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Welcome to the new home of the TEFL Barcelona Blog

Our frequent visitors will notice that we have moved to a brand new home! Indeed, we have decided to join the blog and the TEFL Barcelona website, to provide you with a better all-around experience!

All the guest articles (written by our graduates) and the staff blog articles have been preserved, so feel free to explore this mine of information!

Deciding to study in a new city or abroad, with the ultimate purpose of teaching English there or anywhere else in the world, does not need to be a leap of faith!

Our wonderful community of graduates and staff is here to support you, advise you, help you do your homework!

Our TEFL blog combines TEFL trainees, TESOL graduates and staff articles, to help you get ready and hit the ground running when you arrive in Barcelona, and give you extra support during your first months of teaching.

Make the most of their experiences, published as guest articles in the blog below, and visit our TEFL Barcelona Facebook page and come chat with us on the TEFL Barcelona Facebook group!

Main articles, by category:

 

Choosing Barcelona

- by Chrissy Grainger Attaining a TEFL Certificate in Barcelona, sought after by language schools around the world, will give you the skills and confidence you need to start on your journey as an EFL teacher. With this accredited course that will open doors in places...

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My Barcelona Adventure

My decision to move to Barcelona and do the TEFL Barcelona course was made in December 2016 while I was recovering from laser eye surgery. My vision was blurry and I was house-bound due to the multiple eyedrops I had to use every hour or so and this gave me a lot of...

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Teaching in Barcelona

I started this journey by taking a break from my studies and having no idea about what I wanted to do. For a few months, I wandered around in my home country with no real purpose, except a project here and there, while a dear friend of mine was on an Erasmus...

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5 Reasons to Teach English in Barcelona

Yes, I know - you sometimes think exciting things and dream job offers only happen to other people. I used to think so too. But then I decided to make these exciting things happen! It went like this: A friend was telling me about her experiences while teaching English...

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Teaching in Myanmar

  Gold peaks of the tops of pagodas reach up toward the sky every couple of blocks here in Mandalay. Sometimes in the afternoons the sounds of monks’ chants ride the back of the breezes. Migrating birds glide by overhead. I experience all of this from the roof of our...

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How did I get here?

I think I must have been about 16 when I decided that I wanted to spend some time living abroad when I was older, of course I didn't have a clue where that would be but it was something that appealed to me. I started playing with the idea of taking a gap year before...

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A move to Barcelona

  August 28, 2016. This was the date that I landed in Barcelona, just in time to start my TEFL course the following day. I arrived in the morning, so my hosts were at work and the other girl, who was going to start the TEFL course the next day with me, was still...

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A New Direction

I am a planner. Always have been, always will be, which is surprising considering the idea of knowing exactly where I’ll be next year (or in 10 years) is terrifying to me. I wanted to break free from the normality of life and its expectations. The normal progression...

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Paid to travel

Gypsy. Hippie. Wanderlust. Crazy. Travel-bug. These are among the many things I’ve been referred to in my life. Call it what you want, but what it comes down to is simple- I LOVE to travel. Many people claim to love to travel; but it takes a specific person to fully...

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Hong Kong

I have never been one for planning much in advance, always finding myself enjoying not quite being able to answer the ‘five year plan’ question and frequently dodging my mum’s requests to open an ISA and ‘start thinking a bit more long-term’. Having said that, I must...

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Mi Vida Loca

I am originally from Toronto, Canada and have recently graduated from university in 2014. I was living and working in Toronto at a 9 to 5 desk job wondering how I was going to do this for the next 50 years. I didn't hate my bank job in Toronto however I knew I wanted...

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My experience with TEFL in Barcelona

I wanted to travel, that much I knew. But how could I get paid while traveling? And how could I also add to my resume while seeing the world? Some friends of mine recommended teaching English abroad, and I’m glad they did. The flexibility of the job and the work...

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Why I Chose TEFL Barcelona

Moving to Barcelona was a spontaneous decision for me. I quit my jobs and moved away from everyone and everything familiar. While hard at times, it was completely worth it. Barcelona is a vibrant and bustling city with mountains, beach and countryside all within...

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Buh-lencia

  So, what is Valencia? Quick facts: Valencia is an orange blossoming, port city on Spain’s southeastern coast. Not only is it Spain’s third largest city it is also a Mediterranean paradise with gorgeous beaches including Port Suplaya. Other than the beaches, Valencia...

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Time Well Spent

When it comes to most decisions, I like to be organized and well informed; it allows me to approach the situation feeling safe and confident. When I decided to sign up for a TEFL course and commit myself to a year abroad in Barcelona, there was only so much I could...

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Teaching in ?stanbul

From the moment I arrived, ?stanbul drew me in and awakened my senses. I loved the sound of the muezzin’s call to prayer. I reached the point where the afternoon felt long if I hadn’t already heard it. The mixture of Byzantine, Genoese, Ottoman and Turkish...

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¡SALUDOS DESDE BARCELONA!

Moving abroad is hard. Teaching is hard. It's not sitting in a grey office cubicle staring at a coffee cup stain on your desk and making small talk with your elderly coworkers hard, but it's a different kind of hard. Teaching English as foreign language can be both...

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Teaching in China

Have you ever wanted to visit an incense-filled temple on a misty mountain side? Run along the top of the Great Wall of China? Feed pandas with a bamboo pole? If so, teaching in China might be a good choice for you. After earning my TEFL, I applied to jobs throughout...

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Teaching Abroad Comes with Highs and Lows

I was propositioned to write an article about my experience teaching English in Barcelona after having completed the TEFL International Barcelona certificate program. I’m sure you are expecting a treatise on not only how “easy” it was to find work but also how...

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Teaching English in Barcelona

Teaching English in Barcelona is not the paradise for twenty-somethings that is often marketed to prospective TEFL teachers. But it comes pretty close. First, some things I would have liked to know before I moved here. I pay 500 euros/month for an all-bills-included...

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My First Months Teaching in Barcelona

Had someone asked me a year ago what I’d probably be doing today, never in a million years would I have thought to respond “teaching English in Barcelona.” The truth is that I got into this profession almost by accident but it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve yet...

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FCE and CAE Exam Tips

Exams, exams, exams. Everyone hates taking exams, and for ESL students it is no different. They can be difficult, frustrating and long. However, there are many things you can do to make taking these exams easier and more bearable for your students. This blog will look...

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Teaching in Shanghai

In December 2006 I finally had my TEFL certificate from TEFL Barcelona, one of the greatest, most exhausting, and wonderful months I have had. I’m a native Swede, and went back to Sweden and started to do TSFL = teach Swedish as a foreign language. The method is the...

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I Wake

I wake three mornings a week to an insistent alarm. Two mornings a week at a leisurely pace. Coffee. Strong, black, sometimes milked, bubbles away while I prepare my face, prepare my ears, prepare my eyes. Black trousers, black jacket,white shirt, blue suede shoes; My...

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I am not a “Foodie”

If you have been living above ground at all during the past 5 years, chances are you know what a ‘foodie’ is.  You probably also know how to spot one in the wild – you can find them choosing the most exotic dish on the menu, critiquing the presentation and plating of...

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Wanna Get Away?

Moving to Barcelona is arguably the best decision I’ve ever made.  I love the streets of the old city, I love people watching, and I love the fact that sitting at a café and nursing a coffee for 2 hours at 2:00pm is 100% socially acceptable.  Despite the fact that...

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My First Months Teaching After the Course

2.5 months down.. many more to go It has been approximately two and a half months since I have officially been living in Barcelona, Spain. Wow. I honestly can not believe it. I have experienced _SO_ much in the past few months... I have made amazing, lifelong friends,...

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An Ode to the Private Lesson

Oh, private lessons How you fill my heart with joy. Ever changing, topics ranging, Though on occasion you annoy.  Well that’s about all the poetry I’ve got in me – sorry for the deceiving title. If you’re here for poetry, I can’t really help you there, but if instead...

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Know Before You Go

It was almost exactly six months ago to the day that I arrived in Barcelona. My nerves and excitement were feeling a little dulled by the jet lag that first day, so I can only imagine how I would have felt if I had been fully awake and “with it.” The drive from the...

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A Teacher’s Tale of Adventure

This past year (how time flies) has been an absolute whirlwind of learning, self-discovery and adventure. After leaving university and entering into the working world of office jobs, paperwork and Excel Spreadsheets, my general concept of the excitement of life was...

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The 8 Stages of TEFL Withdrawal

So your month of intensive TEFL training is drawing to a close. At this point, you’ve basically re-learned the English language, taught more than a few classes, made some new friends, and started to explore a new city. With graduation day approaching, you’re most...

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Monday Week 4

I sip at my British tea with Cataluñian milk and try not to think about how tired I am. This afternoon was my Materials Project, the final class out of six. It went well they say, but I cannot help to feel it could be better, aware of the errors and keen to continue...

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The Second Week

Our second week!!! Yahoo! Things are moving so fast! We have our teaching practice already! How exciting! To be perfectly honest with you, I must say I really enjoy the studying process! More than that: I feel super blessed! Here are my 3 top reasons for it: 1.The...

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