120-hour four-weeks intensive teacher training courses
leading to an internationally recognised TEFL certificate


When choosing a TEFL course it is important to make sure that the course you are considering is accredited and moderated by an external body to ensure that you will receive the highest standard of training and facilities.

Our 120-hour intensive 4-week  TEFL courses at BCN Languages in partnership with TEFL International are accredited by Fort Hays State University in the USA. These courses are moderated each month according to the requirements of TEFL International.

Course description

We provide you with a 4-week intensive course, exceeding international standards, with 120 hours of classroom time, including 100 contact hours, and 20 hours devoted to teaching practice (the most important part of any TESOL/TEFL certificate course).

The daily schedule is divided up into theoretical input classes and workshops in the mornings, and practical sessions in the afternoons, including lesson planning and production of teaching material, observation of experienced teachers and of teaching practice, peer observation and feedback sessions.

Problem solving is being taught early-on during our TEFL teacher training intensive courses in Barcelona Spain

We consider this to be the central component of the TEFL course around which all other elements revolve. The other aspects of the course are designed to enable and support the learning process which is generated by the teaching practice sessions. The 20 hours of the teaching practice component encompass: observation of experienced teachers, peer teaching, teaching Spanish and Catalan students, peer observation and trainer-led feedback sessions.

All trainees will be asked to teach between 6 and 7 practice lessons. Class size varies from single students, (one-to-one classes), through small groups of three or four, to groups of six to fifteen learners. The practice lessons are taught on-site.

EFL teaching practice with real students

All assignments and observed teaching practice are assessed, as is participation in the theoretical sessions and workshops, and overall professional development on the course. The assessment of teaching practice is continuous, meaning that, above all, the final grade will reflect your progress in teaching. This grade is also based on your ability to reflect on your own teaching and that of others.

Those having difficulty with any particular task will be given tutorial help and an opportunity to resubmit work. Feedback will be given after each observed practice lesson. Trainees will be expected to have achieved a satisfactory standard in all areas, including teaching, by the end of the course.

Main features of our intensive teacher training courses Job guidance

We offer our students professional careers guidance both during the course and afterwards. See our special section for more details: TEFL job guidance

Course structure

In order for you to gain an inside view of the language learning process and to be able to empathise with your future students, in week 1 you will be given three lessons in an unknown foreign language.

These lessons will be taught entirely in the foreign language using the same communicative methodology you will use to teach English, giving you first-hand insights into various teaching strategies and techniques, which you will be asked to reflect on, both from a student’s and teacher’s perspective.

  • Grammar:
    Through a series of input sessions and workshops throughout the course, you will be introduced to all the basic grammar you will need to be an effective EFL teacher. These sessions will also provide you with useful teaching ideas to help teach grammar in a communicative manner.
  • Phonology:
    • The English sound system compared with the sound systems of Spanish and other European languages.
    • The use of I.P.A. (International Phonemic Alphabet) in EFL teaching.
    • Consonants, vowels and diphthongs in British and American English.
    • Word stress patterns
    • Sentence stress, rhythm and intonation.
    • Features of connected speech.

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  • This takes place in the afternoons after lunch, between 14:00 and 16:00. This is a time for you to prepare your lessons by adapting activities from existing course books or by creating your own materials. However, it is advisable to come to these sessions with lessons already partially prepared.
  • During the first hour, one of the trainers will be available for consultations to offer guidance and suggestions on the appropriateness of lesson plans, the sequence of activities, etc.
  • The second hour is for you to finalise the preparations of your materials and lessons.

  • Lesson demos and workshops:
    • You will be given demonstrations of various skill lesson types. We will look at the most suitable lesson structures for focusing on specific skills, (speaking, listening, reading or writing) and sub-skills (grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary).
    • We will also look at planning lessons based on different models such as PPP (Presentation, Practice, Production), ARC (Authentic use, Restricted use, Clarification) and TBL (Task-Based Learning)
  • Learning styles
  • Teaching skills:
    • Presentation techniques: demo and peer teaching workshop.
    • Teacher language: The art of giving clear, concise instructions.
    • Class management
    • Error correction
  • Exploiting course books
  • Using dictation in EFL teaching
  • Teaching private students (teaching one-to-one )
  • Tests and examinations EFL
  • Teaching young learners
  • T.P.R. methodology
  • Using songs and games in EFL teaching
  • Using drama in EFL teaching
  • E.S.P. and Business English
  • Cultural awareness

  • Foreign language learning journal
    A reflective journal based on the 3 hours of tuition in a foreign language. After each lesson, you will be encouraged to write up your observations and reflections on the learning experience, both from a student’s and a teacher’s perspective.
  • Student profile project
    During the course, you will also complete a written assignment preparing a lesson for a student in a one-to-one setting. This is done over two meetings with a foreign language student.
  • The first meeting is done to assess the learner’s needs and linguistic ability.
  • During the second meeting, you will teach a lesson you have prepared based on the assessment.
  • Language analysis test.
    Towards the end of the course, you will be tested on aspects of grammar and phonology.
    This test will be based on the grammar input sessions and the grammar and phonology worksheets done in class.

You will teach a minimum of 8 lessons, 6 of which will be taught at the school and observed by a trainer. In the post teaching critique sessions, you will be encouraged to develop the ability to assess both your own lessons and those of your peers. We will ensure you teach at least two different levels of EFL learners, e.g. elementary and intermediate, and a good cross-section of age groups and abilities. The assessment of your teaching practice is continuous and will tend to reflect your overall progress.

School facilities

The school is located in the famous Gracia district of Barcelona and has all the modern facilities and conveniences of an up-to-date language school, including 15 comfortable classrooms, a study area with computers, printers and Wi-Fi, a photocopier and a library full of current EFL books and teaching resources.

BCN Languages overlooks Placídia square, right on the edge of the picturesque Gracia neighbourhood. The surrounding area is a vibrant part of Barcelona with an abundance of typical Spanish and Catalan cafés, bars and restaurants, and shops.

Central location: just 10 minutes from Plaza Catalunya

Thanks to this central location, public transport links are fantastic, and you can easily get to most areas of the city within a few minutes.

Course and work testimonials

Carmen Cidoncha, Head of Studies – BCN Languages

“As a Head of Studies at BCN Languages, I would like to state that TEFL Barcelona graduates show a great level of skill and professionalism.

In fact, TEFL Barcelona provides our School with a reliable source of new and qualified teachers: not only for their ability to be versatile in preparation but for their well-planned and intentional methods of teaching.”

Jodie Sclare – GetEnglish

“I have been working with TEFL Barcelona for some time now and often employ recently qualified trainees from their TEFL programme.

I have found their trainees to be reliable, enthusiastic and well prepared for the teaching positions I have to offer.

Deborah G. Watson Flindall – Complementos SL

“I would say that a very high percentage of the candidates from TEFL Barcelona came over very well in the interviews.

In general, your graduates do compare well with those of other courses, and for us, this is a guarantee of professional training. You’re doing a fine job!

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