Toulouse, France TEFL Course
Tuition: Approximately $ 1,895 ($ 650 Deposit + 950 Euro Balance) housing costs are extra.
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About Toulouse, France
Charming, easy to manage and aesthetically beautiful, Toulouse enjoys a well-earned reputation as the liveliest and most exciting city in South West France. Know as "La Ville Rose" for its red brick and beautiful sunset glow, Toulouse is a young, vibrant, and dynamic city of 500,000 inhabitants. At the same time, it is known for its distinct joie de vivre and laid back nature, and is surrounded by some of the best scenery France has to offer. The fastest growing city in France, Toulouse looks across the Pyrenees to Spain and "bohemian Barcelona" for its inspiration, turning its back on "polished Paris" and "bourgeois Bordeaux."
It is the modern combined with the old that makes Toulouse a fun place to live. The historic center has the ancient feel of Florence or Siena, while the presence of Airbus and other high-tech industries, in addition to internationally renowned universities means that the city has an international, cutting-edge side as well. In some of the more boisterous restaurants and taverns, you can find yourself sharing long tables with students (there are over 100,000 of them in Toulouse) and aerospace engineers! A crossroads of Europe, Toulouse is very well connected to the rest of the continent by hundreds of daily low-cost flights.
There are over 30 language teaching organizations in the city, so teaching opportunities are available to those who qualify for employment. France is currently undergoing a "TEFL boom," making Toulouse an ideal locale for earning your TEFL Certification.
Here, old men play petanque outside as the sun sets, and summer days see young and old picnicking on the banks of the Garonne river, or pottering around on barges on the Canal du Midi. The weather is very hot in summer (up to 38 degrees/90 degrees F) very cold in winter (down to 0 degrees/32 F) but nearly always dry and sunny. Friday evenings in winter see a flow of cars, skis on roof, heading south for a cozy weekend in the Pyrenees, about 70 miles away.
Unlike Mediterranean cities (Nice, Montpellier, Cannes, Monaco, etc.) Toulouse is not a tourist destination, and is small enough to traverse by foot in 30 minutes. Its size makes the city's vibrant culture and nightlife easily accessible and there is always something unexpected going on in the place Capitole. Live music, particularly Jazz, theater and cinema abound, and can also be enjoyed every day and night of the week.
The city is unique in its fondness for Rugby, over soccer. “Il y a un match ce soir”, will be referring to an oval ball showdown, rather than the Barcelona v Chelsea game on TV at the same time. Rugby gives the city a certain "heartiness" and sense of fair play according to Toulousains, and we agree. The "Stade Toulousain" are currently European champions.
Perhaps the best reason of all to be in Toulouse is the city's fantastic location within France and Europe:
Just an hour or two away by train or car, in any direction, is wonderful scenery and a selection of very different cultures.
- North is the Lot valley, the least populated region in France, with endless rolling hills, twisting rivers, and vineyards. Lovers of Siena in Italy will adore Albi, home of the Cathars, (and birthplace of painter Toulouse-Lautrec), about an hour away.
- Driving east, after stopping for a delicious Cassoulet (the local speciality) in Castelnaudary, you will stumble upon the charming town of Carcassonne, with it's incredible walled "cite" before arriving an hour later at the shores of the Mediterranean. The Canal du Midi can take you along this whole route by barge, (or bicycle) and many locals and holidaymakers spend the summers doing just that.
- South, the Pyrenees mountains, just over an hour away by car (cheap car hire available) is a paradise for skiers, walkers, climbers and cyclists. The mountains are also the gateway to Spain.
- A three hour drive or train west brings you to the Atlantic coast: Biarritz, St Jean de Luz and San Sebastian, all of which are superb beach destinations. You could even squeeze in all three over a long weekend! The contrasts between France and Spain, while still never leaving the Basque Country, are fascinating.
The only problem is choosing where to go for your weekends away!
Add to this some of the best food and restaurants in France, and the temptation to live in Toulouse is hard to withstand! Indeed, some of the best restaurants are located a stone's throw from Toulouse TEFL Course.
Distances from Toulouse
Toulouse is conveniently located in the heart of soutwestern France allowing you to visit other major French and Spanish cities in just a weekend.
Your internationally recognized TEFL certification course tuition includes:
Accommodations during your Toulouse TEFL course:
Accommodations during your France TEFL course will cost you 350 to 600 euros for the four weeks depending on what you choose and availability.
We spent quite some time and energy handpicking the nicest places for our trainees - we think you will love yours.
We offer several housing options:
- live with a family,
- independent but with a family or single owner,
If you want to come with a friend or a partner we can usually provide accommodation for both of you. All our accommodation is located within approximately 30 minutes of the school.
If you need accommodation, just mention this when in contact with the director in Toulouse after registration along with any preferences and allergies. Accommodation fees are from the weekend before the course start to the weekend the course ends. You may be able to stay longer and pay extra - just mention this when you apply.
There is a 65 euro fee for arranging your accommodation, which we add to the balance of your course fee.
When should I arrive in the Toulouse?
You can often pay a bit extra and arrive a few days early or leave a few days later, and this is highly recommended. Ex trainees who don't know France have recommended arriving about 5 days before the course starts, and our host families can usually just charge you a daily rate for extra days or keep you on for another month. Please finalize arrangements for accommodations with us well before you arrive. Accommodation fees are paid direct to the owner upon arrival.
Are you looking to take French lessons? These are held at own language school. They can begin immediately after your course ends.
TEFL Course in Toulouse, France Course Overview and Objectives
Our objective is to produce highly professional teachers of EFL who will be equipped to teach:
- Mixed nationality groups
- Business English
- Young Learners
- One-to-One lessons
Successful trainees have a sufficient base knowledge of grammar and phonology, as well as of teaching approaches and techniques, to provide excellent English training, never having to know the student's first language. They will be particularly capable of enabling their students to improve their speaking skills.
Coursework is largely completed at our school, during the working day, in order to avoid homework in the evenings. Trainees will need to spend a portion of most weekends doing home study. Some trainees need to spend more time working than others.
- 130 Instructor / trainee contact hours
- A minimum of 6 hours observed teaching practice.
- Lifelong job guidance
Here are some of the aspects of English and teaching that you will be introduced to during the course:
Tenses: Pasts, Presents, Perfects, Futures, Conditionals
- Phrasal verbs
- Reported Speech
- Parts of speech
- Auxiliary verbs
- Modal verbs
- The consonant sounds and symbols
- The vowel sounds and symbols
- Word stress
- Sentence stress
- Connected speech
- Regional and international variations
- Teacher language
- Lesson Planning
- Learning to plan a lesson in 15 minutes!
- Presentation skills
- Approaches to teaching EFL
- Exploiting course books
- Learner styles
- Classroom Management
- Using drama and role-play
- Using Songs and games
- Business English
- Teaching Grammar, Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
- Computer assisted language learning
- Teaching Young Learners
- Alternative approaches to Lesson Planning
- Using Dictation
- Error Correction
There are two projects to complete:
The UFLOT (Unknown Foreign Language Observation Task):
During the first week, you have 2 lessons in a language that you almost certainly don't know (though we won’t tell you which!)
As a result of this you will gain an insight into how it feels to be a beginning foreign language student, being exposed to a new language for the first time. The objective is that you adapt teaching methods that help you find other ways to get your meaning across, without resorting to “explaining.” The task also helps us empathize globally to a greater extent with our students and people of other cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
You will write a short project based on this experience.
The One-to-One project
The objective of this project is twofold. It provides experience in preparing a course of study based on students' needs and interests, in addition to practice teaching with just one student. The procedure is that you choose a student and diagnose his or her needs in English, and learn about their interests. Based upon the diagnosis, you will design a lesson for the student, teach it, then evaluate it in depth. To what extent did it work? Why? Finally you design an imaginary further short course of study for the student.
- Teaching Practice 50%
- One to One project 20%
- Grammar tests 10%
- UFLOT 10%
- Professionalism 10%
Both the practice and theory elements of the course need to be passed, to gain an overall pass.
Successful trainees receive an official certificate from IATQuO, numbered and stamped, verifying completion of the course. They will also be issued with a detailed letter for employers, which highlights their performance and provides grades. We are always happy to issue a reference letter and provide further information regarding our certification and accreditation upon request.
English teaching jobs in France:
The English teaching job market in Toulouse and throughout France.
Sites to see in Toulouse, France
Top Ten Sites of Toulouse while teaching English abroad
- Basilique Saint-Sernin
- Musee des Augustins
- Place du Capitole
- Cathedrale St-Etienne
- Musee Saint-Raymond - Musee des Antiques de Toulouse
- Fondation Bemberg
- Chapelle des Carmelites
- Airbus Factory Tour
- Church of Les Jacobins
- Le Bazacle
Sport teams in Toulouse France:
Toulouse loves their football and rugby teams!
Toulouse Football Club and Toulouse Rugby Club are must see events!
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