You have 3 options which you will find below, but before I tell you about those courses you should know...

There are NO extrinsic rewards here such as a "certificate" to supposedly make it look like you learned something, just intrinsic ones to take your goals inside and outside of the classroom to the next level

These courses are not for everyone.

  1. There is no TEFL certificate in these courses (UPDATE on 7/14/2019). 
  2. There is no fancy "accreditation" or a fake one for that matter.
  3. They are not "internationally recognized".
  4. There are no course "hours".
  5. There's no "guaranteed" job.
  6. ESLinsider is not going to help you find a job.

These courses are not for people who want to get a job or "check the box" so to speak. If you are looking for a TEFL course that will fulfill a job requirement then this course is probably not for you.

This course is for people who really want to learn and maximize their experience abroad.


This course does things differently in a few ways.

  • It maximizes the use of visuals and classroom based instructional videos to learn. Observing other teachers is the easiest way to learn.
  • Get personalized feedback on lesson planning assignments (you have the option of using your materials and books if you are currently teaching).
  • Writing assignments and projects to develop inside the classroom as a teacher and outside the classroom as a multi-dimensional human.

1. Monkey see, monkey do

Published research suggests that if you want to remember what you learn online then you need a visually engaging course.

Instead of wasting your time reading text online from a boring course that you probably won't remember, you could take a course that's rich with simple instructional videos that you will absorb faster, easier and remember more of.

No, these aren't boring lecture videos. 

These are simple, short instructional videos that show you teaching techniques. These courses are built with practical and authentic how-to videos that were shot in real classrooms w/ real students mostly in South Korea. 

Many online courses are predominately text based which is NOT memorable. Seeing techniques done in person or on video is far superior to reading about how to do it.

Some facts:

"I'm a new teacher and these videos really saved my hide (they still do) and my students like these activities a lot. I would like to thank you..." - Luiz Felipe

If you don't absorb what you are taught in a course or know what you are doing then your job is going to be difficult and you, your students and your boss are not going to be happy.

You'll learn faster, it will be easier, you'll probably enjoy it more and you'll remember more of what you learn. 

2. Get personalized feedback on assignments and projects

Taking a course online can be an isolating experience and in fact that is why many people don't complete them.

The benefit of getting personalized feedback on your lesson planning assignments is twofold: to interact with a real human and to see what mistakes you have made. 

The main purpose of feedback is to point out some things that you missed with the instruction. 

It's kind of like this... 

Your teacher shows you how to do something, you try it (by writing what you will do in your lesson plan) and then your teacher shows you your mistakes and may also offer additional ideas.

Are you currently teaching?

If you are then you will have the option in the course to use the book you are currently using in your classes for lesson planning assignments. Otherwise lesson planning assignments are based on photos of pages from student books that are commonly used.

3. These courses are especially focused on teaching English to kids aged 6-13 in East Asia. 

This is a huge part of the job market in Asia, yet many TEFL/TESOL/CELTA courses focus more on teaching adults which I know from experience isn't very helpful. 

You'll find a lot of context - with classroom videos that were filmed in Korea and Taiwan. 

You'll learn how to teach and you'll also learn how to have fun with your students and control them (kids) which is not always so easy. 

Yes, much of the information can apply to adults too, yet there is more of a focus on teaching children as most of the videos were filmed in kids classes. 

Think of it like this...

Why would you take an MMA (mixed martial arts) class if you want to learn jiu-jitsu and compete in jiu-jitsu competitions? MMA classes will include some jiu-jitsu so that's good, but if you want to compete in jiu-jitsu then you should be taking jiu-jitsu classes because it's more in tune with your goals.

Most other courses including the ones I took are more general like the MMA courses. They are more general and trying to reach as many people as possible.

ESLinsider's courses are more specialized and focused more on teaching children.

4. Access when you need it most. 

Paid access to ESLinsider's courses are long term.


Because learning takes time and repetition. Most online TEFL courses keep all their content behind a paywall and you only get access for a limited time (1-6 months). 

If your access to a course is only for 2-3 months (common w/ popular providers) then by the time you actually start teaching your access will be terminated which means you won't be able to access content when you need it most.

Which usually is no problem if all you want is a certificate. 

The "Advanced" course offers unlimited access and the basic course is 1 year.

5. Maximize your time abroad even if you only spend a year or two there

If you are like most people who teach abroad then you will only do it for like a year or two. And if you are like most people you are a multi-faceted person with different interests and aspirations. So how can you make the most of your time inside and outside the classroom?

  1. You will spend a lot of your waking hours in a classroom teaching as noted here so this course focuses primarily on taking your teaching to the next level.
  2. Make the most of your time after class.
  3. Prepare for the future. Have someone there to encourage you to meet your goals.

Stop being an outsider become an insider

Clear, Content & Confident

Imagine the look on other teacher's faces when they see how well behaved and happy your students are. 

  1. Feel more confidence, control and joy in the classroom, because you will...

  2. Learn how to inspire your students and enjoy teaching

  3. Eliminate problem students

  4. Learn practical and actually useful tools for the classroom (little study of grammar & theory)

  5. Learn how to teach efficiently w/ easy to absorb materials

I can promise you a better year "teaching abroad"

And that might sound like a weak promise, but let me tell you...

My first year teaching abroad in Taiwan was pretty difficult. Like many who try teaching abroad I loved traveling. But the teaching...


That was the problem. It wasn't easy and it wasn't very fun. There was a lot of trial, error and naughty kids. Did I say naughty kids? Yep, I didn't have much control over my classes. 

Some students wouldn't listen. Some were loud. Others seemed bored. And few seemed happy and most of the time neither was I.

The thing was that the kids weren't really the problem. I could have blamed them, the school, the system or whatever, but really it was me and my lack of skill. 

I pushed through it though. 

After a few years in Taiwan I moved to Korea. Over time the amount of problems in the classroom I had started to decrease. 

I learned mostly from other teachers and from reading. But learning how to teach by reading is not very efficient and you won't remember much. I wasted a lot of time online looking for stuff that worked.

In my experience...

The best way to learn was by watching teachers which I sometimes I did in the different schools I taught in. 

Since I learned best by watching other teachers I started making some how-to videos that I filmed in the classroom. As mentioned above video can make learning faster, easier and more enjoyable. 

Those videos now have over 2,100,000 views on Youtube and more than 7,000 subscribers.

I improved as a teacher and that was the beginning. 

ESLinsider is what I wished I had when I started teaching abroad.

kindergarten kids in Korea


Is there anyone who shouldn't take these courses?

These courses aren't very suitable for people who teach:

  • Business English
  • Exclusively adults or university students

Or anyone who wants to "check the box".

Is this course accredited?

No. This an unconventional course. There is no one accreditation for TEFL just independent bodies businesses. Some say TEFL accreditation doesn't matter and others say university accreditation is an outdated system that doesn't work. Despite what it may look like most TEFL courses have no affiliation with universities.

Is it "internationally recognized"?

The term "internationally recognized" doesn't actually mean anything. As mentioned before there is no one body for TEFL accreditation and there is no stamp that grants this status. 

It's mainly a marketing term.

Why is there no "120 hour" TEFL course?

Much of the TEFL industry has been pulling the wool over people's eyes. 

There are 2 types of online courses: asynchronous and synchronous. I have only seen asynchronous online TEFL courses which means there are no actual class times or "hours". They label their courses "120 hours" or "160 hours" even when many people complete them in less than 20. As a test I completed one online TEFL in 8 hours. 

Learn more about TEFL course hours

Why is there no certificate?

Because I don't want you to chase the carrot. 

This course is not about fulfilling a job requirement. It's about the process not the end. I obtained a TESOL certificate before I taught abroad and honestly no employer in China, Korea or Taiwan ever seemed impressed with it. If you ask a TEFL course provider if you need it chances are they will say yes, but in reality what employers want varies school to school and country to country.

Also as soon as I got in the classroom I realized teaching kids was difficult and I didn't really learn anything in that course.

Why is that when I look at the reviews of ESLinsider some people say their certificate was accepted or they took the "120 hour" course?

If you look at the reviews of ESLinsider you may find some info that may seem confusing. ESLinsider's courses have been renamed, revised and updates have been made to both the courses and the main site to improve content. 

When is the best time to take this course?

The advanced course has long term access, so you can work on it when you want, but if you are going to take it just one time then I'd advise you to take it once you start teaching.

What if I am not going to teach kids?

Then at the moment I'd take another course. 

What if I am not going to teach in Asia?

That matters less. There is a little part in the beginning of the course and you'll miss a little context with the videos, but what you learn in the video (most of the time) will apply to teaching (mostly children) around the world.

Isn't four hundred dollars expensive?

If all you want is a cheap TEFL certificate then last I knew you can get one for like $8 on Groupon. Those courses on Groupon are cheap because they get a lot of publicity and serve a lot of people. But in my experience the Groupon course I took (as a test) was static, automated, text-based, and there wasn't any real human interaction.

The less that you spend the less invested and committed you are. If you are not committed then things won't change. 

We can't do the work for you. We can guide you and encourage you, but ultimately it's up to you.

Is there are refund?

ESLinsider keeps the first $100, but after that there is a prorated refund based on how far you made it through the course and how many assignments/projects you completed and received feedback on. 

Why take this course?

Your primary reason for taking this course should be to level up - to upgrade your teaching and maximize your time abroad while preparing for the future.

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP on teaching English in Asia 

Here are some things that you will get when you log in. 

  • Advice from 26 teachers in Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan on video
  • How to find your best place (city and country) teaching abroad. 
  • A comprehensive look at salaries for teachers in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China.
  • Your options for the different kinds of schools that you can work in. 
  • Some fun quizzes to see if your English is good enough... 
  • And a whole lot more about the actual teaching.

Enroll in ESLinsider's Advanced Course

  • Comprehensive training A-Z especially geared towards teaching children in Asia
  • Get feedback and tips on your lesson plans (if you are already teaching we can use your material instead of ours)
  • Learn uncommon tactics for empowering classroom management
  • Become self-sufficient and learn the tricks insiders use to find good jobs even without experience
  • Unlimited access 
  • Yes, teach me how to teach English (especially to kids in Asia) because I want to enjoy it!


      This course includes everything in the advanced course AND a full year of support with "your classes".

      • Help w/ lessons
      • Help resolving your classroom problems


      New & Improved! This course was "formerly" known as the 120 hour course.



      To access all 18 levels including:

      • Feedback on lesson planning assignments.
      • Not 2-6 months like most courses, but long term access to the course.

      You can work on this course at your own pace. There is no deadline or timeline. This course is thorough. Learn more about it.

      Become an insider.

      • $89 to access the whole course and obtain certification upon successful completion.

      Learn more about the basic course.