Duration: 4 Weeks Onsite
Hours: 150 Hours
Regular Course Tuition: $1,400 USD
Reserve with a Deposit of: $350 USD (Deducted from Total Tuition)
Why take your TEFL Course in Guatemala?
Job Placement in Guatemala and employment contacts worldwide! Obtain life-transforming international work experience and be ready to teach English as a Foreign Language anywhere in the world. The TEFL Course in Guatemala is 4-weeks long, featuring 150 hours of course content, leading to the internationally recognized certificate in teaching English as a Foreign Language. Our TEFL Certification course in Antigua is fun, intense, and with lots of job opportunities, securing paid teaching positions all over the world. What’s more, this teacher training course has been developed over a period of years and is taught by some of the most respected trainers in the business. Successful graduates earn an internationally recognized and Accredited TEFL Certificate allowing them to teach anywhere in the world. Moreover, you can enjoy yourself and have fun in Antigua’s unique and wonderful culture!
Study in La Antigua
Antigua, Guatemala is known as the best-preserved Spanish colonial city in Central America. Our TEFL school in Guatemala is a beautifully restored colonial building with a central garden and fountain for students to enjoy; you can stroll the cobblestone streets, lounge with the locals in Central Park on sunny afternoons or hike up one of the volcanoes overlooking the city for amazing views! Antigua is a great example of preserved colonial architecture and of cultural value. The religious, private and government reflect Spanish colonial architecture in Antigua. On the other hand, there is a lively cultural scene and even its historic sites often host free public events, such as the International Jazz Festival. With many restaurants and bars packed into its centre, the food and drink scene is also one to be savoured. Antigua is not only worthy of a UNESCO listing for its cultural significance, but also as a popular tourist destination.
Accredited TEFL Program
The TEFL Course in Antigua is accredited, and quality assured, by The Ministry of Education in Guatemala. Having The Ministry of Education’s accreditation is proof we are commitment to providing an excellent academic program, which is recognized all over the world and of course grants you the opportunity to teach in the Guatemalan Public Schools. Obtaining their prestigious accreditation requires a thorough process that evaluates the school’s high standards, under the best educational global practices, while also reviewing ethical academic values through a continuous improvement process. We follow the Standards of Good Practice from the Forum on Education Abroad and the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad.
Our internationally-accredited teaching English as a Foreign language certification in Guatemala is loaded with fun, intensity, and with teaching practice sessions for aspiring trainees to sharpen their teaching skills! The TEFL program in Antigua focuses on practical teaching, classroom management, lesson planning, and more. It includes 105 hours of classroom instruction and in-class presentations, 20-30 hours of required reading and focused written assignments, and 15+ hours of observation and practical teaching. Your teaching practice will be supervised and evaluated. Trainees will deliver lessons to non-English speaking classes and individual students and feedback is always provided, as this is critical to help participants improve their technique and increase their self-awareness in terms of teaching style. Equally important, a TEFL Certificate is your ticket to travel and work as a professional English teacher anywhere in the world; our TEFL graduates secure paid teaching positions in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East and Africa due to our high standards and commitment to your future career.
2018 Course Dates
January 22nd – February 16th
February 19th – March 16th
March 21st – April 17th
April 23rd – May 18th
May 23rd – June 19th
June 25th – July 20th
July 23rd – August 17th
August 22nd – September 18th
September 24th – October 19th
October 22nd – November 16th
November 21st – December 18th
Included features within Total Course Fee:
4 week, 150 hour hands-on TEFL Training with 15+ observed teaching hours with actual EFL students.
Internationally Accredited Certificate and Letter of recommendation.
Job Offers in Guatemala within 30 days from graduation.
Job Contacts for Worldwide + Lifelong Career Guidance.
Housing Placement Assistance.
All stationery supplies, printing and photocopying.
Free wireless internet service inside both the classroom and the accommodation.
24/7 support bilingual team and Emergency contact number. The school is open 7 days/week.
Free Spanish conversation practice, salsa dance classes, cultural activities and cooking classes.
Free coffee and tea with on-site snack bar.
Please note: There is an additional $135 USD fee to purchase 3 different books required for your TEFL program.
Our Teaching Engish as a Foreign Language course in Antigua is aimed at those with no previous experience. It is a practical and thorough program in Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL), which covers all the important aspects of teaching methodology. During the 4-week, 150-hour course, participants will become familiar with the principles of successful ESL teaching and will develop practical skills needed to effectively teach English as Second Language (ESL). You will prepare and teach a minimum of 15 practice classes with real Guatemalan students in a classroom setting. You will learn the theory of English language teaching, refresh your grammar skills, observe experienced teachers in action, and finally conduct practice classes of your own with real EFL Guatemalan students. In fact, our trainees get more actual practice classes than any other provider.
As a trainee, you will learn through an eclectic approach including lectures, class discussions, presentations, group work, and individual projects; we focus on the interface between teaching theory and practical application in the ESL classroom. We will take responsibility for presenting the information and challenging participants to think creatively and analytically, yet participants must take responsibility for their own learning. We encourage all participants to endeavor to get the most out of this class; the more participants put into their TEFL training, the more they will get out it.
The objectives of the TEFL/TESOL program are to provide participants with:
An overall understanding of how English is structured and how it works.
An introduction to different learning and teaching theories and approaches.
A thorough understanding of critical ESL Techniques.
The ability to plan, create, and deliver well-structured English classes.
Skills to effectively present new learning material and instructions.
Skills for engaging and motivating learners in ESL classes.
An introduction to how age affects language learning.
The roles of teacher and learner and what makes a “good teacher.”
How teachers should manage their classes and what learners expect.
Familiarity with ESL teaching resources and materials.
An introduction to international English exams (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
Career assistance and resources in order to find ESL teaching positions.
Build classroom management skills.
Learn how to create effective lesson plans.
12 to 15 hours of practical teaching and observation.
Learn how to assess learners’ English levels.
Models and methods for teaching Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Function.
In the final week of the TEFL Course in Guatemala, TEFL participants take over a live English class with real, non-native students and teach 60-minute lessons for 5 days; during these lessons you are observed and critiqued by your TEFL Trainer. The practical teaching module also includes 3 additional mini-lessons (20 minutes each), where you’re observed by your TEFL Trainer and receive feedback. The TEFL Course in Guatemala also includes 6 hours observing experienced ESL teachers leading their classes.
TEFL COURSE MODULES
1. Approaches to Learning & Teaching
2. Critical ESL Techniques
3. Class Management
4. Lesson Planning
5. English Grammar Review 1
6. English Grammar Review 2
7. Teaching Grammar
8. Teaching Vocabulary
9. Teaching English with Games
10. Teaching Speaking & Writing
11. Teaching Listening & Reading
12. Assessing Learners
13. Introduction to International English Exams
1. Practice Teaching 50%
2. Written Assignments 20%
3. Practical Teaching Lesson Plans 10%
4. Class Participation 20%
Grades: Pass/Excellent reflects a 90% – 100% achievement level, Pass/Good reflects an 80% – 89% achievement level, Pass/Satisfactory reflects a 70% – 79% achievement level, or Fail, which reflects a final grade of 69% or less; TEFL Certificate will not be issued.
Teaching English in Guatemala
Graduates of the TEFL Course in Guatemala, have at least 1 to 2 job offers within 0-30 days after completing the program! We offer lifetime job-finding assistance for all TEFL graduates. In Week 2 of the TEFL Course in Guatemala, there is a job-finding workshop where our TEFL Trainer coaches participants on writing a proper résumé/CV for the international marketplace and walks them through different job opportunities. Our Graduated Trainers act as an ongoing professional reference for teaching jobs now and in the future, and every TEFL graduate receives a letter of reference from the school.
The need for English teachers is growing and there are always opportunities available in Antigua, Guatemala City, and Xela. Private institutes hire year-round, whereas K-12 schools, following the Latin American school year, tend to hire between January and February. TEFL graduates find opportunities working with all age groups in both private institutes and public school settings. Local students are eager to learn, yet easy going, making Guatemala a great choice for a first time English teacher! The low cost of living in Guatemala–where food, housing, transportation, and even travel are all cheap–means that an English teacher can enjoy a good life, even on a modest salary.
Getting a Teaching Job in Guatemala:
Once you’ve completed the TEFL Course in Guatemala, you can easily find the right TEFL job! We guarantee lifetime job placement assistance upon successful completion of the program. During your TEFL course in Guatemala, our instructor provides a full workshop on resume-building, job search, and various teaching opportunities all over the world. You can choose between teaching positions in private language schools, state schools, universities, businesses, hotels, kindergartens as well as private tutoring and voluntary work.
Other Teaching Opportunities in Guatemala:
Antigua, Guatemala City, and Xela are three great cities booming with English teaching positions. Opportunities are available in private institutes and TEFL graduates with the proper credentials, who are willing to commit to a minimum of 1 year, can obtain positions in K-12 schools. Most English teachers work 20-35 hours per week, although total hours and curriculum standards are different from employer to employer.
Teaching English after graduating from your TEFL Course in Guatemala:
In Week 2 of the TEFL Course in Guatemala, there is a job-finding workshop where your TEFL Trainer coaches you on writing a proper résumé/CV for the international marketplace. Your trainer also walks the TEFL class through different job opportunities and what it’s like to live and work internationally. We provide lists of online resources with access to teaching jobs worldwide. Most importantly, your TEFL Trainer acts as an ongoing professional reference for teaching jobs now and in the future, and every TEFL graduate receives a letter of reference from The School. We make 3-5 job offers to our TEFL graduates every month.
Highest Hiring Season K-12 Schools: Jan-Feb
Hours/Week K-12 Schools: 30-35
Commitment K-12 Schools: 1 year
Highest Hiring Season Private Institutes: Year-round
Hours/Week Private Institutes: 20-30
Commitment Private Institutes: 3-6 months
Cost of Living $350-$450/month
Average Pay $450-$550/month
To qualify for the Job Placement in Guatemala you will need to:
Successfully graduate from our TEFL Course in Guatemala, be a native English speaker (or Native-like), preferably have a 4-year University Degree, be aged between 18 and 65, have a passport with at least 12 months remaining, and no criminal record.
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Founded in 1543 as the seat of Spanish power in the region, Guatemala served as its cultural, religious and economic centre for more than 200 years. The city was largely destroyed by earthquakes in the 17th century but many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and have since been renovated. The remnants of others dot parks and gardens across the city. The city of Antigua is situated at 1,500 m (5,000 ft) above sea level in the central highlands of Guatemala, just 45 minutes south of the capital, Guatemala City.
The Maya capital of Central America brings tradition, history, and ancient culture. Maya Ruins include El Mirador, Tikal, Aguateca, El Peru (Waká), Iximché, Nakúm, and Yaxhá. Though the official language of the land is Spanish, 21 Mayan languages are also spoken in the country. The most common form of local transportation is a colorfully decorated, and overly packed chicken bus–nothing like the typical boring buses found traversing the United States. In the more popular cities, like Antigua, you’ll find several international explorers living, working, and traveling. But prepare for a vastly different life than what you might be used to.
Designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Guatemala include Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua and Tikal National Park. Each of these sites host sacred Mayan temples, palaces, and ceremonial sites. The sites also acted as important cultural and commercial centers used to maintain the civilization’s military, political structure, and economy. Unlike Tikal, The Ruins of Quirigua face many conservation challenges due to its geographic location which exposes it to regular flooding from storms and hurricanes. However, it was deemed a UNESCO site due to having the tallest Maya stela. On the other hand, Tikal sits in the middle of wild jungle, wetlands, and savannah making it a prime location for a variety of wildlife. Getting to this incredible site won’t be a tremendously easy feat, as it’s impossible to do without hiking through the jungle first. The historical city of Antigua was also donned a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua was the cultural, economic, political, religious, and economic center of the entire region and the architecture that remains is one of the most prominent examples of 16th century colonial style in all Latin America.
It’s important to consider while you take your TEFL Course in Guatemala that Guatemalan culture is an interesting mix of ancient Mayan traditions with colonial Spanish and modern western influences. For example, the main religions are a combination of Catholicism or Evangelical Christian combined with Mayan beliefs resulting in a unique spirituality. Guatemalans are very conservative and you should take care not to draw extra attention to yourself. Some cultural recommendations during your TEFL Course in Guatemala include: dress conservatively, avoid open displays of affection in public, do not bathe nude at the beach, speak softly and politely even if you’re angry, ask permission before taking someone’s picture, Wear shoes or sandals at your family-stay, Understand that “Guatemala time” is often flexible, do not point your finger at people, cover your tattoos, as these are associated with gangs, avoid topics such as premarital sex and teen pregnancy.
In May-September (Rainy Season) afternoon rainfall and clear nights. Eternally warm and mild during the day, temperatures fall at night, especially in October-April (Dry Season). The average temperature in Antigua ranges from 24-27°C (75-80°F) with rather cool nights due to the higher altitude. ‘Green season’ lasts from May to September, with a month of dry weather in July, called a ‘canicula.’
You should be arriving to the Antigua Airport if you are flying. It is easy to find taxis, shuttles, and buses available at most hours of the day. Also, Antigua is easy to explore on foot and everything is within a 10-15 minute walk. Motorcycle taxis (‘tuk-tuks’) and regular taxis are also available and can be found at the city center or in front of most churches. Private transportation or buses can be booked to explore the rest of Guatemala, as well as Belize, El Salvador, and Mexico.
Official holidays in Guatemala include:
1-Jan, 29-Mar, 30-Mar, 31-Mar, 1-Apr, 1-May, 10-May, 30-Jun, 25-Jul, 15-Sep, 20-Oct, 1-Nov, 24-Dec, 25-Dec, and 31-Dec.
Classes and projects are not offered on these days, but the school remains open, except on 1-January and 25-December.
ACTIVITIES & TOURS
There is plenty to see and do around Antigua including cultural events, tours, treks, mountain biking, and outdoor markets. Just outside of Antigua, explore coffee farms, volcanoes, and both Mayan and colonial ruins. Participants can also visit beautiful Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey, and the famous Tikal archaeological site! As experts on Guatemala, we can answer any questions. Travel plans are easy to arrange during your TEFL Course in Guatemala through our on-site travel partner.
Accommodation in Guatemala
Housing assistance for your TEFL Course in Guatemala can be either with local families, independent residences, local hotels and more!
Local pre-approved middle-class host families. Excellent opportunities to practice Spanish with the family. Family–stay accommodations offer the best immersion experience to practice your Spanish. Private, shared, and matrimonial rooms are available. Keys to the house are provided.
Includes breakfast and dinner 7 days per week.
Host Family: Shared 4 WEEKS $570 USD. EXTRA WEEK $140 USD.
Host Family: Private 4 WEEKS $665 USD. EXTRA WEEK $165 USD.
Apartments are comfortable, fully furnished, and come with equipped kitchens. Apartments are centrally located within easy walking distance or a short taxi/bus ride to the School. Note that apartments are only available in 4-week increments (month-to-month). Apartments offer the most privacy and independence. All apartments are fully furnished with small kitchens, WiFi, and cable TV. Meals are not included, but participants can enjoy shopping in local markets, which are close-by.
Apartment: Private 4 WEEKS $795 USD.
Student residences are managed houses where you live with other international students. Both private and shared rooms are available. Breakfast and dinner are included 7 days per week. Some residences are available for groups only.
Student Residence: Shared 4 WEEKS $665 USD. EXTRA WEEK $160 USD.
Hostels are budget-friendly, safe, and clean accommodations. Shared or private rooms are available. Note that bathrooms are typically shared. Meals are usually not included.
Hostel: Private 4 WEEKS $890 USD. EXTRA WEEK $230 USD.
Hotel accommodations are always 3 stars or higher. Hotels options provide excellent privacy, independence, and safety. Shared, private, and matrimonial rooms are available with ensuite bathrooms. Breakfast is included.
Hotel: Private 4 WEEKS $2,200 USD. EXTRA WEEK $570 USD.
Some students prefer to use Airbnb instead, (visit https://www.airbnb.com), to arrange their own accommodation while taking the course in Guatemala. 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.
Request your $35+ USD Airbnb coupon on your TEFL Application!
Simply let us know your preference in advance.
What are the requirements to teach English in Guatemala?
To qualify to teach English in Guatemala you will need:
Be a native English speaker or be near-native English speaker for job contacts.
High School Diploma and Preferably a University Degree for a higher salary.
TEFL Certificate of at least 120 hours total.
Be aged between 18 and 65.
Have a passport with at least 12 months remaining.
No criminal record.
What do you recommend regarding budgeting and expenses?
Expenses vary depending on accommodations, personal preferences, and free time activities. Participants should consider snacks, drinks, toiletries, medications, travel, social activities, and emergencies. Note that host families include meals, but not snacks. The table below includes estimates of local prices to help plan your budget. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Guatemala, though very small stores and markets may not accept them. ATMs are very accessible throughout Antigua. Lunch meals can cost between $3-$8 USD and dinner from $10- $30 USD, or you can buy groceries for about $50 USD. Transportation is less than $1 USD/ride and taxis can cost between $3-$6 USD.
Does you provide TEFL job placement assistance in Guatemala?
We provide lifelong job placement assistance including resume building, setting up interviews within our wide range of contacts, and interview preparation. The sheer number of ESL students means there are unlimited opportunities to teach and live abroad as an ESL professional.
Do you provide housing assistance?
Housing assistance is available free of charge for those interested and can be either in shared housing, independent living, in local hotels/hostels or with local families.
Is the school/course accredited?
Yes, the TEFL course in Antigua is accredited by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education.
Where can I teach upon graduation of the TEFL Course in Guatemala?
You can teach in any of the following four types of schools: State schools (primary and secondary), private schools (primary and secondary), language schools or at international schools.
How do I apply for my Tourist Visa to take the TEFL Course in Guatemala?
You should apply for a 90-day Tourist Passport or Visa from the Guatemala Embassy or Consulate in your home country. This can normally be handled by post within a few days and is not expensive. You will not need any documentation from us to support an application for such a visa. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of entry into Guatemala, and you must be able to obtain a police clearance certificate from your home country if you wish to work in certain countries. Most people from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand do not need special travel visas to enter Guatemala. Citizens from these countries usually receive a 90 to 180 day tourist visa upon entering the country. If you are unsure in your particular case, please consult with your destination country’s local embassy for confirmation.
Check here if your passport would grant you access to Guatemala with no Visa.
What type of activities are there in Guatemala?
There are many activities to do around Guatemala! These include cooking demonstrations, snorkeling, salsa dancing, hiking and more!
Are there Volunteering Opportunities in Guatemala?
Yes, Guatemala has many volunteer opportunities! We have had several of our students go on to participate in and really enjoy volunteering in Guatemala. Let us know in advance if you are interested so we suggest a few options.
How is the transportation in Guatemala?
The city of Antigua is an easy 30-45 minutes by bus or private shuttle from the capital of Guatemala City, where most international flights land. In Antigua, It’s easy to follow the basic grid system of the center and it’s easy to explore on foot as everything is within a 10-15 minute walk. Motorcycle taxis (‘tuk-tuks’) and regular taxis are also available and can be found at the city center or in front of most churches. Traveling out of Antigua and into the capital city is also easy with taxis, shuttles, and “chicken buses” available at most hours of the day.
How is the food in Guatemala?
Guatemalan gastronomy is based on traditional Mayan cuisine. Corn and cornmeal are staple foods and the corn tortillas, served warm and wrapped in cloth, shouldn’t be missed. Black beans are eaten at almost every meal. Rice, eggs, and farmers’ cheese are also part of daily meals. Chicken, pork, and beef are the country’s most popular meats and are normally accompanied by beans and rice. Meats are often served in stews (“caldos”) or cooked in a spicy chili sauce. Pepián, a thick meat and vegetable stew, is a common dish in the city of Antigua, and seafood is common along the coast. Other popular dishes include mosh (oatmeal) and chiles stuffed with meat and vegetables (“chiles rellenos”). Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as yucca, carrots, plantains, beets, and cucumbers, are easy to find. Be sure to try the Guatemalan coffee, which is some of the best in the world!
How is the nightlife in Guatemala?
Most clubs and bars in Antigua are concentrated around the Arco de Santa Catalina or within a block or two of the Central Plaza. There’s a lively nightlife with a wide variety of places, including live music. Bars and restaurants officially wrap up business at 1:00AM, but there’s an active after-hours scene, so people who prefer late nights won’t be disappointed. Antigua is a safe city, but it pays to be vigilant. You should never walk alone at night, and be very careful with your valuables.
Is there an orientation before the program begins?
Yes-of course! Airport pick-up is included in all of our programs. Our professional drivers meet you outside of baggage claim as you exit the airport-just look for the yellow smiley face flag. You receive a Welcome Folder detailing your accommodations, orientation time, and our Emergency contact numbers. Depending on your time of arrival, you come to the School or go directly to your accommodations. Your orientation includes specific details about your program, a health and safety review, and a short walking tour to be sure you’re familiar with the area around the School. During your orientation, you also take a Spanish placement exam.
Is Guatemala a safe country?
Yes, and you can relax while you are here. That said, it’s still important to use common sense and to keep yourself safe.
– Be careful if traveling and watch your belongings when traveling on buses.
– Do not carry your passport, credit card, or excess cash.
– Use only official, registered taxis.
– Do not walk alone at night.
– Avoid any contact with drugs, as laws are very strict in Latin America.
We discuss specific safety precautions and provide you with a walking tour during your in-country orientation.
Is travel insurance included in the program fees?
No. The TEFL Course in Guatemala fees are designed to be inexpensive and to provide you with the most flexibility possible. We do everything we can to ensure your program abroad is safe and that you have a great experience; however, we strongly recommend medical insurance to every participant in case of emergencies and unforeseen problems or accidents.
As a starting point, have a look at these 2 providers:
1) Seven Corners (https://www.sevencorners.com/travel-medical-insurance/#/quote)
2) GEOBlue (www.geobluetravelinsurance.com)
How much money is recommended to bring?
Spending money depends on your personal spending habits. It’s important to have money for personal expenses, sightseeing, souvenirs, etc. Generally speaking, we recommend bringing between $50 to $100 per week (USD). All major credit cards are accepted in all 3 countries, though a little cash is always good to have on hand as small stores and shops in rural areas may not accept credit cards. The best method for getting money is to simply use ATMs-most banks offer easy ATM access and you can withdraw both dollars and local currency.
What is the Suggested Packing List for Guatemala?
The key to packing for is to prepare for a warm and often humid climate. The coastal areas are steamy and hot with lots of sunshine, they’re at a mid-level altitude and the weather is warm by day and cool by night with intermittent sunshine and light rain. The locals are quite conservative. Be sure to bring long pants, conservative length shorts, and t-shirts. Short skirts or shorts, small tank tops, and other revealing clothing may attract unwanted attention. The following is optional: Laptop computer (optional), Tablet, Notebook, pen and Spanish-English dictionary.
Are there travel and sightseeing opportunities?
We believe an important part of any program abroad is to get out and take part in sightseeing and local events. Travel plans are easy to arrange through our on-site travel partners. In Guatemala, participants can hike up volcanoes, go whitewater rafting, and take a trip to the Pacific or Caribbean coasts. You can scuba, surf, snorkel, and body board, including hiking, adventure tours, and zip-lining. In Guatemala, there is plenty to see and do including cultural events, tours, treks, mountain biking, and outdoor markets. Just outside of Antigua, explore coffee farms, volcanoes, and both Mayan and colonial ruins. Participants can also visit beautiful Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey, and the famous Tikal archaeological site.
Why do I need a TEFL Certification?
You need to be a trained educator to be a good teacher! Some people who are new to ESL, might think, “I speak English. I went to university. I’m sure I can teach English; after all, what could be so difficult about teaching my own language?” However, what might seem easy on the surface is actually far more daunting. Language teaching is a challenging job. It requires creativity, patience, and knowledge of language learning theory and language teaching techniques. Simply knowing English is insufficient if you plan to teach English in South America, Asia, Europe, or anywhere else in the world. Language schools and professional institutes want teachers who are qualified, experienced, and who have practical training in the methodology of teaching English as a second language.
What will I learn in the TEFL course?
Our TEFL certification programs show you how to effectively teach English to non-native speakers and equip you with the tools and experience needed to be successful in the ESL classroom. You will come away from your TEFL training with a thorough grounding in both the theoretical and practical concepts required for teaching English to non-native speakers including: Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation. The TEFL Course in Guatemala is a 12-Module course that provides you with an important set of competencies required to effectively teach English to second language learners.
How are grades determined on the TEFL course?
Participants in the TEFL Course in Guatemala are continually assessed throughout the program. There are no written examinations, but there are 2 required academic papers and a course portfolio. Class attendance is required.
Final assessment is based on the following:
Practical Teaching Lesson Plans-10%
On completion of the TEFL Course in Guatemala, TEFL participants are awarded grades as follows:
Even though it is an intensive and challenging course, the majority of our TEFL participants (around 95%) pass the TEFL course on their first try. Overall, 60% are awarded a grade of Pass/Good, 5% receive a grade of Pass/Excellent, and 30% receive a grade of Pass/Satisfactory.
Are there really ESL teaching jobs out there?
Yes-of course! The whole world wants to learn English. People everywhere, especially young people, recognize that speaking English is their passport to better academic opportunities and a more successful career. Worldwide, there are many more ESL jobs than there are native-speaking ESL teachers to fill them, and this means that TEFL certified teachers are in very high demand in every part of the world. English teaching jobs are found in every country and in virtually every region of the world-Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. There is also high demand for professional ESL instructors in English-speaking countries such as the U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Are there teaching positions through your school?
Yes-of course! We’re always happy to hire our talented, hard-working graduates of the TEFL Course in Guatemala.
We give preference to the top-performing participants in each graduating class and they have their choice of employment opportunities at our institute. Every month we make 3 to 5 employment offers to our recent graduates.
Is teaching ESL a good career? How much money will I make?
Yes. There are many opportunities for long-term permanent positions and for advancement into management, such as Director of Studies, Institute Director, and other administrative and executive positions. Other possibilities include teacher training (TEFL Instructor) and materials and curriculum development. In Latin America, ESL teacher salaries can appear very low at first, but remember the cost of living is very inexpensive. Most ESL teachers can earn enough to pay for a decent apartment (shared) and enough to cover food and other normal expenses, and travel by public transportation. Note that frugal teachers can likely save between $50 to $100 per month, but this depends a great deal on your personal spending habits. Note that private classes are often a great source of extra income for ESL teachers. However, you must be careful to know the rules of the institute you’re working for, because many schools prohibit their teachers from teaching outside students.
Is a university degree required for the TEFL Course in Guatemala?
We do not require a college degree to enter our TEFL Course in Guatemala. The most important qualification is the TEFL certificate itself. However, you may find resistance by some employers if you do not have at least a 2-year college degree. As well, especially in Asia and the Middle East, good ESL jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree. That said, with a TEFL certificate, it is certainly possible to find work without a university degree, especially in South America and other developing regions.
What’s the dress code during the TEFL Certification Program?
Please note that all TEFL program participants MUST bring clothes for teaching classes. Whereas the dress code is casual during the TEFL Course in Guatemala, the Practical Teaching requires you to dress like a teacher, because you are teaching live English classes-this means well pressed slacks, skirt, or dress, nice collar shirt or sweater, and dress shoes.
Is Airport pick-up is included?
Yes, our professional drivers meet you outside of baggage claim as you exit the Antigua airport; simply find the yellow smiley face flag. You receive a Welcome Folder detailing your accommodations, orientation time, and our Emergency contact numbers. Depending on your time of arrival, you come to the l institute or go directly to your accommodations.
What to can I expect from the TEFL Certification?
Airport pick-up is included in all of our programs. Our professional drivers meet you outside of baggage claim as you exit the airport, just look for the yellow smiley face flag. You receive a Welcome Folder detailing your accommodations, orientation time, and our Emergency contact numbers. Depending on your time of arrival, you come to the institute or go directly to your accommodations.
We have a lot to do on Day 1, so we expect you at the institute first thing in the morning. Orientation begins at 9:00 AM sharp. Orientation is very important because we cover specific details about your program, a health and safety review, dos and don’ts, cultural activities and tours that are available, and a short walking tour to be sure you’re familiar with the area around the School. During your orientation, you take a Spanish placement exam. We strongly recommend you sign up for Spanish classes, this helps you better understand second language learners and also makes finding a job easier.
During the Course:
The TEFL Course in Guatemala is programmed from 9:00AM to 4:00PM Monday-Friday with additional work after regular class hours and assigned reading each night. As part of the course, you begin teaching right away, and every Friday and Monday are reserved for teaching practice, which takes place in 20-minute mini lessons, including feedback from your TEFL Trainer.
Week 1: Critical ESL Techniques | Learning & Teaching Theory | Introduction to Teaching Methodology | Lesson Planning | Classroom Management | Error Correction | Observation of Experienced Teachers | Mini Lessons.
Week 2: English Grammar Review 1 | English Grammar Review 2 | Vocabulary Workshop | Job-Finding Workshop | Foreign Language Lesson | Mini lessons.
Week 3: Methodologies in Teaching Grammar | Teaching Vocabulary | Teaching Speaking & Writing | Teaching Listening & Reading | Teaching Phonology |Written Assignment #1 | Mini Lessons.
Week 4: Tasked Based Learning | Lesson Planning |Methodology for Teaching with Games | Assessing Learners | Review of all Teaching Methodologies | Review of Critical ESL Techniques | Introduction to International English Exams | Practical Teaching Week |Written Assignment #2 | TEFL Portfolio.
Be sure to take advantage of the many free activities we have, including salsa classes, cooking lessons, Tandem Conversation Program, and more. If you choose to drink, please do so responsibly! It’s important to follow the safety rules—we want you to have a fun and safe experience abroad. You can arrange tours with our on-site travel partner or pool together with other people at School and head out on your own.
At the end of the course, please take the time leave us your feedback card. Client service is important to us and we take your feedback very seriously—it helps us improve our TEFL Course in Guatemala so that future participants continue to have a great experience during their TEFL Course in Guatemala. In the evening, we celebrate graduation with our “TEFL Toast,” good food, and drinks; and everyone receives their official TEFL certificate.
Departure day is always bitter sweet. Our program participants are usually excited to start their new teaching jobs or go home and share their TEFL adventure with family and friends. Remember, you’re always welcome to extend your stay! On your final day, you are welcome to stay at your accommodations until 11:00 AM. Make sure you come to The School to check-out and collect your School t-shirt. Please note that airport drop-off is not included in your program fee.
Life at The School:
We have lots of large common areas to hang out and meet up with friends and other interns. At the institute, there is free WiFi, a computer lounge, free Spanish tutoring, and free coffee and tea. During your program, you should definitely take part in the free Tandem Conversation Program to further improve your Spanish. Every month we have a calendar of free activities including salsa dance classes, cooking lessons, movie night, and so on. Travel and excursions are easy to arrange through MyJ Travel and Eco-Expedition Guatemala.
By taking our TEFL Course in Guatemala, you receive so much more than a TEFL Certificate and job contacts worldwide, you will get priceless experiences! Your classmates will be a fun mix of people of all ages and professions, from all over the world, creating unforgettable friendships and enjoying the endless surprises that Antigua has to offer.