School Details - Barcelona
This school is among the most highly regarded teacher training institutions in Europe. Last year more than 300 teachers gained their Tesol certificate in this centre. The Barcelona centre also provides language and skills training to the local and international business community as well as offering a full range of general English classes in the school itself.
Our philosophy has been the same since the first day: to provide high quality training in a friendly and professional environment. In fact we believe you can't have one without the other. Our trainees consistently mention the dedication and experience of the team, both pedagogic and administrative; they praise the support they receive and the open, relaxed nature of life in the school.
The school is centrally located in Gaudi's magnificent art nouveau (modernism) neighbourhood: The Eixample. The area, like most of Barcelona, is commercial and residential. You will find no shortage of shops, bars and restaurants. There is a metro stop right next to the school and numerous buses stop outside.
Our school occupies one floor of a typical 100 year old Barcelona apartment block with high ceilings and a bright, spacious feel. The school is open from 9 am to 9.30 pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday from 9 am to 2pm.
Barcelona will go down in history as an essential all-time experience. Different people will be seduced by different things, so take your pick, it will it be the almost arrogant individuality of a city with its own language and history, the effortless juxtaposition of Gothic and Renaissance, Byzantine and Romanesque, the dangerously inviting boutiques, or quite simply that old Spanish knack of bringing out lazy, sangria-filled lunches under a hot Mediterranean sun. Quintessentially Spanish yet unique in so many ways, make of Barcelona what you will. But whatever your vice, don't fight it - because you can be sure nobody else is.
The Trinity Certificate TESOL course is for people who want an internationally recognised qualification and an intensive up-to-date and practical course of teacher training.
Trainees are divided into teaching practice groups on the first day and begin their teaching practice on the second. Each group is assigned a practice class of real Spanish students and a teaching practice tutor. Teaching practice includes a feedback session where the teaching practice tutor discusses the lesson with you and gives you guidance on the teaching point for the following day. Halfway through the course the practice class is changed to provide trainees with an opportunity to teach classes whose English is at a different level.
During these sessions you will acquire and practise a wide range of teaching skills found in mainstream current English. These sessions cover areas of grammar and phonology and are designed to provide trainees with a basic working knowledge of these subjects and how to teach them effectively.
When you enrol for a course (following a successful face-to-face or telephone interview), you will be sent a substantial pre-course task, designed to raise your awareness of English grammar and phonology. Depending on your prior knowledge, this can take anything up to 20 hours to complete. You will be asked to refer to "How to teach English" (by Jeremy Harmer 2000), an excellent introduction to English Language teaching.
During the course 3 assignments are given. These include a record of your experience learning the unknown language, a case study of one of your students with a diagnosis of their language difficulties and a project where you create original material to be used with your learners.
If necessary the school can find you economically priced accommodation with an English teacher or Spanish person. This offers the opportunity of making contacts for those wishing to remain in Barcelona, as well as getting a little help on the course! A room in a shared flat will cost you between €300-€420 per month.
If you apply for accommodation through the college, the school can guarantee that you will be provided with an adequate room with bedding, a desk, WiFi connection and a quiet place to work and study. You will have access to the kitchen and cooking facilities. The price quoted per month is paid directly to your host and is inclusive of bills. This does not include use of the telephone as this is at the discretion of your host.
You will be given an accommodation application form once you have been accepted on the course. The school will do their best to take account of your preferences indicated on the accommodation application form but no guarantees can be made as it's dependent on availability at the time of your course. The school regularly monitors the standard of the accommodation provided and you will be given the opportunity to comment on this at the end of the course.
Mon-Fri: 12:00pm - 18:30pm
"The buzz you get from finishing the course is amazing, you become a better teacher and it also improves you as a person. You become aware of your own abilities and limits . . . this course and the trainers have contributed to me feeling like a professional."
Jimmy Maloney 2009
"After the Dip . . . I now feel very well prepared and confident enough to take on responsibility. I like the idea of combining teaching with the organization of courses, syllabus and the like, so I hope this is the first step into a bigger plan . . . maybe my own language school someday."
Cecilia Gehrau 2008
"I find that the reaction to my CV is more positive now that I have the Diploma . I also feel that it has had an impact on my lessons - they are definitely better balanced and I do quite a lot of pronunciation in my lessons now!"
Gillian Orr 2008
"The Diploma certainly opened doors for me, leading directly to a position as a teacher trainer on the CertTESOL course, and ultimately to teaching jobs in two prestigious universities."
Mark Bain 2007
Help for Jobs
Our two careers departments, in Spain and the Czech Republic, work closely together to provide you with the most up-to-date information to help you secure work. With our strong ties to local schools and links worldwide, we take a proactive approach to finding you work. We take pride in our personal approach, as we are very aware that not all language schools are the same and nor are all Trinity graduates. We aim to match the individual to the institution. You can expect the following from our career service: We offer advice on writing CV's, covering letters and interview techniques; we e-mail your CV to appropriate schools on our database; we invite local Directors of Studies to be guest speakers; we maintain close local contacts with schools; we provide lists of useful websites schools worldwide; we provide prompt references for your new potential employer; we regularly up-date our jobs noticeboard; we maintain contact with our trainees after the course and offer ongoing advice and support.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
You can also submit an application by email. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you have any problems with the application procedure.