Christopher A. Wilson
January 9, 2017. To All TEFL Candidates:
As someone who has, ultimately, become a professional English teacher as a full time career, I know that there are unfortunately a lot of less than reputable schools and courses out there all too happy to take your money and leave you unprepared for the realities of teaching, if they ever get you a job at all. That’s why I’m more than happy to write this letter recommending Canterbury TEFL in Madrid, I program I myself went through in the fall of 2012 and which I have no reservations about vouching for, hopefully providing you with some useful information and guidance in the often chaotic world of TEFL and ESL.
I moved to Madrid after finishing my Bachelor’s in the US in order to pursue a Master’s degree, and while that Master’s in applied linguistics certainly gave me a tremendous theoretical foundation to language teaching pedagogy and language acquisition theory, it did far less to actually tell me how to teach. Even so, I came to Canterbury primarily hoping they could find me some work in Madrid and help me to extend my visa, and I can say that they are well worth your time and money. The staff at Canterbury, all of whom I found to be friendly, personable, professional and, most importantly, helpful, managed to help me extend my Spanish visa on two separate occasions, allowing me to stay in Madrid for a total of three years. The actual TEFL course I had with John Bouse was very thorough and useful, combining perfectly with my Master’s coursework. It is something I genuinely believe has made me a far more effective teacher than I ever would have been just jumping into the fray straight from the university halls and certainly had me better equipped to handle teaching in Spain and in general. Canterbury was also able to fully deliver on their promise of work throughout my entire time with them. In the beginning it may be only a few private classes here and there, but I stuck with them and before long found myself with a full slate of group and company classes that provided me with a more than comfortable living in Madrid.
Madrid itself is, in my opinion, the greatest city in the world, and I’ve seen a fair few of them. There are few cities that can match its underrated beauty, vivacity, liveliness (especially at night) and friendliness. There’s something in Madrid for everyone and I’m a firm believer in the idea that everyone should experience this wonderful city and the inimical country of Spain at least once in their lives. As someone who fully intends to ultimately settle down in Madrid permanently, once my wandering days are over, I give my strongest possible endorsement. I never would have been able to experience Madrid for as long as I did without the Canterbury program, and for that I will always be grateful. For that alone I was more than willing to write all the testimonial letters they could want, but that would do a disservice to the quality of their program and their staff (who continue to be of assistance even now, years after I left the program). If you have any doubts about Canterbury, rest easy. They’re the best and choosing them and Madrid is something you’ll not regret.
Christopher A. Wilson, Class of October 2012
|January 9, 2017. Hello Potential TEFL Candidate:
I graduated with a TEFL certificate from Canterbury in January, 2010. Looking back at that time I see it as one of the most pivotal points in my career and my life.
The Canterbury program not only prepared me to teach English as a foreign language, but also worked with me one on one to improve my teaching and the lessons I delivered. The teaching requirement at the end of the course also allowed me to further build on my teaching skills and with this experience came more and more classes which allowed for me to begin a stable career in a city I loved so much.
The time spent in the Canterbury TEFL program was not just focused on teaching, but also helped new teachers become familiar and oriented with the city of Madrid. This was great for teachers like myself who at the time, were very new to the capital city and its culture. Canterbury organized several social outings for our cohort which not only allowed me to discover some of the wonderful hidden gems of Malasan, but also provided me with opportunities to build professional relationships with my fellow colleagues.
The library at Canterbury also provided a wide array of teaching resources and the staff was always friendly and willing to assist teachers with finding an apartment or developing new methods of classroom instruction. My experience with Canterbury and in Madrid was so wonderful that I ended up staying and teaching in Madrid for almost four years.
In 2014, I made the decision to leave Madrid to go back to get my master’s degree. Although I received a graduate assistantship for my program of study back home, I was still able to teach English over Skype to some of my former students in Madrid. This allowed me to earn extra money and helped financed my way through graduate school. During the summer of 2015, I spent time in Ecuador completing some of my last coursework. After my courses ended, I was able to teach in Quito thanks to the TEFL I received from Canterbury. This money allowed me to travel all around Ecuador and Colombia before going back to the states to graduate with my master’s degree.
I now currently work as a health communications specialist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA. I believe that my worldly experience and my ability to speak Spanish which all started with my enrollment in the TEFL program at Canterbury Madrid, are to credit for where I have landed at the present moment. Having a TEFL also allowed me to live and travel in South America, and gain more international experience. A Canterbury TEFL is not just beneficial for those who aspire to be teachers, but extremely favorable for those who are looking to gain international work experience. My experience with Canterbury was beyond amazing and I recommend the program to anyone who is looking to explore teaching or international work, travel, living abroad, or just looking to escape their comfort zone. You won’t be disappointed, and the future will reward you.
Erin Rock, Class of January, 2010
|January 9, 2017. To All Potential TEFL Candidates,
I am writing this testimonial letter to share my experiences in teaching English at Canterbury Consulting Spain here in Madrid. I am from the Philippines and I have been living here for eight years. I never expected that I would become an English teacher here.
When I researched the TEFL course offered by Canterbury, I thought that it was the best way to experience another type of job market. So I decided to take the course and finally I passed. While I was taking the course, I was very honored to meet the very hospitable staff, directors, co-teachers and especially our director and teacher, Mr. John Bouse. He trained us extremely well on how to teach English. He taught us different styles and strategies of teaching English. Finally, the most important experience that I have had with them is that at Canterbury, they are very warm and kind. They treated all of us as their friends and as a part of the family. They never hesitated to help us regarding any of our problems. Whatever our needs and questions are, they are always there to accommodate us.
I really enjoy the experience of teaching English to Spanish students here in Madrid. As of now, I have very friendly, sweet and nice students. Their parents are very well educated and respectful to me as an English teacher, making this profession quite fun and rewarding.
So TEFL candidates, I recommend that you to come and experience teaching here in Madrid, Spain because there are many opportunities to teach English to Spanish people. I hope you can experience how great it is to teach English here and take this course as your first step. Let Canterbury prepare you for this wonderful opportunity. I can assure you that you will not regret this. God bless!
Joy Samson. Class of January, 2015
|Dear Potential TEFL Students,
If you’re trying to decide between the numerous courses on offer, take a minute to read why Canterbury Consulting’s TEFL program could be the right one for you.
I was also once in your shoes, trying to research as much as I could about all the possible courses to be certain I would make the right decision when choosing the TEFL course for me. It was upon the recommendation of a friend’s husband who had done the course that I came across Canterbury.
He told me that what sets it apart from the others is the real-life teaching practice you get during the course. At Canterbury you must complete a 20 hour real-life teaching internship to become TEFL certified, to put what you’ve learnt into practise. However, you aren’t made to do anything until you feel ready. If you want to start the internship while you’re still taking the theory part of the course, you can. But if you don’t feel confident starting until you’ve completed the theory parts of the course, that’s fine too.
I soon discovered that the real-life teaching practice wasn’t the only thing that sets Canterbury’s TEFL course apart from the rest. From the very first class with John I realized that the other students and I were in the hands of an extremely knowledgeable, passionate, caring teacher and that we’d learn a lot on the program.
The course is extremely well-organized. You can find a detailed description of each step of the course on Canterbury’s website before you even begin so you can see the journey you’ll be taking with John and the other teachers during the month that the course lasts. I say journey because I really feel that this describes my time at Canterbury. When I came out the other side of the course I felt I had learnt so much and had had many valuable practical teaching experiences.
This course prepares you for all aspects of teaching, for teaching all ages and all types of classes, which makes you more attractive to future employers and gives you the confidence to go out there and start. Small class sizes ensure that the classes are interactive and that your individual needs are met. For me personally I found the grammar part of the course the most valuable. Having been thrown into my previous teaching experience at the deep end, what I felt my future students needed from me was more sound grammar knowledge. The atmosphere of the academy is very friendly and the staff go out of their way to help you with whatever you need, including getting set up in Madrid if you’ve just arrived. Another thing that sets Canterbury apart is that if you want to continue teaching once you’ve completed the internship, you can. Not only does Canterbury provide you with training, it provides you with a job afterwards as well.
If you’re looking for a TEFL course in Madrid, look no further because you’ve found the right place. This course pushes you to become the best teacher you can be and supports you at every step of the way.
Rachel Warren. Class of January 2015
|Dear Potential Teachers,
Teaching may seem like a mundane 9 -5 job, but with all the opportunities being given to teachers these days, it doesn’t have to be. Teaching in another country is exciting and refreshing. For me it was always just a passing thought, but once I found the Canterbury Academy online and found out that it was located in the heart of truly one of the most beautiful and eventful cities in the world, Madrid, I could not resist. Like many of you, I had my doubts and fears and found myself drastically researching and reading anything I could get my hands on about the academy. It wasn’t until I found the testimonial page that my fears were put to rest. The testimonials posted online are all true! That is also why I wanted to write one as well. Moving to another country, especially alone, can be extremely frightening and overwhelming. It can be difficult to gauge what you are doing right or wrong and what is safe and what isn’t.
During my first week in Madrid the Academy offered an orientation in order to meet the staff and any students you may be taking the TEFL course with. The city alone makes you feel at home instantly and along with that, in just that one meeting, our Professor John Bouse immediately made me feel safe in the city by giving me a quick run down of the do’s and don’t’s and offered to help in any way he could.
I am an Ontario Teachers College graduate from Canada as well as a Biology undergraduate student, and I can easily say that this one month course pushed me more than any of my previous courses have. It pushed me academically, but most importantly when it comes to going on an adventure it pushed me beyond my comfort zone and I am thankful for it. Teaching English always sounded like a walk in the park, but from day one I realized that this course and this whole experience overall is going to make me tap into new abilities that I have not used yet in my life or that I was not aware I even had.
This experience was nothing but rewarding. As a biology teacher, teaching English did not seem like it was going to be to interesting for me but I ended up loving it. Teaching English is definitely challenging but the staff makes it extremely enjoyable. Once you are done the course you are sent out to teach private lessons. I was given 4 different families and I can tell you that each family made my experience that much more enjoyable. The people in Spain are so welcoming and pleasant and welcome you as one of their own. I was treated with so much love from each family and it broke my heart to leave when I did. Until this day I wish I could still be there teaching the children I had. I definitely plan on making my way back because the Academy and the city have definitely left a long lasting impression and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. It has definitely helped me to become closer to realizing who I am as a teacher and especially as a person. This experience will be multidimensional for you, I promise!
Vanessa Wiazowski. December 17, 2014
|Dear Future Canterbury TEFL Students,
Having lived and worked as a secretary in Madrid for more than thirty years, the company I was working for re-located to The Netherlands and I was made redundant. I decided to use the opportunity to take the Canterbury TEFL course with the idea of maybe giving a few English classes here and there until I could find another full-time job.
With my school studies many years behind me and grammar rules long forgotten, I was quite nervous when the course started in January, but these feelings soon disappeared once we started — the Canterbury staff make you feel welcome and there is little time for contemplations with dynamic, participative classes and homework, but still time for those new to this wonderful city to sightsee, enjoy the Spanish culture and have a beer!
The four weeks flew past and before we knew it we were up and running and confidently giving classes ourselves…The Canterbury TEFL course is not only informative and well organized but also practical, so as well as learning from our knowledgeable teachers with their wide experience in TEFL and their ability to make learning fun transmitting enthusiasm, we also learned from our own classmates as we gained confidence and put into practice all the aspects of teaching English as a foreign language plus more specifically Business English and Children’s classes firstly amongst ourselves and then very quickly with Canterbury clients.
Almost a year later I am so glad to have taken up this new work opportunity. I love what I am doing, at the moment giving evening classes which suits my present situation perfectly, but with an option to extend to more hours. Canterbury has an excellent reputation and therefore an endless supply of clients in different areas of Madrid providing a good opportunity to move around the city — what a super way to mix business and pleasure!
Sarah Ballard. December 15, 2014
|Maria Luisa Fernandez-Llanio
|Dear Potential TEFL Students,
I must admit that the way I got to Canterbury’s TEFL course was not orthodox. I am Spanish so, technically speaking, I could work in Madrid in a job related to my profession (Project Management in Financial Services). Unfortunately, the labour market in Spain is rather inflexible and I did not want to be absent from my home 12 hours a day having just moved my children from London to Madrid.
When I came across TEFL, I just thought, why not? This could work for me. I was unsure at the start as I am not a linguist and had zero teaching experience but I can speak English like a native so I gave it a go.
John Bouse’s TEFL course was absolutely amazing and fun. It covers all aspects of teaching English as a foreign language in a very hands on manner. You get to practice as you learn which I believe is the best teaching approach. John makes you feel welcome, capable and valuable from the start. He illustrates his teaching with a myriad examples and anecdotes. He also likes to put you on the spot and gets you out of your comfort zone so that you experience how it feels to learn and teach a new language. For example, a friend of his gave us two lessons in a foreign language than none of us spoke. What an eye opener!
Although I knew from the start that I wanted to use my professional background to focus on teaching professionals to improve their ability to speak in meetings, conference calls, whilst travelling, etc., I enjoyed all aspects of the course.
I do not teach grammar but concentrate on speaking and listening skills which are really sought after. Many adult Spaniards have a good command of grammar and a sizeable vocabulary but they will really struggle to communicate in English. I am honoured to be able to help them communicate in a foreign language which, after all, is what a language is for. Best of all, I have managed to reinvent myself whilst keeping a healthy work-life balance and, most importantly, whilst meeting very interesting people and enjoying myself. I truly recommend it.
Why don’t you give it a go like I did?
Maria Luisa Fernandez-Llanio. December 12, 2014
|Dear Potential TEFL Teachers,
There are not many things in life that are more stressful than moving to a new country and looking for a way to make a living when you get there. I had searched for months for work and a legitimate way to live in Spain, but I kept running into dead ends. Then, I happened upon Canterbury’s website. I was skeptical at first; it seemed too good to be true. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome though. Everything that was stated on their website is true. The people at Canterbury made this process very easy for me. After being denied so many times and jumping through some hoops, it was nice to find a group of people that followed through on what they said they were going to do. They were quick when responding to my emails and sending me all of the information that I requested to complete my visa process.
The professionalism did not stop there though. When I arrived in Madrid for my orientation they had information on apartments, banks, cell phones, and other things that anyone moving would need help with. The TEFL course is well taught and gives you the exact skills you need to successfully teach English. I am not a teacher by profession so I was very unsure how all this was going to play out. Canterbury has followed through on providing teaching hours, materials, and a good working environment. Now I am now making enough money to truly enjoy my time here in Spain. You have the flexibility to decide what classes you want to teach or not teach, which allows you to customize your schedule and how you spend your time abroad. I highly recommend Canterbury Consulting Spain to anyone interested in a very straight forward way to travel and work abroad. Teaching is something that I never knew I would enjoy, but thanks to Canterbury I do, and now I am certified to teach TEFL almost anywhere I want.
Jason Shelley. January 7th 2014
|Dear Future TEFL Students:
My name is Megan Dorris and in June and July of 2012, I participated in the Canterbury TEFL course and worked at the Canterbury English Adventures Camp. I arrived at the beginning of June and studied for two weeks in Madrid. Our class was in the city center and I was easily able to find a hostel nearby to stay in for the duration of the course. Each day our classes started around 9 and ended at about 4 with a short break for lunch in the middle. My classes in the morning focused specifically on teaching English to children, while in the afternoon, we learned more about working with adults and teaching higher levels of English. We learned games to play with children, as well as simple grammar tips and tricks that could be used to teach adults. I also learned an amazing amount from my teachers about how to engage my students while maintaining control and command of the class at all times. Even as a native English speaker, I was able to learn a great deal about teaching sentence structure, parts of speech, and verb conjugation.
In class, I met other students from all over the United States, Canada, and the UK that were also enrolled in the course and I explored the city with them each afternoon. Even with our busy class schedule, I still had plenty of time to see the sights in Madrid and enjoy my time in the city.
The first two weeks of the class went by quickly and we soon moved on to the second stage of the course. During the second half of June, I was placed in a camp for training. I worked about an hour outside of Madrid at a multi-adventure summer camp for kids. There, we were able to see a Spanish camp in action. We learned how activities were run, the role of the counselors, various camp games and activities, and what it was like to work with Spanish children. After two weeks of training, we were ready to begin working at English Adventures.
At the beginning of July, the Canterbury directors helped us gather our things and move to the English Adventures campsite. As counselors, we were given separate living courters from the children and a day or two to prepare before the campers arrived. Then, the next month was a whirlwind. We awoke around 8 each morning to eat breakfast with the campers and break into our separate groups. Each counselor was assigned different activities to lead throughout the day, ranging from sports, to arts and crafts, to cooking, to filming our own music videos with the children. The activities were conducted solely in English (with the help of a bit of miming and gestures sometimes) and were different each day. The counselors were given several short breaks throughout the day, but with the wide range of activities and never-ending energy of the children, the month of work at English Adventures flew by. We had dance parties, a carnival, hiking excursions, a bit of pool time each day, and even our own MTV-style video awards ceremony. The job requires a lot of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity, but it is an unforgettable experience.
Working with Canterbury through both the TEFL course and the English Adventures summer camp was an incredible experience that led not only to a TEFL certificate and a fun summer job, but also helped me make the decision to live in Madrid for the rest of the year. I have now returned to Spain for another year of teaching and couldn’t be happier with my decision.
|Sean DiSesa – Greenwich, Connecticut
|Dear Prospective TEFL Instructors,
If you are considering teaching English in Spain, you have come to the right place with the Canterbury TEFL program.
I arrived in Spain in September 2011 and taught English with Canterbury for over a year. Especially for someone coming from the United States, Canterbury makes moving to Spain extremely easy. Whether you are worried about your visa, finding an apartment, meeting new friends, or the language barrier, Canterbury has you covered. The staff and teachers are always willing to help new students in the TEFL program feel welcome in Madrid.
No matter your command of the English language, I promise that you will learn something new in your four week TEFL certification program. Once you are finished and earn your TEFL certificate, you are guaranteed to immediately start teaching classes and earning money. You can also rely on the wealth of resources available at the Canterbury offices to help you prepare for classes with your new students.
Canterbury makes life outside of the classroom fun as well with a non-stop calendar of social events. Every month there are pub nights, field trips, and other exciting group activities that will allow you to get to know your fellow teachers better and experience many of the great things that Spain has to offer.
If you want to move to Spain but are hesitant to make the leap, the Canterbury TEFL class is the way to do it. I wish you the best of luck during your time in Spain.
Sean DiSesa – TEFL Class of September
|Dear Potential TEFL Teachers,
My name is Marlowe Gregorio, a 24-year-old college graduate from California. I spent two amazing summers working with Canterbury English Adventures Camp, and also took their TEFL course back in June of 2012. I first heard about Canterbury during my senior year at university. With graduation approaching fast, I began looking into different ways of teaching English abroad – something that I’ve always wanted to do. I quickly found that Canterbury and its TEFL program seemed to be quite popular on Google. After taking a deeper look at the academy website and summer camp TEFL program in Spain, I immediately decided that this was the perfect opportunity for me. I followed all the necessary procedures to apply, and just two weeks after graduating in May, I was off to Madrid, where I would spend the next month in a TEFL intensive course.
The first two weeks of the course consisted of two main class sections. In the mornings, we had more children specific classes and workshops. We learned how to deal with all types of age groups and personalities, and did quite a lot of roleplaying in order to better prepare us for camp. We also learned a wide variety of games and activities that I still use in my classes today. After a quick lunch break, we continued the day with classes more geared toward adult students. Here, we focused more on theory and grammar. It also included a great refresher section on English grammar and other technicalities that I hadn’t really covered since the 6th grade. It’s honestly surprising how much you learn about your own native language once you begin teaching it. Here, we went over the various methods of teaching one to one classes, small and large group classes, and giving larger lectures and presentations. This part of the course was taken with eager students from all over the US, Canada, and the UK. I met a ton of people, and even though we had class every day, we made sure to make the most out of our time in Madrid and took in the sites and the city every chance we got. It helped that class was located in Malasaña, one of Madrid’s beautiful and vibrant central neighborhoods.
The second two weeks of the course consisted of practical internships at one of Canterbury’s many partner camps around Spain. Here, our class split up into various groups, getting intense training at camps in Barcelona, Cuenca, and other cities. I ended up being trained at a fantastic multi-adventure camp just an hour outside of Madrid. Here, we got to see how everything is run from group level, and got paired with Spanish counselors, observing and helping them out throughout the day. It was a great way to see the logistical side of camp first hand. Seeing the various workshops, games, and activities really gave us some great ideas to bring to our own camp.
After a very packed and intensive June, we were finally prepared for our very own camp experience with English Adventures. We drove up to the site, located just outside of Cuenca, a few days early to set everything up before the kid’s arrival. With lush, green mountains, a bustling river, high-ropes course, and zip line, the last thing I could do was complain that this would be my workplace for the next month. The camp was divided into two sections, English workshops, and multi-adventure. While we had a separate, certified team running the various multi-adventure activities, such as paintball, kayaking, and zip lining, as English teachers, our team was in charge of running the various workshops. These included activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, film production, photography, health and wellness, and dance. While we did these workshops in smaller class groups, each typical day was accompanied by both afternoon and night activities that included the entire camp. These included a fashion show, casino night, disco night, Olympic games, water park day, and a Halloween carnival, just to name a few. My first month working with English Adventures flew by, and even though we were quite busy, the days always ended feeling fully satisfied and content with the day’s work and activities.
Participating in Canterbury’s TEFL Summer Camp Course was an amazing experience. Since I had such a wonderful time at camp and in Spain, I decided to continue living in Madrid, teaching English. I’m now going on my second year here, and it’s all thanks to my fantastic, first experiences and memories with Canterbury.
|Dear Future TEFL Students:
I took the TEFL course with Canterbury Consulting and now I am a certified TEFL teacher. I have been teaching for 2 years with Canterbury Consulting and the experience has been amazing. The staff is professional, friendly and helpful with anything I need from asking for help with the extensive resources they offer at their library to a restaurant recommendation. They are always encouraging and provide excellent service. I always feel welcome and appreciated. The social events are great and I have met many teachers from all over the world. My experience with Canterbury Consulting has been very valuable and I know they are always there for support.
|Dear Potential TEFL Teachers,
I participated in Canterbury Consulting’s 2013 Summer TEFL course and had an incredible experience. I cannot speak highly enough of the organization and the course. I had some concerns about finding housing for the training portion in Madrid and being in a new city alone, but the team was so helpful giving me suggestions on where to stay, what to bring, and what to expect. They helped make it a seamless transition so I could focus on the course and exploring all Madrid has to offer. The course itself was the perfect mix of theory and practical experience. I was nervous about being ready to handle kids at the summer camp after only two weeks of training, but their teachers more than prepared me for the challenge. Not only did they equip us with the tools to plan fun and effective lessons for all age groups, but they also gave us opportunities to practice and refine our new skills before heading off to camp. The teachers were experienced and genuinely cared about our success in and outside the classroom. For the post-course portion I was sent to the camp “La Espuela” in Avila where I was able to shadow counselors and learn about the responsibilities of working in a camp setting. By the end of the week I was confident enough to lead my own sessions and be an active member of the team. I could not have done it without Canterbury’s training. Their classroom to camp model is excellent and the staff is knowledgeable and dedicated to making it a rewarding experience. I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend the summer doing something new and exciting in a foreign city and know it would not have been possible without Canterbury. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to spend time teaching abroad, whether experienced and well traveled or not at all. You can’t go wrong!
|Dear Future TEFL Students:
My decision to attend Canterbury Consulting, to earn my TEFL was a good one, and has been very beneficial.
|Dear Potential TEFL Teachers,
When I first decided to teach English abroad I knew I wanted to do as much research as possible on where I would get my certification. When I learned about Canterbury I soon found out that not only did their program meet all the standards of a recognized certification, they were also extremely helpful with assistance and advice. They helped me feel comfortable about making such a huge life transition. Once I started the program, I met a lot of awesome people that are still my close friends today. The TEFL course was extremely informative and John is an excellent teacher. I am very happy with my decision to certify through Canterbury and I enjoy working for the school to this day .
Stephanie Davino, October 2013
|Dear Future TEFL Students:
I participated in the TEFL summer course with Canterbury Consulting Spain in the summer of 2013, and it was one of the best summers of my life. Unlike ordinary TEFL courses, this course provided the opportunity to receive real-life experience (and paid!) at a summer camp in Spain. The TEFL coursework in Madrid was greatly intensified, with classes lasting 8 hours a day and homework and projects due every day. While those two weeks were tough, I would not have been able to work at the camp without the knowledge and skills gained in those courses. Plus, the TEFL certificate earned in those courses and the subsequent internship give me the opportunity to travel and teach English anywhere in the world for the rest of my life.
Once we arrived at camp, I feel like my summer really began. I was placed at La Granja outside of Barcelona and quickly fell in love with the camp and the people who worked there. The first week the other Americans and I shadowed other counsellors to get used to the layout and the philosophy of the camp. La Granja focuses on emotional education, so we received several quick lessons on what emotional education is and how to incorporate it into all of the camp activities. The second week was a planning week in which we received the names and ages of our kids, the themes for every week, and the location of our classrooms. This week was dedicated to preparing lesson plans as we would be teaching English classes for an hour and a half every day. Although this was difficult as we did not know the level of English to prepare for, the preparations I made during this week were a lifesaver once camp started and life got hectic! The last five weeks of the summer I was a monitor for the English immersion day camp. I was responsible for 14 kids between the ages of 11 and 13, and I led those kids through their daily activities and taught an English class everyday. While this may seem intimidating because of the language barrier (even if you know Spanish, they speak Catalan and you’re not allowed to speak in a language other than English to encourage the kids to speak English), we all had an assistant who spoke English, Spanish and Catalan. The summer flew by and I continue to keep in touch with many of my kids through Twitter and Facebook.
More than just the typical camp experience, I also gained lifelong friendships with many of the other monitors who work there and my assistant. Furthermore, I gained an appreciation for the region and the culture and was able to experience a part of the world in a real, non-touristy way. I would definitely recommend the summer program to anyone who is looking to immerse yourself in a new culture and gain TEFL experience working with kids.
|Dear Potential TEFL Teachers,
The Canterbury Madrid summer (June) course was a memorable one. This course gives you the best of both worlds, the class and then the experience. It is a two week course, approx. 8 hour days of classes. This may seem a long time but after these two weeks you are given the opportunity to receive your teaching experience at summer camps in Spain.
During the two weeks you are taught the entire curriculum that will help you write lesson plans and then teach in a classroom. I felt 100% prepared to teach after two weeks. We worked hard and learned a lot! My professor, John Bouse will always be someone to remember. He is very inspirational and approachable person. He wants to make sure you have your best experience and become the teacher you want to be. I was very impressed with the everyday schedule of the class, steady breaks and movement within the class. You are able to interact with people you have never met in a foreign place. There is nothing more life changing than taking yourself outside of your comfort zone. Not only meeting new people, but also interacting with people of a different language. The class was well organized and we were given hand outs that I still use when I tutor here in the United States.
At Canterbury you are welcomed kindly and any questions you have are answered right away. After the two week classes are complete Canterbury places you in different camps which best fits you. After two weeks I moved to Barcelona with four other English teachers. We started our new journey at a summer camp, 40 minutes outside of the city in the beautiful mountains. The first two weeks you are training or student teaching. You are given this time period to get comfortable before the camp starts. You prepare for your classes, students and write two weeks worth of lesson plans to hand in for the completion of the course.
La Granja was one of the best experiences of my life. I spent 12 weeks with fifteen, 9-10 year olds. This camp was not only English class but also activities. We had two hours of English class daily and the other hours were spent instructing the students in different outdoor/indoor activities in English. We were given assistants who spoke both English and Spanish that helped us throughout the challenges.
The English teachers I went with are four individuals I still keep in touch with weekly. After learning many creative ways to teach English as a Second Language we had awesome ideas to teach and interact with the students every day. I have never been happier with an experience in my life. Two weeks in a classroom, working hard and learning everything you need to and then receiving the experience at the same time in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I am very pleased with Canterbury and would be willing you speak with anyone who is ever interested in joining this summer program. I am thankful for what they taught me and I plan on using my certification in the near future.
Margaret Infantino, June 2013
|Daniel Langley – Blackpool, England
|Dear Prospective Student, ,
I graduated from the Canterbury TEFL class at the end of September.
So what is the TEFL all about? Well, it is divided into three separate sections. Teaching English to children, teaching English to businesses and most importantly grammar /general teaching. How many of you can honestly say you know what a Gerund or what a Phrasal Verb‚ is? John Bouse taught us for this element of the course and he is an inspiration, he is passionate about teaching and has been a top class teacher for the whole of his life, seriously, when I look back at my teachers from school, I cannot remember a teacher who was as well prepared, lively, interesting and funny. He adds passion to teaching and surely that is what teaching is all about. He imparts lots of knowledge gained from his extensive experience, makes the classes fun and helps to prepare you properly for teaching.
So how have things gone for me since taking the course?
Well, since then, I have had a fantastic journey. I started off teaching 22 children, nine 4 year olds, seven ten year olds and six 8 year olds. Sound easy? Not at all. Kids are fantastic to teach and you gain a great deal of satisfaction from teaching them, but how exactly do you provide them structure? How do you make the classes entertaining and fun. How do you ensure that the children progress? These are the questions I asked during my Canterbury TEFL and without Canterbury’s help, practice, tips and ideas I would have found this extremely difficult. Almost nine months later and I am still teaching the kids, we have great fun and it is a very rewarding experience. Lindsay my teacher for the kids element of the TEFL class was great. She gave us lots of support , lots of ideas and we had lots of fun. Imagine a grown 25 year old man stood in front of the class pretending to be five years old while the rest of the class kill themselves laughing and you get the idea.
As well as teaching the kids, I also teach several big businesses. These classes are excellent and well paid (always important). I have enjoyed teaching the business classes tremendously. My teacher for this aspect of the course was Natalie, a little stern, very professional, but good fun too, Natalie helped us understand how to be professional, how to ensure that the classes were informative, educational, but good fun too. I love teaching the classes and Natalie has been an enormous help.
So why choose Canterbury? Well, because Canterbury are enablers, they understand the teaching market, they are all teachers themselves and they understand the difficulties of moving to a new country and a new job. They have an extensive client database and will be able to provide you with paid work immediately, some of my fellow students were working before the course had finished! They also understand that you are in a new country, with no friends and that you might feel a little lost, so they help you to get on your feet, they don’t just provide you with the Certificate, they also help you integrate, provide a job, friends, activities and help you become a part of a great teaching family. Many of my colleagues have made friends that they will keep for the rest of their lives and I’m sure you will too.
Daniel Langley Blackpool, England TEFL Class of September.
|Tim Brewer – Dallas, Texas
|Dear Potential TEFL Teachers,
I took part in the Canterbury TEFL program in August and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I had my hesitations and fears about moving to another continent on my own to work for a company I didn’t know much about, but my time in the course left me feeling confident and secure. The teachers are more than willing to share information about job searching, apartment hunting and basically anything else you would want or need to know. I found the course both informative and fun as well.
Canterbury provides tons of teaching materials for you, so when you do start getting hours, you never feel unprepared. John Bouse, and the rest of the staff are some of the most supportive people I’ve ever met. From going out for a beer to helping you design a lesson plan, the staff at Canterbury makes you feel welcome and supported from day one. I would encourage everyone considering this program to save up money and do it. The events Canterbury plans are always fun and something you definitely want to take part in. Furthermore, the bond you’ll have with the other students afterwards will provide a network of teachers and close friends which you’ll have until you leave.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a lot like I was before I bought my ticket: scared, stressed, and unsure. If there’s one thing I can tell you, however, it’s that the people at Canterbury are so supportive and nice all of those fears will subside a lot quicker than you can ever imagine. I am totally pleased with my experience and my only regret is that I wasn’t able to stay longer.
Teaching English in Spain and being part of the Canterbury TEFL program is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
Tim Brewer Dallas, Texas TEFL Class of August.
|Megan Burley – Bay Shore, New York
|Dear Prospective TEFL Teachers,
I completed the Canterbury International TEFL Certificate Course.
I had just finished my junior year in college as a 21 year old and was looking for a way to teach English in Spain for the summer. The course allowed me to do just that. The staff at Canterbury was extremely welcoming, helpful if any problems arose, and very effective at teaching the course material. Two weeks of the course took place in the heart of Madrid, right off of a main road called Gran Via which is filled with shops, restaurants, and movie theatres, etc. The other two weeks I finished the course in the beautiful mountains of the province of Leon, about thirty minutes outside of the city of Leon. Both locations were ideal for getting a taste of Spanish culture and practicing the Spanish language! Classes were small and I was always with the same students, so our group quickly became friends. It was great to make good friends right away to travel with on the weekends, or to go out with and explore the Spanish night life!
After the month of courses through Canterbury, I was placed in a job at a summer camp. During the first two weeks in Madrid I was interviewed in the same building where I took my classes, and told that I had a job as a TEFL teacher! Canterbury has its own summer camps and also has connections with other companies that run camps, therefore there are opportunities to get placed in all areas of Spain. The process was very easy for me and I ended up loving the company I worked for (Forenex Summer Camps) and the experiences I had throughout the month of courses with Canterbury.
A year later, I now am applying for graduate school to become an English as a Second Language Teacher in the United States. Further, I am applying for teaching jobs both in New York City and abroad with only having the TEFL certificate I received through Canterbury. The certificate has opened up many doors for me as well as allowed me the opportunity to explore the world while getting paid! I highly recommend getting the TEFL certificate and being certified through Canterbury International. Good Luck!
Megan Burley Bay Shore, New York
TEFL class of June.
|Amber Bailey – Boulder, Colorado
|Dear Future TEFL Students: ,
I‚m a young professional living in Madrid, Spain and teaching English. This experience has been an ever enlightening experience. It has been incredible to be able to work and live in another country. When I first thought about coming to Spain I was very scared about living and working. Most people can only afford to live on their savings for so long. That was me for sure! I completed the TEFL course in January. It was fantastic because I began working while finishing the course. They had classes for me right away and I began a grand adventure.
The teachers were very knowledgeable and understanding. They want you to be able to teach the best that you can. They understand that many people are not teachers to begin with and are a bit nervous about teaching. The teachers give you the tools and the confidence to be the best that you can be. The program is thorough and packed with tons of information. You receive your certificate with a great feeling to share your knowledge.
Canterbury made it fun and easy for me to transition into the Spanish world. It was comforting to know I had friends that could help me figure things out along the way. They are qualified teachers that take pride in their work and enjoy getting to know the students. They provide more than enough work in Madrid which makes it easy to make money. After receiving your certificate you can teach with other academies if you are feeling really ambitious. It‚s nice to know that the work and the need is there, you just need to take advantage of it.
I know that I wouldn’t have gone many places here in Spain if it weren’t for the Canterbury Club. It offers opportunites to see other cities and experience amazing festivals. The club sets up everything, all you need to do is go and have a great time. Most of the time there are so many people that come along that the party and festivities continue the entire day and sometimes into the night.
I would do it over and over again. It has been a life changing experience that was worth every step of the way.
Good luck and enjoy!
Amber Bailey Boulder, Colorado
TEFL Class of January.
|Bram Wilens – Haaksbergen, The Netherlands
|Dear TEFL candidate,
Are you considering working and living in Spain?
One of the opportunities is to be certified and work as an English teacher with Canterbury in Madrid. I did so, to bridge the time without my wife, who was abroad for an extended period. The experience I had with Canterbury was – and still is – rewarding.
In an 80 hour program, spread over 4 weeks, you will complete the theory portion in order to be TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified. Canterbury’s staff of instructors are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, and these first four weeks definitely “got me spun up” to start teaching in Madrid. An additional advantage is the opportunity to take Spanish classes through a discounted program with Canterbury, in a 4-week program. It’s an excellent deal – you will not find better classes for less. I did not speak any Spanish when I arrived in Spain, and my Spanish was boosted to a level where I can have small, basic conversations. Especially for those that plan on staying in Spain for a longer period of time, this is the perfect basis for becoming (close to) fluent.
Canterbury also provides you with paid classes in which you teach English, during (for certification purposes) and after completion of the TEFL program. However, in order to “financially survive,” it is essential to have an entrepreneurial mindset. There are plenty of teaching/working opportunities in Spain, but this also requires an effort from your side. Another sidebar is that however helpful and professional the Canterbury staff is, these people do not work for customs or immigration services. For those that have no EU passport: invest some time in doing your homework and you will have a great time in Spain.
As rewarding as the “Canterbury experience” are the Spanish culture and travel opportunities that come with living in Spain. The Canterbury club is one way to take advantage of both, allowing you to make new friends along the way. Travel in Spain can be very affordable, using low-fare airlines or inexpensive bus tours. Don’t miss these chances – culture is rich, the climate is generally favorable and the food is great! Enjoy Madrid, but take time to see the rest of Spain!
I can look back on a great time, in which I learned a lot about Spain, about the world, and about myself.Bram Wilens – TEFL Class of March.
|Joanna Rhoads – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Dear TEFL Students,
I am a 24 year old American who completed the TEFL program in September and taught for Canterbury for the past year. I strongly recommend this program to anyone wanting to teach English in Spain and not sure where to go! I will take so many great memories back home with me that would not have been possible if I had not done the Canterbury TEFL program.
First of all, Canterbury prepares you to teach both children’s and business classes. They also have a library staff there to help you if you are ever short on ideas or stumped for what to prepare for a class. I found the array of classes I had kept my teaching exciting and traveling to different locations for my classes helped me learn Madrid so much faster.
Coming to a foreign city, I was excited but also a bit unsure of what to expect. I did not know anyone nor had I ever been to Madrid. Canterbury helped ease my worries as I immediately had a group of friends to go through the experience with in my TEFL class. Furthermore, Canterbury plans excursions for you on the weekends. You have the opportunity to go to a grape harvest, the enchanting city of Segovia, a Real Madrid match and even a city-wide tomato-throwing fight.
Through the Canterbury TEFL program, I not only became certified in teaching English as a foreign language, but I was able to see parts of Madrid and Spain I wouldn’t have otherwise and made lasting friendships. I am so glad I did this program and can’t imagine anyone not enjoying it as well.
Joey Rhoads — TEFL Class of October.
|Margaret Sroka – Richfield, Ohio
|Dear Prospective TEFL teachers,
My experience in Spain would not have been the same without Canterbury. I am a certified early childhood education teacher from the United States. After graduation I decided to take a step back and really ask myself if I was ready to become part of the 9 to 5 work day that immediately follows college. That is when I decided to research teaching English aboard.
Canterbury has given me an opportunity to make a difference and impact peoples lives in a way I never thought possible. Canterbury’s classes are extremely helpful to anyone who has never taught. The classes are well organized, knowledgeable, and give you the foundation to understand the best ways to reach out to every type of student. The staff is friendly and always willing to answer questions about anything you may need help with to make your experience in Spain comfortable and memorable. There are organized events planned monthly for you to absorb the beautiful culture and people of Spain.
Taking Canterbury’s TEFL class was one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. The best feeling is knowing I wake up every morning doing something I absolutely love! -teaching English, learning Spanish, meeting people from around the world, and living in one of the greatest cities in the world just to name a few.
Margaaret Sroka – TEFL Class of September.
|Roopa Radhakrishnan – Bangalore, India
|Dear TEFL students,
Moving to a new country is a very exciting experience that involves learning a new language, experiencing a new culture, eating strange foods and so much more. However, it can also be very nerve-wracking at first because there’s always that big ´what if´ hanging over your head. You are unsure about what to expect because you have to find a place to stay, make new friends, meet new people you can trust, find a job that pays enough for you to be able to go out and enjoy a night on the town, and all of this can take the excitement out of what should be an exciting time for you.
When I first moved to Madrid I didn’t know what to expect. I had no friends or contacts and I was quite worried about finding a job. However, through a random stroke of luck I was fortunate enough to meet a girl who told me about Canterbury. I wasted no time, I got online, sent in an application and I haven’t looked back since.
Canterbury offers a one month intensive training programme for those who want to teach English as a foreign language. You will be provided with everything you need to get started… knowledge, material and most importantly confidence. The teachers are very friendly and approachable; you can go to them for just about any kind of assistance you should require. Canterbury will advise and assist you to find a place to stay and give you valuable information about what to expect in Spain. Once you are part of the Canterbury community you will also enjoy the fun outings and getaways they plan for students and teachers, this is a great time to socialize and meet new people and possibly make new friends for life. With Canterbury, you can begin teaching while you are studying, you can choose the kind of classes you want to teach and the timings are very flexible because it all depends on you. You can choose the timings that are most convenient to you. If you are not a morning person like me, you can choose to take afternoon or evening classes. This is great because it gives you the time to do the things that you want to do.
All in all being part of Canterbury has been a great experience for me as I’ve met some great people, made some great friends, and I have a great time teaching English. Oh, and yes, living in Spain is not so bad either!
Roopa Radhakrishnan – TEFL Class of December.
|Devon Loback – Paradise Valley, Arizona USA
|To all TEFL candidates,
It gives me great pleasure to write about Canterbury and my overall experience in Spain as I reflect back on the program and my subsequent six months of teaching. My experience has been intense yet completely rewarding. I came to Spain with my husband who was pursuing an MBA. I wanted to make my time in Spain productive, fun, and professionally rewarding. I am now happy to write that at Canterbury, I have found them all.
Before Canterbury, I had no prior teaching experience nor did I major in English at university so I was very worried about my suitability as a teacher. However, I found the TEFL course to be both intensive and comprehensive. Between mock lessons, student teaching, and a thorough grammar review, I felt entirely confident with my newly acquired skills to embark on my career as a teacher.
Perhaps the greatest asset Canterbury has to offer is guaranteed work upon completion of the course. In fact, I was offered so many classes that I had to turn some down! Moreover, Canterbury offers both flexibility and variety. I have the freedom to control my schedule so I can ensure I still have time to enjoy the city. Additionally, between my children, adult, and business classes, there is always something new to teach.
Socially Canterbury offers you the best of both worlds. The Canterbury Club enables you to socialize with a network of people from diverse backgrounds. With their bi-monthly events, there is always something to look forward to. Alternatively, there is never any pressure to attend events, giving you the freedom to explore Spain and the rest of Europe on your own time.
In closing, I must say that teaching can be a demanding job; between the travel, preparation, and nontraditional working hours. However, the hard work has made the experience all the more gratifying. In fact, the greatest personal reward with teaching has been learning from my students. They are always enthusiastic about giving recommendations on where to go, what to do, and they provide a unique experience for me to learn about the real culture of Spain. In short, I have enjoyed my time with Canterbury and highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a demanding yet rewarding experience in Spain.
Devon Loback – TEFL Class of December.
|Sam Kass – Monclair, New Jersey USA
|Dear Prospective Canterbury Teachers,
My name is Sam Kass and roughly one year ago I was in the same position you are now. Like many, although certainly not all Canterbury Teachers, I had finished my college degree the spring before I decided to become a teacher with Canterbury. With five months out of college I had already held down three different jobs, two of which took place at odd hours—usually during the middle of the night. The third was an office job which I admittedly liked, but wasn’t ready to commit to. I decided that before I settled into whatever career was waiting for me, I wanted to strike out into the world one more time for an adventure the results of which I was unsure of. I figured that at the very least, being able to speak Spanish in the States couldn’t hurt.
My experience abroad over the past year was absolutely a positive one. And yes, I did learn Spanish (I had never taken a course in the language prior to my arrival in Madrid). I suppose that the most important thing for you to know if you are weighing the pros and cons of what you are imagining the program will be like is the fact that Canterbury as an organization keeps its word. You will have enough work. You will be able to support yourself.
You also have to be prepared to be proactive. The experience as part of the Canterbury Academy is very much as you make it (and I believe that this is absolutely a good thing). If you want to bring in lots of money every month you’re going to need to go out of your way to let people know that you want more work. However, Canterbury is easy to communicate with, and if you make an effort with them, they will happily work with you to see that you’re satisfied. They want you. Spain wants you. There is no shortage of jobs!
Canterbury also offers access to the entire community of teachers with organized events and field trips. Of course, all activities are optional so you can be as involved as you like or otherwise. Again, I believe that the fact that all socialization is voluntary creates a much better atmosphere in which to warm up to a new living environment. The majority of my own social network came directly out of my daily TEFL training courses during the first three weeks of my time in Madrid. I’ve read other letters on the website and many former teachers attest to the validity and helpfulness of the training program with regard to teaching. And yes, the course prepared me well for a job that otherwise would have been very difficult to break into. But equally, or perhaps a bit more important, is the immediate induction to a community of people who all speak English, have all just arrived in Spain for a significant amount of time, and meet daily for a period of weeks. When you’ve just walked off an airplane into a country that you’ve never seen before, being able to make a friend means all the difference in the world.
If you’re looking for an adventure—a chance to learn something new about both the world and yourself, and to do so in an environment that is both welcoming and reliable then I can confidently recommend the Canterbury TEFL program to you.
Sam Kass – TEFL Class of November.
|Victoria Cristina Salas – Caracas, Venezuela
|Dear TEFL Students,
I decided to move to Spain to get to know its culture, traditions and to live new experiences. I grew up in a Spanish speaking country but I learned English because I have spent long periods of time in the USA every year and I had an excellent private English teacher, David Williams. He was a TEFL certified teacher and he was very proud of it, and he told me that I could teach too. He was my inspiration. I arrived to Madrid in September and my first thought was to look for an academy that could certify me as an English Teacher.
I chose Canterbury and it was a great choice. This prestigious academy has an excellent four week course in which you acquire all the tools and strategies that you need to be a well-prepared teacher. The knowledge of English grammar and workshops where everything is put into practice is the heart of the program. Also, Canterbury will book classes for you once you successfully complete the program.
In addition, there is the Canterbury Club that organizes activities every month with the purpose to immerse yourself into the Spanish traditions, visit new places and of course, meet new people. It is not a problem if you do not speak Spanish, Canterbury has Spanish classes for you too!
Stop thinking if this is the right place for you, come and live the experience, you won’t regret it! There is one word to describe life in Madrid: Fiesta. If you like parties, you need to come and live LA MARCHA MADRILENA!
Live the best time of your life and come to Madrid.
Victoria Cristina Salas – TEFL Class of November.
|Jessica Smith –Dell Rapids, South Dakota USA
|To all TEFL students:
My name is Jessica Smith and I am a 24-year-old American girl that moved to Spain in October. I am originally from South Dakota and decided that I wanted to travel. I had heard that teaching English was a way that I could support myself overseas while learning Spanish at the same time. I began searching the internet and found all kinds of schools that offered a TEFL certification in a Spanish environment. I was actually going to move to Costa Rica until I saw Canterbury’s website in Madrid. It was a school that advertised TEFL certification, a Spanish environment, and immediate job placement during or after the course. That was it- I decided that I wanted to move to Madrid, Spain and work at Canterbury.
Canterbury’s month long course definitely prepares you for teaching. There was a lot I didn’t know about the English language until I took this course. The course is divided into three parts: basic fundamentals of English, Business English, and English for children. All three parts of the course provide you with the necessary skills and confidence you need to teach English. I teach both Business English and English for children and I enjoy teaching both types of classes. As promised, Canterbury does provide you with an internship. You can begin working during or after the course. The “hands on” experience is intimidating at first but it quickly becomes like second nature.
The staff at Canterbury is very friendly and will help you with any questions that you may have. The library at Canterbury has a variety of materials that will you help you prepare for your classes. I use some of the books at the library as well as some English books that I brought from home. I recommend using Raymond Murphy’s textbooks and all levels of the English File textbooks.
There are also many activities and excursions that Canterbury plans. You are not obligated to go on any of these excursions but I must say that I recommend doing so.
Que te vaya bien,
Jessica Smith –TEFL Class of November.
|Thomas Blair – Washington, DC
|Simply put, Canterbury is your best choice for teaching English in Spain. Canterbury provides fantastic instruction and great support on both an academic and cultural level. I participated in the class of October and worked with Canterbury. I had to return to America to attend Medical School, but I would have happily stayed with Canterbury for longer. When I first arrived in Spain I knew no Spanish and little about teaching English. After only two weeks of the course I felt confident in teaching classes. By the time the course was finished I felt well equipped with the tools to be a great English teacher. The classes were interesting, informative, and, most importantly, practical.Not only did I gain many skills through Canterbury, but I also met wonderful friends and forged relationships with talented teachers. Financially speaking Canterbury is very reasonably priced, and they allowed me to work as many hours as I wanted so that I could live comfortably in Madrid. The financial, social, and academic aspects of Canterbury helped me have an exceptional time abroad. If you have an interest in teaching English in Spain join Canterbury!
Thomas Blair – TEFL Class of November.
|Shawn Douglas – St. Louis, Missouri
|Dear Potential TEFL Students,
I want to take the time to write and share my rewarding experiences with Canterbury’s TEFL Program. Without their assistance, I don’t think I could have managed my transition to Spain so well. Based on my experience, I strongly believe that Canterbury has something to offer many others like me.
I decided to come to Spain after working almost five years in a corporate environment in the United States. I needed a change, and I knew a few people in Madrid. I knew that my English background was strong, so I started to look around at the available schools for TEFL certification. After taking long looks at many different programs, I decided on Canterbury’s program, and I was extremely happy with the results.
I ultimately chose Canterbury for many important reasons. First, their tuition rates were – and still are – very competitive with similar schools. Some schools were charging thousands of U.S. Dollars for their programs yet offering similar or even fewer benefits. Second, Canterbury gave me the promise of paid teaching work immediately after or even during the course! This work additionally counted towards the impressive 40-hour teaching requirement of the school’s program. Third, they offered a dizzying array of social events that students could attend. Through their years of experience in Spain, the school has set up a variety of interesting and entertaining events in locations all across the country. During these events, I was able to make connections and long-lasting friendships that have made living in Spain a much more relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Ultimately, Canterbury gave me the peace of mind I needed to get the most out of working and living in Spain. With their friendly and knowledgeable staff, their offer of work, and their variety of social events, I was able to do what I came to Spain for originally; relax and have some fun teaching English.
Good fortune to you all in your future teaching endeavors!
Shawn Douglas – TEFL Class of September.
|Lesley WInchester – Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
|To all TEFL candidates,
I hope you find the following helpful to you when making your decision about coming to work and live in Spain.
I am a 24 year old British woman, and have been living and working in Madrid for almost a year, working with the academy Canterbury. When I first arrived in Madrid naturally I was apprehensive about how I would be able to integrate within this country, especially as I did not speak a word of Spanish. Soon after arriving at and meeting with the staff at Canterbury, I soon felt at ease. The people at Canterbury are very friendly and will assist you with anything you need, whether it be help to find accomodation, advice and info on employment or just expatriate advice in general.
The TEFL course itself is very insightful, challenging and engaging, and working intensively with an intimate sized group (sizes vary), you will soon find your comfort zone and discover that you have made friends for life. The course topics change daily, providing diversity and challenge, and instilling you with both the confidence and the skills to potentially become an outstanding teacher.
Although there are many reputable teaching academies in Madrid, Canterbury do differ in that they can guarantee you classes when you complete the course, (some even begin during the course) and not only are you paid for these classes but they also contribute toward your 40 hours of practice teaching, which is compulsory but possibly unpaid with other academies.
Another benefit with these classes is that you will be working in homes and offices in Madrid, which not only provide you with an opportunity to visit different areas of the city but also allows for a more flexible routine and can insure you more spare time!
Working with Canterbury, you will typically find yourself with a three day weekend, Friday to Sunday, which gives you a chance to explore the city, catch up with friends and party while still leaving time for lesson planning etc. Very often Canterbury provide day trips to various places and events which will not only allow you to really experience Spanish culture, but provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Kind Regards and ¡Buena suerte!
Lesley WInchester – TEFL Class of August.
|Amy Novikoff – Cleveland, Ohio USA
|Hello Prospective TEFL Teachers,
It is my pleasure to tell you briefly about my experience teaching English in Madrid to help you consider your plans for the near future. The fact you are a proficient (and probably native) English speaker is an extremely valuable asset—especially if you learn how to use it to your advantage.
One way to make the most of your knowledge of English is to learn to teach people in other countries to communicate in English. I participated in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Course at Canterbury in June. This course included 20 hours of instruction of how to teach children, 20 hours of instruction in teaching adult business students, 40 hours of instruction relating to English grammar and teaching methodology, and feedback regarding the first 100 hours of teaching. The TEFL instruction took place during one month, while the first 100 hours of teaching (for me) extended another 3 months. After completing the course, I received a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
Though there are many places in Madrid (and in the world) to earn a TEFL certificate, I highly recommend considering attending the course at Canterbury. The instructors were knowledgeable of methodology, experienced and creative in their teaching, passionate about their jobs, and curious about Spanish culture. They worked well with the Canterbury teachers (primarily TEFL course alumni), and their supervisors to transition students from the TEFL course to the English classroom. Canterbury staff offered teaching support, organized social and cultural experiences, lent technological and teaching materials, and established a welcoming atmosphere amidst a large, busy city. Perhaps even more impressive, Canterbury followed through on their commitment to provide all course alumni with employment during and upon course completion, for the length of the participant’s choosing.
Life, for me, as a teacher in Madrid had its pros and cons. The biggest pros of teaching in Madrid were that I was able to pay my rent and count on having work. I only had to work minimal hours each week, as 20 classroom hours is considered full time for TEFL teachers. This left time each week for planning lessons, traveling between classes, sightseeing and doing whatever else I wanted. I also had some flexibility to travel on long weekends and during vacations.
There are many people in Madrid who want to learn English: Parents who want to supplement what their children learn in school with private classes; adults who want to improve their abilities to speak English for fun, travel purposes, or work opportunities; or businesses that want their employees to learn relevant English communication. I enjoyed teaching a variety of types of classes and students. In general, I found the students to be highly motivated, interested, friendly and fun.
The cons of teaching English in Madrid minimized over the six months I spent in Madrid. At first I was extremely busy taking the TEFL class, teaching a few hours a week, and trying to get acclimated to a new city and culture. I also did not have experience or confidence in my ability to teach English, even though I spoke it natively. Although my actual working hours were few, my days were often filled with traveling to teach (up to 45 minutes to get to different parts of the city) and breaks of 1-4 hours between classes. The schedule and back-and-forth of commuting made maximizing the efficiency of those breaks and travel times difficult.
The biggest challenge for me was realizing that as I worked as an English teacher on a daily basis, my time to improve my Spanish was limited. If learning or improving your ability to use a second language is important to you as you travel, you should consider that your time spent teaching English will take away from your time available to study, read or speak with others in the foreign language.
Overall, the six months I spent in Madrid were extremely worthwhile and rewarding for me. As you think about your future plans teaching English and/or traveling, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help.
Good luck to you!
|Joseph Brady – Dublin, Ireland
|Dear TEFL Students:
I completed my TEFL course in June of last year after completing my degree in the University College of Dublin. I immediately began the TEFL and remember being pleasantly surprised at the relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the class. The class and teachers gelled instantly thus making the five hours a day intensive classes feel more like a forum than a typical class about pedagogical theories and linguistics. I came to Madrid with the intention of teaching English, however having had no prior teaching experience I was a little apprehensive as to how the best way would be to go about conducting a successful English class. The teachers at Canterbury really helped to alleviate many of the anxieties I had about confronting a large group of adults, some of whom were twice my age.
I would like to thank the coordinator of the program for opening up the doors to the world of English grammar and helping to demystify all the linguistic terms I had long forgotten. The course was split into three different segments, which covered all the conceivable angles necessary to give proper classes. The three teachers touched on a broad range of topics, everything from, early child psychology, language acquisition, socio-linguistics, business English, and general English. We were provided with an in depth study of the key grammatical points which are absolutely fundamental for teachers to be familiar with if they seriously want to become successful English teachers. The majority of Spanish people have been studying English all their lives so don’t be surprised to discover that many may have a better knowledge of the rules of your own language than you do!
For this reason, I would strongly recommend anyone who is considering teaching English as a foreign language to do a TEFL course. The people at Canterbury have a very well respected image in Madrid, therefore they have a broad circle of clients from across the spectrum of the Spanish society. They provided everyone on the course with classes immediately and pay specific attention to try and tailor the classes to your own personal requirements. The staff take a very personal and familiar approach to training their teachers and I was really made to feel at home there. The first job I obtained in Madrid was because of my having done the TEFL with Canterbury, the woman who gave me the job was fully aware of the caliber of the Canterbury TEFL course and hired me thereof.
Joseph Brady – TEFL Class of June.
|Stefanie Lange – Grossrohrsclorf, Germany
|Dear TEFL Students,
When I started the Canterbury TEFL course about one year ago, I didn’t have any teaching experience apart from a few basic Spanish classes for tourists on holidays. While working as an entertainer in hotels on the Canary Islands I had found out that I enjoyed organising kids’ and adults’ activities more than pure office work. I had always been interested in language and culture and being a German native I had studied the English language quite well. I also realised that there were many teaching opportunities in English Academies in Spain, so why not become a teacher?
For me, Canterbury had the best TEFL course to offer on the Internet. Paying a part of the course by actually being paid for the practice classes which are part of the course was a great advantage and also encouraging for me.
Doing the course just before the summer holidays, I took advantage of the possibility to gain more experience teaching in a summercamp offered by Canterbury in cooperation with a tour operator. This was a good follow-up of the practice classes I had done and allowed me to get more accustomed to the Spanish mentality.
Regarding the content, the course offers an ideal combination of theory and practice, providing the future teacher with the essential methodologies, planning lessons and ways of teaching first, and preparing for the next step – the classroom. It is intensive, clearly structured, with interesting classes that always refer to real-life teaching.
Sometimes I am still amazed not only about how much I learned in a relatively short period of time (I started in May and finished in August), but also how rewarding and enjoyable it was. I did not think that I would now be earning my living by teaching in both a private primary school and a language academy. Personally, it is the most safisfying job I have had.
And so I hope it will be for you!
Stefanie Lange – TEFL Class of May.
|Lisanna McDermott — Seattle, Washington USA
|Dear TEFL Students,
I completed the Canterbury course in April. I chose Canterbury based on recommendations from former students. I had no prior English teaching experience, and was unsure about taking a job in a foreign country. Canterbury did not disappoint. I emerged from this school fully prepared.
Lisanna McDermott — TEFL Class of April.
|Nicole Bowers – Strathroy, Canada
|To prospective Canterbury students:
My name is Nicole Bowers and I participated in the Canterbury TEFL course in April. I am 23 years old and I have a degree in Translation. I wanted to do some travelling and I decided that teaching English would be a great way to see the world. I had a friend who was working at Canterbury and since I heard great comments from her about the program, I decided to go to Madrid and give it a try.
When I got to Madrid I attended a great welcome session and breakfast with the students who would be in my course, as well as our teachers. It was a great way to start off and get to know people.
As soon as the course started, we gave our availability and contact information to Canterbury so that we could start teaching as soon as possible. I started in my second week, so I finished my practice hours before the course was even over! The teachers at Canterbury were great at helping me with ideas and games, since I was teaching young children.
The course was very helpful, especially with lesson planning. We were taught great things about how to make our classes flow and how to make grammar lessons clear for the students. Lots of material was covered in one month—after the course I felt confident in planning my own lessons! Of course there was always someone in the Canterbury library happy to help me when I was on my own.
Canterbury was always very helpful in all aspects of my new life in Madrid. I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking to travel or make changes in their lives!
Nicole Bowers — TEFL Class of April.
|Stephen Buckel – Erie, Pennsylvania
|Dear TEFL Students,
I came to Madrid in February and took the Canterbury TEFL course in April. Upon arriving in Madrid I was not sure what I was going to do for work and I did not have many friends. Taking the TEFL course not only prepared me for teaching, but helped me meet people in the same situation as I was in.
The course was instrumental in preparing me for teaching Business English. Canterbury provided me immediately with students to work with. The course helped me be prepared with lesson plans and gave me so many good ideas on how to make learning English interesting and fun for the students and myself.
Canterbury also provides regular outings for the teachers and the students. These outings are a great way to make friends while being in a foreign land.
Being an English teacher provided me with much needed income as well as a flexible schedule so I was able to travel around Spain and Europe while I was there. Another big advantage of being an English teacher is that by going to different companies around Madrid helped me learn the city. Also, the students that you work with as a teacher are a great source of information about where to go and what places and sites to see.
Taking the TEFL course and being an English teacher was the best thing I did when I came to Madrid. I would recommend anyone coming to Madrid to experience the culture and the city take this course and teach English. I learned more about the country, the city, the culture and the people by being an English teacher than any other activities I did while there.
Stephen Buckel – TEFL Class of April.
|Ashleigh White – Gainesville, Florida
|Dear Future TEFL Students:If you are reading this, you have likely already made the decision (or are seriously considering) teaching English as a foreign language in Spain. Congratulations – my decision to do so turned into one of the best experiences in my life. That’s not to say that going to Spain, possibly with no prior background in teaching, to set up a life as an English teacher isn’t a daunting endeavor. It is, but being a part of the Canterbury Academy, of the Canterbury family, made that transition much easier for me. You could instead choose to go to one of the big name TEFL companies to do your certification program, but the unique aspect of Canterbury is that it works with and supports its teachers from Day 1 of the course through to the end and beyond by guaranteeing employment. This fact alone was a major draw for me and eventually led me to decide on Canterbury. I felt much more secure arriving in Spain knowing that I would have work and students lined up for me within my first month.
As for the course itself, the instruction provided offers insight into the teaching process as well as valuable practical advice on what to expect once you start working with students of your own. However, the only real way to learn how to teach is to actually teach. Canterbury knows this and integrates teaching requirements into the curriculum, including mock lessons, in-class presentations, and a 40-hour paid practicum that you begin during the certification course. Canterbury provides the essential stepping stones toward a successfully becoming an English teacher. Whether you are planning a shorter break from the real world following college or are looking to completely change direction in life, Canterbury can help you discover the potential opportunities (and fun to be had) as a teacher of EFL. As an established academy is the area, Canterbury also has an extensive client base, making it possible for you as a teacher to indicate the student and schedule preferences that best fit your needs.
I mentioned earlier that Canterbury actually feels more like a family than an academy, and it is that camaraderie and the built-in opportunities for networking and meeting many other EFL teachers in Madrid that I will remember most fondly. Canterbury also recognizes the fact that no one wants to move to Spain solely to work…we move there because we want to experience the culture, take advantage of our fascinating surroundings, and of course, have fun! These goals are at the heart of the Canterbury Club, which organizes monthly pub nights, activities, and excursions for Canterbury teachers, students, and friends. I doubt there are many other academies out there where you can stomp grapes during a wine harvest or get pelted by tomatoes in the world’s largest food fight (La Tomatina!) alongside your academy directors.
Making the decision to join Canterbury really impacted my stay in Spain, and I doubt I would have come away from it with so many great friends, engaging experiences, and wonderful memories if I hadn’t chosen that path. And while I still sometimes desperately miss Spain and my time in Madrid, I am now living and teaching in Santiago, Chile, where I continue to put my TEFL knowledge into practice on a daily basis and have really grown to appreciate how teaching English has opened up the world to me.
Ashleigh White – TEFL Class of September.
|Nate Hamrick – LeMars, Iowa USA
|Dear TEFL Candidates:I am writing this letter to ease anyone’s fears of moving to Spain to start a new career teaching English as a foreign language, especially if you chose to do so with Canterbury Academy. I’m a 30-something American from the great state of Iowa who came to Spain in January. Like many of the English professors I’ve met in Madrid, I had a good job in the US, but was looking for a change. As an individual with a major case of wanderlust, when I read about the opportunity to come to Spain and teach English with Canterbury, I knew I had found what I had been searching for.
Of course, before making the decision to leave for Spain I had many questions that I wanted answered. I’m one of those people that must have all those proverbial ducks in a row before I make certain decisions. I had never taught a lesson in my life, would I be prepared to do that? Where would I live? Would I make enough money to pay the rent, eat, and go out in the evenings? Would I be able to work during the summer months when Madrid is deserted? I fired off several emails to Canterbury in Madrid, and each was answered immediately with a detailed and helpful response (by the way the answers were, “Yes, yes, yes and yes.”). I had also sent similar messages to other English language academies in Madrid, and not one of them offered the same of level of service as Canterbury. So, I made the decision to make the leap, and I enrolled with Canterbury.
The month-long TEFL course was amazing! I learned so much each day. The fears of teaching in a classroom were quickly erased with the practice teaching in our daily classes. And believe me, practice teaching in front of your colleagues is far more frightening than teaching at any business, school or home in Spain! After only two weeks of the TEFL course, I had the opportunity to start teaching and I felt more than ready for anything that could be thrown at me. The excellent Canterbury staff also requires progress reviews for its professors, which further guarantees that you’re receiving the assistance and guidance a new professor needs.
Canterbury also has one thing that the other English academies don’t offer, The Canterbury Club. The Canterbury Club events are wonderful opportunities to catch up with other professors, and most importantly discuss where to meet for tapas. Aside from the socializing aspect, it’s great to be able to meet in a social setting to network and discuss work ideas. I’ve also been able to see places in Spain I didn’t even know existed through the Canterbury Club’s weekend excursions.
The Canterbury experience has far exceeded my expectations. I have a full schedule of classes with both business and private clients. There is such a demand for English in Madrid that I actually find myself turning down classes now. And the wanderlust? It’s not gone, it’s being fulfilled! I live in Spain and I have Europe at my doorstep! I’m extremely happy with the decision I made, and it wouldn’t have been the same without Canterbury.
Nate Hamrick – Class of January.
Alex Runham – Bradford, West Yorkshire England
|To all future TEFL candidates,I am writing this letter to describe my experiences at Canterbury, which is the least I can do to repay the Academy’s sense of kindness and honesty. I freely admit that I have no experience of other academies, but am also very confident that I made the right decision in joining the Canterbury family. The combination of certificate, guaranteed work and social side were ideal for someone coming straight out of university needing to earn money and have plenty of fiestas at which to spend this money! The website will tell you all the major details of the course and work options, so here I will try not to regurgitate all that information.
I arrived in Madrid without a word of Spanish, not knowing anyone in the city, clutching a piece of paper with the address of a dubious looking hostel and having paid a deposit on a course that I could certainly have researched more. However, any potential fears I had were calmed by the knowledge that the following morning I would be attending the induction day at Canterbury and would be meeting some people with whom I could actually communicate. Indeed, the day itself was fantastic. Everything was explained in detail and this was followed by a brunch where I began to assess potential friends. The beauty of this situation is that you are automatically afforded numerous things in common: everyone is trying to improve their Spanish, looking for a flat, getting to know Madrid, learning how to teach, etc, etc. Therefore, making new friends is not difficult in a foreign land.
I found the course to be relatively straightforward and enjoyed the enthusiasm and effort that was patently evident from all of the instructors. This turned what could have been a dry and potentially tedious subject matter into something completely different – both interesting and, on occasion, downright silly.
The teaching itself is a very relaxed way of earning money and living in another country. Many classes take on the form of conversation classes, with the teacher simply providing the topics and prompting with questions and vocabulary. The one clear exception to this is the teaching of children. This involves a little more preparation but gives superb results when a new game is revealed and the child in question is so unbelievably excited that he begins to jump around the room, shouting in an unintelligible language, where the only decipherable word is “kangaroo”! Roman, aged seven, you’re famous already.
Beyond all this the only other crucial piece of information you require from me is my promise to you that Madrid is bloody good fun. Whether you want to relax in beautiful parks, go sight-seeing to the Prado, watch a world class football match at the Bernabeu or go for one beer and some tapas that somehow ends up in breakfast at 8am and an almighty hangover! This is certainly a lively city and I hope you make the right decision to come and join me. If so, and you enjoy it, please feel free to buy me a copa at The Music Bar on Calle Huertas…….i’ll be the one failing to attract the attentions of the ludicrously attractive Venezuelan bar-maid!
Alex Runham – Class of February.
Christopher Griffith – Coshocton, Ohio USA
|Dear Prospective TEFL Teachers,I am writing this letter to share with you my experience with the Canterbury TEFL program. Simply put, it was fantastic. Before I came to Spain I was finishing my undergraduate studies, not sure of what I’d do with myself after graduation. My girlfriend, who had studied in Spain before, was given a teaching position near Madrid and she encouraged me to come with her. Not knowing the first thing about Spain and with an elementary (at best) level of Spanish, I was hesitant to take the plunge. We did know that teaching English would be my only option, so we started scouring the Internet, reading English teaching blogs and the like, when we found Canterbury’s website. Something told me that this would be the easiest and most reliable way to find work as a teacher in Madrid and sure enough, when I signed up for the September course, I was not disappointed.
The TEFL course provided the structure and foundation I needed to prepare myself for the world of teaching English in Madrid. The course is such that you get equal time for learning and training in the techniques of both Business English and Children’s English, which has given me flexibility in the types of classes I choose to teach. Of course, Canterbury stands out because of the paid internship, which gets you on the fast track to teaching real-life classes in the first few weeks. The Canterbury staff is extremely generous; they will bend over backwards to find you classes that suit your needs and the library is an invaluable resource for preparing and gathering materials.
In addition, the Canterbury Club offers many wonderful social events to its teachers. Every month they host several gatherings that take you both around and outside of Madrid. These excursions are a fantastic way to bond with your peers and to learn more about Spanish culture. From movie and pub nights in Madrid, to an outrageous grape harvest festival on the outskirts of the city, the Canterbury Club events have been among the highlights of my time in Spain.
Summing up, if you do decide to take the plunge and move to Madrid to teach, then the Canterbury TEFL program is definitely the surest bet you can make.
Chris Griffith – Class of October.
Alexandra Rivera Cabrera – Santurce, Puerto Rico
|I came to Spain with the purpose of taking a break between the typical 9-5 and graduate school, and I’ve gained more than words can express.
With my time here winding down, I can’t help but think about how different my experience in Madrid would have been without Canterbury. Doubtful as to whether Canterbury existed at all, I arrived in Spain with only the information provided on the website and my orientation letter. Besides the obvious facts that teaching English in Madrid provides an income while you enjoy the country’s many festivals, and that the TEFL program prepares you to teach students of varying levels, the most important part of my experience in Madrid caught me by surprise. This is the place to be to learn about yourself.
This is where you want to be if you want to become immersed in a beautiful, stress free culture that allows you to truly relax for the first time in your life; it puts everything into perspective. For me, and maybe for most, the best part about teaching is getting to know Spanish culture firsthand. It’s hard to imagine getting paid to talk to people about the best wine and cheeses in Spain, the different festivals around the country, the best restaurants to go to, what makes the Spanish people sore, and what excites them. Canterbury’s clients have been incredible people. And my experience here would be incomplete without them.
Best year of my life so far.
Alexandra Rivera – Class of July.
Lina Tran – Chicago, Illinois
|To Prospective TEFL Teachers,
Canterbury’s TEFL program is suitable for everyone, regardless of your length of stay. The TEFL course is only a month long, and depending on personal preferences you may start teaching while in the TEFL course. As a Canterbury teacher, you make your own schedule, which is especially important for those interested in travelling.
The staff at Canterbury is very helpful through emails, phone calls, and in person. They are always willing to take time from their busy schedules to answer questions, give advice, and help with ANY problems. This is extremely helpful if you have a low level of Spanish.
The Canterbury Club is one of a kind! I always have a blast when I attend the events, and they always have great activities planned!
After participating in Canterbury’s TEFL course and Club, I have met many intelligent and enjoyable people! I have a great social network formed through my TEFL course, which is essential to life abroad.
As a teacher, you have many opportunities to explore parts of the city you would never do on your own. From your students and colleagues, you learn things about the language and culture that you cannot find in a book!
Come and experience the things that Canterbury and Madrid have to offer!
Lina Tran – Class of October.
|Claire Barham – London, England
I am 23 years old and I live in London. I recently spent four months living in Madrid and working as an English teacher with the Canterbury Academy. I had a great time, and so much of that is thanks to Canterbury.
When I first arrived in Madrid I felt a bit lost as I did not know anybody, but that soon changed when I started my TEFL course. I immediately made many friends, people that I am still in touch with now. I took the TEFL course first, which I found to be incredibly useful and also very enjoyable. The course is very hands-on, it is designed so that there was maximum student-teacher interaction, and the teachers go out of their way to provide you with excellent theoretical and practical knowledge.
I was able to put this knowledge to use quite quickly, and started teaching in my third week of the course. After everything that we covered, I felt very comfortable going into teaching. And I didn’t have to go far to get classes, I had about 10 students a week and it was all arranged by the fantastic administrative team at the academy.
In addition, I profited a great deal from what Canterbury had to offer by getting discount Spanish lessons with the Garcia Lorca Language Academy. I did not speak any Spanish when I arrived in Spain, so I started with the beginner’s course. By the time I left I had also completed, and passed the intermediate course, so leaving Spain with an intermediate level was a great achievement for me.
Canterbury also offers organised nights in Madrid and trips outside of the city. Amongst others, I went to a grape harvest and to a tomato-throwing festival called La Tomatina. These were two of the most enjoyable days of my whole time in Spain, and they were things I might never have done had I not joined the academy.
All in all, Canterbury is a great package; not only do they offer a TEFL course with paid work at the end, but they also provide you with the chance to do new things and meet new people, all whilst living in an exciting European capital city. It is the chance of a lifetime to do something great!
Claire Barham – Class of September.
|Monica Vera – Caracas, Venezuela
|Dear future TEFL teachers,
One thing that is certain is that traveling is the best education money can buy. If you love to travel and experience new cultures, learn new languages, and make new friends, then Madrid is the place for you. Living and working in Madrid, Spain is like traveling the world without leaving the city. Madrid is a big city with a small city feel, a metropolis where Spanish people from different regions and people from all over the world come to live and work. It’s location in the middle of the country is ideal for people who want to visit the multitude of little towns housing the historic and beautiful Spanish cathedrals and castles. And for the traveling buff you can always find great flights all over Europe for weekend trips.
Before I decided to move to Spain I spent hours on the internet trying to figure out how I could live and work in a foreign country. Teaching English abroad seemed like the right opportunity to make my dream come true a.s.a.p. After sifting through what seemed like thousands of programs I became convinced that the Canterbury TEFL program was the best way to go. I soon left all my doubts behind and decided to come to Spain. I have been living in Madrid and working teaching English through Canterbury for 6 months and I am certain that I made the right decision.
The Canterbury TEFL program is composed of courses based in theory and practice which not only prepares you for working in the field it offers you an internship to get you on your way. This is something unique I didn’t find in any other TEFL programs. The best part is that the program is short and sweet. Before I new it I had completed the program and was making money teaching within a month of my arrival. The Canterbury teachers and staff are not only qualified and helpful they truly care about you and about making your experience here a success. The Canterbury club is a valuable bonus that provides you with a supportive group of people and fun activities that can make the transition of moving to a new country much easier and tons of fun.
Teaching English to Spanish speakers is one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I have learned so much about Spanish culture from each one of my students and at times I feel like they teach me more than I teach them. Living and working in a foreign country not only teaches you about the world it teaches you more about yourself. It’s the door that opens up a world of opportunity and gives you unique and diverse experiences you could write volumes about. These and many other amazing experiences await you so pack your bags and come teach English through Canterbury Academy.
Monica Vera – Class of October.
|Louise Dreisig – Copenhagen, Denmark
|Dear future TEFL students,
If you’re reading this, you must be thinking of coming to Madrid to do the TEFL program at Canterbury, but you’re not quite sure. Well, let me share my own experience with Canterbury and Madrid with you – Hopefully it will help you make your choice!
I’m a 23-year-old Danish girl who has been living in Spain for more than four years now. My original plan was just to stay in Madrid for a year to learn some Spanish, and then return to Denmark, but that’s not how it all turned out. I found it impossible to just leave my new life behind after that first year was over, so I ended up staying here, and I started studying Tourism at a Spanish university.
I didn’t get the idea of doing the TEFL course until more than two years later, and my only regret is that I didn’t do it before. As a non-native English speaker I was a bit unsure whether I would be able to find work teaching this language, or whether I’d even be qualified. However, at Canterbury I was met with such a warm and friendly atmosphere that I soon stopped worrying. I had a great month during the course, I met some wonderful people, I learned a lot, and I found a job that I really enjoy. The TEFL program was very interesting, the instructors were friendly and professional, and there was a good balance between theory and practice, including video-taped practice classes and presentations done in class. The course also includes forty hours of real teaching with real students, which is probably where you learn the most. Theory is good, but experience is better.
If you speak English but not Spanish, teaching is probably the best job you can possibly get here. Everyone in Spain wants to learn English lately, so there’s plenty to do, and Canterbury really does give you the work they promise. It’s a really rewarding and interesting job if you care enough to make an effort, and it does something that isn’t as easy as it sounds: it gives you a direct contact with Spanish people and culture. Many foreigners who come here end up talking only to other foreigners, especially if they take a Spanish course, because it’s just so much easier to meet people who are in the same situation as you. But when you teach, your students are Spanish, and getting to know them will give you a different insight and a more authentic image of Spain.
My life is very busy between studying and teaching, but I can honestly say it’s worth it. If you’re not a native English speaker, don’t despair: I haven’t had any problem finding work, and what I learned at Canterbury even gave me the experience and confidence to start teaching private Danish classes. Who would have thought there’d be a market for that? And if English is your mother tongue, well, make the most of it! Share your language with the world, have fun and get paid in the process.
Of course nobody can guarantee that your experience will be as positive as mine, but I think it’s worth a try. Living abroad can be a great adventure, and I can honestly recommend this country, this city and this school.
Louise Dreisig – Class of September.
|Mark Flemming – Washington, D.C.
|Dear Perspective Canterbury Students,
I am a 24 years old Washington, DC native who took the Canterbury TEFL course in January. I came to Madrid on a whim but after a year here, I can say it was one of the best decisions of my life.
I started my studies in Spanish when I was 4 years old at my bilingual elementary school in DC. I studied Spanish until I was 14 after which I applied for a year abroad in Zaragoza. I got into the program but my parents decided at the time, I was too young to spend a whole year abroad by myself. Therefore, I did not attend the program and shortly there after, my studies in Spanish concluded as there as I had passed out of all the Spanish classes at my high school. My next chance to live in Spain did not come until college but again, timing, sports and my majors would not permit me the opportunity. It was not until graduating college I was able to set out on the adventure I had been waiting for my whole life.
Like anyone who just up and decides to leave their home of 22 years, the idea of coming to Madrid not knowing anyone was a little daunting at first, but whether it was luck or fate, I couldn’t have ended up associating myself with a better English academy than Canterbury. One of the things that makes the academy so special is that it realizes the big step all of its students/professors have taken by packing up and moving to a foreign country and therefore are extremely accommodating and helpful with every aspect your new life in Madrid. When I first arrived, I was able to pick the brain of the Canterbury staff of everything from a good place to start looking for an apartment to the best mobile phone providers to cool tapa bars in the city. This is very useful even from the standpoint of someone who had 10 years of Spanish training because Spaniards, while very, very friendly when you get to know them, can sometimes appear a bit unapproachable or intimidating upon first glance!
Another of Canterbury’s wonderful traits is that other teachers/students just like yourself surround you. Whatever his or her motivation to come to Spain might have been, everyone you work with is in the same boat looking to experience something new. Some people come for a “post-undergraduate adventure” before settling down for good in their career path. Others come to improve their Spanish. Moreover, others come after having had years of life experience in other job fields but just want to try something completely different. I personally was pleasantly surprised to find that many of the teachers were in similar situations as my own: having gotten into a post-graduate program but wanted to defer a year or two before hitting the books again. It was very comforting to know they were mulling over the same decisions as I was at the time.
Overall, I would say that Canterbury provides a unique opportunity to all its students and employees: the opportunity to live in a foreign country not as a tourist or a student, but an actual member of the society. I cannot help but smile when I think to myself, “No, I did not get a chance to study in Spain when I wanted to, but now instead, I am immersed here in life and work, which is much more rewarding, and I did it all by myself.” For anyone looking for a life changing experience, there is no need to look further than Canterbury. It was able to help me realize one of my dreams, and hopefully, it can do the same for you.
Mark Flemming – Class of January.
|Nicholas Hanna – Chicago, Illinois
|Teaching and studying with Canterbury was a fantastic experience! Their program was an essential stepping stone in my transition to a foreign country and my success as a language teacher.
Their TEFL course gave me the skills and experience I needed to feel confident as a teacher of English. The program focuses on teaching theory and provided me with the tools necessary to effectively succeed as a language teacher. I learned how to properly create a lesson plan, handle a classroom and solve problems. Their instructors were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They were always willing to answer my questions or offer up advice.
When I did begin teaching my own classes, I was given students with a sincere interest in learning and a desire to improve. Everyday was a welcomed challenge and an exciting opportunity to teach, interact and have fun with my students. The majority of my classes were within the Madrid Metro system and were easily reached. I eventually built up more than 20 hours per week teaching for Canterbury.
Canterbury also put me in touch with a community of expatriates involved in the same things as me. When living and working abroad, it becomes easy to miss home or feel isolated. Canterbury’s social events and generally friendly atmosphere provided opportunities to meet friends and share experiences. I had a lot of fun with Canterbury’s staff as well as my fellow teachers.
Living in Madrid and teaching English changed my life and was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I recommend it to anyone seeking the opportunity to experience something new and exciting.
Nicholas Hanna – Class of September.
|Marijike Mulder – Amsterdam, Holland
|This is to tell you how thoroughly I enjoyed my stay in Madrid at the Canterbury School. After having worked for many years (I am 53 years of age) as a communication consultant in Amsterdam, I decided a few years ago to take a year off for a sabbatical leave. I went for six months to Chile and worked as a volunteer at a high school in Chile’s most southern city, Punta Arenas. I helped the local teachers teaching English and French (we Dutch know our languages…). I also was involved in forming a summer school, in which we taught English to eager locals, to professionals as well as to children. It was a very exciting and rewarding time. What it lacked though, and what I was looking for, was to become more professional in the job of teaching. You really have to know your stuff to keep everybody interested and see results. So I decided to improve my Spanish further and to learn more about teaching. I selected a TEFL school that offered both opportunities.
I picked Madrid, being not too far from my homeland; choosing Canterbury seemed a too easy option. The school offered what I wanted: the possibility to improve my Spanish as well as a very interesting and challenging TEFL course. It looked solid and exciting at the same time.
Now, being back in the Netherlands, I look back at a really enjoyable time in Madrid. My Spanish improved and I sharpened my skills. The teachers and staff at Canterbury were really nice and supportive. Even though most TEFL students were a lot younger than me I had no trouble feeling part of the whole group, thanks to good communication and a friendly atmosphere.
Furthermore, teaching on the job turned out an excellent way to get to know Spain and the “Madrileños” a lot better. Canterbury sent me to excellent places (offices and private homes) where I taught English and French for some months. I asked for a variety of students and that’s what I got. Among my students, I had an accountant and a hotel manager, I taught a class to engineers, and also I remember two little sisters with a very ambitious mother. Furthermore, the city of Madrid is enchanting, lots to see and to enjoy.
In short: the training was excellent, this way of learning more about a country and it’s inhabitants is very rewarding and I can recommend it to everyone who considers to do the same. Cheers!
Marijike Mulder – Class of August.
|Robert Thornburn – Los Angeles, California
|To all TEFL candidates,
I am writing this letter to let you know about the positive and rewarding experience I had with the Canterbury school. I moved to Spain in July for love. My girlfriend is a Madrid native. After living in Los Angeles for 25 years I was ready for a change in my life but this was a major commitment, and one of the first decisions I had to make was how I would earn a living in Europe speaking very little Spanish. I had some private teaching experience but little hands on in a classroom. Canterbury totally prepared me for teaching English in a foreign country. After doing their one month course in August. I felt confident and ready to provide my Spanish students with a quality English education.
I found the staff to be honorable, knowledgeable and friendly. The classes were very well structured between theory, business and children. All the teacher trainers did their best to make the classes interesting. Considering we’re talking about English here, it’s amazing that I can use the word inspirational to describe some of the classes I had with John Bouse, one of the theory instructors.
Like most things, the key to becoming better at it, is experience. Canterbury provides its teachers with key presentation assignments throughout the course to get your feet more than wet. Some students actually start earning through teaching before they finish the course. Canterbury does provide it’s teachers with paying students/clients. There are other language schools claiming this, but it’s a sad fact that not all deliver. Canterbury wants you to work. In fact, you must satisfy their minimum teaching hour requirement before you receive your TEFL certificate. Madrid is filled with close to one hundred language academies, so there is no shortage of work for teachers.
Canterbury also provides it’s student teachers with group excursions, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some of the delights that Spain has to offer. There is also the Canterbury Club for socializing and networking with other teachers and Spanish students.
In summary, I had a great experience at Canterbury. I’ve made new friends for life. I’m supporting myself with a rewarding occupation and living in Europe. I’m happy. Perhaps you could be too.
Robert Thornburn – Class of August.
|Michele Tinsley – Arcadia, Florida
|Dear TEFL Students:
I am a 24 year old American who completed the Canterbury International TEFL Certificate Course in October and I immediately had work teaching English classes with Canterbury and other English Academies. It was a good, fast, intensive preparatory course to teach English as a foreign language. The staff and directors are very warm and friendly and there is a real down-to-earth, hospitable environment at Canterbury.
Canterbury also offers the option of adventuring out of Madrid with the Canterbury Club excursions. These trips are a great opportunity to see some of the hidden gems of Spain. I have gone to some amazing places with Canterbury that I probably would not have even known about.
Coming to Spain alone without an idea of where I was going to work or how I was going to find work as a teacher was very intimidating, but when I found the Canterbury program, I knew I would not be using my return flight home. They are a very personal English school with a very large clientele base.
Teaching English has been a wonderful experience. Because of the demand of English in a quickly progressing country, there is a wide variety of classes available. I enjoy the flexible schedule and the different classes. The reciprocity of the job is what I enjoy the most. Everyday I learn something new about Spain and Spanish culture from my students.
Next year, I will be staying in Spain for another year to teach English and to continue learning Spanish. If you are interested in moving to Spain to teach English, there is plenty of work with Canterbury as well as in one or more of the over one hundred language schools in Madrid.
Michele Tinsley – Class of November.
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