Below are just some of the comments we have received from students who have completed their training with INTESOL.
Original copies of these letters are kept at INTESOL Head Office.
Thank you so much for your very motivating comments. If I am to be completely honest with you, I am really enjoying this module. Before, due to my lack of knowledge I had never dared to give a class of phonetics. Now I have a poster of the IPA chart in my classroom at all times, and I am constantly drawing my students attention to the different sounds (where appropriate). The truth is that they have responded very well to this. In the same manner due to focusing on stress and intonation, my students are starting to sound less and less like robots each day. In the certificate course I did with ‘i to i tefl’ this topic was only brushed upon, which I now believe to be a huge mistake on their part. This topic is very important. To finish off, I really believe this course is making me a better teacher. Thank you! (now if I can only start to use the ‘comma’ correctly!!!!)”
” My greatest applause goes to my tutor Mihaela Dascalu. Without her instruction I would not have come this far. My tutor was direct, available and helpful in her approach, but most importantly she put as much effort into her comments and feedback as was required of me, the student, which I appreciated from the bottom of my heart. I feel I have laid a good foundation for my Masters degree which will enable me to teach at University level in the future. Without the TESOL qualification I would have found it difficult to embark on a MA in TESOL since my first degree was on Business Information Systems. I intend to embark on the course as soon as I get enough experience in teaching. Soon as I complete my teaching practice, it is my intention to find a teaching job mostly in Asia but also in Europe. My greatest ambition is to teach in the Middle East, where unfortunately I am not able to find a job just yet. It looks like I need at least one year’s experience to be accepted.
In my opinion, the quality of the course was first class. The whole course was well written, clear, interesting and well thought out. It was full of useful class-based activities which I will always refer to when I start teaching. The course structure and content was way better than I had imagined. I was impressed by the practical methods and strategies that the student teachers are encouraged to use in an ESOL class, and also the structured approach to the course was easy to follow. I learned a lot about motivating students in a classroom, building their confidence, and supporting their language learning process. I gained an understanding of language acquisition and how second language learning differs from learning one’s native tongue.
The course content offered great resources for in-class activities and games, which I’m sure I will utilize in the future as a teacher. I greatly enjoyed learning about error correction skills. I was so surprised that I did not know a lot about error correction strategies at all. The reasoning behind most of these strategies sounded so reasonable and made a lot of sense. I have always thought that teaching was all about meticulous grammatical correction by the teacher, and that it was the student’s duty to take on board all the recommendations if they wanted to succeed. As a teacher, the logic behind being thoughtful of the learner’s feelings when marking really impressed me. I have always thought that the red correction marks meant the teacher was being very thorough with marking. The module on classroom management was also a great eye opener. Hitherto I had never really thought it important for teachers to have a good rapport with the learners inside and outside of class. All the years I have been at college and university, I have never really seen any teacher worry about relationships with students. The TESOL training has made me understand how much of an advantage it is to have a good relationship with the students. ”
Many thanks for getting back to me with my mark. Thank you so much for your help, tolerance and perseverance – I didn’t find this last module easy, but once the penny dropped and I grasped what I needed to do, I really enjoyed this part of the course. It has taken me a long time to complete, but I feel I have learned a lot; I couldn’t have done it without your encouragement and support. I wish you all the best in the future. I’m sure lots more students will benefit from your mentoring skills and experience.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my satisfaction to ‘INTESOL Worldwide’ for the wonderful online program which you are conducting at present. I also like to take this opportunity to show my gratitude to all of you for assigning Jean as my tutor. She is the best instructor I have ever come across. Without her guidance; I would have never completed this course or achieved my best results. I think, her professional approach to clear all my doubts, her advice to improve my standard, her motivation to keep up my positive thinking; gave me a lot of confidence in myself. It also helped me to get all my assignments completed on time. She is more than an asset to your institute and I wish her and the institute many more successes in the future.
Keep up all your good work and I will be your word of mouth for many more students.”
Thank you & best regards, Nehara
Adeem Mahmood – secured a teaching position in Turkey through INTESOL
“I arrived in Diyarbakir, a city in the south east of Turkey and it’s fantastic. I am being treated very well and I’m overwhelmed by the treatment, in fact I’m being treated like a VIP wherever I go. I am happy in Turkey as I enjoy history and this area is packed with historical places.
I am teaching at a ‘British Culture’ school and its sister organisation which is a children’s school. I am very grateful for the chance and I have been asked to find some teachers for summer so when this is confirmed I will ask yourself to forward some teachers and their details.”
“I found the course interesting and the coursework satisfying and productive. Thank you for everything and thanks to Vince Ferrer, a very efficient and encoursging tutor”
“I’ve enjoyed working with my tutor, Vince Ferrer, and I greatly appreciate his comments and suggestions. I hope I can be the effective teacher that he has nurtured me to be! There is hopefully a teaching job in South Korea for me so my TESOL certificate will be of great use to me. Many thanks.”
“After a bit of research on ways of getting a TESOL qualification I decided to go with INTESOL because of the flexibility that the remote learning course offered me. It was everything that I hoped it would be, thorough, detailed and challenging, and it is set up in such a way that help is always at hand if you need it.
My tutor, Vince, was a star and was always on the end of an email for advice or guidance on little things I could improve and the other staff were just as helpful, regardless of how awkward my questions might be. As it is a distance learning course you do have to be self-motivated and put the hours in, but it’s a great way to learn.
Finally, INTESOL even helped me to find a teaching placement near to where I live and set everything up for me, so all I had to do was go and teach! Although I thought this might be made more difficult because of the way I gained my teaching qualification, it was really easy and everything I’d learned slipped into place so that my placement school offered me a job! I don’t think that would have happened if I’d gained by qualification any other way or with any other company. Thanks Lynda, and thanks Vince.”
“I would like to thank INTESOL and my trainer for being so understanding and patient with my family circumstances during the period of study. It has been really useful for me to be able to spend time dealing with family illnesses when needed and not being
“After researching various TESOL courses I decided to train with INTESOL because they ran a distance learning course that was affordable and that gave me the flexibility to complete the work over a longer period of time. My only dilemma was whether this qualification would be accepted worldwide and stand up against the well known Trinity and Cambridge TEFL certificates. Lynda Hazelwood, the Course Director at INTESOL, assured me that the qualification was accredited through the correct channels and that I shouldn’t find any difficulties finding excellent contracts with the INTESOL Certificate in TESOL.
I found the course easy to follow, and if I needed help with anything I just needed to pick up the phone and ask for advice, one of the team at INTESOL would always call me back and spend as much time as I needed on the phone to go through exercises or grammar points that I was unsure of. The course materials were interesting and gave me the knowledge that I needed to begin Teaching English as a Second Language.
I qualified as an ESOL Teacher with INTESOL in 1998 and immediately found employment with a Language School in my home town of Plymouth. Since that time I’ve worked in numerous Language schools from Summer Schools to Business Schools Teaching English at Masters Level, including schools in foreign countries such as Thailand and France. The INTESOL Certificate in TESOL has been invaluable and has enabled me to travel and work, as well as helping me to secure employment within the National Education System in England.
“The course was better than I expected. Course content very thorough. Trainer awesome, knowledgeable, helpful. Always on hand and glad to help. Accommodation perfect, could not have asked for better!”
“Amazing! Couldn’t have wished for a more relaxed welcoming atmosphere. Everything is in one place: school, rooms, pool, pool bar. So important on such an intensive course. Our trainer was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of ESOL teaching. Always calm and able to answer any questions put to her Support was excellent even when our trainer was very busy she would stop and help. Never made us feel like we couldn’t knock on her door. Mihaela and Victor were the perfect hosts. I will highly recommend both the course and the hotel to anyone interested in a TESOL course. ”
“I expected an intensive course, and there’s a lot of ground covered in four weeks, but I was surprised by the quality and the holistic/human course delivery. The trainer was very generous. Provided a model of how to create an environment for growth and learning. Generously shared knowledge and skills. Offered support, time, respected individual styles. Always there, always present, always herself. The accommodation was perfect. Good to have a quiet space and all the hotel spaces for meeting and chatting. There is nothing I read before coming on the course that prepared me for the potential for personal growth that Mihaela made possible. Maybe you could find the words cos’ I can’t. Thank you for being here.”
“Tutor was exceptional! Extremely knowledgeable and able to convey material in a simple manner. Extremely patient as well. Course content was diverse. The range of topics covered was perfect. From what to teach, how to teach, to what we do when we leave here. Excellent. I don’t feel lost. Everyone (teacher and director) were excellent and understanding of what students need. Emotionally as well. Not once felt unguided. Don’t change. You are all such wonderful people!”
‘A message from mom’ – Heather Washtak
Thank you SO much for being such a good host. Heather felt like she was with her second family. I have been at peace in my heart knowing she is with good people such as all of you. Please do not leave Crete until I am able to visit you all! That is my latest goal-to visit Crete and Victor and Mihaela. With Heather’s support I am sure we can make it happen. And if your travels ever take you to the United States and to the state of Ohio, you will find a small suburb near Toledo and Detroit Michigan called Maumee (Maw mee). That is where you will find a family ready to welcome you at any time. I might even fix you that yummy American potato salad !!! (reference to Heather’s use of this recipe for her authentic materials lesson). Thank you so much for being the friend that you are and may God bless you.
“I really enjoyed the teaching practice at Nantwich. I was so nervous when I went but Jean and all the staff really put me at ease and were very helpful. I enjoyed the observation classes and then progressed to teaching. My Northern Ireland accent was really useful for those students sitting exams the following week as they had a very different voice to listen to! The feedback from the staff was excellent and their comments will help in my development. I was very interested in the different aspects that were offered to the students. They received an interesting variety of teaching topics and this widened their vocabulary and speaking ability. The students worked hard and yet the atmosphere was not at all stressful. I fondly remember the poems one class wrote about chocolate, and the discussion one class had about talents and skills. This developed the students’ thinking skills as well as the ability to put their thoughts into English words. The whole experience was extremely worthwhile and to be recommended to anyone completing an ESOL teaching course, or a student learning English. My thanks to all who made it possible. I will never forget it. Thanks again. ”
“I have recently completed a TESOL qualification at Regents English Language Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire and I wish to let you know of my total satisfaction with the entire course. Although extremely challenging, the entire staff were cooperative, friendly and helpful throughout and every module was taught with great effectiveness and enthusiasm. I do not think I could have chosen a better place to undertake such a course and although I do not share the religious beliefs of the centre, this was never a problem. The whole course was conducted with skill and complete professionalism and I would be happy to recommend Regents [Nantwich centre] to anyone. ”
“Hi There, Future English Instructors, I started my Certificate in TESOL through INTESOL WORLDWIDE in 1999 and was awarded my certificate in January 2000. At that time I was due to exchange my tourist visa for a work permit in Japan. To my surprise I was given a 3 year ‘Specialist in Humanities and International Services’ visa. I wasn’t degree qualified, and had average grades in my GSCE’s and A-Levels, so I believe I was given this extended visa solely on the strength of my Certificate in TESOL and the company behind the program, INTESOL WORLDWIDE. My American friends were only ever given one year visas, which meant they were forced to renew them yearly by taking a trip out of the country, then they had to wait a while before they could come back in, which was time consuming and expensive. I am grateful for the training I received through INTESOL WORLDWIDE and for the experiences I had during my three year stay in Japan, awarded to me by the Japanese Government. I have continued a career in TESOL and am currently running my own language company in Northern Ireland.
Phoenix Language Academy