School Details - Cadiz
The school is situated in plaza Mina, a beautiful, leafy square in the centre of the old town. It has excellent, well-appointed classrooms, a social area and a study area which is well stocked with EFL course books, resource material and magazines for creating your own materials. In addition, the school has projectors in each room, photocopying and printing facilities and has Wifi throughout the school.
With a dedicated team of helpful, experienced and dynamic staff you will be provided with all the help and support you need both during the course and after, in your search for employment. Andalucia has a thriving TEFL network and we have strong links with numerous employers throughout the South of Spain and Portugal. Should you wish to go further afield the school has a Careers Officer who will be able to provide you with individual and personalised advice.
Located directly on the Atlantic coast of Andalucia, in the South of Spain, Cadiz is a real alternative to other city-based courses. With an approximate population of 130,000, it is large enough to have plenty going on but retains the intimate feel of a small and friendly town. It is perfect for students looking for the authentic Spanish experience with access to stunning coastlines, beaches, the freshest seafood and a wonderful climate. Cadiz is an excellent location to study for your TESOL certificate as, not only is it a great opportunity to spend a month in this wonderful city, but it puts you on the doorstep of a wealth of job opportunities throughout Andalucia, the rest of Spain and Portugal.
- historic city
- relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
- stunning beaches
- water sports galore
- great food
- doesn't cost the earth
Cadiz boasts the obvious attraction of kilometres of beach and an abundance of low-cost water sports for the more active trainee (sailing and surfing, wind and kite surfing are particularly popular). However, its attractions are not limited to the sun-lover: for the cultural buffs Cadiz is the real Spain. Being the oldest city in Europe, history is deeply ingrained in the city and its long tradition of flamenco, tapas and seafood, and, of course, sherry drinking is evident wherever you look. Live music can be found on a weekly basis in many of the bars and the week-long February carnival is world renowned for its music competitions and could rival Rio for its vibrancy for the locals there is no rival!
Cadiz is also ideally situated for visits to the Sherry Triangle, Seville, Granada, Tarifa and other well-known Andalucian hot spots. And if that is not enough to keep you occupied in any spare time, both Portugal and Morocco are virtually on your doorstep!
The course is internationally recognised and externally validated by Trinity College in London. The team in Cadiz takes immense pride in the course that it provides and in the school building, where you will find quality training in a supportive and dynamic environment. The main components of the course are as follows:
The practical nature of the course is emphasised from the very beginning. 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 students, most of whom are Spanish, and a teaching practice tutor. During then group feedback session your teaching practice tutor discusses the lesson with you and gives you guidance on the teaching points to develop. 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.
The training team believes in learning through involvement, and students are expected to participate in many different ways during the sessions. Each input session addresses specific language areas and teaching techniques. These are commonly presented via a workshop approach, where your tutor acts as a facilitator rather than a lecturer.
During these sessions you will acquire and practise a wide range of teaching skills found in mainstream current English Language Teaching. A large number of activities and areas are covered in detail and these are all of immediate practical value for planning your teaching practice lessons. Video is used in some sessions and observation of the teaching staff and students provides further insights into lesson planning, staging and management.
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. Trainees find these sessions particularly rewarding (and challenging!), as most native speakers of English have had very little previous opportunity of studying the nuts and bolts of their own language.
Learning an Unknown Language
You will participate in four language lessons in a language you have no prior experience of, taught completely in the language itself without recourse to English. This helps you put yourself in the position of a basic level learner of English and to experience communicative language teaching at first hand.
A Typical Timetable
Feedback on TP 09.30 - 11.00
& Teaching Preparation
Teaching Practice 11.00 - 13.00
Teaching Points 13.15 - 14.00
Lunch 14.00 - 15.30
Input sessions 15.30 - 19.00
Outside of these times you may be working on lesson preparation or writing up an assignment. You will work hard during the course and some of your days will be long. However, you will enjoy plenty of support from your tutors, staff at the school and fellow trainees.
Much of the success of the CertTESOL is due to the high level of rapport, co-operation and friendship established on the course.
Why choose to train to teach English in Cadiz?
- Five-week courses
- Guaranteed job offers* and life-long careers support
- High quality,individualised tuition
- Internationally-recognised Trinity Certificate in TESOL
- Teaching Young Learners Extension (TYLE) option on every course
- Option to study Spanish on every course
- The only course on the south coast of Andalusia, Spain
People choose to train to teach English in Cadiz because they consider it to be the 'real' Spain. Enjoy Cadiz at its best; this small city explodes into life in the summer; as well as the attraction of the beach, there are also concerts, shows, flamenco and countless cultural events to be enjoyed. The extra time of the five-week course allows you the opportunity to be take advantage of Cadiz in the summer.
The five-week course is intensive and demanding but gives significantly more time, space and support than is offered on four-week courses but for the same price. The timetabling of the course (Mon-Thurs) means you will have a 3-day weekend which allows substantially more time for assignment writing, lesson planning or if you're well organised, going to the beach.
The majority of the accommodation provided is within walking distance of the school and the city's excellent beaches. All accommodation has been checked prior to being accepted and you can book this directly with the school.
1. Flat share
A single room is a flat share is 550 Euros for 5 weeks. You may be sharing with fellow trainees or with a local resident. You'll be provided with a suitable room, bedding and a quiet place for study. You'll also have access to cooking and laundry facilities.
2. Host family
For a single room in a Spanish Host family the cost is 945 Euros for 5 weeks half-board. You will live with a Spanish family, giving you the opportunity to practise your Spanish and learn a bit more about Cadiz. This option is on a half-board basis and includes a laundry and cleaning service, allowing you to fully concentrate on enjoying the course and Cadiz.
3. University Residence (summer only)
During the summer courses accommodation is available in the excellent university residence. This is centrally located in the Cathedral square and has single rooms with ensuite bathrooms for 33-55 Euros per night. There is internet access on-site and a canteen.
09.00-18.00 Mon-Thurs for 5 weeks
The school was well organised and efficient. The quality of trainers was good, They were professional and worked hard to lessen the stress and tension of a tight work schedule.
It was a pleasure to do the course in Cadiz. The school was centrally placed in the old part of the city. A pleasant working environment in and out of the school. The luxury of a trip to the beach to relax at the end of a day or at the weekend was an added bonus. The cost of living was low and it was good to immersed in the culture of the surrounding area.
- Jayne Dingley -
Help for Jobs
The team at the school understands that finding a job following the TESOL course is nearly always of paramount importance to trainees, and they are ideally positioned to help achieve your goals
Finding work within Spain:
The team at the school are able to offer able to offer unrivalled employment connections throughout Spain and especially in Andalusia. Schools in Spain are actively looking for teachers and there are currently more jobs than teachers which places all of our graduates in an excellent position. The overwhelming majority of graduates who are looking for work in Spain are successful.
They are proud of the quality teachers who come through our courses, proud of their membership of regional (ACEIA) and national associations (FECEI) and networks and, most importantly, proud to be confident in their trainees' ability to find work.
So confident are they, that they can offer guaranteed job offers* for successful graduates of the TESOL course at reputable schools within Spain..
Throughout the world:
If you are looking to work further afield then you can benefit from the training team's first-rate knowledge of up to the minute global English teaching markets and trends.
And this doesn't stop at the end of the course; the school's Careers Service is always available to graduates and actively looks to provide as much post-course support as they can.
Individual interviews to look at your personal employment goals
Individual CV/Resume consultations
Comprehensive schools listings
Jobs board: regularly updated with job adverts
Careers library: stocked with books, articles, country profiles, job hunting resources
Detailed listings of TEFL internet sites
Job search tips: where to look and how to apply
Advice on contracts, visas and other bureaucratic issues
Network of graduates and other TEFL professionals for advice and recruitment help
Following the TESOL cert. course they actively provide their graduates with advice and support:
Prompt and personalised references this can be vital in securing your teaching position
Regular email updates on job offers
Free professional development
*Guaranteed job offer: The school guarantees this offer to be within a respectable, honest and professional school with which they have a significant connection (be it through ACEIA; FECEI or other professional networks, associations or organisations). This is only open to EU citizens or those non-EU citizens with legal permission to work within the EU. It is only open to those who obtain a grade B or above overall. It is not the guarantee of a job, it is the guarantee of at least one firm job offer which you may decide to accept or decline. This is only open for those recent graduates looking for work for the duration of the academic year.
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