TtMadrid – TEFL Course in Madrid

TtMadrid TEFL Certification Course

About

TtMadrid is an internationally accredited intensive 4 week course located in the heart of Madrid. ​TtMadrid offers great TEFL courses to both EU and non-EU students, including getting a one-year visa for those without an EU passport. We will equip you with the skills to teach business and general English, grammar, and phonetics in a group, one-to-one or telephone class setting. TtMadrid takes care of organizing your accommodation, bank accounts, mobile phone, legal paperwork, plus much more. TtMadrid also organizes all sorts of cultural immersion and social events to make you part of the TtMadrid community. And even more importantly, the program has a 100% successful job placement rate!

Website
ttmadrid.com
Headquarters

Calle Montesa 35
2º derecha
28006 Madrid Madrid
Spain

Reviews

Nerea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you're looking for a TEFL course, look no further. This is honestly the best program out there. The team is comprised of individuals that are passionate about what they do and truly care about each student. At TtMadrid you will get the support and encouragement you need to thrive in every stage of your TEFL journey. They are also so incredibly aware of the challenges of moving to a new country. I have moved across continents enough times to know how daunting the process can be and it is so inspiring and comforting to know that a place like TtMadrid exists where such a solid support system is available. And it doesn't end once you finish the course! I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the TtMadrid alumni family and so thrilled to have found a community whose core values and vision align so closely with my own.

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Brittany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing 4 week intensive TEFL course with the most educated, loving, supportive, and best looking instructors I've ever seen. Alina, Molly, Rory, and Héctor are SO knowledgable and passionate about teaching and learning! Best of all they are all so patient and encouraging to all students. Best decision I made and so grateful for all the classmates that turned into friendships!
There is extra help if needed and their door is always open! :)

Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After graduating from my university and having no idea what to do career wise, I was dying to figure out a way to move back to Spain as I completely fell in love with the people and culture while studying abroad here years ago. After countless hours of research of what I could possibly do in Madrid, I was ultimately recommended TtMadrid by a friend of a friend as a way to be an English as a foreign language teacher here in Spain. She had the nicest things to say about how amazing of a program the TEFL course was at this school so I thought, ¨Hey, what have I got to lose?!¨ So I packed my bags and moved to Spain and I never looked back. Right from the beginning I was put in contact with Helen, who helped me with everything and was there to answer all my endless questions about the program, where to live, and even how to open my own bank account. Out of all the TEFL programs out there, I can honestly say that nobody does it better than TtMadrid! The month-long course was completely hands-on with countless support from their incredible staff. I would have never felt fully confident in myself teaching out in the world if it weren´t for this program. The super approachable teachers are there to make sure that you feel comfortable and don´t let you leave until you do. You get personalized feedback after every practice class you give, down to the last detail. They set you up for success so you feel ready to be the very best English teacher you can be once you graduate from the course. Even since I graduated from the course almost 2 years ago, I still go back to the school daily just to chat it up with staff there. I feel thankful for my TtMadrid family!!! Thank you for everything!

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Lucy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Well. To say I was not hugely excited about doing a TEFL course was probably fair. I was doing it as a means to move to Madrid and finally, eventually, hopefully learn Spanish and probably, I'd imagined, marry Cristiano Ronaldo someday! But oh how that changed once I had my first day at TT Madrid. Laura, Monica, Valentina, Steve, Tash et al made the experience so much fun! Their approach was to help us learn by recognising that we were probably going to do that best if we were having a laugh as well and I had a lot of laughs, giggling like a teenage boy (I'm a 32 yr old woman) at the back of the class.
There was a huge emphasis on support; supporting each other as students, staff supporting the students, generally everyone supporting each other. Not just with the course, which was important, but with the transition of moving to a brand new country, which I hadn't anticipated would involve as much as it did. But this was made a lot easier by the TT Madrid team who supported us all, every step of the way.
Being a slightly more (ahem) mature student I was seeing the move to Spain as a long term gig and so it was really important for me to get a good job early on. Alas, by week two of the course I already had a permanent job, 25hours a week, with some really great people and all thanks to TT Madrid setting me up with a past pupil of theirs. THANKYOU.

Since finishing the course I am certain of several things:
-I could return to TT Madrid at any point and be warmly received and ask for help.
-Teaching is brilliant! You meet so many great people and Spanish people are FUN!
-I definitely chose the right course and it was a bargain for the ongoing support you get.
-It is seeming less likely that I will marry Cristiano Ronaldo.

My only regret is I wish I would have done it sooner.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps a few more computers
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Catherine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English abroad was nothing I ever imagined myself doing... I received a call one day from my best friend asking if I wanted to move to Spain for a year. As an upcoming graduate, I thought I had life planned out: a big girl job in the city; a big girl apartment; a big girl life. Moving across the world just wasn't a part of the plan. And besides, I had ZERO teaching experience! My friend, who graduated with a Liberal Arts degree and received her teaching credential, never had the opportunity to study abroad and was looking for an adventure. Her two cousins completed the Tt program one year prior, and were attempting everything in their power to encourage her to join them. That's when she called me. They, like me, had no previous teaching experience, and assured us that previous experience was not necessary - that Tt gave you all the tools you needed... and they were right!

The instructors made us feel so comfortable, and made me feel confident in my new-found teaching abilities. Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to work for the Spanish Army, the Spanish Senate, and now I work for the Department of Education of Madrid as a Language Assistant Coordinator. In that time, too, I have been able to travel to so many new and wonderful places. Aside from exploring Spain, we have traveled to Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, and even Morocco! The opportunities you gain from doing a program like TtMadrid are endless. And thanks to these experiences, I am looking forward to returning to the United States in the fall and entering a job-field that I did not imagine myself to be a part of - education.

Without a doubt, the most frightening thing about moving abroad is the idea of feeling lost and alone. TtMadrid makes all those fears go away. The friendships you make last throughout your time here, as you realize right away that you are not alone: most everyone there has taken the same plunge as you. And even a few members of the Tt staff were once in our place... They assist with finding housing, setting up a bank account, obtaining residency, FINDING JOBS, and every other kind of support you could possibly need.

The best advice I could give a prospective student: just take the plunge. Take the course. Travel the world. Live your best life abroad. You will be so glad you did.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Alison Wong

Alison Wong is a certified TEFL teacher from Malaysia. She spent more than five years working in the field of retailing and marketing. Finally, she decided it was time for a change of scenery and went to pursue her studies in New Zealand. She graduated at the Auckland University of Technology and worked briefly as a teaching assistant (where she found her passion for teaching). After some carefully considerations, she made up her mind to get her TEFL with TtMadrid in Spain (best decision she ever made!). She now teaches in Turkey.
Alison Wong

Why did you decide to get TEFL certified with TtMadrid in Spain?

The idea of getting a TEFL certificate started after having briefly worked as a teaching assistant. I realized that I enjoy teaching very, very much and wanted to go into teaching. So I did some searching here and there to get some ideas about TEFL courses.

One day, I stumbled across few reviews written by previous students who did their TEFL course with TtMadrid in Spain. I have always wanted to visit Spain, so I thought why not give it a try. I had gone through most of the details on the official website but I was still undecided. So I contacted the advisor named Helen at the chat box available on the right corner of the page. She was knowledgeable about the course and happily answered my questions.

After given some thoughts to it, I was keen to sign up for the course. A brief Skype interview was conducted, I was reassured that the TEFL course is accredited and taught in a high quality standard. Their services were praiseworthy and I was positive that I made the right choice. Despite the fact that I was only allowed to visit Spain on a tourist visa. Yet, TtMadrid was more than happy to welcome me into the course. That is why, I was happy to go with TtMadrid to get my TEFL in Spain.

What stood out to you most about your TEFL course with TtMadrid?

There were a lot of things that exceeded my expectations. So this is rather difficult for me to pick one. But if I had to choose one, I would have to say hands down to the energetic and supportive teaching team at TtMadrid!

The teachers spontaneously delivered the class from start till end with such great energy. I was moved and inspired by their teaching styles. The team not only helped me to overcome my struggles with grammars and phonetics. But also, given me lots of encouragement that made me more determined to complete the course with flying colours.

After they observed my teaching sessions, the teaching feedback given by them were super useful. They pointed the areas of my strengths and weaknesses, also some tips for better improvement. This motivated me to put in extra efforts to improve and improvise on my lesson plan for the next teaching session.

More importantly, I stayed positive and learned from my mistakes as well. These experiences have been most helpful for my teaching practices. At the end of the day, I mustered up the courage to come out of my shell. Again, many, many thanks to the awesome team at TtMadrid!

How has this experience impacted your future? (Personally, professionally, academically, etc.)

After having completed the course, I find myself overwhelmed by many, many positive impacts. The course has given me the gentle push in obtaining the knowledge and skills that I need. The training has equipped me to handle a teaching job. In the process of it, I have gained some new insights and understand more about a teacher's role in the competitive job market.

My previous experience as a teaching assistant did help a little, where I managed to keep calm when teaching a new class. But I soon realized that the actual effort required was in fact, ten times more than what I had imagined. From preparing lesson plans to classroom management to creating a student focused classes. A teaching career that I considered demanding yet achievable. I was glad that I was able to experience many challenges in order to brush up my skills during my teaching practices.

The most noticeable change was that I came out from my shell. Before this, I was pretty shy. The day where I carried out the class with such positive and high energy was absolutely remarkable. It surprised my teachers as much as it surprised me.

The teachers and students at TtMadrid have both shed some light in my teaching approach. I am thankful to have learned so much from them as they had learned from me. This experience has definitely left a strong and positive impression on me that helped me to become more open to challenges and self-motivated.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering a TEFL course in Spain?

My simple advice for you is to find out as much information as you can about the course beforehand. Take some time to think through the simple questions, whether this course is suitable for you, why you are interested in teaching and if you ready to live in a foreign country.

It sounds simple enough but I highly recommend that you put this into consideration before you get ahead of yourself, whether you are here for a short visit or long-term stay in Spain. After you have finally made up your mind, I would say get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

The day I realized I have a passion for teaching, I knew I want to go into teaching. At the same time, I wanted something different for a change in my life. I always wanted to visit Spain and I knew it was time to make a move. I took some time to think this through. After some careful consideration, I decided to get my TEFL in Spain and had no doubts about it. The course proved to be intensive and challenging for most people, including myself. As long as you stay focused and determined, you will definitely cross the finish line.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Alina Radulescu

Job Title
Assistant Director of Studies
Alina studied English, Spanish and Arabic at Uni, with a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies. She has worked as an English teacher for years and has managed academies here in Spain.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory is from when I visited Japan. It's an incredible country that has so much to offer, from futuristic skyscrapers to quiet bamboo forests, amazing food culture and very respectful people.

Two places stood out the most for me during our two weeks stay there. The first one is the Kinkakuji Temple, literally ‘’Temple of the Golden Pavilion’’, a Zen Buddist temple in Kyoto. Part of the World Heritage Site, the temple, dating from the Muromachi period, is located in a Japanese Zen garden. It is covered in gold leaf and it is surrounded by water so the temple is mirrored in the pond and gives the impression that it floats on the water.

Another amazing place is Todaiji temple, located in Nara. Todaiji's main hall is the largest wooden construction in the world and it hosts one of Japan's largest bronze statue of Buddha, but the interesting thing there is a pillar with a hole at its base, that is the same size as the bronze Buddha’s nostril. It is said that whoever can squeeze through, it will be granted luck and joy in their next life. I'm happy to say that we were lucky enough to fit!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working with and training people from so many different cultures and backgrounds has made me more patient and flexible. It's fascinating to take a step back and see situations from another point of view. Working in such an international environment allows me to do that and grow as a person with each and every new course.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

We welcome both native and non-natives trainees onto our course and my favorite story from a student was from a non-native who was passionate about teaching children and loved travelling. She was an amazing teacher and her hard work paid off when she was offered a position at an international academy running camps around the UK. She absolutely loves it and I'm really proud to see that she's using all the tools, techniques and skills she learned during the course.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

All of the trainers at TtMadrid have done the TEFL course - it's really important for us to understand what our trainees are going through every step of the way.

I loved the TEFL course and it really help boost my confidence and learn what it was to not just speak English but to teach it. Being a non-native English speaker, completing the course also helped me believe in myself and gave me the gold 'TtMadrid stamp of approval' with employers in Spain.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

TtMadrid has been in the ESL training sector for over 10 years and what makes the company special is the love and passion we have for teaching and helping students to make the transition into living and working in Spain.

I couldn’t say that there was a specific moment when I felt proud of my team. It happens at the end of each course, when we read our students’ feedback, have a look at the final grading sheet and look at this new group of English teachers that are stepping out into the world of ESL teaching, having been through the TtMadrid experience. It's a great feeling to know you're a part of something so special.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that we have been leading the TEFL training market in Spain for all these years because we really do go that extra mile. Giving those extra five minutes of explanation, walking the long way home to show a student the nearest metro stop, or just grabbing a coffee with someone that is having a bad day; every moment matters and it really makes a difference.