Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1.- Q. What is the Canterbury International TEFL Certificate, and if after working for Canterbury I wanted to teach in another country, would your TEFL Certificate be recognized there?

A. The Canterbury International TEFL Certificate is an internationally recognized qualification to teach English abroad. The Canterbury International TEFL Certification Course received its full accreditation at International TESOL Level 5 in 2009. The current trainers on the course were all assessed and evaluated in 2009 as well. In addition, the lead trainer, Mr. John Bouse, has over twenty-five years of teaching experience and was further awarded a diploma in 2014 for his completion of Effective Course Tutoring and Teaching of New Teachers.

Canterbury staff are members and actively contribute to the United Kingdom's prestigious Chartered College of Teaching. Canterbury TEFL is a member of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and has been awarded the Golden Laurel from the Madrid City Hall and Radio Turismo, the Golden Medal from the Province of Madrid and the National Merit Award of Spain for the excellence of its programs.

Past Canterbury TEFL graduates are currently teaching abroad in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America with the prestigious Canterbury TEFL Certificate.

2.- Q. How much can I earn teaching English in Madrid? What is the average successful graduate's weekly work schedule like?

A. The full market pay rates at academies in Madrid range from 12 to 18 euros per hour. This is based on many factors including the experience of the teacher, the difficulty of the class, whether the class is a one to one class or a group class, whether the class is a general English class or a business English class, and the number of hours that you are contracted to work. The average pay for group classes in companies and businesses is 15 euros per hour. In addition, private classes usually pay between 10 - 20 euros per hour but are more unstable as students often stop classes without warning at any time during the year. The average weekly work schedule varies from one teacher to another. We consider a full schedule as twenty-five hours of teaching a week, and you need to teach about twenty to twenty-five hours a week to pay all of your living expenses. Canterbury guarantees an average minimum of ten to fifteen hours a week. This will cover all of your basic needs to live such as monthly rent, food, and transportation costs. Sometimes we can give you more than ten to fifteen hours of teaching, but we cannot guarantee this. Teachers who want to teach more than fifteen hours are responsible for their own marketing to other English academies and private students. Of course, Canterbury will assist you and advise you in this process. Also, some teachers want to dedicate some of their time to studying Spanish and others do not want classes on Fridays, because they prefer to enjoy a three day weekend. It all depends on you.

3.- Q. What type of students will I be teaching? What age range are they going to be, and are they going to be professionals or individuals? Will I teach classes, or teach on a one-to-one basis?

A. Your students will be a mixture of children, teenagers, adults and professionals of all English levels. You will usually teach one to one as well as small groups (2-5), and occasionally big groups (6-20). You will travel to the homes, offices or schools of where your students live or work throughout Madrid to teach these classes.

4.- Q. When do I start teaching classes?

A. Another important difference at Canterbury TEFL includes being paid for teaching classes that begin during the course. Theoretical training is important, but there is no substitute for experience. Standing in front of a group of non-native English speakers and teaching an English class in a foreign country is not easy. For those with little or no teaching experience, it can be a daunting experience. Canterbury realizes this. Our program is specifically designed to guide you, to help you and walk you through this process so that you attain the confidence necessary to do this by the end of the course.

Our philosophy includes both a “LEARN BY DOING” approach together with a “PAID FOR DOING” policy. Thus, each TEFL trainee must teach a total of 20 hours of internship classes with non-native speaking students to fulfill the 120-hour course requirements and obtain their TEFL certificate. This is by far the highest number of real teaching hours offered by any TEFL program. Moreover, you will be paid for teaching these internship classes as well. As a trainee, you will be hard-pressed to find a better situation than that!

5.- Q. Do I continue teaching the students that I have started with during the course, and will I receive more classes after this?

A. You will start teaching students during the course and you will continue with them for the rest of the year if you so desire. This is the job guarantee security that Canterbury offers. You will continue to receive more classes until you have an average minimum of 10-15 hours of teaching per week. In addition, Canterbury will assist you in marketing yourself to other academies and provide you with class sessions on resume writing, how to set up private classes for yourself, and give their well known and respected job references as well.

6.- Q Can I obtain a teaching position without a TEFL certificate?

A. Although it may be possible in a few countries to obtain teaching jobs without TEFL certification, this is becoming rarer. Moreover, these are usually quite low paying jobs. Schools increasingly require a TEFL certificate and often require applicants to teach a demonstration lesson or submit a video of the applicant teaching a lesson. Canterbury's training will more than prepare you to meet these requirements.

7.- Q Are books and materials included in the course price?

A. Yes, all materials for the course are provided and are included in the course price.

8.- Q. I have read in my travel book that Madrid has become a very expensive city to live in. Is this true?

A. No, it is not true at all. Although the cost of living in Madrid has risen over the last few years it is still a relatively cheap place to live, especially when compared with other capital cities such as New York, London, Paris, etc. Also, don't forget that Madrid has the most exciting nightlife of any city in Europe and the cost of going out at night for dinner or drinks is less than 50 % compared to the cities mentioned above.

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9.- Q. How much money would I need to start up before I actually complete the TEFL program?

A. You would need (as a minimum) the following:

2 Months Rent: 700 €
Rental Deposit (Fianza): 350 €
2 Months Food: 500 €
2 Months Transport: 100 €
Total: 1,650 €
10.- Q. What types of things would be helpful for me to bring with me to Spain?

A. We recommend that you pack a nice pair of trousers, a few dress shirts and ties (for the guys) and skirts (for the girls) in your suitcase. Once you begin your professional teaching career in Madrid, it will be important to dress accordingly for your professional teaching assignments. We believe it is easier (and more economical) to pack some dress clothes before you leave than it is to buy them here in Madrid after you arrive.

11.- Q. Do the students arrange airfares independently?

A.Yes, the students arrange their own airfares.

12.- Q What is the actual retention rate of those who sought positions with Canterbury and were employed?

A. The actual retention rate of those who successfully complete the program and sought positions with Canterbury is 99%! Remember, Canterbury guarantees you a job as well as job placement, and for people who are shopping for a TEFL program, this should be a key factor in deciding which one to choose.

13.- Q Does it matter if I cannot speak Spanish?

A. It is not a problem if you do not speak Spanish. Some people cannot speak a word of Spanish before they arrive to Spain, but they can take Spanish classes with our partner school, INHISPANIA, and learn quickly. This also enables them to teach a wider variety of English classes. In fact, there is a special discount of 12% on Spanish classes at INHISPANIA for all Canterbury TEFL students. Click here to see more information at

14.- Q Is it better to live in Madrid or Barcelona?

A. Canterbury does not have a branch in Barcelona. As far as your decision between Barcelona and Madrid, part of the difficulty is the language. The key problem with Barcelona is that the people speak Catalan to each other, although if you speak to them in Spanish, they will respond in Spanish. Catalan is another language, incomprehensible to Spanish speakers, and is only spoken in this small region of Spain. You learn Spanish in class, but in the street you hear Catalan. Not only that, but Madrid has a more Spanish flavor than Barcelona.

15.- Q. When does the next Canterbury International TEFL Certificate course start?

A. The Canterbury International TEFL Certificate course is of four weeks duration and is held every month of the year. Click the following link to see the . Because of the demand for our TEFL course, it is usually booked up a few weeks or more (depending on the month) before it starts. We recommend that you send in your application for the month that is most convenient for you as soon as possible.

16.- Q. When do people normally have to decide and pay the deposit?

A. If your application for the month you have chosen has been accepted (we take between three to five days to evaluate it), you will receive an e-mail informing you of your acceptance. You then have fourteen days from the date of this e-mail to send us your 300 euros deposit. If, after fourteen days, we have not received your deposit, your space could be taken by another student as enrollment in the course is limited.

17.- Q. Do students arrange their own medical insurance?

A.Yes, the students arrange their own medical insurance after they arrive, if they so desire, for a very nominal fee depending on how long they are planning to stay in Spain. High quality medical insurance is readily available in Madrid for about sixty euros a month.

18.- Q. Where is Canterbury located?

Calle Covarrubias 22, 2º Derecha
Metro Alonso Martínez

Tel. +34 918 380 082
        +34 648 956 204


The office is open from 9.30 to 18.00, Monday to Friday. Our Director of Studies is on site to help students settle and deal with any problems that may arise during the course.

(Check the FAQ/Contact page for the address and a map).

19.- Q. What if I have other questions?

A. If you still have any specific questions concerning the program, please email us a contact number and the best time to call you. We will telephone you here from Madrid as soon as we can. For the fastest and speediest responses, please send all emails to the following address:

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Canterbury Contact Information

Calle Covarrubias 22,
2nd floor on the right (2º Dcha.)
28010 Madrid, Spain
Tel +34 91 838 0082 / +34 648 956 204

Don't forget we are 9 hours, West Coast to 6 hours, East Coast, ahead of the US and 1 hour ahead of Great Britain. In order to speak with the Director of Studies, please call between 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M., Spanish time (if you are calling from California, that would be from 1:00 A.M. to 9 A.M. and if you are calling from New York that would be 4:00 A.M. to 12 P.M.).

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