TEFL Program in Colombia

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program in Medellin


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 Program in Colombia?
Medellin is the second largest, most progressive city in Colombia. International travelers and others say, “Medellin is one of the most beautiful cities in South America.” Citizens of this region have a well deserved reputation as hard-working, hard-playing people of culture, sincerity and friendliness. They are filled with pride over their cities’ transportation systems, universities, parks, museums, architecture, sports teams, diversified manufacturing base, communications, shopping facilities and the area’s cleanliness. A great start if you want to teach in Colombia after graduation!


Study in Medellin
The TEFL Program in Colombia is accommodated in the largest private university of Medellin. It is in close proximity to El Poblado, a neighborhood which is considered to be the best in downtown Medellin. The home of orchids, parks and tropical birds, Medellin lies cradled in the Aburra Valley, bisected by the Medellin River which runs North and South. Classrooms are large and comfortable for a maximum learning experience.


Accredited TEFL Program
Our TEFL Program 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.


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 Medellin, 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.


Free Spanish Classes
You are welcome to take one-hour-per-week of Spanish classes at beginner and intermediate level throughout the duration of the TEFL Program in Colombia.


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 Colombia and 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.
  • Graduation Celebration!

120-Hour Combined TEFL/TESOL Course Description

TEFL program in ColombiaThe academic program of the combined TEFL program 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.


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 program 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 program 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:

  • 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 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.

Teaching English in Colombia as a native or non-native English speaker, with the proper teaching skills, such as a TEFL Program in your resume, is an excellent opportunity. It is a country waiting for tourism to arise, and one thing holding it back is the lack of English knowledge throughout most of the country.

Colombians are welcoming to everyone, and it is easy to get sucked into the casual laid back life, wherever you are, and whether it is because you choose to teach abroad, or just visiting.

You may also consider working at a bilingual school where you can teach other subjects in English. Elementary through high school levels have either morning or afternoon PART-TIME schedules. The typical Colombian work week consists of working Monday through Saturday.


Finding a Job:

Colombia has large EFL institute chains. Such schools are popular places to work as a TEFL instructors. Private lessons are also a promising career move, and the average rate can be anywhere from $12-27 USD an hour.

Bogota is the capital city and has all the diversity of New York with distinct districts.Barranquilla is the least popular for tourism, but there are still many opportunities in this coastal city.

Throughout the country, it is not easy to find jobs on line; although, it can be accomplished. Arriving in country to find a job is risky; however, it is the best way to land the job you like.


Required Qualifications:

Qualified TEFL graduates interested in working in Colombia at a small, private language institute usually only need a college degree.  To obtain a work visa and teach at a more prestigious school or university requires at least having a TEFL certificate and some previous experience.


Teaching Salary:

A foreign teacher can expect to earn from $1,000 to $3,200 a month, depending on your qualifications and location. Larger school chains offer to pay for housing and airline tickets depending on the location you apply to and your contract with them. If housing isn’t included, just ask the school faculty whom you are applying with; everyone is friendly and happy to help make you feel comfortable in your new home.


Classroom & Work Culture:

In general, Colombian teachers are not strict, and the education system may seem very lax. Expect meetings to start late and students to disregard the clock as they stroll in tardy. Dress code is directly related to your school and can be anywhere from shorts and t-shirts to professional attire. Greetings are important to such a welcoming culture, and it is custom for women to kiss on the cheeks and men to shake hands.

Most of our students taking our TEFL Program in Colombia 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 is the cost of living in Colombia?

The cost of living in Medellin, public transportation is extremely inexpensive as well as very convenient. The metro runs from one end of the city to the other costing only 0.75 cents a trip. Taxis are more expensive than in neighboring cities like Bogota but are hardly needed as the metro is more convenient most of the time. Monthly rent can cost up to $1,200 a month for a furnished apartment or as low as $400 a month for an unfurnished. The shopping malls in the cities are lovely, but don’t expect low prices for clothing. In fact, everything that is imported is expensive. Luckily, you can generally find a Colombian version of most things that you would need.


How is the weather in Medellin?

Medellín features a tropical rainforest climate, albeit a noticeably cooler version of this climate that borders closely on a subtropical highland climate and also on a tropical monsoon climate. Because Medellín is located at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level, its climate is not as hot as other cities located at the same latitude near the equator. Because of its altitude above sea level and privileged location in the Andes Range, Medellín’s weather, at times, is more characteristic of a humid subtropical climate than that of a tropical climate.


When and Where is the best place to to look for teaching jobs in Colombia?

The most popular places to find jobs are in cities such as Medellin, Bogota and Barranquilla. Medellin is a booming, small city in the interior of the country.  It is the center of fashion and architecture. The Paisa people, those living in and around Medellin, have distinct qualities. They are known for their friendliness and overall love for life. Paisas are very welcoming people, and it is easy to find friends wherever you go.

Book your course today!

By attending this TEFL program 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.

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