TEFL Course in Sao Paulo

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program in Brazil


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 Sao Paulo, Brazil?

Teach English in Brazil, after taking our TEFL Course in Sao Paulo, which is in fact, the financial heart of the entire South American continent. If teaching English in Brazil is your motive for taking our TEFL Course, why not pursue it from the economic capital of the country! Sao Paulo is an excellent place for professionally oriented individuals, and there are countless opportunities in teaching business English. We will provide job contacts in Brazil upon graduation. The TEFL course in Sao Paulo takes place in a prime location in the city’s most elegant district.


Study in Sao Paulo
Now the largest metropolis in South America and the third-largest city in the world, Sao Paulo remains the most culturally diverse city in Brazil. Visitors to Sao Paulo get all the benefits of a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with full of high-risers and modern buildings, this city makes up for natural beauty through sheer modernity and opulence. Over the years, it has developed as the palpable symbol of Brazil’s rise up the economic scale. Brazil is a very exciting place to visit, and its wild beaches and beautiful forests attract a huge number of tourists each year. The music and the nightlife never end. And they can do all this without ever experiencing the big drawback to this city, which is traffic. Also, São Paulo wages are the highest in the country


Accredited TEFL Program
Our TEFL course in Sao Paulo, 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 Sao Paulo 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 in Sao Paulo 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 in 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 Sao PauloThe academic program of the combined TEFL Course in Sao Paulo, 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 Sao Paulo, 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 Sao Paulo, 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.

The most widely used language in Brazil is Portuguese. Brazil is a growing economic power. As such, English is becoming more and more important because it allows access to the international trade community. São Paulo is, in fact, the financial heart of the entire South American continent. Full of high-risers and modern buildings, this city makes up for natural beauty through sheer modernity and opulence. Over the years, it has developed as the palpable symbol of Brazil’s rise up the economic scale. Brazil is a very exciting place to visit, and its wild beaches and beautiful forests attract a huge number of tourists each year.


American and British English in Brazil

Language schools in Brazil typically teach American English and use American teaching resources. Most culture in the form of television, music, and movies comes from North America, so students are much more accustomed to the American accent. This is why it is important, if you are not American, to slow your speech and pronounce your words clearly. Students might have a little difficulty with your accent in the beginning. Yes, some schools specifically teach British English, but American English is most predominant. Setting up a job before you arrive without any contacts can be a little difficult, but it can be done with patience and persistence.

Work Visas

Teaching on a tourist visa is not impossible but with a 6-month limit on your stay, time is short. With a tourist visa you can not get a CPF (equivalent of a social security number) which also means you can not open a bank account. This obviously forces you to work for cash, but this isn’t a major problem. Typically, Brazilian work visas are easier to get when you are working for a multinational company in Brazil, or you have found an English school willing to sponsor you.

Helpful Tips for Foreign EFL Teachers in Brazil

  • Engage in learning Portuguese. The average person in Brazil doesn’t always speak English.
  • Always carry your identification around. A photocopy of the passport is sufficient.
  • In light of the laid-back, time-flexible way of life in Brazil, one should be prepared for slow line ups in stores, supermarkets, etc. Having a pocket phrase-book handy to study the language while waiting may help to alleviate the anxiety caused by waiting.
  • Adopt an adventurous attitude and experience the cuisine, culture, and sites of Brazil.
  • Consider getting an international driver’s license in your home country.
  • Ensure meat is well-cooked. Vegetables should also be cooked well and fruit should be peeled.
  • Tipping is common in Brazil, and much appreciated due to low wages and high unemployment. Rounding up to the nearest Real for taxi drivers and giving $R1 for each normal-sized bag for baggage carriers is standard. Sit-down restaurants generally add an automatic 10% to the bill.

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).

What is the best way to find a job after taking the TEFL course in Sao Paulo?

The best method for finding work in Brazil is to simply walk through the front door of a school and talk to someone. Make sure you’re well dressed, as Brazilians take presentation seriously, slow your speech down a little and avoid using slang or colloquial expressions. Please communicate clearly during yur job interview.


What are the usual Requirements for EFL Teachers in Brazil?

The requirements and guidelines below are listed for EFL teacher applicants to Brazil who are citizens of: United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. Minimum Requirements to Apply for Teaching Positions in Brazil:

  • 120-Hour TESOL certificate
  • Native English speaker
  • Non-native English speaker with excellent English skills.


When is the best time to look for work in Brazil?

The best time to find work with schools is before the semester commences. Most  schools don’t hire teachers in the middle of the school year. For the first half of the year, late January and early February are the best times to approach schools; whilst June or early July should maximize your chances for the second semester.

Book your course today!

By attending our TEFL course in Sao Paulo, 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 beauty of Sao Paulo. 

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