About TEFL International

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The TEFL International Organization

We are proud to be accredited to prepare trainees for the TEFL International Certificate in TESOL. TEFL International is a non-profit organization with schools and offices in over 20 countries on five continents and tens of thousands of graduates who have taught all over the world. TEFL International really is an international school with true international recognition.

TEFL International courses are externally validated and moderated by our moderator, Brian Tomlinson. He inspects trainees’ coursework and checks their feedback and satisfaction with the TEFL course. Brian has published over 70 books and articles and delivered over 50 presentations. He is president and founder of International Materials Development Association.

The Board of Academic Advisors includes several internationally recognized experts in the field of English Language Teaching as well as dozens of regional language experts in language teaching and teacher training. Both international and regional members advise TEFL International staff at teacher training centers worldwide.

International board members visit TEFL International regions worldwide. Members participate as keynote speakers at free national teacher training conferences, and workshops sponsored and hosted by TEFL International. They also provide TEFL International with advice on the quality of our training programs in the region they visit; on how our programs can adapt and change with growing trends in teacher training. International board members are not TEFL International moderators, but industry experts that advise TEFL International centers and participate in teacher training initiatives hosted by TEFL International.

Members of the Board

Dr. David Nunan: Former President of TESOL and author of hundreds of TESOL and ELT books and articles.

“The TEFL International Certificate programs are among the best of their kind; excellent trainers teaching modern methodologies with input from some of the brightest minds in ESL. I highly recommend TEFL International.”

Bill Leon: Dr. Bill Leon is President of Geo Education & Research and an instructor in Program Evaluation at the University of Washington. He has 27 years of experience as a researcher and evaluation consultant. With three degrees in geography and 20 years of experience as a community developer, he has worked on numerous social, economic and environmental studies with community, government and nonprofit clients. Leon has managed projects involving community building and citizen participation, and conducted evaluation research in numerous fields including planning, education, and social services.

Dr Arthur McNiell for the BOAA: Arthur McNeill is the Programme Leader in the Med TESOL course at Asian University. He holds a PhD in Linguistics for the University of Wales Swansea, an MA in Second Language Teaching & Learning and a PGCE in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of London, and, an MA in French & German from the University of Glasgow. With over 35 years of experience in English teaching and teacher education, he has expertise in a wide variety of specialties including language policy, linguistics, language acquisition, curriculum development and the management of language projects.

John W. Miller: John W. Miller is an Academic Specialist for the Korean Language Program at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California, where he is in charge of faculty development. He designs and facilitates teacher-training workshops for faculty and learning strategies workshops for students. John began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia. After getting his MA, he taught in and directed Kyungsung University’s Foreign Language Institute in Pusan, Korea for three years. Later, while working for Ohio University, he helped launch OPELT, an English Language Program at Chubu University in Kasugai, Japan. He also served as Associate Peace Corps Director in Ukraine during the mid-90s and later returned to Ohio University to administer the OPELT Program. John is currently finishing his dissertation for a PhD in Intercultural Communication at Ohio University. He has written extensively on language teaching and has conducted teacher training workshops in Liberia, Korea, Japan, Ukraine, and the U.S. His current professional interests extend to areas such as reflective teaching, learning styles and strategies, and action research. He is particularly interested in learning more about the ways that intercultural relationships develop and change. He lives in Monterey with his wife, Sunhee, a naturalized Korean-American.

Marc Helgesen: Mr. Helgelsen is co-author of the English Firsthand textbook series (Longman) which is the market leader in Japan and Korea and popular throughout Asia. He is also an author of Active Listening, from Cambridge University Press. He teaches at Miyagi Gakuin—a women’s university in Sendai, Japan—and also in the Columbia University Teachers College MA TESOL program-Japan. He led teacher development workshops throughout Asia and has been a featured speaker at JALT (Japan Assoc.for Language Teaching), Korea TESOL and Thai TESOL.

Robb Scott: Mr. Scott began his ELT career in Quito, Ecuador teaching middle school ESL at an international K-12 American style school. Several years later, he moved to Japan, where he gained valuable experience working on American branch-campus start-up writing ESL curriculums and training teachers. Recently, he has been in Brooklyn, New projects, York, where he wrote education materials for Newsweek, served as a technical instructor helping junior high students build Web pages in a Cablevision project, studied at Columbia University, and started an online newsletter for ESOL (English for Speakers of Teachers College, Other Languages) professionals as well as the ESL online mini-conference. He now lives in Kansas, USA with his wife, Meribel and children.

Alumni Association and Website

Would you like to get first-hand information about teaching in Japan, along with a possible contact and even a job before you even arrive? Do you want someone to collaborate on a large ESL project? Maybe you just want to stay in touch with your classmates from your group. You can do all that and more at the TEFL International Alumni Site with the help of our thousands of alumni working virtually everywhere in the world.