Fraud in the Tesol industry in Cape Town


It has come to our attention that there is much mis-information, fraud, incorrect statements, false representation (the using of false names) in the TESOL industry in and around Cape Town. There are some “Institutions” / persons offering TESOL courses around Cape Town who are less than honest with prospective students.

Important points to look out for before registering for your TEFL/TESOL course:

  1. Check if the Training Institute has a physical Business address (that you can find on Google maps) or best still: visit the premises or ask someone else to visit there if you are out-of-town.
  2. The people involved in the Institution and the training should be clearly listed on the website. If there is 1 person listed, it is a private business, not a Training Institution.
  3. The lecturers involved in the training should at least have a Degree plus CELTA working under the direction a Course Designer/ Senior Lecturer  with a P.G.C.E or similar qualification in addition to a Master’s degree in linguistics.
  4. We would also suggest that to further check on the credentials of such an institution or person, to use google as a good source of information. Check www.hallopeter.com too.
  5. Remember, it is extremely easy nowadays, with a cell number, email and website to make claims and promises. Do your research and do it well.
Not only are you paying a substantial amount for your course, you need to know that the Institution is legitimate and the trainer/s are qualified, have no criminal record and are honest, with a good reputation.

A good guide is also to see if the Institution is affiliated to EduSA, a S.A. accreditation body.

Important Notice
Matthew van As, a previous trainer, was successfully convicted of fraud and theft from our Institute and sentenced on Friday 26 July 2013. For further information, please contact our office.