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 Colombia?
Our TEFL center in Cartagena is located just four blocks away from the main entrance to the fortified city, in one of the most typical and most colorful neighborhoods of the city. The school is near places of major historical importance such as: the Old City, Plaza de la Trinidad, the Church of San Pedro Claver, and Plaza de Santo Domingo. You will enjoy a nice, comfortable environment while taking your intensive course to teach English in Colombia after graduation!
Study in Cartagena
Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage City, and on the “must see” lists of millions of world travelers. It is an awe-inspiring city that guards the secrets of history in its walls, balconies, buildings, and narrow-cobbled streets. It is said that you do not know the Caribbean until you know Cartagena, its people, and their culture. In the Old City, you are going to find fabulous restaurants, clubs, and museums. You may go on a sight-seeing tour or admire Cartagena’s architecture by walking through the city. The New City features ultra modern houses, fabulous white beaches, and gourmet-food restaurants. The beaches invite for swimming, relaxing, and all kinds of water sports that is usually found in beach areas.
Accredited TEFL Program
Our TEFL course in Colombia 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.
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 Cartagena, Colombia 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.
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:
120-Hour Combined TEFL/TESOL Course Description
The academic program of the combined TEFL Course in Colombia 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.
ON-LINE THEORY COMPONENT
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 Colombia 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 Colombia 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:
Teach to Travel Academy expects its trainees of the TEFL Course in Colombia 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.
English teaching jobs are relatively easy to find in Colombia, if English is your native tongue, and you have a TEFL certificate. The Colombian government has recently legislated that all university graduates must have studied some formal English lessons so EFL teachers are on demand!
Everyone dreams of getting a job by the beautiful Caribbean, while sipping Piña Coladas in a hammock under a beach palm on the weekends. For some, this is a reality!
The easiest and fastest place to find a teaching job is in one of the many small independent colleges or “English Clubs” that are found in all the major suburbs of Cartagena.
Private lessons are easy to set up and it’s important to protect yourself by working smartly in terms of collecting your pay. Rates go up to $15 an hour.
Primary, secondary and tertiary education institutes pay the best and actively recruit at job fairs overseas. Contract conditions may vary; however, and you are well advised to check them before you sign your contract. Many have a clause which allows the school to vary the hours taught (i.e., upwards). Some even specify after-school and Saturday lessons. Some schools pay an hourly rate for after-school work or extra hours, others do not.
One of the main benefits of living in Colombia is the low cost of living. And what’s more, it’s a low cost of living in a country that offers many of the first-world amenities and infrastructure that you’d expect in a much more expensive location.
Most of our students 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).
How much should I budget per month?
If you’re renting an unfurnished apartment, you will spend approximately $1,700 USD per month.
How is the weather in Cartagena?
Cartagena’s climate is typically Caribbean; its average annual temperature of 28°C changes very little. Although the days are hot, a fresh breeze blows in the evening, making this a pleasant time to stroll around the city. Theoretically, the driest period is from December to April, while October and November are the wettest months.
By attending this TEFL course in Colombia, you will receive so much more than a TEFL Certificate and job contacts in Colombia, 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 of Medellin or Cartagena.