Course description and syllabus

The 160-hour certificate TEFL course is the most complete training you can get and is the standard qualification for new teachers.

For a complete description of our syllabus and assessment guidelines see the TEFL Iberia Course Syllabus (PDF, opens in a new window).

Course overview

Before the course

We send you a pack of pre-course reading material and tasks in order to prepare you for the course. This is designed to raise your awareness of grammar and teaching methodology and takes about 10 hours of study to complete. You’ll find that you feel a lot more confident in your first few lessons if you prepare correctly! It is especially useful if you haven’t studied for a while or you want to brush up on your grammar.

If you are travelling from abroad you may also be interested in taking advantage of our accommodation service.

Class observation

You will observe senior teachers to get an idea of how things work in the classroom. Over the duration of the course you will see how to teach speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency, to students of different ages and levels. You will carry out a series of observation tasks in order to highlight various teaching skills and techniques.

Teaching Practice

The best way to learn is by doing it yourself! You will have the opportunity to teach real learners using only English (no foreign language knowledge required) from day one of the course. You are ‘thrown in at the deep end’ and you will go on to complete 10+ hours of teaching practice with real language learners.  Your progress as a teacher will be closely monitored throughout the course by our experienced teacher trainers and you will be given feedback after every lesson. You will teach students of different levels (elementary and upper-intermediate) and different groups sizes (4-10 students), in order to make your experience as varied as possible. You’ll also teach two private lessons with the same student in order to analyse their strengths and weaknesses.

Lesson Preparation

We train you to prepare fun and engaging classes. Our tutors will show you how to structure an effective lesson and create high quality teaching material. There are a plethora of resources available and you’ll learn how to use them to create effective activities for communicative, student-centred lessons.

Grammar & Language Awareness

A good TEFL teacher knows the English grammar inside out. We’ll teach you to deconstruct the English language so you can teach it in a meaningful way. Our grammar tutorials move at a comfortable pace and the concepts are explained in the simplest way possible, with extra help available for those who aren’t as confident.

Methodology Tutorials

There are a number of commonly used methodologies and approaches in mainstream TEFL. We give practical and video examples to show you the pros and cons of each methodology, allowing you to critically analyse them. Backed up with real teaching practice over the course, we encourage and embolden you to develop your own teaching style.

Peer and Tutor Feedback

All of your classes are observed by one of our tutors and a small group of your fellow trainee teachers. This may sound daunting but the atmosphere is fun and relaxed, and allows you to observe what works and doesn’t work in the classroom and learn from your peers. You’ll learn how to self-evaluate and evaluate other teacher’s lessons. After each class you’ll receive constructive feedback of the teaching session from your tutor.

Learning an Unknown Language

One skill of a good teacher is the ability to empathise with the learner, i.e. put yourself in the shoes of a language learner. For this reason you will ‘experience it from the other side’ and take a lesson in an unknown foreign language, with no recourse to English. In the past we’ve had Catalan, Arabic, Tagalog and Dutch; you’ll see it’s not too difficult!

Teaching in the 21st Century

The traditional classroom is changing and we want you to be prepared. All of our classrooms are equipped with modern interactive whiteboards and audio-visual equipment, so we encourage you to be as creative as possible in creating interactive and engaging lessons.

CV Preparation and Job Finding Workshop

You will be given expert advice on writing a high-quality CV aimed specifically at finding a teaching job. You will also receive guidance and access to a wealth of resources on job searching as well as interview preparation and practice. See our careers service for more information.

Lifetime job support

Our academy is the partner school for Languages4life, a well-established language academy in Barcelona. Teachers are hired exclusively from our course so all our graduates are kept on file and the best ones put forward for job opportunities. Click here for graduate testimonials.

Assessment

The TEFL course is graded and you will be expected to sit exams on language awareness and teaching principles. The course is graded as follows:

  • Observed Teaching Practice – 40%
  • Written coursework, lesson preparation and course participation – 30%
  • Language Awareness and Teaching Principles exam – 30%

For detailed information on our assessment guidelines you can download the TEFL Iberia Course Syllabus here.

Optional Spanish Lessons

Take advantage of your time in Spain and learn Spanish, with our partner school Languages4life. Please enquire separately at the application stage.

A typical day

Here you have the daily schedule, so you can see what a typical day is like:

10.30-12.00 – Input session
Every morning you have a lesson, covering all the methodology, language awareness and techniques you need to know to be an English teacher

12.00-12.30 – Break

12.30-13.30 – Guided lesson preparation
You’ll prepare your lesson, with the help of your tutor

13.30-14.30 – Lunch

14.30-16.00 – Lesson preparation / practice
Finish preparing your lesson and do a practice run with your tutor

16.00-18.00 – Teaching practice
Carry out your prepared lesson with real students

18.00-18.30 – Feedback
Self evaluation and discussion of the class with your peers and tutor