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

Alumni interviews 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

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

Catherine Millmann

Catherine Millmann is a northern-California native who loves being outside! She studied Economics and Political Science at Santa Clara University and graduated in June 2014. During her junior year in college, she studied abroad in Germany. After college, she returned back to Europe, where she is now teaching English in Madrid.

What is the most important thing you learned abroad?

Catherine: The most important thing I've learned abroad is how valuable my independence is. I've always considered myself to be an independent person, but living 7,000 miles away from your family and friends makes you have to really begin to rely solely on yourself. It's frightening and rewarding all at the same time. I know now that when I am ready to return home and enter into the real world, I will be more than prepared.

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What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

Catherine: If I have a friend who says, "I wish I could go abroad" or "I want to do what you're doing!" I simply tell them: DO IT! Seriously, if I can do it so can you. I'm the kind of person who likes to have everything planned out. Moving to Spain was NOT in my plan... but I'm so glad I came here! I figure if I'm going to be broke and living in a foreign country, it's more acceptable to do at 23 than 33.

What was the hardest part about going abroad?

Catherine: Well to start, language barrier - duh! But for me, the hardest part about going abroad is leaving behind the people. Granted, I am beyond fortunate in that I have some of my closest high school friends living in Madrid with me - something that was NOT planned. But we all have our own lives, our own schedules... Leaving behind family and friends is hard; but you learn the importance of communication. Whether that's via Skype, Facetime, post-cards, or a package every now and then, keeping in touch with those that you love most makes being away from them that much easier.

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What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

Catherine: The weekend of my 23rd birthday, my girlfriends and I went and did a tour throughout Morocco. We visited a total of 5 amazing, beautiful cities. But on my actual birthday, we drove out into the Sahara Desert where we rode camels to our nomad-tents that were camped underneath the stars.

That night, we had a typical Moroccan meal, with a bonfire, live music and dancing included - what a way to bring in 23! The next morning we woke up at the crack of dawn, climbed back onto our camels and rode out into the dunes. From there we hiked up the sand and stood as we watched the sunrise. It will forever be the most magical moment of my life, and something I will always cherish.

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

Catherine: While in the South Island, my boyfriend and I decided to do an expert 8 hour hike parallel to a glacier. It rained, snowed, and hailed as we climbed straight up the side of a mountain. We even experienced white out conditions that blurred the track ahead. We hiked through an unformed trail and climbed up and over fallen trees.

So many times I wanted to quit and turn around but we kept going. When we finally reached the top we got the most amazing views of the massive Fox Glacier. We were told that the views we were seeing were the same views people pay thousands of dollars to see from a helicopter. I definitely could not do anything as remarkable as this, especially because my mom would never allow me do anything so crazy.

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What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Catherine: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. While I was in New Zealand, there were so many times I had the opportunity to do something I never thought I would do. Instead of letting fear take over, I chose not to let this once and a lifetime opportunity slip away.

I never thought I would jump off a bridge with a bungee or run off a mountain with a paraglider, but these adventures were some of my favorite. I was terrified, but it was worth it. If i stayed well within my comfort zone, I probably would not have studied abroad in the first place. Just let go and have fun!