What makes this the best qualification for new teachers?
The Trinity CertTESOL and CELTA are the only two TEFL qualifications regulated by Ofqual at Level 5. Ofqual is the exam “watchdog” and is the government department that regulates UK qualifications and exams. Level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is regarded as comparable in difficulty to the second year of an undergraduate degree.
Why TEFL Iberia?
The combination of small groups and a personalised approach with a world-class qualification, all provided in a modern school in Barcelona makes this a unique and unforgettable study experience!
Before the course
We send you a pack of pre-course reading material and tasks in order to prepare you for the course. This is designed to raise your awareness of grammar and teaching methodology and takes about 10 hours of study to complete. You’ll find that you feel a lot more confident in your first few lessons if you prepare correctly! It is especially useful if you haven’t studied for a while or you want to brush up on your grammar. This is a free, 10-hour mini course included when you sign up.
You will observe senior teachers to get an idea of how things work in the classroom. Over the duration of the course you will see how to teach speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency, to students of different ages and levels. You will carry out a series of observation tasks of both the course tutors and your peers in order to highlight various teaching skills and techniques.
The best way to learn is by doing it yourself! You will have the opportunity to teach real learners using only English (no foreign language knowledge required) from day one of the course. You are ‘thrown in at the deep end’ and you will go on to complete 6+ hours of teaching practice with real language learners. Your progress as a teacher will be closely monitored throughout the course by our experienced teacher trainers and you will be given feedback after every lesson. You will teach students of 3 different levels (beginner, elementary and upper-intermediate) and different groups sizes (4-10 students), in order to make your experience as varied as possible. You’ll also teach two private lessons with the same student in order to analyse their strengths and weaknesses, which will form part of your Learner Profile assignment (see below).
We train you to prepare fun and engaging classes. Our tutors will show you how to structure an effective lesson and create high-quality teaching material. There are a plethora of resources available and you’ll learn how to use them to create effective activities for communicative, student-centred lessons.
Grammar & Language Awareness
A good TEFL teacher knows the English grammar inside out. We’ll teach you to deconstruct the English language so you can teach it in a meaningful way. Our grammar tutorials move at a comfortable pace and the concepts are explained in the simplest way possible, with extra help available for those who aren’t as confident.
There are a number of commonly used methodologies and approaches in mainstream TEFL. We give practical and video examples to show you the pros and cons of each methodology, allowing you to critically analyse them. Backed up with real teaching practice over the course, we encourage and embolden you to develop your own teaching style.
Peer and Tutor Feedback
All of your classes are observed by one of our tutors and a small group of your fellow trainee teachers. This may sound daunting but the atmosphere is fun and relaxed, and allows you to observe what works and doesn’t work in the classroom and learn from your peers. You’ll learn how to self-evaluate and evaluate other teacher’s lessons. After each class you’ll receive constructive feedback of the teaching session from your tutor.
Learning an Unknown Language
One skill of a good teacher is the ability to empathise with the learner, i.e. put yourself in the shoes of a language learner. For this reason you will ‘experience it from the other side’ and take 4 short lessons in an unknown foreign language, with no recourse to English. In the past we’ve had Polish, Arabic, Tagalog and Dutch; you’ll see it’s not too difficult!
Teaching in the 21st Century
The traditional classroom is changing and we want you to be prepared. All of our classrooms are equipped with modern interactive whiteboards and audio-visual equipment, so we encourage you to be as creative as possible in creating interactive and engaging lessons.
CV Preparation and Job Finding Workshop
You will be given expert advice on writing a high-quality CV aimed specifically at finding a teaching job. You will also receive guidance and access to a wealth of resources on job searching as well as interview preparation and practice.
Lifetime job support
Our academy is the partner school for Languages4life, a well-established language academy in Barcelona. Teachers are hired exclusively from our course so all our graduates are kept on file and the best ones put forward for job opportunities.
Barcelona has it all – stunning architecture, long beaches, beautiful mountains, unique culture, amazing nightlife and year-round sunshine. If you want to teach English in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities then TEFL Iberia is for you! In the school you can take advantage of our small groups, modern classrooms, regular courses and extra curricular activities year round. Outside of the classroom you can enjoy everything Barcelona has to offer.