it’s understandable that many people decide to take cut-down versions online. But is it worth it?
When I originally wrote this post in August 2011, I was excited to see this offer from Groupon for a TEFL Express course at 82% off RRP:
It was a cut-down, online-only version of the real course. And reports are certainly mixed. You only have to read the comments below to see that opinions vary on this topic. And it should be noted that we received a fair few positive comments that were similar in content and tone.
Groupon is still selling online TEFL courses. It’s clearly a big industry now. And worryingly, almost seven years on, the reviews are not that encouraging. Take this one for the TEFL Graduate course as an example:
This is very similar to my experience of TEFL Express. The course interface was very poor, and I eventually obtained a refund from Groupon.
Has anyone else tried TEFL Express, or another TEFL course from Groupon? What did you think of it?
Let us know in the comments.
This post was originally published in August 2011. It was updated with new content in November 2017.