TEFL / TESOL CERTIFICATION COURSE
IN BARCELONA, SPAIN

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TEFL / TESOL COURSE OVERVIEW

Looking to earn an accredited 4-week TEFL TESOL certification that will qualify you for thousands of English teaching jobs in Spain and around the World? This state-of-the-art TEFL certification course not only provides expert-led training and a recognized qualification but personalized job placement assistance for finding jobs teaching English in Spain and around the globe.

The Spain Barcelona TEFL course is very intensive and requires a strong commitment by the student. One can expect to be in class for about eight hours a day along with a few hours of work at home. International TEFL Academy recommends that trainees have no other personal or professional commitments outside the course during those four weeks of training. To learn more about the intensity of the course and what you can expect on a daily basis, see our FAQs below.

Spain is one of the most popular locations in Europe and the world for teaching English abroad. English teachers in Spain typically find work in September or early October, and then again in January. Teachers in Spain will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Spain, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing. Many English teachers in Spain live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers.

Note about the Job Market in Barcelona: English teachers in Spain typically teach through a Spanish Government Program like the Cultural Ambassadors Program, or they enroll in one of ITA's student visa programs. Be sure to talk with your ITA Admissions Advisor about Spanish Government Programs and student visa programs, as the planning can take anywhere from 3-6 months. For a full run-down on getting a teaching job in Spain, read What You Need to Know Before Moving to Get a Job Teaching English in Spain [The Ultimate Super Cheatsheet].

TEFL / TESOL Class Details

LENGTH OF TRAINING:

4 weeks full-time.

TEFL COURSE DATES & AVAILABILITY:

We recommend enrolling at least 90 days prior to your course start date. More information here.

DAILY SCHEDULE & INTENSITY:

This is an intensive, full-time university-level course. Students should expect to be in class from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (with breaks, of course), Monday-Friday. Weekends are primarily free for sight-seeing and relaxation, but some homework is required. For further details, see our FAQs below.

COURSE LOCATION:

The Barcelona school in Spain is located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, with a metro stop conveniently located nearby, as well as a bus service in the area. The famous La Sagrada Familia is a few blocks away and can be seen right out the window of the TEFL class office!

CLASS SIZE & FACILITIES:

Classes are capped at 12 students; Internet access is available at the school facilities, lounge and computer lab.

TEFL / TESOL Course Content

This TEFL certification course has been specially designed to provide all course graduates with the tools to succeed as professional English teachers.

PROFESSORS & LIVE PRACTICUM:

Like all ITA TEFL classes, this TEFL course is taught by highly experienced professors and includes live practice teaching with local ESL students.

ACCREDITATION:

All ITA-operated courses are externally monitored & approved at a Level 5 Ofqual accreditation by TQUK. Our certificates are recognized worldwide at the highest level for TEFL certification. Read more.

HERE IS A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS COURSE:

  • Basic principles of teaching
  • Grammar
  • Classroom Management
  • Error Correction
  • Lesson Planning
  • Use of Visual & Audio Aids
  • Teaching group classes: beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, advanced
  • Conversational English
  • Teaching grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation
  • Language Awareness
  • Private Tutoring
  • Teaching Business English

Tuition & Costs

The Cost of the TEFL Class is approximately $1,645 USD
($550 Deposit + 900 Euro Balance - Exchange rates fluctuate daily).

TUITION INCLUDES:

TUITION DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Housing costs are not included (we can help with making housing arrangement)
  • Personal Expense
  • International Flights
  • Visa, Insurance & Airport Pick up

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES:

Because the course is so intensive, people can spend their months here without finding the time to see the beauty of Spain. To make the most of your visit here in Barcelona, we offer a number of possible excursions. Here is a list of potential excursions; what is offered during your particular course will depend on the season and the interest. Excursion costs are not included with tuition.

  • Spanish Language Courses - Learn basic Spanish to enhance your stay in Barcelona.
  • Wine Tasting Tours - Discover the tastes of some of the most famous Spanish wines!
  • Barcelona City Tours - Learn the lay of the land in Barcelona.

Enrollment & Eligibility

IMPORTANT! Before enrolling for any International TEFL Academy TEFL course, it is imperative that you speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Your advisor will answer your questions and assist you with matters such as your eligibility & enrollment; course costs & logistics (such as housing); and your options for employment as an English teacher once you complete your TEFL Class.

TO SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR:

TO ENROLL FOR THIS COURSE: 

NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS:

FURTHER DETAILS:

Please visit our Registration Procedures Page & Review our Terms & Conditions prior to enrolling.

Housing Arrangements

Upon enrollment, you will be put in touch with the Onsite Course Director who can assist with arranging you accommodations during the course. Accommodation options can be within walking distance of the school or well connected by public transportation -- your accommodations will never be more than a 20-minute bus ride from the school.

Shared Apartment - You may book a single room in a shared apartment. The apartment is typically shared with 2-3 other students in the TEFL Course. Most apartments are in the Eixample area.

Communication, Phone and Internet - You may buy or rent a cellular phone from any of the numerous phone stores in Barcelona. There is Wifi in the accommodations. International TEFL Academy housing does not provide telephones and phone service is generally not available in your accommodation. There are many internet cafés located around the corner from the school for internet access.

Housing Options are not included in The Barcelona TEFL Course we'll help you with housing arrangement for Barcelona TEFL Course
 

Job Opportunities for Barcelona TEFL Students 

All students and graduates from the Barcelona TEFL Course receive hands-on job placement assistance from the local staff in Barcelona in addition to lifetime, worldwide, and online, job search guidance from ITA's expert team of advisors. 

Read our Spain Country Profile to learn about the local job market for teaching English in Spain & watch videos of ITA alumni teaching in Spain.

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Barcelona TEFL Course FAQs

How many hours will I be spending in class and on course work during the course? Will I have a lot of free time to see Barcelona?

Students should plan on spending 50 - 55 hours per week (at minimum) on the course. Class hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. with breaks throughout the day and a one-hour break for lunch.

  • 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - trainees are in class with a trainer for the course material input sessions.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - lunch time!
  • 2:30 p.m. onwards - depends on whether you are doing your teaching practice or not.
    • If you are teaching, then you would do the following timetable:
      • 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - lesson planning. Here, you would be sitting with a trainer to talk through your (already prepared) lesson plan.
      • 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - two trainees will do their teaching practice.
      • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - students will receive their feedback from their instructor regarding their teaching practice.
    • Some days, teaching practice starts at 7:00 p.m. If you are teaching this time slot, the schedule is:
      • 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - lesson planning. Here, you would be sitting with a trainer to talk through your (already prepared) lesson plan.
      • 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - two students do their teaching practice. Students will receive their feedback from their instructor regarding their teaching practice the following day.

Each student will be required to be here a minimum of 8 nights total until 7:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. either student teaching or working on their final course assignment.

Will I have a lot of free time to see Barcelona?

Because of the intense nature of the schedule, you should plan to do any sightseeing either before or after the course finishes.

Class Assignments: There are approximately 85 assignments due throughout the 4-week course.

These include lesson plans, reflections, essays, quizzes, written assignments, etc. You should plan on spending an extra 2 to 3 hours every night, plus 6-8 hours on Saturdays and Sundays on these assignments. In addition to these assignments, you will also need to plan your lessons during the week.

Alumni Tip: "Basically, you have to put your life on hold. You can’t go away at the weekends. If anyone wants to visit you, tell them to come after the course as you won’t have time to hang out with them. And don’t party during the week! The TEFL course basically takes over your life for a month".

Will grammar be taught during the course? Are there additional resources in the course materials?

Yes, grammar is taught during the course; however, students are required to review main grammar points before starting the course. More time is spent in class on how to teach grammar than going over grammar points with TEFL students.

TEFL students are highly recommended to complete the Grammar Module before the first day of class but should also do their own further review of grammar.

Students have the option to purchase International TEFL Academy's grammar book, Grammar Fundamentals for Teaching English as a Foreign Language: A Teacher's Reference, but it is not required.

Alumni Tip: "Prioritize all of your work. Don't just do assignments as they come in. Do important things first, lesson plans and task-based Moodle assignments have to come first. Ask as many questions as you can. Pay close attention in class and take notes during all of the lectures. You'll remember more if you take notes and you'll value them later when you get behind on Moodle reflections. Godspeed and have fun!"

Can I buy the textbook at International TEFL Academy Barcelona?

No, students are required to purchase the textbook at least one month in advance of starting the TEFL class. There is a paperback and PDF version available to purchase.

Read the following page for more information on which textbook to buy - The Fundamentals of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

What kind of English language learners will I be teaching during the practicum?

International TEFL Academy offers very economical ESL classes to non-native English speakers that live in Barcelona. Our students are adult learners and are of varying levels and cultural backgrounds.

Alumni Tip: “Understand how hard and intense this course really is. Way harder than any college or grad. school I did."

Are there any specific technology requirements for the course?

  • Laptop - Students are required to bring a laptop with a long battery life (at least 4 hours). *Tablets, Chromebooks, and mobile devices cannot be used in place of a computer.*
  • Flash Drive - Students will need a flash drive that is compatible with his or her computer.
  • Word Processing Software - Students should have a reliable word processing system on their computer such as Microsoft Word.
  • Adobe Acrobat - Students will be required to submit assignments as PDFs. Most computers already have the capability of saving documents as such.
  • Google Drive - Students will need to know how to use the basics of Google drive. If you are unfamiliar with Google Drive, check out this quick tutorial. Many others can be found on YouTube.

How can I prepare for the course? Can I begin working on my assignments prior to the course?

Students should plan on reviewing grammar prior to the start of the course. See FAQ 3 for more information on reviewing grammar. Should you need to consult anything, the following websites have a good section on English grammar:

Due to the requirements of the assignments, we do not recommend that our TEFL students attempt to complete any assignments prior to the course start date.

Alumni Tip: "Organize, Organize, Organize! Keeping everything written down saved me multiple times. Falling behind in this course is not an option; but if you do, go to your instructors immediately."

What should I pack? What do I need to do before I leave?

For those of you who have never been outside of your own country before, you may be wondering how to pack. Pack light! Unless you intend to stay on in Europe indefinitely or travel elsewhere directly after the course ends, do yourself a favor and pack only the essentials. If you don't need it, don't bring it.

In terms of adjusting to your new home in Barcelona, on arrival and throughout the course, we will give you information on getting a phone, opening a bank account, gyms, where to get materials, places to eat etc. So don't worry.

Does ITA recommend housing or arrange it?

Yes, ITA Barcelona has a list of recommendations on the main websites where students can find shared apartments. We can also advise on where in the city that is convenient (such as by a train or bus stop).

ITA Barcelona can also arrange accommodation for you. The options available vary month by month. The options usually include your own room with a single bed, (sometimes a double) in a shared apartment. You would be living with the host of the apartment, and maybe one or two others. These may or may not be ITA Barcelona students. The apartments are generally within 25-30 minutes travel time of the school, and may involve a short metro ride. All apartments are near the city centre. The price of the rooms range from 450 Euros to 550 Euros; this includes the Saturday night before the course begins up to and including, the Saturday night after it finishes. Any extra nights before this are charged at 20 Euros per night.

You may be allowed to stay in the same place after the course finishes, but this depends on availability, as we generally need the rooms for students starting on the following course.

Alumni Tip: “To future TEFL students, please disconnect from the world during the certification. Also, know that your classmates will be the reason you get through if you all use your minds collectively.”

Read more: Housing Arrangement

What do I need to bring on the first day of class?

Items to Bring: Students should plan on bringing with them the following items on the first day of class:

  • TEFL Course Book
  • Pre-Course Tasks
  • Notebook
  • Laptop
  • Pen
Alumni Tip: "DO NOT GIVE UP. You will make it through if you put forth the effort by participating in class and doing the prescribed work. It's completely worth it in the end!”

Barcelona & Spain TEFL Course Comparison

Barcelona TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • In-Person 4 Weeks, Full-Time
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Accreditation from TQUK
  • University-Level Instructors
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 10-Hours Live Practice Teaching
  • Classes are capped at 12 students
  • Option to include Language Study & Student Visa as part of the Barcelona Student Visa Program

Madrid TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • In-Person 4 Weeks, Full-Time
  • Accredited by The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organizations (IATQuO) - Meets OFQUAL Level 5 Standards
  • University-Level Instructors
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 6-Hours Live Practice Teaching
  • NON-E.U. Citizens must also enroll in the Madrid Student Visa Program to join this course

Online TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • 170-Hour Online Certification
  • 4-Week Full-time/ 11-Week part-time
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Accreditation from TQUK
  • Live Office Hours with Your Instructor & Peer-Participation with Classmates
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 10 to 20-Hours Live Practice Teaching
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The course was great! It covered all the aspects of teaching, and I have seen how it has translated directly into my teaching. Spain is the best! Amazing, really. I love it. I had never left the country before so this was a whole new experience.

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The course was definitely INTENSIVE. It was every day for about 8 or 9 hours plus a few hours of homework a night. We also took a few foreign language classes as part of our training and had many opportunities to practice teaching. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot, but was ready to return to my new Spanish lifestyle!

Jennifer Howland

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Jennifer Howland

The Barcelona TEFL course was great. I came out feeling confident that I was ready to teach; even not knowing the native language of the country. It has helped me prepare lessons plans, elicit information, and think outside the box to communicate words.

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