TEFL Certification Programmes
Crash Course FAQ
How much will it cost?
- The course costs £459.
- You will need to pay for your return flights, accommodation, medical and travel insurance, your travel card, your food costs and any other spending money. As living costs in Spain are reasonably low, a recommended budget of minimum 100 Euros will allow you to live comfortably, explore the city and socialise.
- You must ensure that you have organised your own EHIC or insurance policy for your medical insurance. This will cover any visits to a GP or hospital doctor; however you will have to cover any prescription and non-prescription costs.
Can anybody apply?
- As long as you are over 18, hold a valid EU or British passport, are willing to live in Madrid for the duration of the course, and are a proficient user of English, you can apply. Non EU passport holders may of course also sign up for this course but no visa support will be provided. We are a UK company renting out teaching space for weekends.
- Don’t forget to send us your CV, whilst specifying your preferred course start date(s).
Is this Certificate recognised internationally?
- The answer is Yes. It is an International, Accredited and Advanced TEFL Certificate.
- It is a different franchise to CELTA – for instance – which is part of the British Council brand/ package (who offer 6 x 45-minutes of observed classes and 140 hours of theory). Therefore if you wish to work for a British Council accredited school in the UK, they will prefer their own certificate. But that is only true in some schools in the UK and a handful of others outside the UK.
- So on an international level, please note that in most TEFL Job Listings, you will find 3 main requirements: a Bachelor’s Degree, Teaching Experience and an Accredited TEFL Certificate. >> With our programme we provide you with 2 of those 3 key requirements.
Is this TEFL Certificate accredited?
- The answer is Yes. TEFL Trainer is fully accredited by ITEFLAC (The International TEFL Accreditation Council) regulated awarding body. The International TEFL Accreditation Council Quality Stamp is an international mark of high quality for the provision of programmes of study and training courses. Our accreditors have vigorous quality assurance procedures and systems in place which all course providers, such as ourselves, must successfully pass in order to be accredited under the scheme
What type of TEFL Certificate will I be awarded?
- We issue the TEFL Trainer TEFL Certificate which is fully accredited and recognised worldwide. *Issued: upon completion of the 3 learning blocks (the 6 reflective diaries, 6 lesson plans, and the 6 final exams).
- Complete written guidelines will be given to you on site and through the Student Handbook.
Do I sit a final exam and how am I marked?
- You are marked as follows:
- 30% Reflective Diaries (6 x 400-word assignments to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org, in 1 email and in PDF). You may write the reflective diaries in any of the following languages: English, Spanish, or French.
- 30% TEFL Trainer Online TEFL Course (up to 140 hours of content: you must complete the 6 final exams).
- 40% Lesson Plans (6 lesson plans to email us: email@example.com, in 1 email and in PDF).
- You will also receive a Feedback from the school regarding your Teaching performance (during the crash course).
- All three learning blocks need to be completed in order for you to become certified.
Am I eligible for any grants?
How long is the programme?
- We offer this 20-hour crash course in Alicante, Madrid and Valencia. The course starts on a Saturday morning and ends on the Sunday evening.
How much TEFL theory will be covered?
- TEFL theory is presented to you throughout the programme, in an organic fashion. This equates to approximately 140 hours (induction, CPD, assignments, and final exams included).
- During the hours spent at the language school, you will be able to cover the theoretical part of the course. We therefore recommend you bring a tablet or laptop to access our online TEFL resources – as wi-fi is available in the language schools.
- The combination of face to face and distance activity makes our blended learning extremely effective.
What if I can’t speak Spanish?
- Don’t worry, the entire course is delivered in English.
- If you want to take some Spanish classes during your stay in Alicante, Madrid and Valencia, or if you wish to extend your stay please get in touch for an estimate. Most of our partner schools also give Spanish classes.
How may I find accommodation?
- We have compiled a list of websites commonly used to search for student accommodation. When in doubt, send us an email. We are here to provide support and guidance throughout the whole process.
What do I need to bring?
- We recommend you bring your own laptop or tablet to be able to access our e-learning platform for extra support in TEFL theory and Spanish learning materials.
- If you are on any prescription medicine, we also recommend that you bring supplies for the entirety of the programme.
- Anything you think you can use for the classroom: a map, cards, and any teaching materials you may already have (i.e. flashcards).
What can I expect to find challenging?
- Living abroad can be at times challenging. Students who approach the experience with an open mind and involve themselves with the diverse opportunities and experiences available to them, will thrive in this environment.
- The main challenges you are likely to be faced with are:
- Language barrier – hence the Spanish classes and on-site support (your mentor also speaks Spanish – if you require any assistance)
- Spanish timetable – a later start means eating later and finishing later. The siesta time is indeed a cultural shock to some. But you will also get used to it.
- The commute – the partner schools are all in the equivalent of a Zone 1. Depending on the residential or student area you choose to live in, you can expect up to 40 minutes in Madrid by public transport and 30 minutes in Valencia (the same in Alicante). Closer options are always available if you book in advance (15 to 20-minute commute).
What is your Pass Rate?
- TEFL Trainer strives to support you to develop your teaching skills and subject knowledge. 95% of our trainees complete our TEFL certification programmes.
- The 5% drop out rate can be explained by a change in personal circumstances prior to their arrival or by the following factors: difficulty to adapt culturally, or realisation that teaching is not for them. If you must drop out, you can always complete the 3 learning blocks online and become TEFL certified.
What is the profile of the people on the programme?
- We receive applications from candidates from numerous fields of study, backgrounds, countries, and ages.
- Although most of the videos on our website reflect the younger age bracket, we have to stress that it is solely because they were the only ones that were not camera shy the day we shot the testimonials!
- Also, on our programme, we have people that are seeking a radical change in career in their late 30s to late 50s, as well as recently graduated 20/25-year olds looking to use their language skills and learn a profession.
What is the dress code in the schools?
- As long as you avoid sportswear and beachwear, the dress code is quite relaxed, casual yet smart.
More information about the course can be found HERE.