Nicaragua TEFL/TESOL Training Center at the beach in Las Peñitas/León, Nicaragua:
Editor’s Note: Updated January 2018. Although we have moved our campus to the beaches, we are still very close to Leon. If you choose, you can reserve your accommodations yourself in Leon. The beach towns of Las Penitas/Poneloya are just 20 minutes from the city center, and often times students go together to explore the city on the weekends, and purchase any items needed for the upcoming week.
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Quick stats on our 190 hour, level 5, CELTA equivalent TEFL/TESOL Course:
Teacher Practice/Practicum: 10 hours, 6 hours with direct observation and feedback with a professor.
Length of training: 4 weeks,
Tuition: $ 1,799
Register 60 or more days in advance of course start date, receive $125 off course price or $1674.
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Your TEFL/TESOL Class:
TEFL classes are held Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 5:45 pm with a rotating practicum with one on one observers. (This is what makes us the equivalent to a CELTA course.) Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am -10:30 am is when students will perform their practicum. Students should expect a full day of classroom work, practice teaching, role playing and group discussions. Most students have 10 – 15 hours of homework per week, and the first two weekends you will be working on projects.
Classes are taught by university level instructors, and feature low teacher-student ratios to ensure the quality of instruction and interaction. No more than 14 students per class are allowed.
- The course follows an immersion method, where trainees develop their teaching skills and knowledge of grammar through a combination of morning input sessions and practicum (practice teaching) in the afternoon.
- During input sessions students are fully engaged in the class by frequently breaking into small groups to create teaching materials and teaching techniques.
- During afternoon practicum sessions, trainee teachers practice the skills and methodology learned during the input sessions while working with genuine local EFL students and following an official curriculum.
- All practice teaching sessions are fully observed by our highly qualified trainers, who provide each student with personalized feedback and instruction.
- A strong emphasis is placed on continual assessment and participants are expected to address the issues raised from previous feedback in their future lessons.
- Classroom management
- Teaching skills
- Language awareness
- Unknown language
- Teaching practice
Student Teaching (Practicum):
You will observe one of our professors two times, and practice teach with real EFL learners while being observed three times. The following day, you will receive feedback from your observing professor. This is a critical component of the learning process of becoming a professional teacher. Students will participate in a minimum of 10 hours of practicum with 2.25 hours of observer feedback and actual ESL/EFL students during their four week course. Teaching practicum will be held at our private language facility located here on the TEFL campus.
Textbook and Course Materials
Each TEFL student is required to purchase the International TEFL Academy course book for the course. It is strongly recommended to purchase them several weeks in advance. The coursebooks are an additional charge, and are to be paid by the student. The required books can be pre-ordered, and waiting for you at the school. Lauren in student affairs will discuss options for you to read and study before you arrive for your course.
● Paperback version of ITA Course Book
● Review the Pre-Course Grammar. Module to brush up on your grammar
● Purchase a grammar book to use during your course and while you are teaching abroad.
Here are our recommendations:
● Fundamentals of English Grammar, 3rd Edition by: Betty Schrampfer Azar
● Practical English Usage by: Michael Swan
● A Practical English Grammar by: Thomson and Martinet
● How to Teach Grammar by: Scott Thornbury
● Arrange to purchase a laptop computer if you do not already have one to use for the duration of the course. (It is a minimum requirement to have basic computer skills prior to taking the course.)
It is necessary that you have a proper computer or Mac with USB/VGA/HDMI ports. You will need this as much of your lessons will be uploaded to an online platform during your class called Moodle. You will also need to type and create lessons using Microsoft Word. For these reasons, Chromebooks and tablets are not permitted for your TEFL/TESOL course. Also, Nicaragua is a developing country. Sometimes sporadic internet and or power outages are possible. During these times, it is not possible to use a Chromebook.
Technology is a major part of the modern TEFL/TESOL classroom around the globe. During your class, you will need strong typing skills, along with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Google Drive and Google Docs. It is imperative that you learn those skills before you start your class in order to be successful. We only have you for 20 days, and every minute counts.
It is also recommended to bring a USB memory drive. They are cheap and economical. This will greatly improve the ability for you to make photocopies without carrying your computer everywhere. It also ensures that you always have your lesson plans etc if your computer crashes.
Check out related staff article: Technology Use, And The Modern TEFL/TESOL Classroom.
- TEFL course fee
- Pre – arrival assistance
- Welcome orientation, tour of neighborhood surrounding beach campus, and graduation party.
- Organized Weekend activities such as surfing and yoga.
- Job search guidance to teach English in Nicaragua
throughout Latin America and lifetime job search guidance worldwide
Tuition does not cover:
- Personal Expenses
- Course Book which can be reserved for you at the school
- International Flights
- Visa, Insurance
- Housing costs are paid directly to ITAN if we reserve your housing for you
The city of Leon:
León is named after León, Spain. Old Leon, or Leon Viejo,was the first capital of Nicaragua, until the Momotombo Volcano decided to wipe out the city. Leon is often referred to as the “Berkeley” of Nicaragua, due to the city’s left leaning tendencies, and focus on the University students.
Known for its vibrant street life and charm, León is home to some of the finest colonial architecture in Nicaragua. The educational and cultural hub of Nicaragua, León serves as the perfect backdrop for the International TEFL Academy Nicaragua.
León offers all of the conveniences of a full-scale city. In addition it is within close proximity to Pacific beaches with surfing, and numerous volcanoes featuring volcano boarding. Leon is easy to navigate, as it uses the grid system for its street layout. Centrally located just four blocks west of the Central Park, and two blocks away from a local supermarket, coffee shops, and restaurants, everything you need is just a short walk away from our training center. Interested in learning Spanish? Diarana Spanish School located a mere steps from our campus offers Spanish language classes for all levels at affordable prices.
Following enrollment, we can assist you in finding housing for your month of training, with options available for independent living, or shared space. You can also choose to extend your stay past the original month if you care to.If you wish to extend your stay, please check with student affairs first.
Job Opportunities and Teaching English in Nicaragua
Cost of living:
The cost of living in Nicaragua is extremely low compared to the U.S. and Western Europe. The average cost of living for an English teacher is approximately the equivalent of $ 300 – $ 600 USD a month. That is 7,500 to 15,000 Cordobas a month. Most English teachers rent a room from a family for anywhere from $50-150 a month. Food, public transport and entertainment are all affordable.
Pay for teachers
- Wages for English teachers in Nicaragua vary, though pay is typically much higher in the private sector and in the cities.
- Most teachers can comfortably live on $300 – $600 per month, depending on city etc. If you teach online, you will have the ability to save up to $1000 per month, which is quite a bit here in Nicaragua.
- Pay is on average higher in the city of Managua. Teachers can expect to earn between 114-286 Cordobas per hour before taxes, depending on where they choose to teach. That is $4- $10 US Dollar per hour. That may not seem like much, but given the low cost of living, it is more than enough to live comfortably.
- Most English teachers work for more than one school to gain more hours, depending on their financial needs.
- Private tutoring: TEFL certified teachers can charge the equivalent of $5 – $12 dollars an hour for tutoring private students.
- Online teaching is becoming quite popular, and teachers usually make $10 – $16 per hour.
Related staff article: Nicaragua English Teaching Job Market.
Getting Hired to Teach English in Nicaragua:
- There are two types of schools that traditionally hire our grads: Bilingual schools where graduates teach children from grades K – 12, and private language centers where they teach adults, and university students.
- Contracts for both vary, and are dependant on starting month, and school year. Most Bilingual schools hire from 3-12 month contracts, and most private language centers hire for ‘cycles’ that range from 6 weeks to 14 weeks.
- Degree requirements: In the public and private schools often a degree is not required, however it is often recommended. A four-year college degree will be required to teach at most universities.
- Ages for teachers: There are teachers working in Nicaragua from age 18-88. Younger teachers often are given priority to work with children while mature teachers do well in an adult setting.
- Non-Native English speakers with a TEFL certification who are fluent in English can easily find a job in Nicaragua as there are relatively few native English teachers to compete with.
Tourist visa for taking the class for 4 weeks. Most foreigners can receive a 90 day tourist visa and are obtained at the airport or crossing the border upon arrival.
Fee into country: There is a $ 10 USD entry fee.
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