School Details - Malaga - Plaza de Toros Vieja
The training centre is located in a beautiful and convenient location. The school itself sits in a lovely plaza surrounded by bars, restaurants, and the charming Iglesia del Carmen. The Malaga train and bus stations are within walking distance from the plaza, making our school great for those who will be commuting.
Within the school there are plenty of resources for trainees to use. The centre consists of four bright classrooms; a teacher preparation area complete with PCs and plenty of space for planning; books and games for classroom use; and TEFL career resources.
Malaga is an excellent city in which to live and study. Malaga is situated on the southern coast of Spain right on the Mediterranean Sea. It is centrally located and provides easy access to other cities such as Sevilla, Granada, and Cordoba. The average annual temperature is 23°C or 73°F. If that isn't enough to entice you, it has something for everyone. Malaga is culturally rich and offers various theatres, museums, plazas, tapas bars, Moorish tearooms (teterias), and stylish hotels, many featuring trendy rooftop terraces with bars, pools and stunning views. Within walking distance of each other are a castle, a Moorish palace, a Roman amphitheatre, Picasso's birth place, and the incomplete, yet charming cathedral, La Manquita.
Being on the coast, we cannot forget to mention Malaga's beaches and newly, beautifully renovated port Muelle Uno. This Mediterranean city is also a great shopping centre featuring Calle Larios: a large pedestrian street full of shops such as Mango, Zara, Bershka, Pull & Bear, and Desigual to only name a few. In Malaga there are also several indoor commercial shopping malls and el Mercado Central de Atarazanas, the bustling main fresh food market.
For those of you who enjoy the nightlife, you will not be disappointed. The healthy mix of tourists, students, and native residents of all ages makes for a diverse and fun atmosphere when going out for the night. There are plenty of swanky restaurants and classy rooftop bars to begin the evening, followed by various types of night-clubs, rock bars, and flamenco shows to meet everyone's needs. Once the night is over there are taxi stops all over the city and most importantly there are places open until 5am to get a quick bite to eat.
Because Malaga has such a varied mix of nationalities visiting every year, the demand for English teachers is increasing. English is the default language for tourism in this city, so it won't be difficult to find work once you've received your TEFL certificate with us!
How to get to Malaga
Pablo Ruiz Picasso Malaga International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain, with up to a staggering 16 million passengers annually. Regular or low-cost flights offered by AirEuropa, Ryanair, Iberia, Vueling, and Transavia to Malaga are available from most European airports.
The Trinity CertTESOL course is a combination of:
- Guided lesson preparation and observed teaching practice. Our training team will guide you through the teaching process, from assisting you with lesson preparation to assessing and giving constructive feedback on your classes which will be given to real students of English.
- Input sessions related to English language teaching
- Individual assignments
This course is validated by TrinityCollege and covers all 5 units of the Trinity Cert TESOL qualification:
Unit 1: Teaching Skills
- Classroom teaching practice (when you prepare lessons and teach students).
- Classroom teaching practice will be assessed by your course tutors.
- Self-evaluation of your classroom teaching practice.
- Observation of experienced teachers.
- Teaching Practice Journal to be submitted at the end of the course.
Unit 2: Language Awareness
- Develop your understanding of grammar, vocabulary and phonology through attending input sessions taught by the class tutors.
- Written exam to test your understanding near the end of the course.
Unit 3: Learner Profile
- Interview, prepare a 1-to-1 lesson for (i.e. a private lesson) and teach this lesson to a real English language learner.
- Produce a written assignment describing what you learnt about the learner, their first language and also details and an assessment of the lesson you taught. This will be assessed by the course tutors.
Unit 4: Materials Assignment
- Create a set of materials for your classroom teaching practice during the course.
- Produce a short report describing how and why you created them and how effective they were.
- This will be assessed through an interview with Trinity moderator on final day.
Unit 5: Unknown Language
- Participate as a student in 4 unknown language lessons.
- Produce a written journal describing your experience and how this will influence your teaching.
- Teaching Business English
- Teaching young learners
- Songs in the classroom
- ICT in the classroom
- Teaching online
- How to evaluate and test students
Working in ELT
- How to write an effective CV
- How to interview well
- How to find work in Spain and worldwide
Why Choose this course in Malaga?
If you are planning to work and live in Spain, it makes sense to do your TESOL training in Spain at our centre in Malaga. Malaga is an excellent city to work and live in: it provides the culture and liveliness of a big city in a smaller package. The city is located on the beach and is a hub from which you can explore other parts of Spain and Andalusia easily.
The centre is located inside our own language academy. You will experience a typical language school environment with typical Spanish students along with a wide range of resources and facilities. You might even be offered work here or at other local academies before the course is finished.
The other key factor to consider when doing a course is the quality of the training team. All the trainers have years of teaching experience and advanced teaching qualifications such as an MA in Applied Linguistics and the DELTA or Trinity diploma. Even more importantly, all the trainers have a passion for training teachers and the English language.
3. Course Philosophy
The team in Malaga will make sure you develop your teaching skills on the course and will also give you plenty of time to reflect upon your particular teaching style. They use a student-centered teaching style which involves a lot of class participation and learner autonomy so that you can retain all the information they have squeezed into 4 weeks. Teachers are not robots and they aim to help you identify your teaching strengths and learn how to use them to best effect in the classroom.
The team provides support throughout the course experience. Before the course, they make themselves available to make the transition process easier for the students. They will help you locate accommodation and answer any questions you might have regarding your time with us. They continue to offer help and advice even after the course has finished. And finally, they offer job guidance to all of our successful graduates.
Mondays from 09.00 - 17.30 and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 09.00 - 13.00.
"I like to learn through experience and putting into practice what I have learnt, and I found the course very practical. It was intensive and it went fast, but I enjoyed it a lot." - Fintan, 43
"I really enjoyed the whole course and I learnt even more than I expected. The course was very complete and professional. I learnt a lot about myself and how to prepare fun and productive lessons that help the students learn and progress without overly involving myself directly. I would highly recommend the course to those looking to build their confidence in the classroom and to learn loads of teaching skills." - Alba, 25
"The TEFL course is challenging, intense, and hard, but affords fantastic opportunities for learning new skills at an astonishing pace. It is all worth it when you experience just how quickly you learn, and how quickly you can put things into practice. From the moment you start, until the moment you finish, you are learning and training." - Tim, 23
"Do it! It is a great qualification to have, and so I would definitely recommend it to people who are interested... All the teachers in the 4 week training course have been great! Fun, knowledgeable, and very, very engaging!" - Rob, 26
"The most valuable teaching experience is teaching itself... All the activities during the classes were beneficial. You really get what you pay for. The teachers are excellent and it's a great value. You will look at teaching from a different perspective after this course." - Ewa, 29
"They taught me very little! Instead, they guided me to work out the answers and to find them myself and with my peers. Therefore I have retained so much more. There are valuable skills that we learnt during the course that can also be applied outside the classroom: in business, at work and in our day to day lives." - Tim, 43
Help for Jobs
The centre in Malaga gives job guidance to all of our trainees. During the course they offer workshops relating to CV writing and the TEFL interview process. They also include presentations on what it is like to teach in Spain. Since they are located inside our own language academy, trainees will be offered the unique experience of being able to have access to our resources and teachers.
Our team has many contacts with language schools all over Andalusia. They can help you find a position that is right for you.
For those who want to teach outside of Spain, they have trainers that have taught all over the world and can provide insight to what it is like to live and work in other areas.
How to Apply
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