TEFL Online Pro statement in response to online attacks by our business competitors.
Four of our business competitors have published misleading and untrue assertions online regarding the TEFL Online Pro international TEFL/TESOL certification course program.
A. The assertions
- TEFL Online Pro is the owner of trustedteflreviews.com.
- TEFL Online Pro only has reviews on trustedteflreviews.com.
- TEFL Online Pro is the owner of acteflc.com.
- TEFL Online Pro’s video reviews have been recorded by paid actors.
All four assertions are untrue and intentionally misleading.
In addition to these assertions, our competitors have falsely claimed that TEFL Online Pro is a scam and is not a legitimate company.
B. Our response to the assertions
1. TEFL Online Pro does not own trustedteflreviews.com.
TEFL Online Pro is currently the top-rated TEFL program listed on trustedteflreviews.com.
teflonlinepro.com and trustedteflreviews.com are both hosted on WordPress – along with 455 million other websites worldwide.
We won the prestigious Teachers’ Choice Award in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, and we have verified customer reviews published on trustedteflreviews.com.
The similarity between teflonlinepro.com and trustedteflreviews.com ends there.
In addition, the creation date of the TEFL Online Pro Facebook page was an entire year before the Facebook page of Trusted TEFL Reviews.
2. TEFL Online Pro does not only have Customer reviews on trustedteflreviews.com.
As well as having verified Customer reviews listed on trustedteflreviews.com, TEFL Online Pro has over 100 verified Customer reviews on the TEFL Online Pro company Facebook page. We are a 5-Star rated company on Facebook.
We also have verified Customer video reviews on our company’s YouTube channel.
3. TEFL Online Pro does not own acteflc.com.
TEFL Online Pro is Fully Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Teaching English as a Foreign Language Courses (ACTEFLC).
ACTEFLC accredits online distance learning and in-class international TEFL/TESL/TESOL certification course programs and is recognized internationally as a reliable authority on educational quality.
As a Fully Accredited course provider, we have the authorization to display the ACTEFLC logo on our school website and our international TEFL/TESOL certificates.
Our Fully Accredited certification status provides our graduates with a significant advantage when applying for teaching jobs online and abroad.
We maintain a 100% success rate in helping to find our graduates teaching work upon completion of their TEFL Online Pro certification course.
The claim that TEFL Online Pro owns acteflc.com is just as intentionally misleading and ridiculous as the claim that TEFL Online Pro owns trustedteflreviews.com.
4. TEFL Online Pro’s video reviews have not been recorded by paid actors.
TEFL Online Pro currently has eleven different Customer video reviews uploaded online, with three graduates having recorded a post-course and follow-up video – describing their course experience and how their TEFL Online Pro certificate has enabled them to secure online and overseas teaching English employment.
All eleven videos were recorded by graduates of a TEFL Online Pro Online TEFL/TESOL certification course.
None of the reviews were recorded by a person who has not taken a TEFL Online Pro Online TEFL/TESOL certification course.
The majority of our customers that have recorded a video testimonial for us, have also left a customer review on the TEFL Online Pro company Facebook page.
TEFL Online Pro is not a scam. TEFL Online Pro is a legitimate company.
TEFL Online Pro has been a verified business member with Paypal since 2019.
All three TEFL Online Pro certification courses are Fully Accredited and lead to the awarding of the international TEFL/TESOL certificate.
TEFL Online Pro certificates each contain a unique international accreditation number and are authenticated worldwide – they can be apostilled, legalized, and notarized for all online and overseas teaching jobs and visa applications.
If TEFL Online Pro were not legitimate, there would be multiple (verified) complaints made online by our Customers, and Paypal would not continue to partner with us.
Our graduates teach online and on-site in every country in the world where there is a teaching English job market. Our verified customer reviews back up these facts.
C. The intention of the assertions
The intention of the assertions is simply to try and reduce the credibility of TEFL Online Pro in the eyes of potential TEFL student Customers and try and convince potential TEFL student Customers to purchase an alternative TEFL course option.
None of the assertions come from a reputable source.
All four assertions, along with the claims that TEFL Online Pro is a scam and not a legitimate company, have been published by three of our business competitors.
TEFL Online Pro is seeking legal advice and we will be acting accordingly in due course.
D. Which competitors have made the assertions?
The assertions have been made by ESLinsider, MyTEFL, The TEFL Academy (TTA), and ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd.
All four are business competitors, providing Online TEFL/TESOL certification training courses.
The ESLinsider (unaccredited) TEFL program is run exclusively by Ian Patrick Leahy. ESLinsider has been banned from Facebook (since 2017) for spamming and publishing misinformation, and it has had a number of its videos deleted by YouTube for the same reasons.
ESLinsider is notorious in the TEFL world for writing fictitious, malicious content about its business competitors – on complaint websites, discussion forums, Reddit, on the blogs it runs, etc.
Pick any TEFL accreditation body, TEFL program, TEFL reviews website – ESLinsider will have written some trash about it.
MyTEFL (accreditation in question) is a company known for creating smear-campaign websites on its business competitors.
Its marketing manager, Adam, is the person responsible.
Adam is a bit like Ian from ESLinsider, in that he promotes his TEFL course by attacking TEFL accreditation bodies, TEFL programs, and TEFL reviews websites.
This astroturfing technique is very effective for ESLinsider and MyTEFL. It enables both programs to rank high in organic search results for the companies that they choose to target.
The TEFL Academy TTA (unaccredited) targets any business competitor that it views as being an existential threat to its operations.
Rhyan O’Sullivan and Thomas Gibbons run TTA’s program; they are responsible for targeting their business competitors.
TTA’s preferred method of attacking its competitors is by posting anonymously on complaint websites. It also takes advantage of its vast network of affiliate’s link marketers and brand ambassadors to further its agenda.
ITT International TEFL and TESOL (accreditation in question) is owned and operated by James Anthony Dwyer.
James also owns and operates the World TESOL Institute TEFL online program.
James operates multiple online sockpuppet aliases and aggressively defends his TEFL program courses patch- trashing his competitors in the process.
Both of his programs claim to be “government regulated” but are, in fact, not government regulated at all.
James’ argument is that because he has two companies registered in the UK, this means that both companies are government regulated. Anyone with some small change in their pocket can start a UK Ltd company.
The individuals behind all four of the above mentioned Online TEFL certification programs:
This is a prime example of what TEFL Online Pro has to put up with on a daily basis from our business competitors, in this highly competitive industry:
The irony of this competitor’s threat is that James from ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd. has disabled the Facebook Reviews tabs for ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd. World TESOL Institute does have its Facebook Reviews tab enabled, but the reviews have been written by individuals who are friends of James- most of them can be traced back to Cebu City in the Philippines, where James has his main office.
TEFL Online Pro maintains its Facebook Reviews tab because we welcome verified customer feedback of our products and services.
As of September 19th 2022, TEFL Online Pro has over one hundred 5-Star verified customer reviews on Facebook. We only have 5-Star Customer reviews. Any subsequent poor reviews will almost certainly stem from James Anthony Dwyer and his sockpuppets.
E. Why has TEFL Online Pro published this rebuttal?
First and foremost, we have issued this rebuttal to protect you, the Customer.
Not everyone is aware that the TEFL marketplace is highly competitive and that some TEFL programs do not follow better business practices.
ESLinsider and The TEFL Academy are both unaccredited TEFL programs, and MyTEFL’s and ITT’s accreditation is very suspect.
We don’t want our potential Customers to be swayed by false information into taking a TEFL course from a TEFL provider that is not fully accredited or internationally recognized.
We regularly receive complaints from people who have been swayed by the misinformation spread by these three programs. These people routinely complain that they were duped into taking a TEFL course – a TEFL course from ESLinsider, MyTEFL, The TEFL Academy, or ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd. – that has turned out not what it claimed to be.
TEFL Online Pro is a transparent, award-winning, fully accredited, reputable program, with an excellent reputation.
Our customer feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and we work incredibly hard to maintain our high standards of tuition and post-course services.
We have an extensive worldwide network of education partners – partners that know our brand and routinely employ our teachers.
With a TEFL Online Pro TEFL/TESOL certificate, you are guaranteed a teaching English job online and in any country overseas where there is a teaching English job market.
It is, therefore, imperative that we defend ourself against false and misleading accusations.
We also chose to issue this rebuttal in support of all the TEFL Online Pro students and graduates that have written or recorded a review of their TEFL Online Pro course and post-course experience.
Content published online by ESLinsider, MyTEFL, The TEFL Academy, and ITT International TEFL and TESOL Ltd. about TEFL accreditation bodies, TEFL program competitors, and TEFL review websites is not a reliable source of information.
Content published online by an affiliate sales marketer about any TEFL accreditation body, TEFL program competitor, and TEFL review website – regardless of whether the content is positive or negative – is not a reliable source of information.
Affiliate sales marketers will write anything to try and convince you to buy a TEFL course when they stand to earn a 20% student referral sales commission – a 20% commission added to the regular price of the TEFL course.
TEFL Online Pro does not run an affiliate’s marketing program.
We point-blank refuse to be listed on any websites that operate on an affiliate’s marketing sales business model.
As a result, it appears that we are considered “fair game” by some of the unscrupulous affiliate marketers that earnestly try to trash our excellent reputation in order to drive traffic to their website(s) where they earn commission sales from the TEFL programs they “highly recommend”.
Reputable TEFL/TESOL programs don’t operate an affiliate’s marketing program.
F. TEFL Online Pro verified customer feedback
Verified TEFL Online Pro Customer feedback can be viewed on the TEFL Online Pro school website, on our company Facebook page, on the TEFL Online Pro YouTube channel, and on the independent TEFL reviews website Trusted TEFL Reviews:
Three of our Customers, who recently graduated from a TEFL Online Pro international TEFL/TESOL course, recorded a post-course and TEFL employment follow-up video testimonial:
1a. Clara Vinthagen’s post-course video reviews her 120-Hour Professional certification course experience.
1b. Clara Vinthagen’s TEFL employment follow-up video reviews how her TEFL Online Pro TEFL/TESOL certificate was instrumental in finding teaching work online and how it has been an essential document for successfully securing a teaching English position abroad at an international language school in Spain.
2a. Astrid Mendieta’s post-course video reviews her 120-Hour Professional certification course experience.
2b. Astrid Mendieta’s TEFL employment follow-up video describes how her TEFL Online Pro TEFL/TESOL certificate was instrumental in landing teaching English job interviews in Japan, South Korea, and Spain. This certification has also been an essential document for the purpose of teaching English online for a reputable training company. Astrid also describes how her TEFL Online Pro certification has been an essential document for successfully securing a TEFL position abroad at a high school in Valencia, Spain.
3a. Noor Yafaie’s post-course video reviews her 140-Hour Hybrid certification course experience.
3b. Noor Yafaie’s TEFL employment follow-up video reviews how her TEFL Online Pro TEFL/TESOL certificate was instrumental in finding teaching work online with PalFish and Preply and how it has been an essential document for successfully securing a teaching English position abroad at a government school in South Korea.
Astrid, Clara, and Noors’ experiences are representative of all of our Customers who take a TEFL Online Pro Online TEFL/TESOL certification course.
TEFL Online Pro accepts students from all native English-speaking countries, as well as students from non-native English-speaking countries.
After winning the Teachers’ Choice Award for the first time, in 2019, TEFL Online Pro veered onto the radar of the larger TEFL course providers and it was soon after that we noticed some online attacks by business competitors.
When we won the prestigious award for the second and then the third time, TEFL Online Pro increasingly became a target for online attacks.
We have now won the Teachers’ Choice Award for the fourth year in a row.
None of the attacks were instigated by a TEFL Online Pro Customer or a TEFL Online Pro education partner. Any such attacks were instigated by a TEFL program business competitor.
The most important thing for us is that the vast majority of our Customers provide overwhelmingly positive feedback on our courses and services and that they recommend us after taking one of our fully accredited and internationally recognized TEFL/TESOL certification courses.
We just thought that you should be made aware that there are an awful lot of people trying to make money from TEFL, and that some of them will go to extraordinary lengths in order to do so.
A large number of TEFL programs comply with strict codes of business practice and focus on developing their products and services.
A few TEFL programs, on the other hand, operate with limited reliance on codes of business practice and tend to focus solely on extracting as much money as they possibly can from their Customers – by whichever means is possible.
TEFL Online Pro belongs to the former.
If there are any questions regarding this rebuttal statement, please feel free to contact the TEFL Online Pro school office: https://teflonlinepro.com/contact-us/
Thank you for reading this rebuttal statement.
Paul Murphy | Operations Manager | TEFL Online Pro
The Teachers’ Choice Award winner in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022
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