How many students are in the course?
The size of the TEFL course changes every month. We have a minimum of three trainees, and a maximum of fifteen. The average class size tends to be about four to six to nine trainees.
When is your next course running?
We run TEFL courses every month, year round. In order to check the specific dates check our start dates
As no teaching experience is required to start the course, What are the prerequisites? Must I be a native speaker? Do I need a university degree?
Our TEFL trainees must:
- Be at least 18 years of age and an English native speaker or International student satisfying the English Language requirements as follows:
- IELTS 6.5 (academic format) with no grade/band below 6 or
- TOEFL paper-based 580 + TWE 4.0 or
- TOEFL computer-based 240 with essay 4.0 or
- TOEFL iBt 94 (Listening 20, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 24) or
- AcCEPT Proficiency, Anglia Examinations www.anglia.org
- University degrees are not required to be a TEFL trainee.Trainees are expected to commit to the program and display a high degree of maturity and professionalism. They should have no other commitments during the course in order to focus all energy on the program.
How much does the course cost?
The regular course costs 1790 USD in total. The deposit costs 600 USD.
What will I be required to complete as a student in the course?
All trainees must complete the 100 academic hours of class with the instructor, complete the 10 hours of classroom observation, complete the 10 hours of teaching practice sessions, hand in all written assignments and materials, and attend all examinations. The assignments include daily observation journal entries, a materials project, a student profile, and various lesson plans.
What is the materials project?
Every trainee will be required to complete the materials project. The materials project consists of designing and crafting two durable materials for use in the class room. The materials can be just about any physical tool that would help you engage the students in the classroom. The materials must be original and approved by the TEFL instructor. These materials should be aimed at involving the student as much as possible, and should try to address different learning levels. Some examples of previous materials include board games, flash cards, grammar exercises, diagrams, and role play prompts. Use your imagination!
What are the observation journals?
During the course of the class trainees are required to maintain an observation journal. Trainees write daily on their reflections of the material that is being covered in the course and how one goes about being the most effective teacher possible. The journal, in the end, will contain daily comments, critiques, observations and feelings on teaching. It will also include observations and comparisons of different teaching techniques, classroom management styles, and lesson plans. Finally, it will include a short essay summarizing what was learned in the course and how it can be applied to teaching in the future.
What if I want to pair my TEFL course with Spanish classes?
Do I get any discount? There is a special price for 125 USD per 15 hours of Spanish classes. Knowing Spanish is an important part in living in any Spanish speaking country. Please remember Spanish classes can be taken before or after the TEFL.
What Spanish language levels do you offer?
All of our levels are in accordance with the European Common Framework of Languages, and are as follows:
- Beginner (Principiante I): A1-breakthrough
- Beginner II Principiante II): A2- Waystage
- Intermediate I (Intermedio I): B1-Threshold
- Intermediate II (Intermedio II):B2-Vantage
- Intermediate III (Intermedio III): C1-Effective Operational Proficiency
- Pre-advanced (Pre-avanzado): C1- Effective Operation Proficiency
- Advanced (Avanzado): C2-Mastery
- Superior (Superior): C2- Mastery
What is the class structure?
Our classes are designed to activate and encourage the use of the four elements of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The first half of class typically focuses on grammar and language study while the second half will employ more conversation, practical Spanish, and activities.
What is Íbero´s system of instruction?
Our system of instruction for Spanish as a foreign language begins with a placement test that will place the student in the appropriate class from among the ample offerings. Once the student has been placed in the appropriate class, the instruction begins with 45 hours, or 3 weeks, of group classes. When taking private classes exclusively, the student is able to reach their desired level more quickly.
Will my Spanish credits transfer?
Since our classes are in accordance with the European Common Framework of Languages it makes our Spanish classes very easy to transfer for course credit from other universities. We will be happy to fill out any paperwork and provide any materials necessary to get course credit. However, it is always best to check with your school beforehand about receiving course credit.
Do I need a visa to study Spanish?
We do not require study or work visas to come study with us. A tourist visa is more than sufficient to come be a student. Students will need to renew tourist visas every 90 days. The easiest way to do this is to take an hour long ferry directly from Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay.
How many students are in each class?
All group classes will have a minimum of three students and a maximum of ten students each. If, for any reason, this minimum cannot be reached, Íbero has the right to modify the class hours. Students in a group class of only one or two people will be provided with an academically equivalent structure of two hours of instruction. Private courses consist of only the student and the instructor, while semi-private classes are two students and an instructor.
When do courses start and finish?
All courses begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Each level takes three weeks to complete, although students are not required to sign up for all three weeks of a level´s course.
Is there a minimum or a maximum number of weeks I can study?
Students can come for as short a period as one week of study. Students are welcome to study as long as they can, but should be aware that our entire course catalogue from start to finish takes only 24 weeks at most. As such, only with complete beginners can we offer stays of longer than a month or two in our school. With most long term study plans we recommend that the students sign up for only two or three months to begin. Students are always welcome to extend their study plans with us.
Are there any prerequisites for a Spanish course?
No, we do not require anything specific from our Spanish students. Students of all levels are welcome. However, students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or have a signed parental letter of consent in order to participate.
Do you offer Spanish classes that focus on specific topics?
Yes. We offer a number of specialty Spanish courses. Currently we offer Medical Spanish, Argentinean and Latin American literature, Spanish for Travelers, History and Politics of Argentina, Business and Finance Spanish, Resume/CV writing, and can tailor any class to cover topics of your choice. We also offer DELE and CELU preparation courses.
What are your professors like?
All of our professors are native Argentines certified in teaching Spanish as a second language, and many hold upper level degrees in the field. We only hire experienced, professional, and engaging professors. Our professors also speak English and a number of other languages, so even if you are a complete beginner you will be able to communicate.