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TEFL Training In Costa Rica | Updated: 03/20/2023

What does the Practical Teaching look like in our 4-week TEFL course?

Written by International TEFL Academy Costa Rica

Our 4-week TEFL training in Costa Rica will prepare you to be a dynamic, successful English teacher.  The 190-hour Costa Rica TEFL class is a full-time, intensive class, and our energetic instructors cover a lot of material and activities during class. Furthermore, the practical teaching we provide during the month will give you the experience and confidence you need to manage your own ESL/EFL class.

Your accredited certificate will show a grade for the coursework and the teaching practice, so it's important that you have a good understanding of both, especially the practical side of the course. During week one of the course, you will observe real ESL/EFL classes to see what it is like and what the students are capable of doing. Then you will get a calendar of the dates and times and level of students you will be teaching, as well as a topic for each class.

"The hands-on teaching experience was invaluable."

Throughout the course, you will teach four different lessons to Costa Rican students that are really learning English. The lessons will vary in English levels from Starter students, just beginning their English-learning adventure, to Advanced students who are hoping to perfect their English and expect you to correct their errors.  Topics will range from grammar and vocabulary to skills-based lessons like reading and speaking.   You will also get the chance to work with teenage students, college kids and professional adults.

"I began the course knowing nothing about teaching and now feel very comfortable putting lesson plans together and teaching a group of students at any level of English."

You will teach during weeks 2, 3 and 4 of the course.  The Practical Teaching classes take place in the afternoons and evenings, after the TEFL training has finished for the day.  Throughout the course, there will be many opportunities for you to get feedback on the planning from your trainers and observers. They are here to help, so take advantage! While you teach your lessons, you will be observed by an experienced observer, who also took our TEFL course, and a peer or two. After the lessons, you will discuss the lesson and get constructive feedback from the observer and your peers in order to help you reflect, make changes and grow as a teacher.

"I can’t imagine stepping into an ESL classroom without having had the practical experience."

Now that you have a better understanding of our Practical Teaching and the importance of taking a TESOL course that offers this experience, contact us to reserve your seat in one of our courses in Costa Rica!

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