Language teaching is a challenging job that not everyone can pick up naturally. It requires creativity, patience, and knowledge of language-learning theory and language-teaching techniques. Increasingly, simply knowing English is insufficient if you plan to teach English in South America, Asia, Europe, or anywhere else in the world. Schools and institutes are demanding qualifications, experience, and practical training in the methodology of teaching English. An accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate is now a prerequisite to teach at the best English schools.
Máximo Nivel’s TEFL/TESOL Certification program will show you how to effectively teach English to non-native speakers, and will equip you with the tools and experience needed to be successful in the ESL classroom. You will come away from the TEFL/TESOL training with a thorough grounding in both the theoretical and practical concepts required to teach real-life language skills, including: Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation.
The TEFL/TESOL Certification program is a 12-Module course that provides you with an important set of competencies required to effectively teach English in foreign countries.
The most important and defining factor of the Máximo Nivel TEFL/TESOL Certification program is that it provides you with a full 25 hours of practical teaching experience – more than any other TEFL/TESOL program in the world. This is critical to making you a better teacher and will be looked upon very favorably by prospective employers.
Participants in the TEFL/TESOL course are continually assessed. There are no written examinations, but there are 3 required academic papers and a portfolio. Class attendance is required. Final assessment is based on the following:
Class Participation – 30%
Student Teaching – 40%
2 Papers and portfolio – 20%
Lesson Plans – 10%
On completion of the course, successful candidates are awarded grades as follows:
What pass rate do you have?
Even though it is an intensive and challenging course, the majority of our participants (around 95%) pass the TEFL/TESOL course. Overall, 60% are awarded a grade of Pass/Good, 5% receive a grade of Pass/Excellent, and 30% receive a grade of Pass/Satisfactory.
Does the TEFL/TESOL Certificate qualify me to teach English?
Yes. Your training will give you a major advantage over untrained teachers because you have declared your commitment to the field and to being a professional ESL teacher. Whether you want to work in South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, or anywhere else in the world, Máximo Nivel’s TEFL/TESOL Certification will open doors to rewarding employment opportunities.
Are there really teaching jobs?
Yes, there are. The whole world wants to learn English. People everywhere, especially young people, are convinced that speaking English is their passport to a successful career. Worldwide, there are many more ESL jobs than there are native-speaking ESL teachers to fill them. Native English-speaking teachers are in high demand in every part of the world.
English teaching jobs can be found in every country and in virtually every region of the world – South America, Central America, Asia, Eastern/Central Europe, and Western Europe. There is also high demand for professional instructors in English-speaking countries such as the U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Can I be considered for a teaching position with Máximo Nivel?
Yes. Máximo Nivel is a rapidly growing organization and we give preference to the top-performing participants in our TEFL/TESOL Certification program for employment at our executive language centers in Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Every month we make 3-5 employment offers to our TEFL/TESOL graduates.
Can I make a real career out of TEFL/TESOL?
Yes. There are many opportunities for long-term permanent positions and even for advancement to Director of Studies and other administrative and executive positions. Other possibilities are teacher training and materials and curriculum development.
Is it necessary to speak a foreign language?
Máximo Nivel does not require a second language to study for the TEFL/TESOL Certification, or to teach English at our executive language center. And most other employers do not require you to speak any other language other than English. That said, some experience learning and speaking a foreign language will help you understand language in general and how people learn it. If you are teaching in a foreign country, a basic knowledge of that country’s language and culture will also, without a doubt, make your life easier and make the overall experience much more rewarding.
Are there any age limits for TEFL/TESOL training?
You must be at least 18 years old to study for the TEFL/TESOL Certification at Máximo Nivel. You must be at least 21 years old to teach at Máximo Nivel. Generally speaking, ESL teachers range in age from 18 to 80, although it is more difficult to find employment if you are under 21 and over 50. Preferred age depends very much on the country, the culture, the school, and the type of students the school has; and legal requirements may also play a part. Some schools prefer more mature teachers, especially if their students are primarily business people. Others feel that younger teachers are more “dynamic” and “modern” in their approach. While still other countries are so desperate for teachers that age is irrelevant. Also, some countries will not issue a work visa for teachers over 45 years of age. The above all said, do not let the question of age put you off. With the Máximo Nivel TEFL/TESOL Certificate, you can definitely find employment.
What if English is not my native language?
Máximo Nivel DOES permit non-native English speakers to enter the TEFL/TESOL course. However, you must provide proof of proficiency in English (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, Michigan exams) before being accepted on to the course, or complete an interview with a qualified member of our staff that can assess your English level.
Generally speaking, if you have a good TEFL/TESOL certificate, not being a native speaker should not be a major problem. However, non-native speakers may not be accepted in some countries – for example Korea requires that your passport be from a native English-speaking country. But in many other countries, your English fluency and TEFL/TESOL certification will be welcome additions to the teaching staff.
How quickly can I get the TEFL/TESOL certificate?
The Máximo Nivel TEFL/TESOL Certification program is 4 weeks long (150 total hours). Your certificate is awarded to you immediately following the course.
Maximo Nivel also offers an online TEFL certification program that can take betwen 2 and 8 weeks, depending on how quickly you move through the material. This course is considered to contain approximately 80-100 hours of work, and can be completed on your time schedule.
Do I need a university degree?
Máximo Nivel does not require a college degree to enter our TEFL/TESOL Certification program. In most countries, the most important qualification is the TEFL/TESOL certificate itself. However, you might find some resistance by employers if you do not have at least a 2-year college degree. As well, especially in Asia and the Middle East, a work permit will not be granted if you do not have at least a bachelors degree. That said, with a TEFL/TESOL certificate, it is certainly possible to find work without a university degree, especially in South America and other developing regions. A high school degree, however, is important when pursuing a career in teaching English as a foreign language.
Can my family come with me?
Máximo Nivel is happy to welcome you and your entire family to Antigua, Guatemala, Cusco, Peru and/or San Jose, Costa Rica. While you study, your family can enjoy the tours and sightseeing that the country you are visiting has to offer. We are also happy to arrange special accommodations for families.
Do I have to get a work permit and residence visa?
A valid passport is required to enter and depart Peru, Costa Rica or Guatemala. Tourists must also provide evidence of return or onward travel. U.S. and European citizens do not need a visa for a tourist stay of up to 90 days or less.
When entering the country, you should specifically ask for a 90 day stamp in your passport. This will be sufficient to cover your time while you study for your TEFL/TESOL Certificate at Máximo Nivel and to do a little traveling and job-searching afterward.
To work legally in a foreign country you need a work permit, with which you can then get a resident’s visa. That said, it is common practice for ESL teachers to work illegally in many parts of the world. Máximo Nivel’s executive team will help you understand and navigate all the ins-and-outs and considerations in terms of work visas.
What about medical insurance?
Before you travel, make sure that you are covered by medical insurance, and that you are well-covered in case of accidents or emergencies while traveling outside of your home country. There are a number of companies specializing in international travel insurance. Multinational Underwriters is one such company, and can be contacted via their website www.mnui.com. Note: Máximo Nivel is in no way affiliated with Multinational Underwriters, nor do we receive commissions or any kind of referral fee.
What is EFL, ESL, TEFL/TESOL, TESL, TESOL, ELT etc?
The world of English language teaching, like most specialized fields, has a bewildering array of acronyms.
ELT stands for “English Language Teaching” (or English Language Training). This is an overall term that refers to all forms of English language instruction.
EFL stands for “English as a Foreign Language” and refers to the acquisition of English by non-native speakers.
ESL stands for “English as a Second Language” and is essentially interchangeable with EFL.
ESOL stands for “English for Speakers of Other Languages” and again, like EFL and ESL, refers to the acquisition of English by non-native speakers.
EAL stands for “English as an Additional Language” and is probably an attempt at being politically correct – it also refers to the acquisition of English by non-native speakers.
TEFL stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” and refers to teaching English to non-native speakers.
TESL stands for “Teaching English as a Second Language” and is essentially interchangeable with TEFL/TESOL.
TEAL stands for “Teaching English as an Additional Language” and, once again, is the politically correct version of TESL and TEFL/TESOL.
TESOL stands for “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages” and refers to teaching English to non-native speakers. The acronym TESOL is also used by an American teachers’ association – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.