World TESOL Academy Review:
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Is World TESOL Academy Legit? Well it depends on how you define legit! Do they run an online TESOL course? Yes.
Do they have accreditation? NO, Their accreditation is fake and put together by World TESOL Academy to fool students in to thinking they are accredited.
I am writing this post because I signed up for their course out of curiosity and research purposes. The content was so bad that I asked for a refund and I never heard back from them again! I hope other people will read this post and think twice before signing up with them.
It seems that not replying to students that want a refund has become a theme. Read a reddit review HERE
In this World TESOL Academy review, we took a look at the quality of their course and their accreditation. I signed up for this course because I was intrigued about the price $34! Surely this price must be too good to be true right? Well the short answer is YES! It is too good to be true. It’s just like them crappy Groupon courses that you can get for $19. This course was 100% put together by someone that has no experience in TEFL/TESOL. We can tell the course was put together by an in-experienced and a non-native speaker due to the fact that almost every module had grammatical errors in them.
I’m not saying non native speakers are bad teachers, I have met non natives that can teach better than some native speakers. However, when you see so many grammar mistakes in a course that is supposed to help future teachers, this rings alarm bells for me.
See screenshot of UK company house. I was right the owners name is clearly not a native speakers name.
Misleading information on their website:
You will see at the bottom of their website that their course “was” $118.They have had this offer on ever since they started the course in 2020. The course has never been $118 and they do this to entice students into enrolling for their course quickly.
If you are looking for reviews, most likely you will come across websites such as Go-Overseas, TrustPilot and Facebook. Go-Overseas and TrustPilot are paid advertising platforms so all the bad reviews can get deleted because they are paying for them. They have also paid people to make fake review videos, I mean why would anyone make a review and upload it to YouTube without being paid? The only reviews website that is not paid is Facebook and guess what! They have turned their reviews off on Facebook so they are obviously hiding something and don’t want new students to see them. They have even paid a blog website called two monkeys travel group to write nice things about them and if you go to their website and click on “Enroll now” on the world tesol academy image, you will see that it is an affiliate link. The link will have an affiliate address like this one tesol-course-enrollment/?study=8769. This means that the writer is an affiliate and will be getting paid to refer students to the course, so this is why nice things will be said about them. But here we have facts about World TESOL Academy that can’t be dismissed. Our advise is, don’t trust the paid reviews websites because they are not real.
I will leave this link here because it seems that some employers are not accepting the World TESOL Academy certificate. I think many employers are now starting to see the scam for what it is https://www.reddit.com/r/Scams/comments/m2x0p8/is_world_tesol_academy_a_scam
They say on their website that they are accredited by a company called ETQC. When you look at the ETQC website it looks like it was built by the same people who made the World TESOL Academy website. It’s very common for SCAM TESOL course providers to quickly create an accreditation website to fool students in to buying their courses. So we looked both websites up on whoislookup and both websites were created within 3 weeks of each other! I think that is very suspicious or maybe it is just a coincidence. But I am 99% sure that both websites are built from the same people, considering the themes on both sites are the same and they were only created within a couple of weeks from each other. They are both very new as well.
See screenshots from Whois.com
Screenshot of ETQC. Website is only 117 days old
Screenshot of World TESOL Academy. Only created 92 days ago.
Fake Accreditation! Their website and their accreditation website are both very new and clearly look like each other, using the same themes. Both created within a couple of weeks from each other.
From what we have gathered from all our research on this company, we have concluded that this is a very cheap TESOL mill company.
Very poor course modules, can be completed in one weekend, has grammar mistakes in every module. The owner is obviously someone just looking to make a quick buck out of students that are on a tight budget. If anyone is thinking of taking this course, please think twice about it and pick a reputable TESOL course provider. Yes you won’t spend much money but in the end you will lose out . Your certificate will be worthless.
I have years of experience and have seen TESOL course providers over the years quickly create a cheap and poorly designed course just to make some money and it’s not fair on the people that actually want to learn TESOL. Their accreditation is clearly fake and put together by the same people as world TESOL Academy. Do you really want to take a course from someone that has no experience?
Do not be fooled by all the positive reviews you read for World TESOL Academy. Their reviews on websites such as Go-Overseas are all paid advertising websites, so all the companies that pay to be on these websites have control over the reviews that are posted. Basically no bad reviews will be posted and all the good reviews you read will be fake!
We highly recommend not taking this course if you want to authenticate the certificate to work in China or Vietnam as their embassies will not accept it. Now even online teaching companies are starting to reject teachers with these cheap TEFL/TESOL certifications.
Update on their accreditation Accreditat
Since we posted this post on suspicious acts from World TESOL Academy, it now looks like they have changed their accreditation from ETQC to Accreditat. We have done some research on this company and they look like an independent accrediting body (not government regulated). You can simply pay Accreditat an annual fee and they will say you are accredited. They are not a real accrediting body!
What does this say for a company that first of all made up their own accrediting body ETQC then realized that they were found out as a scam, only to then change their accreditation to accreditat which also looks like a scam website.
They still show reviews on their website with the ETQC logo on them. Note, their certificates have both TEFL and TESOL on them! This is also a red flag as they are two separate courses.
I hope we have helped you make a better decision in this world tesol academy review.
There are just too many things that don’t add up with World TESOL Academy and I recommend staying clear from them.
For actual reputable and accredited TESOL course providers, please look at our top 5 online courses. https://www.topteflcourses.org/