The fact is that these three academies are the best local options
if you want a certification which will be accepted locally and
recognized around the world. There are slightly cheaper uncertified alternatives
in Madrid, but you might have a much harder time getting them
accepted by your prospective employers. Personally, I'd have a harder time taking your TEFL "certificate" seriously (and you, frankly) if it wasn't from either Cambridge or Trinity.
International House (Updated Jan. 28, 2017)
studied my own CELTA (English Teaching Certificate) at International
House 24 years ago and I was quite satisfied with it. I did the
4-month extensive course and was always up to my neck in work so
I don’t know how anybody could hope to survive the 1-month intensive.
(The course-load has now been reduced somewhat to give more time
for lesson planning.) I have also studied one or two other courses
with their trainers over the years and apparently things haven’t
changed there regarding the quality.
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Calle Zurbano, 8
Metro Alonso Martinez
34 91 319 72 24
Recognition of the Centre (and Certificate)
With over 120 schools internationally, International House is well-known all over the world and in Madrid, which will make it easier, I think, to get your Certificate accepted by your prospective employers anywhere you go. (It probably won't hurt to have an IH certificate if you want to work at IH in Madrid or elsewhere.)
Training Staff and Course
I thought the CELTA course that I did was great and the staff was professional. I recently spoke at length with their Head of Teacher Training, Steven McGuire, and I can give my own personal "certification" as to his professionalism, intelligence and general knowledge of English teaching. He is definitely a competent teacher who regularly teaches at conferences.
Generally speaking, the recently renovated Zurbano Centre is just about as good as it gets around Madrid. The classrooms are large, there are lots of facilities for the students and teachers, it’s centrally located with an English language bookshop and Subway station nearby and there’s a Café with 5 internet-connected computers on the ground-floor next to the reception area. Every classroom has an internet connected computer and projector.
I'm told that teachers on the course now have access to the extensive teachers' resources library in the staff-room.
Intensive courses run February, May, June, July, August, September and November.
Part-time courses run October- December, January – March and April – June. Current availability of all courses here:
IH Madrid is also running an Online CELTA in Spain. For more information see:
DELTA course (Diploma in English teaching)
International House Madrid has been running the New Modular DELTA course since it began in 2008. The advantages of the Modular Diploma is that candidates can take the three modules – written exam, practical assignments, and specialism – in any order and at any stage of their teaching career. It also allows teachers to spread the load over a longer period. The course is open to all teachers regardless of where they work and applications are accepted at any time in the year for the course which runs October to May. Experienced teachers may consider the option of working for International House while doing the course which automatically qualifies them for a 20% discount on the course fee.
Cost of the CELTA is 1610.00 Euros. Cost of the DELTA course is 2,790 Euros.
More information on dates and prices at the training web site:
The IH Madrid Young Learner Certificate course
This course is designed for qualified teachers who have completed a CELTA course or equivalent, but who have either limited experience of teaching young learners or need to develop their current skills to teaching different ages or levels of children in different situations. The course consists of 30 hours of practical-based seminars and workshops to equip teachers with all aspects of young learner teaching.
The cost of this course is €490 Euros.
See: https://www.ihmadrid.com/en/young-learner-certificate-madrid for more information on the contents and dates of the course.
The IH Very Young Learner course
The IH Very Young Learner course is designed for teachers who have limited experience of teaching very young learners or need to develop their current skills to teaching infants and early primary children. The course consists of 12 hours of practical-based seminars and workshops to equip teachers with the essential aspects of very young learner teaching. Participants who complete the course will receive an attendance certificate with detailed contents of the course. Cost of the course is 290 Euros. More details here
The IH Teens course – similar to the VYL course but focused on teaching teenage students. More details here:
Other TEFL courses in Madrid:
Trinity Diploma TESOL Course October 2017 - May 2018:
British Council Madrid - Trinity Diploma TESOL Course October 2017 - May 2018.
The British Council is delivering the Trinity LTCL Diploma TESOL course in the coming academic year in Madrid October 2017 - May 2018.
This is an advanced, internationally respected and recognised qualification, designed for experienced teachers of EFL/ESOL who are looking to expand their practical knowledge of teaching and learning, and take their career to the next level. Previous candidates have gone on to develop into teacher training, publishing, further advanced study, materials development and academic management.
It is a face-to-face taught course with input sessions delivered by an experienced team of British Council tutors every Thursday and Friday 09.30-12.40. Teachers will have assessed teaching practice in their own schools/teaching centres.
Over 8 months candidates learn, reflect and progress through this challenging course which incorporates assessments in classroom practice, research projects, phonology and language. Candidates have access to an extensive range of learning resources – books, journals and online materials, and are supported throughout by our expert Diploma tutor team.
The final assessments and exam take place in May 2018.
Input sessions take place at the British Council in central Madrid.
· Course fees 2,800 € (2016/17 price – 2017/18 price tbc)
· Exam entry fees 484€ (2017 price – 2018 price tbc)
To request an information pack with details of how to apply, or for queries about the course please contact Lesley Keast, Diploma Course Leader on: email@example.com or 91 337 5016.
More information on British Council Madrid on MadridTeacher.com.
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