Cambridge CELTA Course in Medellin

Also referred to as the City of Eternal Spring due to its agreeable year-long climate, Medellin is located in a deep valley, offering you a series of exciting museums, markets, and coffee plantations a well as a thriving nightlife while you take your CELTA.

TEFL Certification in Medellin, Colombia

Taking your CELTA in Medellin allows you to study while still enjoying fantastic fun ventures and tours within the city. Located North West of Bogota and known as the second-largest city in the country, Medellin is a vibrant city with no shortage of activities.

As a CELTA trainee, you can go cycling, walking in the hills and even paragliding or explore the modern art museum and markets during your free time in the city.

Our TEFL center is strategically located within the heart of the city close to financial and commercial hubs. Our course allows plenty of time for teaching theory, practice and evaluation.

Teaching practice is undertaken in small groups of 5-6 teachers, and at the end of each session, an assessment takes place to help trainees focus on their strengths and address any weaknesses.

You will work with your colleagues outside the course hours to plan together and focus on course materials and will be supported by our course leaders throughout your time here. 

We are focused on assisting our teachers in making the most of their time during the training by providing you exceptional learning and teaching experience. We follow a well-designed schedule that is structured to ensure both new and experienced teachers develop their teaching skills to the optimum level.

Medellin Course Highlights - A Quick Glance

  • A minimum of 120 contact hours at our center, with additional hours spent outside class for self-study: background reading, lesson planning and assignment writing.
  • Trainees are involved in lesson planning, language analysis, observation of peers and experienced teachers, reflection on their teaching practice and feedback from trainers.
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice along with peer observation.
  • 6 hours of observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT professionals.
  • On-going job support, suitable assistance and continous professional development services.

Medellin Course Dates

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Medellin Course Details

Entry Requirements

  • You should be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course (trainees can be accepted over 18 at the center’s discretion).
  • While the course itself does not require you to have a degree, you should have a standard of education equivalent to that required for an entry into primary or higher education.
  • Have a strong command, awareness of English language with equal skills over verbal and written English so as to follow the course and complete the assignments.

Course Syllabus

Some of the main units of learning are:

  • Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation and management skills
  • Teaching practice and guidelines

Assessment

You will be continually assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

  • Teaching Practice
  • Written Assignments

CELTA course trainees will always be kept informed of their progress during the course and an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, moderates each course.

Teaching Practice, Observation

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course where trainees work in groups to plan, observe and give feedback to each other.

  • Six hours of assessed teaching practice with real students in real classes.
  • Detailed oral and written feedback of your teaching practice.
  • Observation of both peer and qualified ELT teachers for six hours.

CELTA Training Center in Medellin

Our Medellin center are strategically located at the El Poblado Avenue, close to financial and commercial establishments, and structured to provide the ultimate learning experience for our budding TEFL teachers.

This center is located right in the middle of the Medellin's central business district, giving our teachers easy access to different parts of the city. The El Poblado center which is a modern office building with all the necessary facilities to support optimum learning is responsible for our TEFL courses.

The center offers a wide range of learning and recreational facilities including well-stocked libraries, modern classrooms and cafes. There are enough public transport and modern metro system available for you to travel around.

The center boast of highly experienced and friendly tutors as well as staff dedicated to making you feel comfortable and meeting your educational needs during the TEFL training.

Job Support and Placement: Medellin, Colombia

We are enthusiastic about our teachers' professional development both during and after their CELTA training.

We offer optimal job support to our teachers with career support sessions where tutors provide advice on CV writing, information on prospective employers, and tips on the best places to look for jobs within the city. 

We are confident you'll love the city and happy to render our assistance to you in your job search within Medellin on successful completion of your TEFL training.

Why Choose CELTA in Medellin?

Completing your TEFL such as a CELTA in Medellin allows you to begin your teaching career in a city with opportunities for career development, especially for newly certified English teachers. You won't be short of options in Medellin as locals are keen to improve their English skills.

The government has also increased funding in the last few years, with a renewed focus on the education system, thus creating an increasing demand for teachers.

Teaching opportunities are available in high schools, primary schools, summer camps, and smaller villages close to the city, so it's easy to find something that suits your style. Due to the size of the town and based on the qualifications you possess, you can also find work in universities or international schools.

The salary for a TEFL teacher in Colombia differs depending on where you choose to teach, the type of institution, and if you are planning to work full or part-time. This can range from 500 USD to 3,000 USD per month. Some jobs also offer housing benefit, but this is not guaranteed. You can live comfortably in Medellin on a teacher’s salary. You’ll be able to pay rent, eat out and enjoy the city with some extra to save.

In a city with accessible living costs, a vast range of job opportunities and easy access to other parts of Latin America you won't struggle to find work. This is just one of the many reasons that Medellin is well placed to offer beginner teachers a fantastic start to their teaching careers.

Things to do in Medellin, Colombia while taking a CELTA

Medellin is a vibrant city with no shortage of activities for our CELTA trainees. You may decide to arrive in the city before your course begins to have more time to explore or wait behind for a few days after your training. Whichever way, you will always have a variety of things to do.

You can go cycling, walking in the hills and even paragliding! There is also a modern art museum and lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Start at the Plaza Botero to see the fantastic sculptures made by Fernando Botero Angulo, a Medellin sculptor. Then continue to Parque Lleras later in the day to enjoy the electric nightlife of the El Poblado neighborhood filled with locals and foreigners. The nightclub, Eslabon Prendido, is especially famous for the amazing Colombian dance experience it offers after a tiring TEFL session. If you love Salasa, then this is the place to be.

For lovers of shopping, the Santa Fe Shopping center will be the best spot to visit. This striking mega mall feature stores like H$M, Zara ad many others.

Medellin is also a great place to try some delicious food. You can choose to eat in modern upmarket restaurants if you like, but it is always more fun to try the traditional Colombian dishes in a smaller eatery. The Bandeja Paisa is a popular dish consisting of multiple elements like red beans, ground meat, hogao (warm tomato chutney) pork rinds, avocado, fried eggs, plantains, white rice, sausage, arepas (corn cakes), and black pudding.

Another exciting thing to do in Medellin is to take a Pablo Escobar tour for which the city is famous. You will get to see some of the notorious sights associated with this part of Colombia’s history. There is also the El Penol and Guatape where you can see the enormous lake, experience breathtaking views, and find plenty of colonial streets and plazas to explore.

Start your CELTA training in Medellin to earn a globally acceptable teaching qualification while you enjoy the fabulous climate and fast-paced city life of the well-famed City of Flowers.

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