Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course qualify me to teach English?

Yes. The Trinity CertTESOL certificate, along with the Cambridge CELTA are the only two TEFL courses which are truly recognised worldwide.

How long will it take me to find a job?

Normally two weeks of continued job searching. We run our job finding workshop early-on in the course so you can start looking for jobs before the end of the course.

How many hours should I expect to work in my first English teaching job?

It varies. Some people obtain a full-time teaching position in one academy and teach 16-22 hours per week. Others start on a smaller timetable of 6-12 hours per week then gradually build up their timetable with other academies and private classes.

Everyone is talking about recession, how easy is it to find a job in Spain?

Very easy. The English teaching industry has been relatively unaffected; spoken English is a highly sought-after skill so there is still a large demand for English teachers. Job websites are updated daily with numerous job adverts ranging from private classes to full-time teaching positions.

Do I need a visa?

If you are a European Union citizen then you are free to work and study in any of the EU countries. If you are a non-EU citizen then you can stay up to three months as a tourist and you are free to study and do private classes during this time. If you would like to stay longer and obtain a work permit, the easiest way to do this is with a student visa, which will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week (which is full time for an English teacher). TEFL Iberia can process a student visa for you, for more detailed information please contact

How much will I get paid as an English teacher?

The average rate of pay nowadays for new teachers is 12-15€/hour. Working for an academy full time (20 hours) you can expect to earn 1100€/month after tax. If you add on 2 private classes per week (it is easy to do more) you can increase that to 1260€/month.

What is the average cost of living in Barcelona?

You can expect to pay 400-450€ for a decent double room in a shared flat in the city centre, then about 120€/week on food and entertainment – this money will stretch quite far as Barcelona can be very cheap compared to the UK / US / Canada / Australia.

What is the difference between TEFL and TESOL?

TESOL stands for ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’ and TEFL stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’. Both are generic names for the same thing. The Trinity CertTESOL is an official qualification in TEFL provided by Trinity College London.

What is the difference between TEFL and CELTA?

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching) is the same as most one month TEFL / TESOL courses and is accredited by Cambridge University, which puts it on equal standing as the Trinity CertTESOL. It is often considerably more expensive and can cost up to 500€ more than an equivalent TESOL certificate course. TEFL Iberia raises the bar in terms of what it provides and does for each student – check out more differences here.

There are so many TEFL/TESOL courses advertised – how do I know I am choosing the right one?

First of all you must ask yourself the easy questions – where, when, how much, how long, etc. You will come across a number of schools that meet your requirements. Many students choose our TEFL course as it has:

  • Outstanding graduate reviews
  • External moderation and validation – you get an officially recognised Trinity CertTESOL qualification
  • High quality course material and access to a large database of employer contacts
  • Small groups, a personal approach and plenty of guidance
  • Modern classrooms and excellent value

Every school will have a different ‘vibe’ and you need to find the one that suits you. You should also consider the number of teaching practice hours offered and the variety as you will need to feel confident after the course to step into a real-life class and teach.

Where should I do my TEFL course?

Ideally in the city you’d like to work. You’ll make the most immediate job contacts, get to know the city and more opportunities will present themselves simply by being in the right place at the right time. Apart from being an amazing city, Barcelona is great destination as there is a large demand for English teachers.

Is there a best time to do the course?

No. Academic years vary from country to country so there is always work. Also, people come and go at all times of the year for whatever reason so you will never have a problem finding work. In Barcelona there is a spike in hiring activity in September and January but jobs become available year round as students sign up to English courses at different times of the year.

What are the course requirements?

Teaching English as a foreign language requires someone who is hard-working, mature, professional and confident. We also look for people who can express themselves clearly. For that reason all applicants must be eighteen or over and they must explain in under 500 words what they have been doing in the last two years, why they want to learn TEFL and why they think they would be a suitable candidate.  See our application form for more details.

What is the workload like?

You’ll be in the school from 10.30-18.45, Monday-Friday. You’ll observe a lesson every day and teach 3 lessons per week. Initially these are short, 30min lessons, then 40min and finally full 1 hour lessons. There is allocated time in the schedule to do lesson preparation during the day, but you’ll probably need to spend an hour most evenings doing some extra preparation, at least for the first two weeks. In the second two weeks you’ll have free afternoons to work on your assignments and study for the exams.

The courses strikes a balance between being challenging and training you fully, but also allowing you to enjoy your time in Barcelona. You’ll work hard but you won’t be stressing till 3am to finish assignments!

What is the daily schedule?

10.30-11.45 – Input session 1
11.45-12.00 – Break
12.00-13.00 – Input session 2
13.00-14.00 – Lunch
14.00-16.00 – Lesson preparation
16.00-18.00 – Teaching practice
18.00-18.30/45 – Feedback

Can non-native English speakers apply for the course?

Yes, we have trained a number of non-native English speakers. The minimum requirement is C1 level and you will be required to sit a level test.

Do I need to speak Spanish / another language?

No. English is the only language used in the classroom and we want to show you how you can teach without using a word of the foreign language.

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