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We offer a world-renowned TEFL / TESOL certification course in Bogotà, Colombia, that equips you for the professional task of teaching English overseas, or in your home country. Our TEFL certification courses last for four weeks and have a very practical emphasis. There is no need to speak any language other than English, as our courses concentrate on training you to teach English with the international standard communicative approach – where English is the only language used in the classroom.

Our TEFL certification courses

Our TEFL certification courses are certainly demanding; however, we do everything within our power to encourage TEFL students to pass the course and to promptly acquire a teaching job abroad.

The TEFL course in Bogotà, Colombia is divided into six main areas

1) Teaching Practice

This is the most practical and fundamental area of any TEFL training course. During the teaching practice sessions, trainees have the opportunity to teach real students of English and put into practice the skills learnt during the theoretical parts of the course.

2) Foreign Language Experience

During the course, trainees receive instruction in an unknown foreign language to help them reflect on the experience of being a learner. This session is extremely useful in creating empathy between the teacher and student and should help trainees to direct their own teaching.

3) Language Awareness

a) This area focuses on grammar and covers subjects such as parts of speech, the structure of tenses, conditionals and modals and other common grammar points. During these sessions trainees learn about these subjects as well as ways to teach them to their future students in the classroom.

b) This area also looks at the subject of phonology and covers phonemics, word and sentence stress, intonation and connected speech.

4) Student Profile

For this part of the course, each trainee is required to work with an individual student in order to work on things such as rapport building, error analysis, correction techniques and addressing individual student needs. Three meetings with the student are required to complete the profile, after which the trainee completes a one-to-one lesson with their student. The final stage is the completion of a written report regarding the lesson.

5) Teaching Techniques

This component of the course covers areas such as:

  • Lesson planning
  • Classroom management
  • Establishing rapport
  • Discipline in the classroom
  • Managing equipment and teaching aids
  • Creating materials
  • Correction techniques
  • Evaluation and testing
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Teaching grammar
  • Teaching receptive skills (reading and listening)
  • Teaching productive skills (speaking and writing)
  • Games in the classroom
  • Songs in the classroom
  • Teaching beginner students
  • Teaching individual students

6) Materials Project

All trainees are required to create their own set of materials to be used during the teaching practice. These materials will be useful in future teaching environments and will help to instill the benefits of creativity and resourcefulness in relation to your lesson planning. The materials should be easily portable, durable and adaptable for different lesson points.

Once you have created your materials project you will present it to a course trainer and demonstrate how it will be used in the classroom. Your trainer will then provide advice and suggestions on how they can be improved and how they could be used in another context.

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All applications from candidates aged 18 (younger ages may be considered in exceptional circumstances) and above will be considered for our English teaching courses. Our in-class TEFL courses are intensive, four-week programs; however, all trainees should still have sufficient time to explore the local area, experience the culture and to meet new people. Also, individual course organizers will often arrange leisure activities for our trainees so they can socialize in their spare time and make the most of their experience.

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    TEFL Bogotà | TEFL Colombia

    Colombia’s capital Bogotá is a very special city. Located in the heart of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 2,640 meters, it is one of the highest capital cities in the world and is home to people from every corner of Colombia. Bogotá serves as the vibrant centre of a variety of Colombian cultures as well as those of other South American countries.

    You will always find something exciting to do in Bogotá, whether it’s enjoying the local culture in the cobbled streets of the historic downtown of La Candelaria, or heading out to the areas around the city to experience the country’s beautiful views and diverse flora and fauna. The city has restaurants, clubs, cafes and bars dotted amongst old houses, churches and convents dating back 300 hundred years. Bogotá also has numerous parks which play host to a variety of events such as concerts, plays, film showings and much more.

    La Candelaria itself is home to several attractions you’ll not want to miss including Calle del Embudo; a cobblestoned street lined with brightly colored buildings decorated in street art or graffiti. Calle del Embudo leads to Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo where it is thought Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada founded the city in 1538. Other attractions in La Candelaria include the Botero Museum, Colón Theater and Gold Museum. Zona Rosa is the nightlife centre of Bogotá where you will find a number of nightclubs as well as pubs serving craft beer and upscale restaurants. It is the most tourist-centered part of the city with plenty to see and do for international travelers.

    Bogotá is home to a thriving expat and ESL community. There are many events for expats (Gringo Tuesday), and English speakers (Dame Tú Lengua), or people trying to learn English going on regularly. These events are good places to find long lasting friendships to accompany you for all future endeavors here in beautiful Bogotá, Colombia!

    Take our TEFL course in Bogotá, Colombia and you could be teaching here in just a matter of four short weeks! Our outstanding training and quality service will ensure upon graduation, not only that doors will open for you, but that you will be well equipped to succeed in all future EFL endeavors!

    The School

    Our training facilities are located close to the heart of the business and financial district. During lunch time, you will find the streets teeming with life as people rush to their favorite “menu del día” spot. That being said, there are many different attractions to enjoy in the local neighborhood including restaurants, malls, technology centers, parks, and cafes.

    Our offices are equipped with all necessary amenities that you would expect a school to have. The course instructors are capable and accomplished educators who will give their very best to help you succeed. Our TEFL trainers will guide you towards your goals of being a compelling educator through an interesting and entertaining TEFL program. Throughout your course, you will be introduced to a range of topics including teaching methodologies, classroom management, English grammar, lesson planning and more.


    Accommodation is not included in the price of the TEFL course, but we do offer an accommodation option with our guesthouse partner. This option consists of a furnished room in a guesthouse with large common areas. Services available include Wi-Fi, weekly room cleaning, private or shared bathroom and laundry services. If you choose to stay at our guesthouse accommodation, we would be able to organize this for you.

    You do not need to take this option and are free to arrange your own accommodation if you so wish. In this case we would be more than happy to provide advice and information to help you find something suitable.


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    Q How do I make my deposit and final payment?

    The $600 deposit can be paid either by credit card or via bank transfer.

    For the final payment, there are a couple more options:

    Bank transfer
    Cash on arrival - you can make the payment at the center upon your arrival in COP (Colombian Pesos) based on the exchange rate of the date.
    Credit Card - you can use your credit card to pay for both your deposit and your final payment.
    PayPal - if you decide to go for this option, let us know and we’ll guide through the process.

    Q What does the program look like?

    The class size can be anywhere from 6 to 12 TEFL participants. We keep our groups small so that you can get all the help and support necessary for a new teacher from the trainer. You will be sharing the program with international participants: both natives from English speaking countries and non-native speakers with a proficient level of English.

    Q What is a normal day like for a TEFL candidate?

    Class time generally runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will have a one-hour lunch break, and two shorter breaks: mid-morning and afternoon. The first half of the course is focused on providing candidates with the theoretical aspects of teaching, while the second part will be more practical, and candidates will be teaching and preparing lessons with the support of the teacher trainer.

    Q Who are the students for the teaching practice?

    Our classes are of around 8 to 15 Colombian students. As they are not paying for this course, you can be sure the students in your group are here because they are passionate about learning English. Colombians are warm, enthusiastic and competitive, so you will have lots of fun in your teaching practice!

    Q What is the program accommodation like?

    Accommodation is not included in the price of the TEFL course, but we do offer an accommodation option with our guesthouse partner. This option consists of a furnished room in a guesthouse with large common areas. Once your place on the course has been confirmed we will send you further information on the accommodation options available.

    Q What is the TEFL job market like in Colombia? Will I have trouble getting a job?

    The TEFL market is alive and well here in Colombia, but as with most countries, it depends on where you choose to live. Bogotá being the largest city in the country, it has ample amount of job opportunities. However, smaller towns will not be able to provide you with the wealth of opportunities larger cities will.

    Q What do I need to start looking for work in Colombia? Where do I start?

    Upon completion of your course, or even slightly beforehand we would recommend you begin your application processes with as many employers as you like. If you are on a tourist visa, you will have 90 days in the country before needing to leave, so beginning the process early will be to your benefit.

    Q What will you do to help me secure employment?

    We provide an orientation session on how to start your job hunt towards the end of your course. We cannot guarantee that you will find a position; however, we will do all we can to help you with your job search.

    Q What is the average salary like for a teacher?

    In Colombia, the average monthly salary for an ESL teacher is somewhere between $700-1,000 depending on your contract, hours, and employer. Bear in mind that the cost of living in Colombia tends to be lower than other places like the US, Europe, or Asia.

    Q What is a typical teaching position like?

    A typical teaching position in Colombia looks like one of two options, teaching children, or adults. Teaching English to children happens mostly in what is known as a colegio, or elementary school. Teaching English to adults normally takes place through different English institutions, many times geared towards business.

    For the most part, both options are either Monday through Friday, or Monday through Saturday.

    Q Can I return to my own country and teach with my certificate?

    What country you are from, and if English is considered one of its official languages, will determine whether or not you can return home and teach English solely with your TEFL certificate.

    Q What are the average housing and living expenses in Colombia?

    Depending on your particular lifestyle, you could end up spending anywhere from $350-1,000/ month on housing and living expenses. It more or less all depends on the area of town that you choose to reside in. If you choose to live closer to your job, you could end up paying a little more in rent, but you would pay less in public transportation, because you have the availability to walk, etc.

    Q What travel documents do I need to bring for Colombia?

    All visitors to Colombia are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date. The documents you may need to enter Colombia depend on your country of origin. Please contact your nearest Colombian Embassy for more information.*

    * As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Colombia consulate or embassy.

    Q What's the climate like? What kind of clothing will I need to bring?

    There are two distinct types of climates in Colombia (rain and less rain).

    Colombia consists of mostly tropical climates interrupted by the Andes Mountains which are high in elevation, ultimately producing cooler climates. Basically, anywhere you go in the country that is not high in elevation will be very warm.

    Bogotá is normally between 7-18 degrees Celsius (45-65 degrees Fahrenheit).
    Medellín is normally between 23-30 degrees Celsius (75-85 degrees Fahrenheit).
    Cartagena/Santa Marta/Cali is normally between 29-37 degrees Celsius (85-100 degrees Fahrenheit).


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