Find out everything you need to know about TEFL, CELTA & TESOL Trinity
What is TEFL?
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. In order to gain access to the TEFL industry, there are many types of TEFL certificates, such as weekend courses, online courses and face to face courses. However, there are only two accredited key qualifications – the Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults).
What is the difference between TEFL or CELTA or TESOL?
The Trinity CertTESOL and CELTA courses are the only accredited TEFL courses which are recognised by both the British Council and employers worldwide. The qualifications and recognition are exactly the same, the only difference is is that the CELTA is accredited by Cambridge University and the Trinity CertTESOL by Trinity College London. Other TEFL courses will not have the same credibility, therefore may not be effective in helping you to start your career as an EFL teacher.
Your passport to the world
With our internationally recognised TEFL certificate, you can teach anywhere in the world, not just Spain. English truly is a global language; nearly every city around the world has an English school looking for certified teachers to meet the demand. English is becoming increasingly valuable to employers, as English is currently the preferred language in the business and technology sectors of the world economy. From the South of Spain to South Korea, there are thousands of jobs available to certified teachers.
What do you offer?
At our centre we offer the Trinity CertTESOL course, which is exactly the same qualification as the CELTA. It takes four weeks to complete it. Learn more about our course.
Why shouldn’t I just do an online TEFL course and/or weekend course?
First of all, most employers don’t accept online or weekend TEFL courses. There is one simple reason that makes studying in a school the right option: PRACTICE! We provide daily Observed Teaching Practice hours with real students, allowing you to put everything you have learned into practice and the feedback session you will receive after every lesson from both your peers and your tutor means that every day you can work on improving your skills and specific target areas. Ultimately, taking an online/weekend TEFL course is unfair to you and your future students. Future employers look favourably on a high amount of practical experience as giving all these practice lessons helps enormously when you’re standing in front of your first real class!
Is your course validated?
Yes, it is. We offer the Trinity CertTESOL course which is validated by Trinity College London and recognised by the British Council and employers worldwide. Credits are also awarded towards degree programmes offered by universities in the UK.
What can I expect from the course?
Our 4-week course is intensive; there is a lot to learn in a short period of time so that you leave our school best equipped to be confident in the classroom. You can expect to follow a basic daily routine: Teaching practice, feedback time, input sessions and guided lesson planning. You will have breaks throughout the day. Have a look at our Course timetable and graduate testimonials to get a first hand account of what to expect from the course.
Can I study a TEFL course if I’m not a native English speaker?
In our experience, non-native speakers can become excellent TEFL teachers as long as they hold a high level of English. In fact, there is an argument for suggesting that non-native speakers are often better TEFL teachers than native speakers because they are able to use their experience of learning English as a second language to empathise with their students.
Do I need to be able to speak Spanish?
No, Spanish is not a course requirement. In fact, our TEFL course requires that you speak only English while giving your practice lessons to ensure a feeling of immersion for the students and to increase their overall exposure to English. If you do speak Spanish, it is a valuable skill in the classroom because it allows you to understand and anticipate your students’ mistakes.
I am already certified, will you help me find a job?
If you have not taken the course with us, unfortunately we cannot help you as it would be unfair to those who receive their certificates with us. For this reason, we only provide job guidance for our own trainees. If you are looking for a position in Spain, you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to receive local and regional TEFL job openings.
If you are looking to develop your skills, keep an eye out for our speciality courses.
Where can I teach with my TESOL certificate?
In Spain, you can teach in any private institutions, such as language schools, bilingual schools and international colleges. At language schools you will mainly teach adults, but you can be required to teach children and teenagers as well. In that case our Teaching Young Learners Course might be interesting to you. In addition, you can work as an in-company teacher and there´s a big market for private classes. You cannot, however, teach in the public schools in Spain. This is because the selection process for teachers is carried out by the state and requires a university degree as well as passing of a state exam. If you are looking outside of Spain for work, always check the requirements for public education employment.
How much is the average salary for an English teacher in Spain?
The average wage for a full-time English teacher in Spain is between €1100 and €1400 net per month, or €12 net per hour.
When do schools look for EFL teachers?
The biggest hiring times fall between August and October and again in December and January. There is also a surge before summertime (April to June) where schools begin looking for EFL teachers for summer camps and intensive language classes. That being said, we are always receiving job openings throughout the year, so any time is a good time to get certified.
Do I need a visa to study and work in Spain?
If you are a citizen of an EU country, you are free to study and work within the EU without requiring a visa. If you are a student from outside the EU area, you can apply for a 3 month tourist visa, and you are free to study during this period.
As it´s quite complicated for non-Europeans to obtain a working visa for Spain, you could apply for a student visa which allows you to work up to 20-25 hours per week. Min 20 study hours/week are required. This means you´ll need to sign up for for example our Teacher Development Course or an intensive Spanish course after your TESOL course.
Non-EU citizens should check with their local consulate to find out the specific requirements and/or paperwork they will need.
The following countries do not require a visa for up to 90 days in Spain for non-lucrative purposes.**
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Darussalam, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong-Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Macao, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.
**Visa and entry requirements are always changing. Please check with your local consulate for the most up to date information.