TEFL Course in Brazil

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program in Rio de Janeiro


Duration: Combined TEFL Certification (75% online theory/25% onsite teaching practices)
Hours: 120 Hours Total
Discounted Course Tuition: $1,750 USD (Regular Course Tuition $2,000 USD)
Reserve with a Deposit of: $437 USD (Deducted from Total Tuition)


Why take your TEFL Course in Brazil?
Our school is located in Rua Visconde de Caravelas, overlooking a residential area of Rio de Janeiro, which is just 20 minutes away from the world famous Rua Atlantica in Ipanema, and the awesome beach! Our teacher trainer in Brazil is a U.S.A. native with a degree in education and years of experience of teaching English.


Study in Rio de Janeiro
This marvelous city is called Rio de Janeiro because the Portuguese explorers who landed there on January 1, 1502, mistook Guanabara Bay for a river. It was the capital, and home of Brazil’s monarchs, until Brasilia was built in the 1960’s. Because of its beauty, Rio is one of the top destinations for world travelers. Nightlife is fantastic in Copacabana, Ipanema and other districts for dance clubs, nightclubs, bars and classical arts performances. During your stay, check out the Sambadrome and the Carnival Museum, enjoy the outdoor cafes, take a helicopter ride for an Aerial Tour of Rio and Tour the jungle-like Parque Nacional de Tijuca, only 15 minutes from Copacabana.


Accredited TEFL Program
Our TEFL course in Brazil has successfully met all of the International Accreditation Organization (IAO)’s accreditation requirements and, as a result, our program has been awarded Full Accreditation by IAO. Our institute has been awarded Full Accreditation after being evaluated under the International Accreditation Organization’s standards of global best practices in: Organizational Management, Academic Management and Institutional Performance. IAO’s full accreditation is a proof that we offer education that is on par with global education standards and that our institute is fully committed towards continuous improvement in the ever-evolving field of education.


Course Content
120-Hour Combined TEFL Certification
(75% on line/25% on site)
The certificate is the same as the one issued upon completion of the on-site program.  This is due to the 7-day teaching practicum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that comes with the combined course.
Classes run between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm from Monday to Thursday and on Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our accredited Combined TEFL course connects online with on-site training. The first stage is to study the principles and theories of TEFL online, at your own pace. After completion of the theory segment, you will attend one of our training centers for seven days of practical teaching of real EFL/ESL students. This combined certification is ideal if you do not have the time the intensive nature of an on-site TEFL course, but would like to get real teaching practice (something a lot of schools prefer to see, especially when they pay in the upper salary range). The combined course features the same components as an on-site course and results in 120-hour TEFL certification. The course comes with full career-support services.


Free Portuguese classes
Complimentary Portuguese classes of 1 hour per week are available for beginners or intermediate learners. Additional Portuguese classes can be arranged for a fee.


2018 Course Dates (Teaching Practices)
8 January – 16 January
5 February – 13 February
5 March – 13 March
2 April – 10 April
7 May – 15 May
4 June – 12 June
2 July – 10 July
6 August – 14 August
3 September – 11 September
1 October – 9 October
29 October – 6 November
26 November – 4 December


Included features within Total Course Fee:

  • Combined TEFL Training of 120 hours.
  • Accredited and Internationally Recognized Certificate.
  • Job Contacts for Brazil, worldwide + Lifelong Career Guidance.
  • Guaranteed Job Placement in China and Thailand. Ask for requirements.
  • ALL course materials, stationery supplies, printing and photocopying.
  • Free wireless internet service at school.
  • The opportunity to study Portuguese at an affordable rate.
  • Graduation Celebration!

120-Hour Combined TEFL/TESOL Course Description

TEFL course in BrazilThe academic program of the combined TEFL Course in Brazil is essentially the same as the one of the on-site course. The difference is that the trainees work on the theory in an on-line segment under the guidance of a tutor. They do the practical teaching and project work during a seven-day attendance in one of the centers.


Topics include the following:
· Lesson planning
· Classroom management
· Approaches to language learning
· A “methodical” history of language teaching
· Current methodologies
· Developing speaking, writing, reading and listening
· Teaching vocabulary, grammar and phonology
· Basic concepts in language assessment
· Practical classroom applications in assessing students
· The importance of giving feedback
· Teaching across proficiency levels
· Teaching across age levels
· Socio-cultural development
· Theater techniques
· Textbook review and evaluation
· Using songs and chants
· Using video and computer-assisted learning (CALL)


How to Teach English Grammar
Inputs cover word classes, simple sentence elements, complex sentences and clauses, verb tenses, conditionals and modals, phrasal verbs and reported speech. The participants of the TEFL Course in Brazil experience how to present grammar concepts in the EFL/ESL classroom in an interesting way while reviewing it at the same time.


How to Teach Accent Reduction (phonology)
Covering phonemics, rhythm, stress, intonation, place & manner of articulation, and connected speech. Trainees learn how to assess a student’s accent in order to design a program to reduce (or even eliminate) it.



Besides daily teaching of actual EFL students, the teaching practicum focuses on the same projects students of the on-site program must complete.

· Foreign Language Learning Experience
· Student Evaluation Project
· Teaching Practice and Observation
All teachers have to complete:
· 3 hours of observing experienced teachers
· 3 hour observing professionally developed video
· 6 hours of peer observation
· a minimum of 6 hours of observed, individual teaching practice with EFL classes.


Trainees’ assignments on the TEFL course in Brazil will be evaluated according to a specific set of assessment criteria, as listed below, all of which are also specified on the information header sheets attached to each relevant assignment. The assessment criteria for the Language Awareness component of the course include the requirements for the Phonology and Grammar Tests. You will also be evaluated on the following:

  • Student Evaluation
  • Material Compilation Project
  • Language Awareness
  • Phonology Test
  • Application of LA Skills
  • Language Usage


Teach to Travel Academy expects its trainees of the TEFL Course in Brazil and other locations to meet the certain standards during their attendance on the course and throughout their subsequent stay.

Trainees are asked to:

· Observe the laws of the host country.
· Practice culturally sensitive behavior.
· Encourage tolerance and cross-cultural understanding in the classroom.
· Act with responsibility, reliability and professionalism both in and out of the classroom.
· Be aware of acceptable behavior for teaching in foreign schools.
· Trainees are expected to adopt the trainers’ advice on social etiquette as related to their role as aspiring teachers.
· Dress and act with appropriate decorum.
· Adopt teaching approaches that are culturally appropriate to their students.
· Develop an interest in the host country’s language and culture.
· Encourage their students to act in a socially responsible manner.

There are many resources available for searching teaching positions in Brazil. Upon graduation of the TEFL course in Brazil, our TEFL trainers will gladly help you identify teaching positions throughout Brazil.  You can also have access to different employment ads of established language schools at a low fee of $50.


Hiring Season:

Teaching positions are available in public and private schools, language schools, universities and colleges, and through private tutoring. The school year in Brazil begins in February and goes until December, with a short break in July. While hiring takes place prior to the start of both the February and July semesters, EFL teachers can begin teaching at anytime during the year.


Private Language Schools:

As private language schools do not follow the semester system of conventional schools, teachers are hired year round! Private language schools provide supplementary education for students who require additional tutoring. Classes are offered during after-school hours and at other convenient times.


Public School System:

Education is compulsory for children between the ages of 7 and 14 and is free in the public school system. There are many Catholic-run private schools in Brazil. Public and private schools in Brazil are somewhat similar to North America’s primary and secondary school system and run on a two-semester schedule. The school year begins in February and lasts until December, with vacation in July to break up the two semesters. The summer vacation, from mid-December to February, gives a welcome break during the hot summer season.

Teaching Business English is also in increasing demand in Brazil as in other parts of Latin America.


Universities and Colleges:

In recent years, the government has focused its attention on improving higher education in Brazil. As a result, public universities and colleges are fully funded by federal and state governments. Public institutions are reputed to offer higher quality education because of the funding; however, private institutions have been narrowing the gap with improved quality. Competition to get into public universities is very stiff. The academic year runs from early March to mid-July and then early August to mid-December.


Private Tutoring:

Private tutoring is quite common in Brazil, as the EFL teacher can be flexible with teaching hours and can earn substantially above normally low teaching wages. EFL teachers can receive an average of approximately R$25 – 50/hour for private tutoring. Many businesses hire in-house private English language instructors to teach their employees. Classes are normally scheduled before and after business hours and during the lunch break so as to keep from interfering with job-related duties. Networking through relationships in a business setting is a great way to grow one’s private tutoring clientele.


Summer Jobs Teaching English:

The North American summer does not coincide with the summer in South America because it’s reverse. If you are looking for a short-term assignment, your best bet would be private tutoring or contact volunteer agencies for short-term positions. Ask us about a listing of volunteer agencies.

Most of our students taking our TEFL course in Brazil use Airbnb (visit https://www.airbnb.com) to arrange their own accommodation while taking the course. You can find housing in apartments, hostels, or single rooms at very affordable prices. The benefits of using this App is that you get to see different photos, read reviews of the place, a map to see the distance from the school, and you can talk to the owner directly.


Alternatively, we will gladly assist you set up your housing with an additional fee of $150 USD (plus the cost of the accommodation).

What about visas and post-course assistance?
We are able to provide general information regarding visas for all teaching destinations around the world and will provide advice and information for those wishing to secure work and residence permits in Brazil.



Here are a few general facts:
Types of Applicable Visas:
Tourist Visa: designed for visits up to 90 days. This visa can be extended to a maximum of 180 days per year. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa; however, entering on a tourist visa in order to apply for teaching positions is permissible.
Volunteer Visa (Temporary Type 1): designed for those who wish to volunteer in Brazil.
Temporary Work Visa: designed for those working with a legitimate company in Brazil. Sponsorship by an employer is required for this type of visa.
Spousal Visa: designed for those married to a Brazilian citizen and living in Brazil. A proper work visa is still required in order to teach English.

Important Visa Information:
As work visas are difficult to obtain, many schools are willing to initially hire teachers who enter on a tourist visa, and then sponsor them for a work visa.
Citizens from the UK, Ireland and New Zealand are exempt from requiring a visa to enter Brazil. In addition to obtaining a visa, entry/exit permits are required.
Leaving the country without a re-entry permit essentially cancels one’s visa.
Visas must be used within six months of receiving it. (This should be confirmed with local embassy/consulate)

One must apply for a visa at a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in one’s own country of citizenship.
One should apply for a visa in person.
Standard Process for Obtaining Documentation to Work Legally in Brazil:
The applicant secures a contract with a legitimate school.
The school applies for a work permit with the Ministry of Labor in Brazil on behalf of the applicant.
The EFL teacher applies for the visa in  home country once the permit is approved.
Standard Required Documents for Visas:
(Important to check with embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur).
A valid passport with at least six months remaining at time of application. Passport should have at least two blank pages. (This should be confirmed with local embassy/consulate).
Completed visa application.
Passport photos (Specifications should be confirmed with local embassy/consulate).
Work Visa: Employment contract with letter of invitation.
Tourist Visa: Statement of earnings.
Tourist Visa: Copy of round trip ticket or official itinerary.



Is job placement assistance included after completing the TEFL course in Brazil?
Yes. All graduates receive individual counseling and assistance with finding a teaching job. We have contacts with many schools worldwide and can often place graduates within its own network of language schools.will help with all aspects of job seeking from CV/resume construction and interview techniques to arranging job interviews. We recommend that you take our TEFL course in Brazil if you want to teach in the same country.



When is the best time to do the TEFL course in Brazil?
There really is no best or worst time. Countries in different hemispheres have different academic years and tend to hire year round anyway, on and as needed basis.


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By attending this course, you will receive so much more than a TEFL Certificate and job contacts in Brazil, you will get priceless experiences! Your classmates will be an eclectic mix of people of all ages and professions, from all over the world, creating unforgettable friendships and enjoying the endless charm and excitement of Rio de Janeiro. 

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