TEFL Barcelona courses graduate testimonials
TEFL Barcelona – now partnering with TEFL International and ITA – was launched in Spring 2006, building on the success of our long-established sister course in Paris.
Since then, many students have passed through our classrooms and gone on to rewarding careers teaching TEFL in Spain and around the world.
Below are a few things which students in Barcelona have said about our approach, our TEFL course, and the support which we provide. Where email addresses are given, please feel free to contact the students if you require more information.
To read more graduates’ views on employment opportunities and their experience as TEFL teachers see our job guidance page or the guest articles on our Blog.
Latest feedback from our intensive TEFL training graduates
“I feel confident and excited to start my new chapter as a foreign language teacher”
“The best part of the course for me was definitely the teachers; they are welcoming and always ready to give a helping hand. Every day is filled with laughter (as well as learning!) The teachers are a great example of what a teacher should be; you definitely learn from the best!”
— Lisa Shields (South Africa/ Ireland), lisashields6ATgmail.com
“I’m glad that I made the choice to take a chance, and I am sincerely grateful for TEFL International Barcelona for helping me into a great start!”
“It was intimidating to be in a new country, by myself, with loads of information to take in, but the teachers here are very kind and patient! The course was fast and the material was challenging, but the professors always took the time to explain things thoroughly. The ways in which they explain English are so straightforward that it really makes it into a sort of formulaic chemistry. We also got loads of teaching experience, for which I am very grateful – even having already taught for four years – because it helped me take time to experiment with methods and activities to better explain English, rather than just regurgitating what I’ve been taught. I really like the methodology, too, because it’s designed to create a fun, engaging classroom. Everybody learns better when it’s interesting! I can also tell that this course is regarded highly among the locals, because with the career guidance recommendation I have already put out my resume, and I’m getting very positive feedback!”
— Laura Sutton ( USA ), laura.Sutton000 A Tgmail.com
“A really enjoyable course and I feel ready to begin my adventure of teaching in new and exotic places”.
“At the end of this 4-week intensive course I can say I really enjoyed the TEFL course in Barcelona. The staff was helpful, knowledgeable and made the classes enjoyable. I found that not only were the grammatical aspects covered well, but also very helpful information was provided for the practical aspects of teaching different levels and personalities of students. And as a bonus, I had a very fun group of fellow students with a good comradery among us.
— Joseph Ward (UK), jgw3rd yahoo.com
“Thanks a lot for all your efforts and understanding” — Fatima Edaoudi ( Netherlands), f.eddaoudi hotmail.com
“I was happy with the teachers and my classmates!” — Neils Leunen (Belgium), nielsleunens hotmail.com
“It is a very intense 4-week course, but definitely worth doing it!”
“Absolutely lovely, dedicated trainers, all have years of experience teaching. This training is very practical, which makes it really valuable and will prepare you to teach straightaway after the completion of the course. There’s a lot to take in so be prepared to work hard.”
— Chrystel Labezin ( France), chrystel.labezin yahoo.fr
“I learned as much in a month as I would have in a year!” — C?t?lina Frâncu ( Romania) catalina.a.francu gmail.com
“TEFL International Barcelona is a great way to learn how to teach English as a foreign language!” — Eliza Hamer (UK), elizahamer aol.co.uk
“It’s been a great month for me! I’ve got a lot of experience in teaching practice and language awareness! I really enjoyed the atmosphere, it was comfort-related and the teachers were so professional and inspiring! I wish it could last forever!
Thank you so much for this opportunity!” — Svetlana Sokolova ( Russia), svetik_sv84 mail.ru
“The courses I took and completed gave me the confidence to initiate my own “Teach English” program for the less fortunate street children of my country.”
“The four-week teacher training course that I received from TEFL Barcelona under the auspices of Lisa Girling, and her staff is quite strenuous but well worth taking. I found Ms. Girling and her associate teachers to be a pleasure to work with, they are accessible, extremely organized, and very dedicated to their work. The certification I earned is something that I am very proud of, and will continually cherish as one of my greater accomplishments. The facilities and classrooms are of modest standard with great ambience, no doubt a well-deserved credit to the jolly teaching staff.
To be able to live like a Barcelona local, and study in one of the most amazing cities in Europe was a pleasurable experience to boot. I enjoyed the friendly people of Barcelona, and the food, the coffee and Jamon Iberico are to die for in this historic city. I had a great time with the TEFL program, it was my excuse to come to Barcelona, but I am so glad that I took the class. ”
— Joseph Calderon Jr (USA), joecalderonjr yahoo.com
“It was an overall great experience. The school’s facilities are very good and the trainers are professional, friendly and made me feel comfortable. The course is intensive but at the end of it, you have a clear idea of what TEFL teaching is all about. If you want to start a TEFL teaching career path or if you want to work and travel for a few months, then doing this course is something you should seriously consider.” — Rares Negrut (Romania), raresnegrut yahoo.com
“Great class! The Teaching Practice is invaluable!” — Alex Case ( USA ), Bigloop21ATgmail.com
“Plenty of resources and a nice environment. The Teaching practice was very useful, fair evaluation and constructive criticism. I felt very supported”. — Hannah Murden (UK), hannah.murden hotmail.co.uk
“You feel as if you’re actually being prepared for what teaching English as a foreign language is like in the real world”
“TEFL International Barcelona is a good TEFL course because of its emphasis upon in-class teaching practice – I was thrown into teaching Spanish students on the third day of the course. This shouldn’t dishearten potential students though. I believe practical experience to be the best way of learning to teach, even if it can be a scary prospect, to begin with. The teaching, in general, is also of a high quality – Micheal, Lisa and Jamie have about 60 years of teaching experience between them, so you feel as if you’re actually being prepared for what teaching English as a foreign language is like in the real world. A challenging, busy, but nonetheless fun few weeks!” — Max Simon (UK), maxsimon_1995ATyahoo.co.uk
“This program was intense and well worth it! The teachers dedicate their time not only in the classroom but out as well, to ensure you receive the best mentorship! All of them have different teaching styles encompassing the TEFL International methodology. The training you receive sets you on a path to become the best TEFL teacher you can. It’s no wonder why they have become so popular as an international program! I would recommend this program, especially Barcelona, for anyone looking to enhance their English as a second language teaching skills or to set themselves on the path for a positive, international experience influencing others!” — Kana Ribultan ( USA-Japan), kanasherry gmail.com
“I came to Barcelona for the TEFL course and my experience has been unforgettable! I met a great group of people who share a passion for teaching, and I gained the skills and confidence I need to teach English anywhere in the world. The course is intense and challenging at times, but most of all it is rewarding. It is rewarding to see not only your own progression but also the progression of your students. Although I have never formally taught in a classroom setting before, TEFL provided hands-on teaching experience and gave me confidence in my teaching abilities.” — Nicole Hahn (USA ), nhahn2012ATgmail.com
” The course has been a fantastic experience, I’ve met great people and developed my teaching skills with the guidance of wonderful tutors. It’s been a challenge but it’s been worth it! ” — Erin Shakespeare (UK), erinjoannedayAThotmail.co.uk
“The TEFL Barcelona course did not disappoint! I truly enjoyed all of the staff, students, and overall structure of the program. The instructors each had different teaching styles and were very supportive. I was looking for the right opportunity to take a TEFL course for some time now as a means of traveling and seeing more of the world while having a skill to offer. This course has granted me this opportunity while being able to explore the lovely city of Barcelona! ” — Meg Cosgrove (USA), email@example.com
“I had an incredible time! It was pretty tiring some days, but the atmosphere with this group was so special! I must admit I was a bit worried in the beginning, as a non-native speaker I often thought I was crazy to pretend to take such a diploma. But you all did help us to feel confident, great job! And I succeed, waouh! and I made very good friends, today I am a happy woman, thank you.” — Marion-Coralie Boivert (France), greenwoodcoralieATgmail.com
“I have the feeling that I’m better at explaining and also that I learned a lot. Thank you!” Elena Haag (Germany) , March-April course 2016, fraeulein.haag AT gmail.com
“I really loved the course. I enjoyed it so much.” — Lydia Onrust (Netherlands ), lydiaonrustAThotmail.com
“In a sentence: Superb: it could not have been better!”
It was a great pleasure and experience to be at TEFL Barcelona. Not only were the staff enthusiastic, knowledgeable, engaging and fun; the course structure excellent and well thought out; the facilities excellent and well equipped – the computers and printers photocopiers always worked without any problem. The building is beautiful and ornate and a pleasure to arrive at every morning. I really enjoyed my month at the school – would have liked it to be longer! Every day I looked forward to going there – it was a real joy. Thank you to everyone at the school.”
— Mark Fennah (UK) February, markfennahATicloud.com
“I really enjoyed my experience with TEFL Barcelona and would recommend it to anyone I know. The teachers were approachable and extremely supportive. Within the second week at the school I was teaching a class on my own! I was so nervous as I am not a fan of public speaking but the support I received from the teachers gave me the confidence that I could teach a group of adults an English class.
While the course is only four weeks long it is extremely intensive and as a teacher you will grow so much in just the one month. They covered English grammar that I hadn’t even learnt back in school in Canada and different teaching techniques that could be used for any class size at all levels. We also learned the International Phonetic Alphabet which is a unique skill to have, especially for myself because I can only speak one language but at least now I can read two alphabets!”
Olivia Kelly ( Canada) January course 2016
“I had been considering doing a TEFL course for a while as a means to travel, and was originally going to do one online. However once I read about TEFL Barcelona I decided it was too good of an opportunity to miss. Not only do you get to live in a beautiful city for at least four weeks and make new friends from all over the world, you also get actual teaching experience during training which sets you up well for your career going forward. I have had an amazing experience in Barcelona and I am looking forward to seeing where my TEFL qualification will take me next.”
Lucy Faith ( UK ), January course 2016
“From the moment I started my first class at TEFL International Barcelona I knew that I had made the right choice. The learning experience was more than words could describe, the teachers were enthusiastic, energetic , entertaining and were always motivated to keep us going through the whole course. The guidance was superb and the course structure was perfect and was filled with all the valuable aspects of teaching and much more. If you are planning on doing a teaching course TEFL International Barcelona is the perfect place for you.”
Shikita Vuntarde ( Zimbabwe ), November-December course 2015
“The TEFL International course in Barcelona far outweighed my expectations. The instructors provide a fresh perspective on teaching and much needed job advice for after we finish the course. Having structure during my first month in a new city, thousands of miles from what was familiar, was an excellent way to ease into a new place. I’d highly recommend this course if you are interested in teaching and travelling.”
Hanna Guenther ( USA), November-December course 2015
“After deciding I wanted to teach, I’m glad I went to the expense and effort of taking the TEFL Barcelona course. First of all, it refreshed my rather rusty knowledge of English grammar. They explained grammar in a useful way, a way that I would be able to easily use with my students. And the course also gave me real life teaching experience paired with the critique and encouragement of well-experienced teachers at the same time. It took away (most) of the fear that comes with standing in front of a group of adults who are staring at you, expecting you to teach them something. The course was also very helpful in terms of career guidance. They gave such blunt and helpful information.”
Jessie Conroy ( USA ) November-December 2015 course
“After registering for the course I was very excited and anticipated going to Barcelona and doing it! Already during the first class I realized that it just exceeded all my expectations. The trainers in TEFL Barcelona are very supportive, professional, direct and with a good sense of humour. I totally enjoyed the course and I recommend it to all people who are interested not only in teaching English but also in trying something new. I got a lot of interesting knowledge and experience that now I feel more confident in what I’m doing.”
Maria Popova ( Russia), November-December course 2015
“I gained so much from taking the TEFL course and now I feel very well prepared as a teacher! In four weeks we learned everything there is to know about being a TEFL teacher and had the chance to practice with real students. The staff at TEFL Barcelona are friendly and personable. They give feed back and one on one advice. They are there to help you in every way possible to learn to be a teacher and to find work after the course. I finished my course in October and by the first week of November I had a job! The course truly exceeded my expectations, I would strongly recommend taking this course.”
Megan Dolphin ( USA ), October 2015
“I have just finished the TELF course at TEFL Barcelona and I must say it’s been a very good experience. The teachers there are professional, kind, understanding and really want you to pass and make a career out of teaching. Lisa, Jamie, Erwin and Michael are all great; couldn’t have asked for better teachers.
I went to visit many schools before choosing this one, as I was already living in Barcelona and this one was the one that gave me the most confidence, and I wasn’t wrong.
When I walked in there on the 1st day I had no idea about grammar. Now I am completely confident and can stand in front of people learning English and explain why English is the way it is.”
Melanie Valerga ( Gibralter ), October 2015
“I recommend the TEFL course to anyone who would like to start teaching English and get a job quickly. There is definitely a high demand for English teachers in Catalonia (and in the world, I guess) and TEFL is well known and recognized among private schools and English Academies. In my case, I am Catalan, I lived in Scotland for 5 years, have a degree in English and I was really struggling to find a job related to my ‘old profession’ so I decides to change my career’s direction. I knew I like teaching, I had been teaching Spanish when living abroad, so that’s why I ended up doing TEFL. I thought not being a native speaker would be a problem and I thought it would take me a few months to start having regular classes and enough classes to live on. However, in my last week on the TEFL course, they called me for a few interviews, one of them was to work in a language Academy where I was finally hired. I started with some in-company and private classes and now they’ve already told me that a teacher is leaving next month so I can take his groups. In other words, I got a job in less than a month!”
Alba Robert ( Catalan ), October 2015
“I would definitely recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. The combination of classes in the mornings and teaching practice in the afternoons really prepares you for teaching independently and the teachers are extremely helpful and supportive. In addition to this you get to meet a lot of nice people and live in the amazing city of Barcelona. ”
Karoline Rud ( Norway ), September 2015
“TEFL International is a great course that I recommend for anyone stuck in a dull 9-5 job routine. Great Teachers that pay attention to what your individual needs are and will help you address them. I wish I could do the course again!”
Earl Newsome ( USA ), Septmeber 2015 earl_newsomeATyahoo.com
“I will be recommending this TEFL course to anyone wanting to teaching English as a foreign language while based in Barcelona or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Why? Because the staff were helpful, friendly and professional. The class rooms are of a good size plus the place has all the facilities one needs to help get through the course. The building where the course is held is in a good location, with a lot of restaurants to choose from when your are on break.”
Stephen Chan ( USA ), September 2015
TEFL Barcelona has truly been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. I knew I wanted to teach English in Spain but felt that I really needed some thorough, proper training beforehand. After doing some research online, I decided to go with TEFL in Barcelona. Upon arriving, the staff was incredibly friendly, accessible, and helpful which was extremely important for me since I was alone in a new country. Having many other classmates in the same position, I grew extremely close to them and we felt as if we were all a family.
To be completely honest, before coming to TEFL I had no idea how I was going to teach English, let alone to Spanish people (without even knowing Spanish). TEFL not only demonstrates how it is possible, but also how fun and rewarding of an experience it truly is. The morning classes were very helpful and informative. My classmates and I were able to practice various different teaching aspects (lesson planning, grammar explanations, games, etc) with each other every day.
The training is very intensive and we got to practice teaching real students within the first few days. The teaching practice was definitely my favorite part of the course. Without it, there is no way I would feel as prepared as I do now to be an English teacher. It allows you to get your nerves out, review your teaching strengths and weakness, and make any adjustments to your style to become the best teacher you can be.
I finished the course a week ago and have already been offered jobs thanks to the guidance of Michael, the TEFL job guidance guy. He is absolutely amazing and will sit down with you and help you edit your CV. He even provides a full list of schools, addresses, and emails so you can start sending out your CV during the course and schedule interviews to work.
In conclusion, not only did TEFL Barcelona provide for me excellent teacher training, but it also provided me the support system that I needed in the beginning of this new life in this new, wonderful country.”
April Scatliffe (USA), August 2015 aprilscatliffeATumail.ucsb.edu
“I would recommend this course to a friend because it was very helpful and very well structured. The staff made sure that we knew what was expected from us as students and future educators.”
Tiffany Arroyo (USA), August 2015 t13_a14ATyahoo.com
“I would highly recommend it! It has been one of the best experiences in my life; not only as a teacher, but as a person. It proves a teacher is always learning and I was blessed to learn from the best!”
Nannnette Robles (Venezuela),August 2015 teacher.nannetteATgmail.com
“I would highly recommend this course. The staff are very qualified, and you will learn so much in one month. The course is practical and hands-on with lots of teaching practice. The job guidance is also very helpful and practical. Take the leap and come to Barcelona!”
Alise Brillault (USA), August 2015 akbrillaultATgmail.com
“I booked my TEFL course on https://teflbarcelona.net// and am now working a full teaching schedule in an academy in Barcelona. My overall experience with TEFL Barcelona was extremely positive. We had a variety of trainers, each with quite different teaching styles (which was interesting to observe, as we were all trying to improve ourselves as teachers), but they all managed to lead us through the course material in a logical and engaging way. We learned the essential grammar rules quickly, but in enough detail that I’ve had no problem building on this initial knowledge enough to feel confident teaching it, and had plenty of practice teaching adult students in real classes, which was invaluable experience to mention in job interviews. My classmates were motivated and enjoyable to learn with, and I’ve stayed in contact with many of them since leaving the course.
TEFL Barcelona is a great way to get established in Barcelona; they can organise your accommodation for the first month (giving you plenty of time to find a long-term room while living in the city), you get the necessary knowledge and qualifications to find a job, and you meet a group of solid friends with whom you can discover the city.”
Cristopher Brown (UK), July 2015 http://www.christopherdrifter.com
“I would definitely recommend this course to anyone. You not only learn about teaching and English, but you also have an incredible time. You make lots of friends and of course you learn a lot.”
Daniel Neil Warren Gauchia (UK), July 2015 danielwarren859ATgmail.com
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. Not only were all the trainers very friendly and intelligent, but they did a wonderful job preparing us for the job. I feel like I gained real-life teaching experience over the course of the class, which has been the most valuable.”
Zoe Cunningham (USA), June 2015
“The course was great fun and very practical. Learnt a lot about teaching & feel confident I can teach independently now.”
Jeremy Slynn (UK), June 2015
“Of course I would recommend it to anyone who loves languages, and if they like people, this is just the right course for them.”
Alexandra Abrudan (Romania), May 2015
“So many great things to say about the TEFL Barcelona course. The team was well-rounded, extremely helpful and supportive. The course was challenging, yet well paced. I absorbed so much information in one month and I feel I can hold my own in a classroom. What a great experience!”
Zeina Medhat (Canada), April 2015
“I decided to become an English teacher because I wanted to move to Asia. I have recently completed a four-week course at TEFL International Barcelona and I am now giving private classes while I prepare myself for moving to China.
The course was placed in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. It was thorough and fun with a great mix of grammar, phonetics, teaching theory and practice-teaching. The team consisted of professional and friendly trainers and in addition, I made great friends in the group.
My experience at TEFL International Barcelona was highly enriching in both professional and human terms. Today I feel confident and prepared to teach professionally and achieve my dreams.
Don’t hesitate to sign up for this course, you won’t regret it!”
Davinia Chang Sancho (Spain), April 2015
“TEFL International Barcelona changed my life! All the amazing, professional and experienced staff brought me from biting my nails before my first class to becoming a confident, knowledgeable teacher. I got so much more out of the course than just a certificate, I feel ready and confident to go out there and start teaching. The teaching practice they provide is invaluable. I am forever grateful to all the amazing people at TEFL International Barcelona who taught, guided, helped and most of all, inspired me to get where I am now!”
Inga Johanna Piirsalu (Estonia), February-March 2015
“I would definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona. It is a really great course. Everything is to the point, interesting & inspiring. The tasks are absolutely practical & entertaining. The teachers are very helpful & supportive. I liked it a lot & really enjoyed the course. I would give it a 10 out of 10 for professionalism.”
Daria Glesser (Russia), January 2015
“I have had an excellent time with the TEFL Barcelona course. Not only have the teachers been extremely supportive and approachable, but the classes are fantastic!
There is excellent career advise and support, and the course content is extremely thorough.”
Jaspreet Jhajj (UK), January 2015
“I would definitely recommend the course, because it provides you with thorough information on teaching. This is not only theory but also practice. You get knowledge through experience.”
Elena Larinova (Russia), January 2015
“If you want to learn how to teach and practice doing it, TAKE THIS COURSE! I can’t even begin to say how valuable getting this education/practice has been to starting out as a new teacher.”
Shelby Engel (USA), January 2015
“My experience with TEFL International Barcelona has been incredible. I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about teaching English abroad. The staff was very helpful and they made the class fun and informative. The teaching experience you get from this program was invaluable. You teach real students so you learn the kinds of questions you will be asked when you are working as an English teacher. Also, the career guidance counsellor was very helpful. I had a job lined up before I finished the program.”
Siobhan Hayes (USA), January 2015
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course because I had fun while learning. Teachers are very friendly and helpful.”
Laura de Zuloaga (Spain-UK), January 2015
“The TEFL Barcelona is great stuff, a lot of support, planned & structured lessons. In-class real life experiences. Good location. Great vibrant city. Pretty much guaranteed certificate if you follow all teachers advice. Carreer advisor & variety of people from all over the world.”
Anna Davis (UK), January 2015
“I would highly recommend the course to prospective students. TEFL Barcelona provides a great environment for a one month intensive course. You get to live in a vibrant city and the course is not only informative, you get lots of real-life teaching experience. You feel comfortable when leaving the course to begin your teaching career.”
Brock Ketterling (USA), November 2014
“I would like to recommend the TEFL Barcelona course to the prospective students, because this course is designed by professionals. The teachers are very co-operative and motivative. I am much more confident than before I joined the course. I think if anybody wants to make a career as an English teacher, this is the best course in Barcelona.”
Minku Grang (India), December 2014
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona due to its concentrating-teaching manner while incorporating humor and positive attitudes (important for me). Thorough coverage of materials and concepts and good emphasis on immediate teaching experience.”
Catherine Salsbury (UK), November 2014
“I would definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona. Class was engaging and helpful, and the teachers were great. They were always willing to help and were interested in making us better teachers. I learned more about the English language in one month than in 18 years of school.”
Spencer Mann (USA), November 2014
“The course is amazing. It is very useful, engaging and motivating. I would strongly recommend it. The best of the course… the teachers… they are lovely. Thanks!!!!!!”
Alicia Fayos Francés (Spain), November 2014
“I would recommend the course. I have learned a lot about the English language and I feel prepared to teach. I had a really good time and met some great people. Overall, it’s been a great experience.”
Edward Tolson (UK), November 2014
“TEFL Barcelona was a a wonderful experience. The course was thorough and very intense. The teachers were amazing and the way the course was spread out over the four weeks made learning an easy and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend this course!”
Fabienne M. Martial (Mauritania), November 2014
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. The content is good and the teachers supportive and helpful.”
Tomhas Park (UK), November 2014
“I would recommend the course from TEFL Barcelona. Not only do they provide you with the foundations for a potential career in just one month, the skill-set learnt on this course can aid a number of professions. To prospective students, I’d say that they should immerse themselves as much as possible.”
Conor Ryan (Irland), November 2014
“A month before the course started I was not sure if it was a scam, if I would enjoy it, or if it would be of any use to me in the future.
When the course ended, I realized that if you put enough effort into this and do it right, it presents you with unlimited options.
Not too long ago, traveling around the world seemed like a pipe-dream. Now, with this qualification, it is a reality and years from now it can even be used as a backup plan if I can’t find anything else to do with my life.
With regards to the program itself, TEFL International Barcelona teaches you what to teach, teaches you how to teach, and numerous opportunities to teach all in the space of 4 weeks. And if the teaching doesn’t work out for you, it’s still a great holiday. Great staff. Great setup. Great city. Beautiful women. What are you waiting for?”
Shane McKenna (USA), October 2014
“This was such a worthwhile experience for me and I would recommend the course to anyone. The teachers were really friendly, so supportive and take you through learning in a fun and interactive way. The great thing about the course is that you get so much first-hand teaching experience which starts within the first week. I always felt fully prepared for lessons with great guidance from the teachers. I have made so many good friends, gained some incredible memories and have achieved all of this whilst living in the incredible city that is Barcelona. Although I’ve had to move back home, I know pretty much all of my friends on the course have been offered jobs in academies or already have a schedule of private lessons which was greatly helped by the job guidance we received on the course. I will definitely be back to live and teach in Barcelona at some point in the near future!”
Sophie Gerlach (UK), October 2014
gerlach_s AT hotmail.co.uk
“My experience with TEFL Barcelona was excellent, and I fully recommend the course to anyone who is considering teaching English. The course is very well-balanced between instruction and teaching practice: by the time our course was over, I don’t think there was anyone left wanting more practice teaching. Rather, we all felt fully prepared and were itching to be cut loose and teach our own classes. Also, perhaps one of the best things about the course is variety in teaching styles found in the instructors. All the instructors were very skilled and able to build excellent rapport with their classes, but they did this in distinctly different styles. Finally, while the course did require quite a bit of work, there was plenty of time to experience Barcelona and the surrounding area.”
Andrew Primavera (Canada), October 2014
This review is coming from someone who has taught in a community college for 40 years:
“After doing my online research to select the organization to study and earn my certificate to teach English to non native English speakers, I selected TEFL International Barcelona in Spain. I was very impressed with all of their internet information provided. TEFL International Barcelona lives up to much more of what they publicize. I had the option to study for my certificate anywhere in the United States but I knew that studying at home would be very boring, and I would be impacted with routine interruptions, distractions and business as usual at home. Studying abroad, you break away from that.
However, studying in a foreign country is a positive, unique experience because you get to mingle and indulge yourself in the cultural dynamics of that foreign country. From their languages, foods, festivities, people, way of transportation, housing, and cultural family customs. All of this adds to the glamour of studying and living in a foreign country. Now the best part of my experience was the calibre of the TEFL instructors. I was extremely impressed with their authoritative knowledge and their command of the subject matter, the high quality of academic standards for all of the lessons covered in their TEFL course. Being taught by several different instructors with their uniquely different personalities, this created a very positive, fun and enjoyable learning experience that will be life lasting. I must also praise TEFL International Barcelona on their giving us learners real teaching time with actual native non English speaking students for us to present our mini self developed lesson to.
Overall in its entirety it was an extremely positive life changing experience.”
Countee Troupe (USA), September 2014
“The TEFL Barcelona course is hard work, but good fun! Plus, I met some great people!”
Lucy Earing (UK), August 2014
“TEFL Barcelona has amazing instructors and prepares you to teach new language learners in a real and practical way. Thank you!”
Rachel Anderson (USA), August 2014
Work testimonials 2013 and 2012
After completing the TEFL course, I moved to Madrid to work. I applied for an appointment to obtain my NIE straight away which really helped when applying for work. For some jobs, they will carry out a formal interview, other places will just be happy to have people to fill in their busy work demands. There is ample work in Madrid so you can afford to be picky. With the current economic situation, people want to learn English and move abroad. I am working for a teaching provider that is also a publishing company, so they print a monthly magazine which acts as the ´textbook´ for my students; the most interesting and relevant text I´ve ever used. Most of my students are with an international television company. They also offer me block hours which means I don´t spend too much time travelling. My pay ranges from €13 per hour to €17 per hour depending on location etc. My block hours offer less than the lessons that involve me needing to travel. I´m teaching about 23 hours a week which gives me enough money to escape on the weekends, eat out, live comfortably and save. I have weekends and evenings free because most of my classes are company classes. I have been working in education for 4 years and I can honestly say that I am the happiest I´ve been!
Rick Fan (UK), August 2013
How are you? It’s good to hear from you! I’m doing great! I’m teaching A LOT and I’m really happy about it. I’ve always felt really thankful to you and the teachers at TEFL because if it hadn’t been for the course I wouldn’t have discovered my passion 🙂 I had an amazing time there, I always told Jamie and Lisa that I learned a lot from them, and also from Jane and Suzanne. I will be grateful forever! Actually, I found your career guidance very helpful, I believe Michael does a great job. I emailed the list of schools that he provided and made the changes he suggested in my CV and I got several calls within 3-4 days. Within 10 days I had a job at a School in Terrassa, called Salt Idiomes. I worked there from February to September, non-stop, intensive summer courses included. Now I’m working at a School in Cerdanyola called Yes Si Language Centre. I teach English there to children, teenagers, and adults, basically all ages and all levels.
In Salt idiomes, I taught (only adults) Intensive conversation courses (3h per day, Mon Wed Fri, upper interm.), intensive summer courses (3h per day Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu upper interm.) and I also taught intensive courses (3h Mon, Wed, Fri) to pre-intermediate and intermediate sts. In general the pay is ok, 15 euros per hour is what I’ve been making at these places. I can’t complain. Moreover, I have been using the websites that Michael provided to find private lessons and I have been teaching both Spanish and English from the advertisements I put there. At the moment, aside from working at the school I mentioned before I am also doing a masters degree programme in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. You guys really changed my life! haha 🙂
In my experience, there is MUCH MORE work in the schools outside/near Barcelona than the in the city. All the calls I got were from schools outside the city, but I guess that is normal, too many teachers in the city!
Best Wishes and please send hugs to Jamie and Lisa 🙂
Danae Lebrero (Spain), January 2013
“After I finished my TEFL course I moved outside of Barcelona centre and came to live in Sitges. I was a little worried as I have never taught before, so was not sure how easy it would be to find a job. However, I had a lot of interest and went to numerous interviews and ended up having to turn down jobs. I started working in an academy with children and private classes getting paid 15 Euros an hour. It was great to gain experience there but the hours weren’t the best having one morning class then a huge break, then going back to teach at 6 until 9.
I then got asked by another school if I would like to teach for them as they just needed an exam practice class for their teenagers. The hours are less and the pay is more. (20Euro) I really enjoy it and I have my own private students in my own home too! TEFL is a great way to try something new and go somewhere new. I really am glad I did the course as it has opened many more doors for me.
I am now looking at going to Asia to teach for a year over there. The options are endless and once you start to meet people it’s easier to find the work that is more suitable for you.”
Jasmine Sumner (UK), July 2013
“I found out about Tefl by coincidence, and so far it has been the greatest coincidence in my life. The experience is amazing, meeting new people, getting to learn about different cultures and realising that being a teacher brings great joy.
For me, Tefl was the perfect mixture between fun and school. I have learned how to be a teacher while meeting new people and developing relationships. The hardest moment was when I had to teach for the first time in my life, a few days after the course started! I was terrified just to discover that everything I had been taught applied! You are there to do something you already know.
It was never my intention to become an English teacher, but now I have a job as an English teacher and translator, and guess what? I love it.
Thanks to Mike from career guidance, I got a job on the same day I applied for it, 4h/day and a few private classes, just enough to allow me to support myself while discovering all that Spain, and Barcelona in particular, has to offer.”
Poliana Ringheanu (Romania), August 2013
“Not only is TEFL Barcelona an excellent academy to study at, with a friendly atmosphere and great teachers, but it has also helped to prepare me for life as a teacher in Barcelona. Having recently completed the course I have found it easy to find work and I am currently working in an academy, as well as giving private classes around the city. I would most definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona to any prospective teachers!”
Will Barrett (UK), September 2013
“Hi Erwin! Good to hear from you. I’m very well thanks. I’m still loving life in Barcelona and have never once regretted my decision to move there! The TEFL course was a fantastic and invaluable experience which introduced me to new friends and greatly assisted me in finding work after the course. I had no problems finding work – after sending out my CV it didn’t take long before offers started coming in. I am currently working for a language academy in Gracia. I’m working 21 hours a week, teaching a range of ages and levels (including children and in-company classes), and mostly one-to-one or small groups. I also attend Spanish classes there which is great! The last few months have been exhausting getting used to the teaching, but the more experience I gain, the easier and more enjoyable it’s becoming. It helps that all my students are a pleasure to teach as well! I’m currently back in cold wet and windy Scotland for Christmas and, while it’s nice to have a rest and see friends and family, I’m already keen to get back to Barcelona!!”
Dorothy Cassidy (Scotland), September 2013
After the TEFL course I moved right to Madrid and immediately started my job search in early September. I thought most classes started in September so I was a little discouraged when I wasn’t receiving much feedback. I did, however, get numerous responses inviting me for interviews if I could present working papers, which I unfortunately cannot.
After two weeks and a few interviews, I took a good job with block hours teaching children. The salary would definitely cover all of my living expenses, but it wouldn’t provide much extra for traveling or saving. I decided that I would just have to pinch pennies.
And then, October came. Job offers and interviews flooded my inbox and I got to be picky. I filled my schedule, while keeping Friday through Sunday free, and only agreed to classes that paid well and were in the city center.
Right now, I’m earning over 1,000 Euros per month and only working an enjoyable amount. Most of my hours are spent teaching professors and staff at CUNEF, ColegioUniversitario de EstudiosFinancieros. I never would have imaganied that I would be teaching college professors! And if I decide I want to take on more classes, I don’t believe I will have any trouble finding more work through my current employers.
For me, LingoBongo.com is where I found the majority of my jobs. And once I had accepted classes with a few different “brokers” and academies, they kept giving more. Although I never paid the 10 Euro fee to have the site send out my resume, I have since met the creator of LingoBongo and discovered it is definitely a good deal and timesaver — but make sure you have a “stand-out” resume.
So, everything is going well for me in Madrid! And I definitely use the methods I learned through TEFL every day.
Hope all is well, Kelsey”
Kelsey Ohleger (USA), August 2013
I am now working for STP Training, in Viladecans, I work 22hrs a week, pay is 15hr and 18hr for business classes. I have 2 groups of children 4, 2 groups of upper intermediate, 1 FCE student, 3 speaking one on one and 2 business speaking classes. This company offers yearly contracts and I do have benefits- like paid holiday if you have your paperwork. It is a wonderful company and they have great clients, my business classes are with employees from Pepsico and I have worked with Undesa and Bacardi. I work Monday-Thursday in the afternoons, I have classes in the academy as well as inside the business.
The people I work with are great and they have every resource available for us teachers. Also my students are amazing from the little ones to the business ones, they are all dedicated enthusiastic and eager to learn.
I am incredibly thankful for the lessons learned during my course at TEFL and would – and often do- recommend the course to friends and family.
Lisandra Bayliss (USA/ Spain), September 2013
I’m fine, thank u. How r u there?
I came back to my work as an English teacher in the Marine College of the technical fleet. I teach boys from 16 to 18. I liked my job before your course and like it now even more!
Sometimes, I use some of your methodology, but I want to use it more often, but as there is a lot of paper work (unnecessary), I don’t have much opportunity now.
By the way, today I’ve asked my students, for homework, to find songs with verbs in Past Simple and Past Continuous, and they liked this task very much!! In future, I want to implement more of the games that you showed us.
Life in Ukraine is difficult, but my roots are here and that’s why it’s not so easy to change my life here and my job here for something in an unknown and strange country/city..But as I have been to Lisboa this summer and liked it very much, so I decided that if my life hasn’t changed in the next 4 years, I’ll go and live and teach there.”
Katya Chabaniuk (Ukraine), July 2013
“After my TEFL course I started providing private lessons at the small town of Mollerussa. I teach individual lessons and/or two people at the same time. I have a range of students from 10 years old to 36 years old. Usually the young students need to review the work that they do at school and the adult people are preparing the ESOL Cambridge exams.”
Xavier Vidal (Spain), August 2013.
I am fine and how are you?
TEFL has improved my teaching a lot. I got my certificate at the end of July, and by the end of August I was back teaching in S-P. Normally after a long 3 months vacation it is a little bit difficult, but I was excited finally performing for my dear students, we had great Engages, Studies and Activates, just like I you taught me.ç
TEFL made my lessons more active for students. It taught me how to make a lesson great even if there are more than 6 students (which before was stressful for me).
I am very grateful to all my teachers 🙂
Viktoriia Surmatch (Russia), July 2013
I have a lot of private classes, approximately 5-6 hours a day. I work with different ages and now I have children 6-10 years old, teenagers 14-16 years old and adults. Individual classes in Moscow cost 25 -30 Euros per hour (60 mnts). I use a lot of TEFL materials in my lessons. A new approach for grammar explanations and the ideas to engage and activate students were really helpful and useful. I got a lot of new information and all my students are happy to see something new during the classes. Kind regards, Natalia.”
Natalia Tarasova (Russia), July 2013
“When I graduated as a non-native teacher, I was sort of afraid not to get a job. I would say that it is hard to obtain one but it is never impossible. I received a job offer from Turkey and it is the start of my overseas career. The TEFL certificate is what any employer would ask for even before your degree. The job offer was very interesting regarding the working hours, the pay, the contract conditions, holidays and levels to teach. I accepted the job and flew to the land of Ottoman Turks.
I have taught adults and teenager but in Istanbul I had the chance to teach young learns of six years old. I won’t deny the hardships I had at the beginning but recapitulating the TEFL training techniques and put them into practice was rewarding. The training effect will always be there on you. I can now narrow my interests and focus on the Early Childhood Education. The future hides a lot of surprises but we make them. I would thank constantly my teachers from TEFL Barcelona for their informative and instructive training. They are always there for us whenever we needed guidance. By choosing this Center you would not only gain a certificate and experience but a great friendship of TEFL teachers.”
Afaf Saoudi (Algeria), August 2013
After I did my TEFL course in Barcelona and added it to my CV, I got a highly-paid job offer from Kuwait. But I already have a job in my country, so I decided to stay in my current job. This year my success in my classes has been realized both by my colleagues and students. I used TEFL techniques, such as using stories, games, videos…etc in my classrooms and they worked very well. Last week, at our Christmas Party in one of my classes they gave me ‘The Best Teacher of the Year’ Oscar as a present 🙂 I am grateful to all my TEFL teachers and thank them for everything.
Best Wishes and Happy New Year Erwin!”
Ozlem Karakus, ( Turkey ), August course 2013
May-June – October 2012
I would definitely recommend the course. Depending of what you choose to do with the course it can be life changing. It is a great experience and opportunity to meet new people. I would say to prospective students who may have been out of education for a long time, that the course is challenging but very rewarding.
Lauren Turner, October 2012, British
I would recommend TEFL Barcelona for its professional yet friendly approach. It has a central location and the city centre is accessible.
Alex Appleton, October 2012, British
I would really recommend the course! I was very impressed with the environment, very professional! Both of our teachers seemed like they were very genuine about teaching and not just doing it for the money. I would tell prospective students to do it!
Liam Garcia-Hardman, October 2012, Australian
I would certainly recommend Tefl Barcelona to prospective students and already have done so. I have had a highly engaging and enjoyable month.
Sam Finney, September 2012, British
I would recommend the course because it was a great experience, I learned a lot and it helped me to get a job quickly.
Giovanni Quartana, September 2012, Italian
It’s been a great course. I got to learn a lot about teaching techniques, lesson planning, fun games and many other things which I’m sure that are going to help me on my future classes.
Laia Fanlo, September 2012, Spanish
I would definitely recommend the course! The material learned inside this classroom is the foundation for good teaching. The trainers are fantastic teachers and I’m so thankful for the challenge & experience. I took a chance on quitting my job and moving across the globe and I’m so glad I did. I learned so much in this course and hope to stay in touch with everyone!
Claudia Reissing, September 2012, American-German
I would recommend the course because: A) I think it’s really complete and practice is amazing. B) The teachers show interest and they are close you. C) You have job guidance which is important. D) They have different techniques and they are all effective. E) The program is well selected, and you learn a lot teaching.
Ana De Arce, September 2012, Spanish
I would say it is worth it. You get to learn about teaching techniques, classroom management, how to be a teacher AND a student. You start getting teaching experience since the second day of class. I would totally recommend the course.
Eduardo Lepervanche, September 2012, Venezuelan
Don’t think twice! This course taught me more about teaching English and about myself than all of my studies put together. It is intensively enjoyable! And it has such memorable techniques of passing on skills! Both our trainers were helpful, patient, gifted teachers to look up to. All this and the beauty that is Barcelona will make me miss this one year course that helped me grow.
Mara Ambrosie, August 2012, Romanian
It’s an excellent course. A very worthwhile investment, if you are serious about teaching English. Very intensive, long days, demanding assignments that are designed to help you integrate all that you are taught. Focus is on providing you with the tools to go out there into the real world of TEFL, prepared and equipped, ready to teach. The rest is up to you! Native English speakers who have not actively studied grammar will be challenged. A lot of study in this area is recommended.
Nick Alexander, August 2012, British
I would recommend this course to any student who wants or needs a certificate to teach English. However, a certificate is not always necessary as long as the teacher knows how to teach and knows and speaks the language well enough. I would tell prospective students that this course is extremely useful in terms of course content. You do learn how to teach.
Nuria Domene, August 2012, Spanish
I definitely would recommend this course, and I’d tell prospective students to expect an intensive experience with learning and teaching from the first day.
Bruno Haynes, August 2012, British
This course has taught me so much. I have had a really good time. I would definitely recommend the course to other people. The trainers are fantastic teachers who have both been very supportive and helpful and I am going to be really sad when I go home. The school is in a great location which is also very beneficial, and the course content was really interesting and the lessons very enjoyable.
Domi Preston, August 2012, British
I would give the highest recommendation for the TEFL Barcelona course with no hesitations at all. The classroom environment is inviting and understanding and the school’s location is unbeatable. Long days filled with great instructors, innovative learning techniques, and real life experiences in teaching are only made better by coffee breaks on the enchanting terrace.
Symone Lucero, August 2012, American
I would recommend this course, since, for people who never had any experience with teaching, it gives you a great feeling and hands-on learning of the techniques. The teachers are very good, and very friendly. Definitely worth it!
Margarita Chichyan, August 2012, American
I would recommend the course to others because the teaching is thorough and enthusiastic. It is hard work, and I was glad to finish for this reason, but all in all it was a very positive experience for me and I enjoyed going to the school every day.
Sarah Munnion, June-July 2012, British
I would definitely recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. Although it is a rather intense four weeks requiring quite a high level of dedication, it’s well worth it for your personal development as a teacher. It’s well presented, studied and offers much teaching practice and support.
Deborah Kerr, June-July 2012, Scottish
If you are interested in teaching English, I really recommend Tefl Barcelona. They give you a chance for using your knowledge, which is gained from input session, within teaching practice. It is quite extensive but you will gain precious experience at the end of it and its location is perfect, very central. Teachers are also very helpful and very nice.
Buse Erginal, June-July 2012, Turkish
I would most certainly recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. It gives you an excellent insight into teaching English to foreign students and prepares you in all aspects to be able to give classes. The content of the course is extensive and the support and help from the tutors invaluable.
Louise Bond, May-June 2012, British
I would highly recommend this course as you get an understanding of how English grammar works. It’s a qualification you can take around the world with you and you get well paid as a teacher. Me as a native English speaker, I didn’t know or understand the English Grammar and now after 4 weeks I have a good understanding of it and feel more than comfortable in teaching.
Tom Rix, May-June 2012, British
I really recommend this course. It is a very nice way to introduce you to the profession of teaching. Teaching is something that’s more difficult than it seems at first sight. TEFL Barcelona not only teaches this, but also a huge amount of techniques and skills that you put to a test in real classes.
Marc Oliveras, May-June 2012, Spanish
If you want comprehensive training to be prepared to teach… and you want a great tool kit to choose from… come to TEFL Barcelona.
Evan Schweitzer, May-June 2012, American
I would tell future students that the course is perfect to put you to level, and learn the necessary techniques for teaching.
James Parker, May-June 2012, Spanish
I would definitely recommend the course to other people! A very intensive course but necessary for becoming a teacher in only 4 weeks. Good inputs, teaching practice from the beginning and lots of useful information given about working in teaching.
Cecilie Wormdahl, May-June 2012, Norwegian
October-November 2011 – April-May 2012
I would definitely recommend the Tefl course to someone who has a good English level, some teaching practice or a clear will to become an English teacher. You have to be ready for a very intensive course that provides all the tools and good starting practices but have the strength to work hard after too.
Roger Guitart, April-May 2012, Spanish
I would recommend the course, it’s a great training!
Fabio Ferri, April-May 2012, Italian
I would definitely recommend this course, I’ve had a lot of fun and experience teaching compared to other courses. I would tell prospective workers to be prepared to work hard inside and out the course.
Sarah Dempsey, April-May 2012, British
I am really happy of having done the course. I recommend it to other students because you learn a lot, also the classes are enjoyable and we learn with dynamic activities, so sometimes learning is fun. You have the opportunity to teach adults and teach your way.
Eva Peña, March 2012, Spanish
I would definitely recommend Tefl Barcelona. The course was intensive but not overwhelming, good tutors and lots of teaching which I feel has adequately prepared me for the classroom.
Chris Stevens, March 2012, British
I would certainly recommend the course, it’s well thought out, likeable and with enthusiastic teachers.
Richard Wells, March 2012, British
I would recommend the course because we learned a lot but it wasn’t so difficult that I was stressed out. It has way more teaching hours than other courses I looked at. I had a good experience and now I’m not nervous to teach my own classes.
Kyle Aker, March 2012, American
I would recommend Tefl Barcelona. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. The course is intensive but it was fun. I really enjoyed it and felt I learnt a lot from it.
Tanith Waymouth, January 2012, British
The course is a fantastic experience. You learn everything you need in just 4 weeks. You gain a lot of confidence specially standing in front of a class of students. You constantly get taught different activities to bring into your classes. The whole environment is relaxed and everyone is so friendly and you also play the role of a student, which teaches you a lot.
Zenobia Waymouth, January 2012, British
I think it’s a good course, very intensive, I would recommend it to anybody who wants to do it. I learnt and enjoyed a lot, and now I feel prepared to be a teacher in any situation.
Gisela Ràfols, January 2012, Spanish
I would surely recommend the course. I’d describe it as a place where you learn a lot without having the feeling you have to study too much. I don’t mean it’s easy, but you get enough freedom to work comfortably.
Xavier Miret, January 2012, Spanish
I would definitely recommend the course. I am so glad I went through with it and I feel lucky to have stumbled upon this particular school. I feel very prepared to launch my English teaching career! I also trusted the teachers every step of the way and was highly motivated by them and completely converted to their methodology. I am so grateful for their expertise and attention.
Sarah Hopkins, January 2012, American-British
Yes, I would recommend the course. Great one on one attention, the teachers are always available, a small class size. I was pleasantly surprised by how much attention was paid to keeping the students engaged.
Sam Leslie, November-December 2011, American
The course is very intensive but rewarding. Great teachers and entertaining input lessons. Location! (Very good) Be prepared to have work every day, enjoy it. This is your chance to be the teacher you never had.
Julian Berardi, November-December 2011, British-Italian
I would definitely recommend this course to those who want to learn more about teaching styles, methodology and also practice.
Rob Muñoz, November-December 2011, Catalan
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Tefl Barcelona. The college is situated in a great part of town, the stuff and tutors are really approachable and the environment is very comfortable. It takes a lot out of you, but you gain more! A very difficult but ultimately rewarding experience and a great city to be in at the time!
Francesca O’Hare, November-December 2011, British
I enjoyed the four weeks a lot. The course was thoughtfully designed and though unfolding at quite a fast pace, I didn’t feel overwhelmed. I would recommend this school for its unique atmosphere, location and stuff, who appear to be genuinely concerned about the progress of the students. I learn a lot in 4 weeks, and always felt supported through the learning process. The assessment feels more like a help for the student than a judgment one needs to be scared of.
Christian Streil, November-December 2011, Irish-German
The course has been intensive, but relaxed. With good time management the course is very achievable, comfortable and fun. You are given all the guidance necessary with fun and entertaining workshops.
Nicholas Clark, November-December 2011, British
I originally thought I was a teacher and a good one, but the course showed me otherwise feeding me the essential information and experience I needed. Indeed a fulfilling and hardworking course that allows me to say that “Yes, I am now a teacher” and realize I wasn’t even close before.
Rachel White, November-December 2011, British
I would highly recommend the Tefl Barcelona course because they train teachers to be a competent and effective English teachers.
Marina Doctama, November-December 2011, Filipina
I would recommend the course, because the content has been excellent (and the teachers!) and the amount of teaching practice was really useful.
Nikki Barwick, Octber-November 2011, British
I would highly recommend the course, as I feel that it prepares each individual to go out and start teaching with all relevant knowledge. It covers all areas of teaching, as well as issues that may arise.
Jennifer Connelly, October-November 2011, Scottish
I would recommend the course as there was a lot of detail and methodology essential for teaching. I would advise students to be prepared and organized as there is a lot of work to cover (intensive).
Joe Perring, October-November 2011, British
I was reluctant about the price of the course at first, but having now completed it, I see it as great value for money.
John Jackson, October-November 2011, British
I would definitely recommend this course to other people who would like to teach, travel, learn a lot, experience a different country, meet great people, work hard, and then play even harder! I feel like I have learnt a lot from this course and at first I was wary about my ability to teach due to nerves, etc., but now I feel confident in front of a class!
Lois Gibbs, October-November 2011, British
I would recommend it. I feel it prepares you to be a teacher.
Ernie Solis, October-November 2011, American
I would most definitely recommend the course! I felt very comfortable within the first 5 minutes of class. Through this course you are able to meet so many different people, with different experiences. I think you are all very qualified – and have quite a story to tell – which motivates us so much!
Hannah Wickstrom, October-November 2011, American
I would definitely recommend the Tefl Barcelona course, because it has everything you need to become a teacher, the trainers are friendly, the city is great, the students are nice and you will have a great time.
Joe Moynihan, October-November 2011, British
May 2011 – September 2011
Yes, I would recommend this course. I think it is very challenging and a great experience. I learned so much in the course of a month. Also, being thrown into teaching from the first week was semi-terrifying, but it was also one of the best ways in retaining what we were being taught in class.
This course will change your life. If you want to learn new and interesting things, meet amazing people and gain a huge amount of self-satisfaction whilst doing so then you MUST take this course. Ignore everything you hear about TEFL being really horrible, difficult and stressful. It is what you make it. Our group made it so much fun!
I would highly recommend the TEFL Barcelona course as it is very well-organized, has friendly and knowlegable trainers and prepares you well for teaching in the TEFL world (and also teaching in general). To prospective students, the course is demanding and requires a huge degree of focus throughout, but it is highly enjoyable and is definitely worth it.
As someone who had already spent one year teaching ESL, I arrived thinking that I may be learning things I already know. However, TEFL Barcelona was a wonderful surprise. I learned new, challenging methods everyday in an incredibly positive environment. The instructors are incredibly brilliant, talented, but most of all, caring people. They make this course stand out from the rest. For prospective students, expect to be challenged, but expect to be well-prepared the first time you set foot in a classroom. Everything is covered in this course.
Yes, the course is intensive but manageable. The teachers are approachable and always willing to help. The city is great. The course content is taught in an engaging manner. I had a great time!
I would highly recommend TEFL Barcelona. “Intensive course” is not a misnomer. At the end of the course, you feel like you have a firm grasp on the intensive set of tools needed to teach ESL. It’s a steep learning curve and quite a bit of work, but valuable.
This course is very comprehensive and taught by brilliant instructors. I haven’t studied for over seven years prior to doing this course and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s intensive and you will need to be prepared to work hard, but it’s worth it. It is also a very positive and warm environment. A fantastic move, where I learnt more than I imagined and met amazing people.
I would recommend TEFL Barcelona because I feel that it has prepared me well and all the facilities are good! I have been pleased with the accommodation and the employment guidance. I would suggest that students should be more prepared beforehand for the intensity and advise them to learn more grammar before starting the course.
Kirsty McGuigan, August 2011, British
I would recommend this program to others because I appreciate how flexible it is and it has a very friendly environment. Also, this program taught me a lot of useful techniques to teach students English.
If you are looking for something constructive to do during your gap year (ie. the time after university and before grad school), doing this course is a great idea. The staff is friendly and the content is interesting. Plus, you’re a certified English teacher by the end of the course!
I would recommend the TEFL course. It is a crash course so it can be very overwhelming and stressful (especially in a summer month when you just want to be outside), but we covered a lot of material. I didn’t have any experience teaching prior o this so I did better than I had thought when I taught my lessons. I still have a lot to learn, and I will learn through actually teaching, but TEFL has given me a good foundation to grow from.
I would recommend this TEFL course because I feel that it prepares you to be a teacher. I think that the course is also well-respected in Barcelona. The teachers are enthusiastic and maintain this attitude through-out the course, even when we, the students, are stressed and maybe not as active or interested. The course is intense and you should be prepared to work hard.
I would highly recommend the TEFL course as the inputs were informative and we had a lot of teaching practice. I have learnt a lot during this course. The trainers were really friendly and great instructors.
I would recommend this course, and advise others that it is very intense and it is not a holiday.
TEFL Barcelona provides an intensive, professional and comprehensive preparation for becoming an English teacher. I was impressed by the experienced instructors, one on one assistance and quality curriculum. I would recommend the course to anyone considering becoming a TEFL teacher.
TEFL Barcelona is a very good course, which I would recommend without doubt. It is structured to give you a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge whilst equally challenging your ability to critically reflect on your strengths and development areas. Overall, a great experience!
I would definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona. Although there is a lot of work, and at times can be a little stressful, it’s definitely worth it. It’s very interesting, I learned a lot, I even learned some things about myself! You get a lot of support and it’s a lot of fun.
Recommend? Yes! Excellent instructors, very good contrast of one another, style-wise. They were very clear with instructions and expectations. The course content was meaningful.
I definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona! You will get the tools and practice with reflection on it to get you feeling prepared for the job. For me, it was really valuable that trainers were supportive and caring in their feedback, while fair at the same time. It helped me feel confident during the lessons by the end of the course.
Yes, I would recommend TEFL Barcelona! Even if you don’t end up teaching, this is great stuff to know about everything from English grammar to human psychology.
I would absolutely recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. I feel I have learnt far more than I initially thought I would and am prepared to work as a teacher.
Yes, I would recommend this because you get to live in Barcelona and the course was very informative. It was good to be thrown in at the deep end, but you learn from what was right and wrong in the early lessons.
I would definitely recommend this to others. It is a great course to learn about teaching and it is a great way to meet people with the same interests.
Yes, I would recommend this. It was very good fun and learnt a lot in a relaxed style.
I would highly recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. While this course provides a complete understanding of teaching English, it also analyzes the art of teaching. While I cannot attest to the quality of other TEFL schools, I can assure you that if you want to feel prepared to become a teacher, then TEFL Barcelona (Geoff & Erwin) will accomplish that goal. You won’t be disappointed!
I would recommend the course for those who feel they lack proper teaching methodology and who are certain that this investment is right for them. You should take a course of this sort because you truly want to teach English (and not because you invision it to be an easy way to earn money!).
November 2010 – March 2011
This TEFL course is not for everyone. It’s very intense, demanding and stressful. But, in the end, it’s all worth it. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who wants a rewarding challenge.
Joseph Karman, March – April 2011, American
I would highly recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. My experience here has been very helpful, it is something I will never forget! It was an intense four weeks, at times very challenging, but I had a very enjoyable time. I met some really nice people that I hope to keep in touch with and I learnt a lot of new skills that I know will help me in the future and make me a better teacher! I would like to hugely thank Geoff and Erwin for everything!
Sarah Morahan, March – April 2011, British
After getting so much out of doing the TEFL course and enjoying every moment of it, I would without hesitation recommend this course. I would tell prospective students that in this four week course, you will come away with more things than you could imagine.
Hannah Morahan, March – April 2011, British
Yes, I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course because of the course content and the nice atmosphere. It was great that we started teaching already on the second day. I would tell prospective students that they have to be prepared to do it, since it is such a hard (but in a good way) course.
Ingrid Sempere Torres, March – April 2011, Spanish
I would recommend the course to another person because I have learned so much. The classes were interesting and you could tell there was a lot of thought put into the plans and how to spice them up a bit. Lots of support from teachers. Good working environment, very exhausting, but all working time was purposeful.
Amanda Haynes, February 2011, American
I would recommend the course because it prepares you well for teaching English and at the end, that is what really matters.
Mark Doherty, February 2011, Irish
All the support needed to guide us through an intense and demanding course. It was focused and enjoyable.
David Evans, February 2011, British
The course is well planned and structured. You need to come prepared to work very hard. The teachers are excellent.
Frank Lane, February 2011, British
I would definitely recommend this course! In four weeks, we managed to learn the ins and outs of becoming an English teacher and even put ourselves in the situation. I was an intense four weeks, but I had a great time, learned so much, re-learned all of the grammar rules and met a group of wonderful people.
Aubrey Feijoo, February 2011, American
I would recommend this course to prospective students. It’s located in a wonderful part of Barcelona and has the support and resources of the language school in the building. The trainers are supportive and genuine. I feel that I received great training and experience as a whole in choosing this program.
Theresa Manning, February 2011, American
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course as it puts you in the driving seat straight away. You learn an incredible amount of information through the course which not only gives you a certificate but the confidence and ability to walk into your next class!
Richard Stuart-Campbell, January 2011, British
Yes, I would recommend TEFL Barcelona. You meet great people and from day one you are already teaching students. Everyday you learn something new in the morning and you can put it into practice that afternoon and you hands-on practice.
Simone Dyson, January 2011, American
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course, even though it is very intensive, I have learned a lot. Barcelona is a fantastic city and I couldn’t imagine a better location to do the course!
Jade Zarah, January 2011, British
I would definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona. You learn a lot in a short amount of time and in a nice and relaxed atmosphere. It’s stressful at times but the relaxed teaching style balances out the worries with lesson planning. The teachers are very accessible and jolly! Good job!
Amy Sue Bennett, January 2011, British
I would certainly recommend it! I have learnt more about teaching during those four weeks than I did during my four years in University. I think the content of the course was very well designed and thought through.
Marija Jurisic, January 2011, Serbian
Yes, I would 100% recommend the TEFL Barcelona course to anyone interested in teaching English abroad. I have had the best experience this past month. I’ve met amazing people from all over the world, learned a lot and I will never forget this experience. I was definitely nervous before starting this course, but it was phenomenal. Anyone considering TEFL Barcelona should do it!
Caitlin Fogarty, January 2011, American
I would definitely recommend the course to prospective students. It has been an intense but very satisfying experience. The balance of theory and practice has been well prepared. The opportunity to be able to teach in real situations and the quantity of hours of teaching. We have had a range of trainers which has been ideal in order to see first-hand the different teaching styles and techniques.
Sarah Panitzke, November – December 2010, British
Yes, definitely. Overall, I found the course very rewarding and I feel I’ve learnt so much. I feel prepared and equipped for TEFL teaching after completing the course. I was very impressed by the trainers. They gave us a lot of time and attention. I also like the overall personal feel of the school. I am glad I didn’t choose a larger language school.
Marie Flaherty, November – December 2010, Irish
The TEFL Barcelona course was intensive but very complete. There was a good balance of theoretical instruction and teaching practice. It was a real ‘hands-on’ experience to equip all potential teachers.
Anthony Jenkins, November – December 2010, British
It’s a great opportunity if you want to enter the teaching world. You get to meet new people and the atmosphere is great. It’s intense and challenging but very worth it!
Gemma Colomar Axup, November – December 2010, Spanish/British
For those who are interested in teaching English or want to improve their teaching skills, TEFL is a great opportunity. It’s a very challenging course but at the end, if you really put yourself to it, it is very worth the effort. The TEFL Barcelona course gives you a lot of tools that you will later work with during your teaching lessons and also helps you build confidence to become a successful teacher.
Carolina Gomes, November – December 2010, Venezuelan/Portuguese
I would love to recommend TEFL Barcelona to everyone who is interested in teaching English. The course gives you everything to prepare you for a start in a teaching career. It’s very intensive, but when it’s all over, it’s worth it! It’s fun to meet new people and you are studying in a beautiful city as well. Apply now!!
Malin Frostfalk, November – December 2010, Swedish
The course has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. In fact, I would love to do it again!! I’m amazed at how in four weeks, through the teaching/training I have received, that I have progressed and learnt so much. The different teaching styles and personalities of the trainers ensures a good balance and I appreciate having the chance to see ‘different’ teachers in action.
Loretta Lacour, November – December 2010, British
May 2010 – November 2010
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. It’s an intense course and I’ve learned a huge amount of things as far as teaching is concerned. It’s tiring but fun and there is a really nice atmosphere in the classroom and in the school. Not only have I learnt a lot of things, I have also met amazing people. That adds something more to this nice adventure.”
Victoria Suter, October-November 2010, French
“The course was a comprehensive way to learn how to be an effective teacher. I would recommend TEFL Barcelona to others because it was fun and informative at a doable pace. If you are looking to be an English teacher in Barcelona, look no further! This is the best!”
Jennet Littles, October-November 2010, American
“It was very rewarding and I learned to look at teaching in a much more active and positive way. It is pretty intensive time-wise, but intellectually easy to cover in a month.”
Lisawesta von Truchsess, October-November 2010, German
“I would recommend this course to everyone back at home. It was an amazing experience and taught me lots of interesting and new things about myself.”
Jason Ramos, October-November 2010, American
“I would definitely recommend the TEFL course, as there are not many people who know about it and would find it very interesting and, at the same time, useful. For example, I study dance and at the same time, I have an opportunity to teach.”
Justine Pool, October-November 2010, Dutch
“I would recommend the Barcelona course because I really enjoyed it. I left school at 16 and haven’t studied since. I was quite nervous about the course, however it was a great experience. I met some lovely people, the trainers are great and give good support. I do feel like I could get a job in TEFL now.”
Connie Moore, October-November 2010, British
“Not only does TEFL Barcelona offer important skills for teaching English, but it tells you about how you can use your individual strengths to your advantage when teaching. You really learn a lot about yourself, the way you think and overcome challenges, and how well you work with other people. It has been a truly eye opening and rewarding experience.”
Josh Parker, October-November 2010, British
“TEFL Barcelona is amazing. I decided that I needed to change my everyday routine and challenge myself. TEFL Barcelona gives you the challenge you have been seeking. TEFL Barcelona offers a wonderful environment full of education, teaching techniques, and also teaches you about yourself. The trainers and job guidance counselors give you all the tools you would need to teach English. Signing up and completing this course is the best thing I have ever done.”
Devan Critchlow, October-November 2010,American
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course because we got some hands on experience with teaching English. The instructors were very knowledgeable and really cared about what we as students were getting out of the course. I had a lot of fun and learned a ton, not only about grammar and teaching, but quite a bit about myself. I will surely look back on my time in Barcelona during the TEFL course with fond memories!”
Kaeley Morton, October-November 2010, American
“The course is quite intense, but the education gained is priceless. It’s very informative and extremely practical. I definitely recommend the course to students who are serious about teaching.”
TEFL course graduate, September 2010
“The TEFL Barcelona course is an excellent and thorough course. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the TEFL. The instructors were extremely helpful and attentive. The class size was small enough to give each student individual guidance. It was amazing to see what aspects of my personality I can bring to my teaching and what habits to focus on and change. The terminology and lessons helped focus in on specific aspects of teaching that served as ladder rungs for becoming a better teacher. Thanks to you both, Erwin and Geoff!”
Erin Scolaro, September 2010, American
“I would definitely recommend the TEFL Barcelona course because the teachers really give you the skills to be a successful teacher. The lessons taught to us were well planned and organized and I learned a tremendous amount about how to present EFL in a fun and encouraging way. I would definitely be a bit lost if I hadn’t had the course and tried to teach on my own. I learned a ton and feel really prepared to hit the working world with a lot of great new skills!”
Katie Kleinwachter, September 2010, American
“TEFL Barcelona is a well organized course that allows you hands-on experience in a fun environment. The trainers are fun, friendly, and enjoyable. Within the month you will develop yourself as a confident, effective educator. I’ve learned and gained so much on the TEFL course. I really enjoyed the overall course and the trainers. Thank you TEFL!!”
TEFL course graduate, September 2010
“I would without a doubt recommend the TEFL Barcelona course to prospective students. It gives good insight into both the theory and practical aspects of teaching. It’s a lot of work but prepares you to work in the real world. Job guidance is helpful, and the staff are always around and willing to answer questions.”
Jessamy Hunt, September 2010, British
“I would recommend the course because you get an immense amount of knowledge within such a short time. Without this course I would never know how confident I could be with a TEFL background.”
Morgan Wallace, September 2010, American
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt a lot in the past four weeks. I found the balance of theory and practice very overwhelming at times, but ultimately satisfying. I enjoyed the grammar, phonology, and foreign language lessons.”
Daniella Latham, September 2010, British
“I would like to address this to the non-native English students. Don’t be afraid to do the TEFL. It’s a great opportunity to improve your skills, meet new people, and just decide if teaching is your way or not. Native or non- native, doesn’t matter! Don’t limit yourself-go for what you want!”
Natalia Plotyanskaya, August 2010, Russian
“I really enjoyed the course! I felt challenged and feel like I left with important tools which will help me be a good teacher. Very supportive and understanding staff.”
Margarita Serrano, August 2010, American
“I would definitely recommend the course to fellow students as I have made marked progress throughout. The course is very intense, as it should be, and I feel well prepared to take up a teaching position as a result. Our trainers are very approachable and supportive, not to mention patient with us!”
Carolyn Boyd, August 2010, British
“I would recommend this course because, even though there is a lot of work, you learn so much in just a month! I feel it prepares you for teaching and you have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice by teaching lessons practically from day one. The trainers were always willing to answer questions.”
Julia Marques, August 2010, British
“I would always recommend this course. I have benefitted more from this course than two years at university! Its intensive in a good way; thrown into the deep end as they say! I really feel I’m coming out of this with a qualification not just a certificate.”
Milli Allpress, August 2010, British
“I think the teachers are dynamic and really make an effort at personalising the course. I believe that apart from the course content that was learned, it was a personal learning experience as well.”
Michael Soldner, August 2010, American
“The TEFL Barcelona course is a great way to establish yourself in a new city. The course is friendly and new friendships are made quickly. Course trainers provide key information to help you find work after the course ends. It is a great way to find work in a new city.”
Lizzie Waddling, August 2010, British
“This was a fun and enjoyable course. The trainers were open, friendly, and so helpful. It prepares you for all aspects of teaching. The 9 classes you get to teach are priceless-fully prepares you for teaching EFL.”
Ruth Halligan, July 2010, Irish
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course because I think you get hands-on and in-depth teaching experience and feedback on your 2nd day. Although I was nervous about it, I think the best way to learn something is just to dive in.”
Lianna Glodt, July 2010, American
“I would recommend the course. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot! I have definitely grown as a teacher thanks to all the teaching practice, and I think this is an invaluable experience. Everyone you meet on the course (trainers and students) are so awesome!”
Kirstin Hylton, July 2010, American
“Great course-interesting course content, friendly tutors, lots of hands-on practice and generally a lot of fun!”
Emma Potts, July 2010, British
“I would highly recommend this program. It was warm and welcoming and I feel prepared to teach on my own.”
Kelly Moss, July 2010, American
“The course is professionally run, covers a variety of areas of English and teaching, but also manages to be fun. The teaching staff know their stuff, are very helpful, and have good senses of humour.”
Pip Manley, July 2010, British
“It has been a highly rewarding experience. It has met and exceeded my expectations on every level, from grammar to teaching practice, every element of the course was thorough and valuable. I would definitely recommend it. Thank you for a fantastic experience!”
Natalie Orr, May-June 2010, British
“I would highly recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. The content of the course covers so many aspects of grammar, speech, teaching (real live students)!! It has been rewarding and far beyond my expectations.”
Hazel Taylor, May-June 2010, British
“I would highly recommend the TEFL Barcelona course, as my confidence has grown so much after doing it. I now actually feel like a teacher!”
Sarah Dee, May-June 2010, Irish
“The course is very intense and stressful however the sense of achievement at the end is amazing. The class I was with were a fantastic support and we have become excellent friends. The teaching element of the course was fantastic and made the course so much better.”
Natalie Bosomworth, May-June 2010, British
“I highly recommend TEFL Barcelona because the course is extremely well organised. It covers so much material in such little time, yet Erwin and Geoff manage to make it pleasant and doable. They have taught us plenty.”
Magali Vougeot, May-June 2010, Andorran/British
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. I felt the location and course content were great and the teachers were supportive and superb. I feel that this is a well-rounded, friendly program.”
Jamie Mintzer, May-June 2010, American
November 2009 – April 2010
I would recommend the course 100%. I have learnt so many new things and at the same time had a good time. The course is intensive but time flies. I have had responses to job applications already which shows that there is work out there.
Gemma Scott, April 19th 2010, English
I would definitely recommend the course to people as it is a great learning experience and includes so much teaching practice too. I would advise people to try and dedicate the month to the course alone as you need all your energy for it but it’s worth it in the end!
Laura Harper, April 19th 2010, Scottish
During TEFL I was able to learn valuable teaching methods through observation and practice that will enhance my personal teaching abilities in the future. I feel more confident as a teacher now that I have taken the course.
Sean Hanley, April 19th 2010, American
The TEFL Barcelona course is perfect for anyone wishing to do something different with their life. It is very intensive and requires your complete attention for the full four weeks. However, within the programme there is an abundance of personal achievement and development. I would fully recommend the course to anyone interested in teaching English.
Andrew Naylor, April 19th 2010, English
I would recommend this course but it is not a walk in the park. You will have to work hard from the word go but it is worth it. At first teaching can be really scary but once you work it out for yourself with the tools you have learnt it can be lots of fun.
Anonymous, March 8th 2010, English
The course is well organised and covers all the important things that are needed to teach English as a foreign language and includes lots of teaching practice as well.
Jacqui Johnson, April 19th 2010, English
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course to anyone fluent in English that loves working with people. This course has enriched my perspective on education in general and has challenged me to improve how I communicate. The TEFL course is a tool I will have with me my whole life and I expect to be using it frequently, even if eventually my main job is not that of being an English teacher.
Sheila Weir, March 8th 2010, Spanish
Everything I have to say about TEFL Barcelona is positive! Before starting the course I hoped I would get my moneys worth from it. I can now say, I am more than satisfied! TEFL Barcelona has great human and material resources and a very friendly atmosphere. Support from the staff was very encouraging and by the end very rewarding. They were also very effective at easing nervousness, especially in the first week when you begin your first practice lessons. It has been one of the most productive months of my life!
Alex Parratt, February 8th 2010, British
Doing the TEFL Barcelona course has been a great experience. It has been challenging and fun but very fulfilling. Having never taught before I surprised myself and learnt about another side to my personality, the teacher! I’d recommend it to people who want to do something different and meet new people.
Stephanie Ward, January 4th 2010, British
I would recommend the TEFL course as it gives you the tools you need in order to succeed as a teacher. I wanted to do the course because I wanted to learn about grammar as well as learn how how to teach and techniques that I could use. The TEFL course provided me with all these tools.
Mikeela Sugarman, January 4th 2010, American
For me, being a non-native speaker it was interesting to find out that we can actually be better than some native speakers at certain aspects of grammar and phonology. It seemed that having studied English as as second language was an advantage.
Petr Astrakhantsev, January 4th 2010, Russian
I learned a great deal on the course. I had some experience of teaching already but I feel that I’m much more prepared to be a good teacher after the course. Geoff and Erwin are great and the city is beautiful.
Katia Davis, January 4th 2010, American
The teachers are both professional and friendly. The whole staff at the school are friendly too. You get exposed to many different ways of teaching and many topics are covered including teaching young learners which is not included in other courses. Great value for money, that’s for sure!
Dalia Hussein, January 4th 2010, Egyptian
I would recommend the course to someone wanting to teach English because of the rigorous training and the professionalism of the team. The Trainers are very knowledgeable and freely share the information they have. Furthermore, the small classroom sizes make for a friendly environment which makes learning fun. It’s hard work but it’s worth it.
Lucie Drouin, November 9th 2009, Canadian
I would definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona. The course is very intense, definitely more intense than I imagined but, I can safely say that I learnt a lot and that it has definitely prepared me for my first teaching job. I have also met some great people who I will certainly keep in touch with. The teachers are very knowledgeable and approachable.
Haley Wand, November 9th 2009, English
The course is a lot of work but definitely worth it. You gain professionalism and your ability to stand up in front of and audience gets better. It offers a good, fun environment to learn in, good teachers and, the chance to make new friends.
Teresa Woischiski, November 9th 2009, German
I would recommend the course. The teachers are cool, really helpful and guided us through the intensive month with empathy and support. I feel confident as a teacher now, and have learnt a great deal from this experience.
James Syner, November 9th 2009, English
The course is intensive but very informative. I totally enjoyed the course and felt challenged everyday.
Robert Nolan, October 2009
The course proved to be very useful. I would have no hesitation in recommending the course. I would tell prospective students to be prepared.
Conner McKeever, October 2009
Very interesting and useful. Teaches various points of view on how to teach.
Jen Stammers, October 2009
A very comprehensive and intensive course, detailing all the fundamentals of teaching theory and practice. I feel more knowledgeable and confident in teaching now.
Charles McDonald, October 2009
A very thorough and intensive course, well tutored and supported. I really enjoyed my time and feel I have honed my skills in TEFL.
Dominic Foster , October 2009
I would recommend the course to friends and interested people. The training staff are friendly and helpful and the course content is excellent. It is hard work at times but also very enjoyable.
Jonny Fawcett, September 2009
I found the course to be really comprehensive and definitely feel prepared to start teaching. Thanks to everyone, Erwin, Geoff, Tim and Kerry for all their help, ideas, suggestions with lesson planning.
Sean Meehan, September 2009
This course has prepared me and opened doors to teaching in Barcelona.
Karline Nazarro, September 2009
I would recommend TEFL Barcelona. I think the course content is good and the lessons are interactive and fun. The trainers are approachable and provide help, ideas and excellent feedback
Peter McKenzie, September 2009
I would recommend the course to anyone interested in being TEFL certified. After completing the course, I feel very confident in teaching. It prepares you to teach in every context and different settings.
Jessica Tanney, September 2009
“It’s worth coming out to Barcelona to meet new people, get to know the city, and meet real students. Very good course content, friendly tutors, great support and materials. Made lots of new friends”
Julie Jones (UK), August 2009
“I would recommend TEFL Barcelona. The teachers are friendly and helpful. It is very intensive, but if you do the work you can get a lot out of it.”
Sylvia Ackerman (USA), August 2009
“All the English teachers in Spain should do it! Do it! It’s fantastic. It will change your life (in work terms). Thanks guys- so much!”
Marian Fradera (UK), August 2009
“I would recommend TEFL Barcelona. This course really prepared me to start working as a TEFL teacher. It gave me ideas for lessons and the instructors help me improve my own teaching style.”
Naomi Mintzer (USA), August 2009
“I enjoyed the course.The staff and location are great. It is one of the cheapest courses in Barcelona.”
Martin Welbourne (UK), June 2009
“TEFL Barcelona provides great opportunities to practice teaching and get first rate feedback from experienced teachers.”
Luke Moreland (USA), June 2009
“I would certainly recommend TEFL Barcelona. This course opened a whole new and different world for me. Through this course I became aware of certain skills I hadn’t realized I had.”
Gert Peeters (Belgium), June 2009
“I really enjoyed the course. It was hard work, but really rewarding. I feel prepared for teaching now and the best thing is I have already found a job!”
Chris Ball (Ireland), May 2009
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course because it is a great location! It was intense, but not overly so. The teachers were professional, but casual at the same time. I also liked how we had students from Barcelona to teach.”
Daniele Kronemeyer (USA), May 2009
“I highly recommend TEFL Barcelona. The teachers are extremely helpful and approachable. Many of the recent graduates have already found jobs! It’s a language school as well so you get to meet other students and teach real classes!”
Moya Sands (Irish), April 2009
“I highly recommend TEFL Barcelona. The course was very comprehensive and emphasized real life teaching. I have come away with the confidence to teach English using a variety of methods and techniques I learned during the course”
Arthur Dolezol (Australia), April 2009
“I would recommend the course because I found it worthwhile. All the lessons were well structured and thought out.”
Kate Matthews (Welsh), April 2009
“I highly recommend BCN Languages as the support staff were very helpful in providing information on the course and assisting me with finding accommodation. The teachers were very helpful and provided plenty of support in lesson planning and explaining test results.”
Jamal Tamir (UK), March 2009
“I would recommend TEFL Barcelona. This course thoroughly prepares you to teach English.”
Evan Stockdale (Irish), March 2009
“This course gives you everything you need to feel confident in teaching. The feedback session are very personal and helpful, all information given is relevant and needed – No unnecessary fillers!”
Michelle Dale (UK), March 2009
“Barcelona is a great, fun city to come visit. Doing a TEFL course here is a great excuse to live in a place with plenty to do, great weather and lovely people for four weeks.
Having the course at BCN Languages gives you the opportunity to experience what it is to be in a language school with other teachers, students and languages! Great location as well.”
Nina Medine (USA), March 2009
“The course is hard work, but really rewarding at the same time. The help from the teachers, Erwin and Geoff was indispensable. They are both very approachable and easy to get along with! They think about the individual needs of each student and make the course fun and enjoyable.”
Lucy Sanders (UK), February 2009
This is a very hard course where you need to focus 100%. There was a very good mix of activities. Both teachers, Erwin and Geoff are always available to help. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, despite the hard work. I always had very good support from both Erwin and Geoff.”
Fabienne Castellier (French), February 2009
“I would recommend the course to all my friends. I already have a job and started teaching before the course ended, with thanks to Kate and her job guidance.”
Katie Wright (UK), January 2009
“I would recommend the course to others. It is an intensive month and you need to be committed to the course. The staff and the teachers are very helpful and really prepare you for your future in teaching TEFL.”
Nicole Davis (USA), January 2009
“I learned an incredible amount in such a short time. I began the class unconfident and unsure of how I would ever be able to teach. Now, I am confident, excited and prepared for teaching. Although, I have not started teaching yet, I feel I am prepared to do so. I would recommend TEFL to anyone who has ever thought about teaching English, even if they’re not 100% sure they want to.”
Jeff Davis (USA), January 2009
“I would recommend the TEFL course in Barcelona because it is very well organized. The teaching methods were very interactive and engaging which made the whole course enjoyable. It’s a great way to meet amazing people, learn about how English really works and put it into practice straight away. To teach students during the course was such a privilege.”
Emma Barlow ( UK ), November 2008
“Yes I would recommend this course. It is very intensive, but it was also a lot of fun. I’ve met some great people. Geoff and Erwin were always available for help and advise and it was obvious that they wanted everyone to succeed. Our entire class became very close and it was a great learning environment.”
Amber Sellers ( USA ), November 2008
“I would thoroughly recommend the course! Although intensive and stressful, it is packed with important information and makes you jump straight in. The place is lovely; the teachers are great and you’ll meet some fantastic people along the way. Whatever you choose to do afterwards, it will be a month of your life that you won’t forget.”
Lisa Hughes ( UK ), November 2008
“I would definitely recommend the TEFL BCN course. The teachers are very comprehensive and helpful; besides it’s located right in the center of Barcelona, which is a very lively city. It’s an intensive course, but it’s very well designed and planned. I’m glad I took it.”
Paula Perez ( Catalunya ), November 2008
“I have found this course to be extremely beneficial to me and would definitely recommend it to others. I would have to advise prospective students to prepare for an intensive but fun learning experience with great teachers!”
Matt Seatman ( Wales ), November 2008
“Overall I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. The course is run very thoroughly, professionally, and the standard of teaching is very high. Students considering this course should be aware of the work involved as it is challenging both physically and mentally. I feel however that in one month I have been given the best possible preparation for teaching and made friends for life.”
Matthew Grigor ( Scotland ), October 2008
“After speaking to other TEFL students, I am glad to have chosen TEFL Barcelona. It has equipped me with all that is necessary to teach. It has pushed me to improve myself as a person and as a teacher. Weeks of intensive work, but extremely rewarding and satisfying.”
Pauline Buchanan ( Scotland ), October 2008
“I would recommend this course to a friend. The course has been very thorough, and the teachers are very interested and passionate about the subject, which created more interest for us as students. Everyone was very helpful and approachable. I enjoyed the course.”
Rachel Cox ( Wales ), October 2008
“I would recommend this course, mostly because moving here I made several great friends and also learned quite a lot about teaching. I would stress the intensity of the workload so be prepared to learn a whole lot about grammar, teaching, and the English language.”
Stacey Hensley ( USA ), October 2008
“Fantastic course with great detail, overall guidance, and content. Teaching experience from day two! I was part of a group totaling 6 students whereas some other TEFL schools in the city have classes exceeding 25!”
Rob Bateman ( UK ), September 2008
“The feedback was excellent for improving my confidence in teaching. I gathered some quality skills to use on the job in a short amount of time. I enjoyed the professional manner with which the course was presented, and how helpful and personable the staff was.”
Tim Lamanna ( USA ), September 2008
“The course is very intense but your classmates are all in the same situation and you will make amazing friends. The instructors are very approachable and willing to assist you in your learning process and lesson planning. TEFL BCN will give you a good basis to begin your teaching career.”
Stephanie Ejegi-Meineh ( UK ), September 2008
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. It was more difficult and time consuming than I expected, but worth it.I feel that I’ve learned a lot and I feel prepared to teach”
Lucy Caigne ( USA ), September 2008
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. There is a fun atmosphere in the class, and a good dynamic between students and teachers. The practical teaching classes were essential and enjoyable, and the feedback sessions gave me many suggestions for improvement.”
Shane Murray ( Ireland ), September 2008
“This course has been invaluable to me both for becoming a teacher and for my integration into Barcelona. The instruction has been of the highest standard and after just one month I feel confident in my ability to teach. Geoff and Erwin are fantastic tutors who have provided much more than just academic support. I would highly recommend the course!”
Jemma Goodman (London, UK), August 2008
“I would definitely recommend the course-the instructors are experienced and enthusiastic. I got everything I wanted from the experience. Although the workload is sizable, what is demanded of you is reasonable and in fact I found most of the work enjoyable. I was skeptical about whether the course was a good value, but I can now say that I am pleased with my investment.”
James Garratt ( UK ), August 2008
“I would absolutely recommend this course! I researched teaching abroad for over a year and finally chose TEFL BCN based on location and reputation. Prospective students need to know that this is truly a good investment. I am certain that what I’ve learned here will resonate with me for years to come. You can’t go wrong with this course in this location!”
Lauren Adams (New York, USA), August 2008
“I feel this course adequately prepared me to teach, especially as I had no previous experience with language students. I would suggest it to anyone who wants to improve their teaching skills or marketability.”
Chesney Mckenzie (Texas, USA), August 2008
“This was a really well-constructed and enjoyable course that included a lot of hands-on learning. Beginning teaching practice form day two maximizes the opportunity to develop as a teacher, while still being supported through the learning process.”
Loren Hope ( Australia ), August 2008
“It is definitely a complete course giving all kinds of information and tips on how to be a good teacher. I really enjoyed the time and will use the ideas and materials for my future lessons.”
Elke Schmidt ( Germany ), August 2008
More testimonials, this time grouped by theme:
This course was better than I could have imagined. The class dynamic was amazing. The teachers were so knowledgeable and approachable. This course was a definite challenge for me. I really feel like I learned a great deal and have been given a whole new perspective on teaching.
Natalie White (UK), March 2008
I would recommend this course to anyone who is at all interested in travel, teaching, or language. The input sessions were fascinating, innovative, and engaging. I was able to find a job before the course was finished. Studying with TEFL Barcelona is the best decision I’ve ever made because I feel well prepared to march into the world of TEFL with confidence.
Frances Riddle (USA), July 2008
I would certainly recommend this course. The atmosphere created by the trainers makes you feel relaxed from day one. Before I came on the course I knew nothing about grammar but the inputs are broken down into manageable chunks. I have really enjoyed learning about the structure of my own language and I was offered several jobs before the course even finished.
Dan Ewing (UK), July 2008
I would definitely recommend this course. Throughout the four weeks it was always interesting and well organized. Erwin and Geoff are extremely knowledgeable and supportive trainers.The course content is purposeful, relevant, and rewarding. We had a blast!
Sam Roberts (UK), July 2008
I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in TEFL or living abroad in general. The staff, trainers, and fellow students were all magnificent and I could not have asked for a better experience. The students we taught were eager to learn and it was a joy to work with them for these four weeks.
Mike Sneed (USA), July 2008
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course. It was a lot of fun and the trainers were very helpful. I am an experienced teacher, and I feel that this course has taught me a lot. I know I will be even more successful when I return home to teach.
Katie McGowan (USA), July 2008
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in TEFL. Everything was laid out very clearly from the start so I felt very secure throughout the course. The trainers are great and very friendly. The course is through and complete!
Caley Holmboe (UK), February 2008
TEFL Barcelona is a great course. I would recommend it because it was always interesting and I learned heaps. This seems to be one of the most intensive courses in Barcelona. The students are awesome, the trainers are great, be prepared to work really hard!
Elizabeth Reeves (UK), March 2008
This was a great course. As an experienced teacher, I feel that I learned a lot of valuable information that I will use in the future. I especially value the input on how to organize a lesson well, how to teach grammar, and how to keep the class student-centered.
Rachel Adams (USA), May 2008
I recommend the TEFL Barcelona course to anyone. You will enter the teaching world fully prepared to teach and equipped with practical materials. The course is intensive but achievable and the small group classes are good fun.
Claire Ohlsen (USA), March 2008
I would definitely recommend the course to others. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it stimulating, rewarding, and exciting.
Ross Morgan (UK), June 2008
I have already recommended the TEFL Barcelona course to friends. This has been an amazing experience and I recommend it to anyone who’s is looking for a career change or even just a month out. The people I’ve met have all been very nice. To top it all off, I have a job to go to next week.
Josh Reynolds (USA), June 2008
I recommend the course. The instructors are well qualified. Job prospects are ample. The city of Barcelona is cosmopolitan and lively.
Orion Jones (UK), January 2008
TEFL Barcelona is well organized and well run. It is a lot of work, but students are given all the support that they need. Teaching practice time is a good opportunity to put all the theory into practice and prepares you well for future teaching jobs. I would definitely recommend TEFL Barcelona.
Gemma Bassindale (UK), March 2008
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course to anyone who is looking to spend time in a vibrant city. The course is very intensive; however the trainers provide a lot of support. The course includes a lot of teaching practice and I found the hands-on approach excellent for me to improve my teaching style. Everyone was very friendly and I feel well equipped to enter the wide world as a confident teacher.
Minal Raja (UK), June 2008
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course for its professionalism, experience and highly specific and detailed course content .Each week builds upon the prior one (s) to provide students with the skills, resources, confidence and motivation to enter the professional world of teaching.
Luann Gilligan Gray (USA), December 2007
I recommend this course 100% . Tefl Barcelona has given me skills and confidence to change my life, do something completely different and travel the world .
I would really encourage students to do the Spanish classes before the course.
Catherine Murray (UK), June 2007
I would recommend the Tefl Barcelona course because the month is well structured , teachers are very encouraging with adequate criticism but praising enough to retain confidence ! Grammar and phonology lessons are very well done with good activities and relevant tests to concept check.
Kirsty Yoxon (Isle of Skye, Scotland), May 2007
I would recommend this course . Very friendly atmosphere. Tutors very friendly . A lot of input sessions and ideas given . A lot of materials to use .
Sarah Gallichan (UK), December 2007 (Currently employed by BCN Languages)
The course content was well-structured and our trainers were amazing. Everyone was helpful and friendly. I feel privileged to have studied with TEFL Barcelona.
Melanie Wallace (UK), March 2008
I recommend this course to prospective students because the trainers are highly-skilled and dedicated to their work. The course is intensive and rewarding.
Cormac Symington (USA), February 2008
I have already recommended this course to a number of friends. It goes at a quick but comprehensive pace and covers in detail all the basics of EFL teaching. It also gives ample time for teaching practice. I feel the course has fully prepared me to teach in any setting.
Michael Placht (UK), April 2008
I recommend the course because of the teacher’s guidance, understanding, and unusual intuitiveness and respect towards students. The course was well-structured and organized. I learned a lot more than I had ever expected.
Julia Gomez (Spain), March 2008
I really recommend the Tefl Barcelona course mainly because of Erwin. He is a kind, patient and very good teacher and it all depends on the teacher, doesn’t it? 🙂 The course is quite intense and by the end of the 4 weeks you have had a lot of input sessions and about 9 hours teaching practice with lovely students. If you’re just coming to Barcelona for the course , make sure you have some extra days to enjoy this beautiful city.
Maria Selmeier (Germany), October 2007
“Come here! The teachers are great and the course is extremely thorough. The learning atmosphere is fun and then people I’ve met will forever be my friends and colleagues.”
Julia Grubb, August 2006
“I think the trainers were great and the resources were great. It is a lot of work but a really great experience.”
Justine Neeson, January 2007
“I would highly recommend this course. It’s a great experience for all those who want to change their career or go in a different direction. I found the course to be dynamic and really suited to my needs. There was something for everyone! To prospective students, I would say ‘go for it!’ It’s a great chance to meet others, broaden your horizons and get a teaching qualification at the same time.”
Cherith Thompson, September 2006
Preparing a class.
Preparing you for the classroom
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course because it not only teaches you things that you need to know in order to be an English teacher, but it also acts as a springboard by giving you an insight into the world of teaching and finding work.
Chris Kelly (UK), January 2008
I would recommend the course to prospective students. The class was interesting and engaging. I think the fact that there is a lot of teaching practice makes it an excellent preparation for a career in TEFL.
Natassia Brenman (UK), February 2008
The TEFL Barcelona course is intensive but you realize at the end that all the information is absolutely relevant and necessary to begin a career in TEFL.
Meghan O’Connor (USA), January 2008
TEFL Barcelona, although intensive, is a lot of fun. You will leave prepared and ready to be an effective teacher.
Andrew Paraissien (UK), March 2008
A very thorough course, that stands you in good stead to be a teacher.
The trainers are incredibly knowledgeable and help grow your confidence. Highly recommended.
Marilena Reina (UK), September 2007
I would recommend the Tefl Barcelona course to anyone interested in teaching English to ESL/ EFL students. The course provides you with enough theory and practice so that by the end of the month you feel secure and ready to go out into the teaching world. Meeting and working with international pupils was also great!
Monika Varela (El Salvador), July 2007
I would recommend the course because it showed me clearly the teaching needs that are required for TEFL instruction ,including teacher language, classroom management , and lesson structure. I could see my planning and teaching improve as the course progressed , and the real test: I found a job just as the course was finishing, which of course was my original goal.
Jeff Volk (USA) , May 2007
“I would recommend most people do the TEFL course. It opens your eyes to the English language, giving you the tools to pass the language on. There was a lovely, friendly atmosphere in the school. I found the course informative and intensive. The trainer was approachable and friendly, and there were lots of group discussions –getting us to think for ourselves rather than dictation. I was very satisfied and happy with the course. Thank you very much.”
Leeanne Cooper, April 2006
“I would highly recommend the course because it has improved my teaching skills far beyond my expectations. My grammar has improved, and mostly importantly, the atmosphere was so warm and friendly that it made the stressful times less stressful and actually enjoyable. Thank you!!”
Amanda Greene, November 2006
“The TEFL Barcelona course teaches you a wide variety of teaching methods while providing the practical environment in which to use them. In addition to lessons covered in the classroom, we were given resources and further instructions on how to pursue the subject on our own.The course gave a thorough overview of classroom techniques, grammar knowledge, lesson planning and activities as well as a unique view from the perspective of a student of foreign languages.”
Sara Custer, November 2006
“TEFL Barcelona is a great learning center. I came into the course as a clueless American that wanted to teach English.I am leaving the course a confident American English instructor and that is all thanks to the guidance provided by the great Mr. Erwin Ebens!”
Ray Garcia, August 2006
Friendly and Helpful
The TEFL Barcelona course fully prepares you for entry into the language teaching workforce. The trainers are caring, encouraging, and knowledgeable. They help guide you towards realizing your greatest teaching potential. Even beyond the course, they care about each student as an individual and the course is designed so that everyone feels personally attended to. I loved the course and only wished it were longer.
Khalilah Clelland (USA), February 2008
You will hit the ground running with teaching practice from the first day. The comfortable and supportive environment as well as the many teaching resources helps prepare you to be an excellent teacher of English to foreign students.
Almudeue Bauo Mauti, June 2008
I feel that the course is intensive and concise. The trainers were always approachable and eager to share their expertise. It is refreshing to see our trainers wanting us to succeed and find good jobs. I learned a lot of grammar and am now fascinated by the English language.
Onome Stenlake (UK), July 2008
I have really enjoyed this course and would certainly recommend it. It was professionally run but very friendly and personal. The teachers had lots of time for each of us and were very encouraging and supportive all the way through. The course was very varied and we had the chance to experience things from a student’s perspective and play lots of games. I would advise potential students to learn as much grammar as possible before the course and be prepared for some very hard work, including evenings and weekends. I would also advise them to do the week’s Spanish before the course – INVALUABLE – I learnt a lot of Spanish , enjoyed the course and, more importantly, picked up some teaching ideas that validated what Erwin was telling us . It was great to be given other students’ email addresses before the course as it meant we already knew someone when we got here and could see what level / how prepared the others were.
Louise Mackay (UK), June 2007
I would recommend TEFL Barcelona. The teacher trainers offer great support and training. At the same time we were pushed hard. I really enjoyed the challenge of the course. The course was very thorough and I will draw on its content throughout my future career.
Harry Wynne- Morgan (UK), April 2007
“The staff was friendly and courteous. The school is in a really good location. We learned several approaches and could adapt from these to whatever a school asked for. And I feel I have developed ways to research for new materials and adapt classes to any given level, having dealt with a variety of levels in our practice teaching sessions. I found the demo lessons especially valuable since they provided you with more ideas on how you could structure a lesson and different techniques used. The trainer was very open, helpful and inviting. He was always available to help us no matter what time it was.”
Maria Cedillo, April 2006
“I would recommend this course because the tutors genuinely seem to care about the students’ success. I was a bit wary about enrolling onto a course that has only been established for two years but, with the benefit of hindsight, I think that this fact means that Erwin and John pay more attention to detail because they want this course to succeed. More established courses could be guilty of complacency.My fellow students were a great help too.”
Andrew Hay, January 2007
Worth the commitment
This course is four weeks of intensive, practically-based learning. It is varied and stimulating and I have learned a lot about teaching of English and about myself. It does require a sense of responsibility and discipline in order to get the most out of it, but it was still very enjoyable and we all had a lot of fun.
Barbara Stearn (UK), June 2008
I would recommend this course because though it’s intensive and challenging, I feel fully prepared to start teaching English.
Brianne Friedman (USA), January 2008
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course to anyone who has an honest interest in teaching English. The course is intensive, the work will keep you busy and you will surely learn a lot and gain a lot of experience. Do prepare yourself for a busy month!
Erin Greene (UK), January 2008
I would certainly recommend the course to other students. I love being in Barcelona because it has a lively yet relaxed atmosphere. It is important to note that this course requires a serious commitment with regards to time and energy. However it was always enjoyable and has proven highly rewarding.
Natasha Tucker (UK), July 2008
I would definitely recommend the course. Although at times it was intense, I really feel like I gained a lot. With regards to grammar I feel like I learnt more on this course than throughout my whole time at school / university . A great deal of teaching practice was involved which helped me build my confidence.
Cat Symonds (USA), September 2007
It was a very intensive course and lots of work, however, the skills gained are invaluable not just for teaching but also for other life situations. It also gives you a currency to use all over the world , meaning you can teach and travel for as long as you want!
Laura Warby (UK), July 2007
I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course to anyone interested. I would say that Barcelona is a fantastic setting for the course and that I feel very well prepared to teach now. However, I would warn that the course is professional and should not be used as an excuse to go on vacation.
Mary Chandler Tahey (USA), March 2007
“I would recommend the TEFL Barcelona course because it is intensive but brilliant fun, hard work but informative and a good place to try out, practice and develop teaching skills.”
Marjorie Clarke, June 2006
“I would recommend the course. The introduction to teaching real students at an early stage was invaluable. The support from tutors and job guidance was very good. I would urge potential students to consider their knowledge of grammar and if need be, begin studying it before the course. The schedule is intense but highly rewarding.”
Ann Cunningham, June 2006
“Do it! The teachers are very supportive. The classes are good fun and the students are brilliant. It’s intensive, but in all the best ways.”
Laura Smith, January 2007
“I’d recommend this course to anyone who wants a hands-on approach to learning how to teach, improving teaching skills and at the same time exploring the city of Barcelona.”
Bryn Clayton, September 2006
And for those who speak a bit of French, here is an article from a local paper. about our French sister course.
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