Advanced TEFL Certification Programmes
Erasmus+ Internship FAQ
How much will it cost?
- In the context of the Erasmus+ internship, in return for your hours of teaching you will receive a stipend for accommodation, bi-weekly Spanish classes, and be awarded with your Spanish certification and letter of recommendation (from the partner school), as well as your Accredited Advanced TEFL Certificate upon successful completion of the TEFL Trainer course and your internship.
- Therefore you will only need to pay for a part of the admin fee (discounted to £25), your return flights, medical and travel insurance, monthly 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 (£72) per week will allow you to live comfortably, explore the city and socialise. From cheapest to most expensive locations we operate from: Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona.
- 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 passport, are willing to live in Spain for the duration of the programme, and are a proficient user of English, you can apply.
- Don’t forget to send us your CV, whilst specifying your preferred programme length(s), location(s) and start date(s).
When are the starting dates?
- We work with numerous host language schools across Spain (referred to as “partner schools”) and offer starting dates all year round.
- Our partner schools can carry out inductions every month. Upon applying we will offer you specific starting dates, according to your availability and the host school’s needs and availabilities. Cities and starting dates here.
Is this Certificate recognised internationally?
- The answer is Yes. It is an International, Accredited and Advanced TEFL Certificate which covers up to 400-500 hours of Teaching Practice (including observed classes, peer observations, and training sessions) and 140 hours of TEFL Theory (including your induction, CPD – continuous professional development, assignments and online TEFL course).
- 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, several weeks or months of 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 teaching practice period, the 6 reflective diaries and the 6 final exams.
- Complete written guidelines will be given to you on site (notably the TEFL Trainer induction booklet and further instructions).
Do I sit a final exam and how am I marked?
- You are marked as follows:
- 30% Reflective Diaries and Lesson Plans (4 to 6 x 400-word assignments and/or up to 2 lesson plans, to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org). You may write the reflective diaries in any of the following languages: English, Spanish, French, or German.
- 30% TEFL Trainer Online TEFL Course (up to 140 hours of content: you must complete the 6 final exams).
- 40% Feedback from the school regarding your Teaching performance (minimum 150 hours).
- All three sections need to be covered in order to be certified: handing in your diaries, completing your 6 final exams online, and attending the programme between the dates agreed on, are mandatory.
Am I eligible for any grants?
- If you are currently completing a degree at university, please check with your year abroad coordinator to complete the correct forms and apply for an Erasmus grant.
How long is the programme?
- We offer 8-week to 9-month Erasmus+ internships with the conditions listed on this page. Should you wish to apply for 2 cities – if you are a year abroad student you will need more than 16 weeks which you can combine in 2 locations – please contact us directly to discuss your options (email@example.com).
How does one teach English?
- From your induction on day one to your final week, you will be fully supported by a team on-site and have access to online guidance, in order to build your knowledge base and teaching skills to become a confident and effective teacher for your students.
- The unique teaching method and lesson structure in the partner schools means that all classes from General English sessions to Exam Preparation classes have full lesson plans and materials at your disposal.
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.
Whom will I be teaching?
- The large majority of your students will be over the age of 18. On the rare occasion a child is enrolled.
- 95% of the students are Spanish natives who are self-motivated to learn English, open and friendly.
- For the first weeks you will be teaching exclusively one student per class so as to develop teaching skills without the distraction of (potential) disruptive group behaviour.
- Should you wish to gain experience teaching small group classes, you will have the option to do so from the second week (depending on the language school). Having already taught 1to1, you will have started to acquire the knowledge, skills and cultural awareness to confidently manage a group class with a maximum of 8 students.
What about time off and attendance?
During your TEFL internship, you may only take days off in the following cases:
- At the end of your placement, you will be entitled to 3 half days off, in order to attend job interviews. You must email the language school’s manager and your headteacher the invitation to the interview that you will be attending, and organise with him/her your time off, accordingly.
- Time off for personal emergencies has to be documented and sent via email, and authorised by the language school’s manager and headteacher.
- Any unauthorised time off will be considered as non-attendance / absenteeism on the programme. During your internship, 95% attendance is mandatory in order to become certified – the 5% off is already included in the 3 half days off given for interviews.
What hours will I be working?
- Each 1-to-1 class lasts 40 minutes. Group classes last 40 minutes to 2 hours.
- On Erasmus+ you will be working a 30-hour week Monday to Friday – please bear in mind that your 2 x 40-minute Spanish Classes (working on the 4 language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing) will not be included in your weekly timetable. Your shifts will vary day to day. Typical shift hours may be: 10.00am – 4.40pm with a 40-minute break for lunch. / 2:40pm – 9.20pm with a 40-minute break
- You may be required to teach on a Saturday between 10am and 3.20pm, no more than once a month. You will receive some remuneration for teaching on Saturdays.
What if I can’t speak Spanish?
- Don’t worry, you will always be tutoring based on a prepared script that the student will have read and listened to beforehand with the transcript and keywords translated to Spanish.
- The Spanish classes provided by the language school throughout your programme will also help you relate to basic users of English. We highly recommend you take these Spanish classes very seriously as upon completion of the programme having an Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish is highly valued in the industry!
What if I am already fluent in Spanish?
- We have numerous applicants who already have a degree level in Spanish, or even have a native level of Spanish. In this case, it is not mandatory to attend the 2 Spanish classes per week. Depending on the time of year and the partner school, the partner schools may be in a position to alternatively offer 2 French, 2 German, or 2 Italian classes per week. Please enquire upon applying.
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.
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, expect up to 40 minutes commuting in Valencia, up to 50 minutes in Barcelona, and up to 60 minutes in Madrid by public transport.
In which cities does TEFL Trainer operate?
- TEFL Trainer works with host schools in Valencia, Barcelona, and Madrid. For further details on these locations and the host language schools, please click here.
What is your Pass Rate?
- TEFL Trainer strives to support you to develop your teaching skills and subject knowledge. 95% of our trainees complete their internship.
- 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. Very seldom do people get expelled from the internship.
What is the profile of the people on the programme?
- We receive applications from candidates from numerous fields of study. The Erasmus+ internship is available for students so applicants of 18-25 years of age. We look for a variety of profiles (degrees, work experience, etc.).
- 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 and 40s, as well as recently graduated 20/25-year olds looking to use their language skills and learn a profession. We don’t have internships, but teaching assistantships for non students: more information here.
- During each interview, we make sure to draw up a detailed profile of our candidates so as to present the partner schools with a reflection of that variety of backgrounds and ages.
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.