Benjamin Nicholas

Prior to blitzing the 4-week full-time TEFL course in London at SGI, I had been working at an advertising agency practically around the corner from the school for several years.  Admittedly, I was a little too easily in my comfort zone, and after repeatedly saying, ‘I fancy a challenge,’ boy, did I get one.

Having looked through these testimonials myself last year, I was prepared for a tough month; however, I can’t recall another course that has given me the same degree of insight within such a short period.  Moreover, the sheer range of topics covered throughout the month was unreal: ranging from the Unknown Language Journal (itself a real eye-opener) to an introduction to phonology.

Apprehensiveness and lack of confidence are not exactly uncommon traits when starting, yet the staff at the school made the quick transition to teaching (read: first day!) much more palatable through their eagerness to help and by being so approachable.  True, you may just start to take on the appearance of a social-hermit for a month, but your own assuredness will increase immeasurably owing to constructive feedback from tutors.

After completing the course, I headed to SGI’s joint-venture school in Moscow in the dead of winter, which was a culturally rich and markedly interesting experience.  Having now returned – what’s next?  Well, the beauty of the CertTESOL qualification is that it leaves that door open to me, and anyone else who relishes the challenge; it’s one that comes highly recommended.


Oct 2012 Update: I've now been recruited to teach at an SGI sister school in the amazing San Sebastian in Spain!


Listen to Ben discussing (in free podcasts)...

1. The training on the Certificate course here

2. Getting teaching jobs around the world within the SGI group here