Frequently Asked Questions

Why spend money on a TEFL course? I’ve met people who teach English without one.

TEFL-certified teachers are more qualified and more prepared for independent teaching — primarily because of the peer/instructor-reviewed teaching practice they do and the arsenal of teaching techniques they acquire during the course. As a TEFL-certified teacher, you will be more valuable to your students and employers. Among the key advantages to taking the TEFL course:

  • You will have access to more prestigious job opportunities.
  • Your average pay will be higher.
  • Most importantly, you will feel far more confident in your ability as a teacher to plan classes and syllabi and deliver high-quality, dynamic lessons to your students.

The money you spend at the outset on the TEFL course is an investment in both your skill and earning power as a prospective English teacher. Being a TEFl-certified, native English speaker is a powerful combination that will be recognized and sought after not only here in Argentina, but around the world.

What are the differences between TEFL, TESL, and TESOL?

TESOL stands for “Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages” and includes both the TEFL and TESL certification methods:

  • TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) — This certification method is for teachers who plan to teach English to people in a country where English IS NOT the local language or lingua franca, such as Argentina.
  • TESL (Teach English as a Second Language) — This certification method is for teachers who plan to teach English to people in a country where English IS the local language or lingua franca, such as the UK or the United States.

The difference between the two methods revolves around communication in the classroom. In a TEFL environment, your class will have a common language, for example Spanish, if you’re teaching in Argentina. On the other hand, in a TESL environment, your class will not necessarily have a common language as your students could be from a variety of countries.

What is the difference between an online TEFL course and what TEFL Argentina offers?

There are three key advantages to taking the in-person course:

  • The teaching practice with real, local English-language learners.
  • The interaction with and personalized feedback on your teaching practice from the TEFL trainer.
  • The growth derived from collaborating with fellow TEFL trainees and from sharing ideas and peer-reviewing one another’s teaching practice.

Essentially, taking the course in person enables you to develop as a teacher from several interactive feedback loops (trainer–trainee; trainee–trainee; trainee–live teaching practice) not available online.

Online TEFL courses cost less and may include much of the same language theory, but you will be far-more prepared and confident as an independent teacher upon graduation having already had the chance to hone your skills with actual lessons and having had those lessons critiqued by your peers and trainer in ways specifically tailored to your personal growth as a teacher.

What separates TEFL Argentina from the other TEFL programs available in Buenos Aires?

What makes TEFL Argentina unique is the amount of focus placed on you, the learner and teacher in training, in the following ways:

  1. The qualifications and experience of our course instructor, Mali. He is DELTA-certified (the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in the field of English Education) and has been training prospective English teachers in Buenos Aires since 2004. He is both the trainer and course writer which means he can tailor it to individual trainee needs and development as much as possible.
  2. Many TEFL providers are international organizations that outsource a branch of their larger operation to Buenos Aires. TEFL Argentina, on the other hand, is entirely locally based and run, which means all the members of our course and program staff are available to you in person throughout your program should you have any questions or need any assistance whatsoever. You will correspond and work with the same people up to, throughout, and after graduation from the course.
  3. Our small class sizes pave the way for maximized individual attention for each student and the development of his or her teaching abilities during the course.
  4. Our students create and deliver six “teaching practice” lessons during the course and spend more than 13 hours total peer-reviewing their performances (with both fellow students and trainer) to help master their craft.
  5. The job placement assistance service — our graduates are guaranteed 3 interviews or a job within a month of course completion or we provide them with a 50% refund. It is important to us that you succeed both during and following the course.
  6. Our support network provides you with structure, not to mention a social circle to be a part of, as you settle into the city — from airport pickup upon arrival to a personalized welcome orientation; from bi-weekly cultural events to our 24/7 assistance and more. Teaching English independently in a foreign country is an enriching and rewarding experience, but we recognize that it can be very intimidating at first. We strive to make you feel as comfortable as possible in Buenos Aires from the minute you arrive at the airport until the day you graduate from the course, and beyond!

I’ve never been a teacher before. Can I still take the course?

Absolutely. In fact, the majority of our students have little to no prior teaching experience. Our TEFL participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds — from students taking their gap-year breaks, to recent university graduates, to professionals looking to change their career paths, to those in need of a mid-life break, to those simply captivated by wanderlust. All you need is the desire to teach and the openness to learn!

Is the TEFL Argentina course available to non-native English speakers?

Yes! It is not necessary that you be a native English-speaker but you should have an advanced English level in reading, writing and speaking. Before you are accepted into our course, you will speak with our trainer to assess your level of English to ensure you will get the most of the program. This is not a test in the formal sense of the word, though we will try to make sure of your aptitude.

What qualifications will my TEFL Argentina course trainer have?

Our trainer holds the Cambridge DELTA — Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, at Level 7 of the UK National Qualifications Framework (the equivalent of a Master’s Degree) — and has worked in English Language Teaching (ELT) since 1997. He has been training on TEFL courses since 2002 and has been training in Buenos Aires since 2006. TEFL Argentina is unique in that our trainers are residents of Buenos Aires who have taught English here and understand the local culture. Our trainer and staff know extensively the local market for English teachers here in Buenos Aires.

How exactly does the TEFL Argentina job placement assistance work?

During the course, your instructor will assist you in creating a professional teaching resume/CV to be used during the job application process. Upon successful completion of the course, TEFL Argentina will send your resume/CV to our contacts, which include local and international language schools and institutes. We also hold a celebratory lunch and exit interviews with all of our graduates to speak with them more in depth about the available job opportunities in Buenos Aires and how to approach interviews. If you plan to teach somewhere other than Argentina after the course, we will put you in touch with potential employers in the location of your choice. Personalized references are also available upon request.

Will I be able to find work as a teacher in Buenos Aires following the course?

100% of our former TEFL Argentina graduates who have chosen to stay in Buenos Aires and teach English have been able to find paid teaching jobs within a few weeks of completing the course. It’s important to us that you not only become TEFL-certified, but that you also find independent work successfully. We work closely with our alumni to help them garner either 3 interviews or a job within a month of graduation. Most of our graduates are contacted for job interviews within days of finishing the course and quickly find 20-30 hours of teaching time per week. Many have also found employment outside of Argentina. Lifetime job placement assistance is offered to all students who successfully complete the course, so if you don’t plan on teaching immediately after the course, you can always contact us for assistance in the future.

What kinds of teaching jobs are available in Buenos Aires?

Most of our graduates find jobs teaching with local and international language schools and institutes in the city which offer courses for children, adolescents, and adults ranging from conversation classes and preparatory courses for international English exams, to tailored in-company lessons and business English instruction. Many graduates also teach private lessons to students looking to learn English one-on-one with a native speaker for work, travel purposes, or just for fun.

How much do English teachers typically earn in Buenos Aires?

Income from teaching positions can vary greatly depending on where you work, what type of lessons you do (private or through an institute), and how many hours per week you teach. On average, English teachers in Buenos Aires work approximately 15-25 hours per week and earn between $6,500-8,000 Argentine pesos per month, which is enough to live comfortably and enjoy your time here in Buenos Aires.

What is an average week like for an English teacher in Buenos Aires?

English teachers typically spend 20-25 hours per week teaching classes and dedicate an additional 10-15 hours to planning and preparation. Most English teachers give lessons in multiple locations, meaning that you will likely be utilizing public transportation on a daily basis to get to and from your classes. Depending upon your preferences you can start your day early in the morning or teach later in the afternoon or evening. The most common time slots for classes (both institute and private) are either before the start of the work day or after/in the evening as most Argentines look to take English classes in addition to their regular 9-5 jobs.

When is the best time to find a job teaching English in Buenos Aires?

There is high demand for native English teachers in Buenos Aires and TEFL-certified teachers can find employment year-round. However, many schools and institutes have their peak hiring seasons in accordance with the Argentine academic year — which begins in March and runs through mid-December with the exception of “winter holidays” in mid-July. Summer holidays last from mid-December to mid-February. While many Argentines travel during this time, many also seek English lessons as they have more open and flexible schedules.

Can I teach elsewhere besides Buenos Aires?

Yes! You can use our job placement service to find employment in other locations in Argentina, as well as in many other countries around the world. One of the most important aspects of our TEFL course is that it provides you with techniques that allow you to teach English effectively without using any of your learner’s native language. This enables you to teach you anywhere around the world that you desire!

I’m already TEFL certified. Can I still use your job placement assistance service?

Unfortunately, we only provide this service to students of our TEFL course in order to provide our graduates with the highest quality English-teaching opportunities available.

Is there any way I should prepare before starting the TEFL Argentina Course?

Although no specific preparation is necessary, you should come mentally prepared to work and study hard. The course is only four weeks long and a great deal of material is covered in that time. The course is intense, but not overwhelming. At the same time, it will also fly by so remember to enjoy it! By the time the course is over, you will be fully prepared to start teaching your own classes right away.