Canada has one of the biggest ESL industries in the world, where thousands of international students come every year, and teachers must be well-qualified to teach here. Anybody who can teach here can do so in the best paying schools in Europe, Australia, Dubai, and Hong Kong as many of our graduates from Canada, the UK, and the USA are currently doing so. It´s not the internet as a medium that makes a course good or bad but the course itself. Our 250-hour online course with practicum is the same that is offered by universities (http://www.tesl.ca
) and an extended version of Coventry House International´s Trinity program.
We only work with recruiters from North America and EPIK (Government agency in Korea)to provide our teachers with a peace of mind if anything goes wrong but many recruiters from Asia contact us on a weekly basis to send them teachers. My suggestion to you and the recruiters you know is to do more research and provide your students with better teachers and unless you have other commercial interests (You do seem to agree with Ical Pete a lot even when he makes such controvertial claims -for his own commercial interests- that people should take an introductory course before the CELTA) don´t make such invalid arguments that push people towards the bad courses. In fact, the industry for introductory online TEFL courses originated in the UK and the worst schools are from there.
If you just like arguing with me because for some reason you simply don´t like businesses expressing their opinion, I´m not trying to push the 100-hour course we offer by saying that the minimum requirement is such a course. When people ask about online courses, they have probably already made a decision not to take an advanced and expensive course because online courses are generally of 100 hours or less so my suggestion to them is to take at least a 100-hour course and mention that the most reputable schools and best paying jobs ask for a CELTA, Trinity, or equivalent. Maybe I should be more explicit next time.