General TEFL / TESOL Questions:

What is the difference between the acronyms, ‘TEFL’ and ‘TESOL’?
Essentially, there is no difference between these acronyms. They are simply alternative terms used to describe the teaching of the English Language by native or proficient English speakers to those that do not speak the language. Thus, a certificate in TEFL or in TESOL is the same thing. Employers from all over the world will accept either as a suitable qualification for a teaching position.

Can I get a job without a TEFL / TESOL certificate?
It is possible to secure a teaching job without a TEFL / TESOL certificate, especially in less developed countries. However, teaching without a certificate is becoming more and more difficult as the industry becomes more competitive. Furthermore, positions that do not require certification usually pay less.

Which TEFL / TESOL course is right for me?
The answer to this question is ‘depends on your goals’.

If your goal is to be a strong candidate for TEFL / TESOL jobs on the international market then you should choose a course whose estimated length is 120 hours minimum. This is what is generally accepted as a full initial TEFL / TESOL certificate and employers around the globe usually expect this minimum amount of hours.

It is also an important consideration whether the course includes a minimum 6 hours’ teaching practice and is accredited by an external independent TEFL / TESOL accrediting body. Employers tend to look more favourably upon courses that meet such requirements.

If you are considering English Language Teaching (ELT) as a long term career, you are strongly advised to take the 190 or 220 Hour Online Certificate in  TEFL / TESOL with Teaching Practice. This CELTA/Trinity Equivalent qualification covers the theory and practice of English Language Teaching comprehensively and can be the key to many job opportunities worldwide.

If  your goal, however, is to gain an overview of current methodology and practice in  the world of TEFL / TESOL then a shorter introductory course might be appropriate.

If your goal is to specialize in an area of TEFL / TESOL such as Teaching Young Learners or Teaching English for Business then a good option is to take a specialization course upon completion of your initial TEFL / TESOL certificate course. 

Pre-requisites for Teaching English as a Foreign Language:

Do I need a university or college degree?
Although not required to teach English overseas, it is recommended. At a minimum, you should at least hold qualifications for entry to higher education (tertiary level) in your home country.

Our course will fully prepare you to teach English overseas, but if you do not have the aforementioned qualifications, you will have to demonstrate to Anglo Centres TEFL’s staff that you are a suitable candidate for the course.

Do I need to know the language of the country in which I plan to teach?
No. Anglo Centres TEFL trains its instructors to use the ‘Communicative Approach’. When using this approach, only English is used in the classrooms, even for beginners.

Do I need to be a native English speaker to take the course?
No. However, applicants for whom English is a second language or foreign language must demonstrate advanced English language skills in order to attend the course.

Do I need to have previous teaching experience?
No. Anglo Centres TEFL adequately prepares you for teaching English abroad by providing you with the skills you need to teach real learners of English. 

Do I need to have an advanced knowledge of grammar?
No. Our course caters to those who do not already possess advanced grammar knowledge. We do, however, provide students with a large amount of grammar instruction to prepare them for the classroom.

Do I need to have a visa or work permit?
Anglo Centres TEFL encourages those who plan to teach English overseas to check with the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which they wish to work (visit www.embassyworld.com for more information) before making any commitments. 

All About Anglo Centres TEFL:

Why Anglo Centres TEFL?
If you want to successfully teach English overseas and have fun while learning how to do so, Anglo Centres TEFL is the program for you. With the TEFL / TESOL certification you will earn after your course, you can teach English anywhere in the world.

What makes Anglo Centres TEFL a cut above other programs is the connections it allows you to create while still taking the course. Unlike most cities where TEFL / TESOL courses are offered, Tarragona is not saturated with English teachers. At Anglo Centres TEFL, you can start laying the foundation for your future career while studying.

Anglo Centres TEFL’s family of trainers holds high qualifications in TEFL / TESOL training and years of experience. Our courses equip candidates with the tools they will need so that you are fully prepared when you enter your own classroom. Our courses are competitively priced and each student receives personalized attention.

What is the difference between the Online and Combined courses?
An Online TEFL / TESOL course is taken entirely via distance learning. The most obvious advantages are that you can work at your own pace in your own time. There are no set finish dates – you can take as long as you need.

Online courses are a good option for those who already have some kind of language teaching experience and wish to obtain an internationally recognized certificate. The 120 Hour TEFL / TESOL Certificate is a good introduction to teaching English as a foreign language, whilst the 150 Hour Certificate in TEFL / TESOL covers the theory and practice of English language teaching in much more depth, including how to design and deliver effective classroom activities and lesson plans and enjoys a higher level of recognition with employers worldwide.

If you don’t have prior teaching experience, you are strongly advised to take a course that contains a teaching practice component. Without such practical experience, you are likely to lack the confidence and skills necessary to start teaching. Further to that, employers are generally reluctant to hire candidates who have no previous teaching experience.

Combined TEFL /TESOL Courses comprise of an Online Phase followed by a Teaching Practice block. Your teaching practice will consist of tutor-guided lesson planning sessions and observed lessons with real students of English followed by feedback tutorials. The 140 Hour TEFL / TESOL Certificate with Teaching Practice is a good starting point for those new to the teaching profession who do not plan to embark on a long career in English Language Teaching. Those candidates who would like a long-term career as English language teachers and aspire to teaching positions in reputable schools as well as advance in the teaching profession are strongly advised to consider the 190 or 220 Hour Certificate in TEFL / TESOL with Teaching Practice.

Does it matter which school I take my course with?
It does indeed. Your prospective employers will be interested in whether you obtained your certificate through a reputable TEFL / TESOL provider. Make sure you invest your money wisely and you take a quality course that not only gives you a certificate but prepares you as a teacher. They will also want you to provide references from the school you took the course with. On completion of any of our courses we issue a certificate and course transcript for your prospective employers outlining everything covered on the course. This is very important as it gives employers an indication of whether you took a quality course. Our trainers are always available to provide references to prospective employers.

Will I be qualified to teach English after completing the course?
Yes, Anglo Centres TEFL will provide you with all the training and experience you need to begin your English teaching career immediately following your successful completion of your TEFL /TESOL certificate course.

Can I complete my TEFL / TESOL Certificate course in less than 2 weeks?
No. For online courses to have international recognition they need to be guided by similar principles to residential ones. While different people work at different speeds it would be difficult to complete this course in less than 4 weeks. In our experience, employers do not look favourably on courses that do not meet these criteria. There are TEFL / TESOL providers who offer courses that allow candidates to obtain a certificate cheaply in very short periods of time. Beware of such courses as they tend to offer nothing more than a brief, if not superficial, introduction to TEFL / TESOL that won’t prepare you for the real teaching world. Such easy-get certificates are often a hindrance to landing a job with a good school. At Anglo Centres TEFL we pride ourselves on the quality of our TEFL / TESOL courses that have been designed by highly qualified and experienced TEFL / TESOL educators and that prepare you for the real thing. The feedback we receive from our graduates has been extremely positive and they often thank us for the quality of our tutors’ training which they feel not only puts them in an advantageous position when applying for jobs but allows them to teach confidently from the very start.

When do I need to arrive for my course?
We recommend you arrive in Tarragona at least two days prior to the start of the course. You need time to settle into your new home, recover from jetlag, and get a feel for your new city prior to being able to focus on the course.

Do you have a maximum number of students per course?
Yes. Anglo Centres TEFL is committed to providing one-on-one attention so that all of your learning needs are personally met. To do this we cap our enrolment at twelve students per class. You will never find yourself in a group that is too big for you to get the individual instruction time you need.

How much work is involved with the 190 / 220 Hour Certificate in TESOL course?
The 190 / 220 Hour Certificate in TEFL / TESOL with Teaching Practice combined course is quite intensive and requires a strong commitment from the student. During the residential phase, one can expect to be in class for four to six hours a day along with a few hours of work at home. Anglo Centres TEFL recommends that students taking this course have no other personal or professional commitments outside the course during their face-to-face training. The online courses, due to their flexibility, are usually considered less intensive. However, they are still challenging and will require you to study several hours a day.

What is the age range of the students on the course?
The majority of our students tend to be in their twenties and early thirties, but the composition of each new group often varies greatly.

Do I have to attend all of the classes?
In order to earn your teaching certificate you must attend all classes and teaching practice sessions. If you are ill, you must obtain a doctor’s excuse and will need to make up any sessions you missed. This is usually arranged between the trainee and the trainer or course director.

Who will I teach on the course?
The practice students are young learner, teenage and adult non-native English speakers. They are perfectly aware of your position as a teacher in training and are very cooperative. Trainees often comment what a pleasure it is to teach these practice students. The class sizes vary, but will never exceed 15.

Who are the trainers?
All of our trainers are highly qualified, with extensive experience in teaching and teacher training.

What is the grading system?
You will be continuously graded. There are no written examinations. The lessons you teach are graded according to an overall system and upon completion of the course, successful candidates are awarded certificates graded as follows:

A1 – Distinction
A2 – Excellent
B1 – Very good
B2 – Good
C   – Pass

When will I receive my TEFL / TESOL certificate?
Very shortly after your course, you will receive your Certificate and Course Transcript directly from the Awarding Body. In the meantime, we will issue a provisional certificate to show any prospective employer that you have completed a recognized TEFL / TESOL course and are prepared to teach English overseas.

Will you help me find a job after my course?
You will have our guidance and assistance at any time during your course. Anglo Centres TEFL has contacts all over the world that can be invaluable in helping you find a teaching job worldwide.

Living in Tarragona:

What is the cost of living in Tarragona?
Although Tarragona is by no means cheap, it is a relative steal in comparison to other, similarly sized cities within the Euro-zone. One can live quite comfortably on 1,000 Euros a month. Some basic estimates of expenses include:

Groceries: 50-60 Euros per week.
Rent: 400 Euros per month.
Transportation: 10 Euros per week.
Cable and Internet: 70 Euros per month.

Is accommodation included in the course fee?
No. Accommodation is paid separately, directly to your landlord. Anglo Centres TEFL will act as a mediator in helping you find accommodation.

If I decide to bring my family, can you help with accommodation?
We will do everything we can to help you find accommodation that meets you and your family needs. However, if you plan to enrol your children in school, some schools require you to have a visa or residential permit before allowing your kids to attend the school. Prior to deciding on a course, you should first research visa requirements.

After the Course:

What will I receive after the course?
After successful completion of the course, each applicant will receive a certificate of completion of TEFL / TESOL training and a course transcript detailing content covered on the course.

How much will I earn if I stay and work in Tarragona after the course?
The amount you will earn varies greatly from job to job. For an average 25 hour a week teaching schedule you can expect between 1000 and 1300 Euro.

When do schools hire?
Language schools hire teachers on an as-needed basis, often meaning schools hire year round. There are certain periods of time when many schools have vacancies to fill, typically just after Christmas and New Year’s when some teachers do not return from holiday. Countries that are below the equator do a lot of hiring in February and March, which is when their autumn begins. In the Northern Hemisphere, September and March are the primary times.

Will I get a job?
Some of the lucky and often better students (those graduating with a top grade) find work before the end of the course or immediately after.

Within two to three weeks of conducting a serious job search the majority of students secure work. Our experience tells us that those trainees who are perseverant in their job hunting will find a job in a matter of weeks, be it in Tarragona or another global location.

Can you provide assistance with accommodation, visas, etc?
We will provide you with all the information we have. We can also put you in touch with former trainees who have chosen the same country as their destination. They can provide you with details based on their own experience as foreigners in that particular country.