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November 24, 2013

US | Business

TEFL Institute probed over "deceptive advertising"

tefl-institute-logo.jpg Only a month after protests by employees over "stolen wages", Chicago-based TEFL Institute is under investigation again.

The consumer watchdog Truth in is probing into the Chicago-based TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) Institute over alleged "deceptive advertising claims."

TEFL Institute offers an international 150-hour certification program that can cost more than $1,000,'s investigation shows.

TEFL Institute, located in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, wrote on its website that it is accredited by NATEFLAC, which is supposedly a “leading TEFL accrediting organization based in the U.S." The researchers at, however, found that the hyperlink provided for NATEFLAC doesn't work.

In response to questions about NATEFLAC's legitimacy, TEFL Institute president Ti Ron Gibbs's wrote in an email on November 21 to that "TEFL is undergoing accreditation. The information on our final accreditation will be made public once it is done. Please check back within two months."

When followed-up by phone with Gibbs the next day, Gibbs said the institute is now getting accredited through another agency, but would not provide specifics.

Read the full article from Progress Illinois.

Related story: Teachers Rally For Stolen Wages Outside TEFL Institute (October 24, 2013)

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