TtMadrid TEFL Certification Course

Program Reviews

Richie
4/10
No, I don't recommend this program

consider other options

TtMadrid is more than just TEFL; and for the TEFL program, they are sufficient at what they do. Ensuring you pass actually helps their numbers.
As far as the company itself, they are what you can expect from an education organization. The cost of their program/s is/are on the higher end of the local market, so I recommend you do your research. You may read all 4 and 5 stars from people finishing the TEFL program because the school has your write the review in your last day/s while you are in class so they can review it with you. Keep in mind, in the last few days of the TEFL program, of course you are pleased with the outcome of the program, because you passed, but in all reality, a TEFL program is a TEFL program, so again, do your research.
Part of the packet is to include your visa and some Spanish lessons, well you have a certain amount of time to do complete your lessons so they consider themselves a school or an academy, but in this case, it is not an academic school; therefore, they are an elective school. You elect to go to this school and you elect which program you want. From this, they feel they must control the rest of the outcome with little input from the consumer.
If you start to work after TEFL, then those Spanish classes become very difficult to attend. Going into the summer time, they have very little to no staff; therefore, even if you are available, they may not be. They shuffle teachers around so much and have you bounce from teacher to teacher. Each teacher teaches differently and is always starting over in the program. TTMadrid feels it is their right to move you to where they feel you belong rather than what you want.
As all of this is going on, you are losing time on your visa which you cannot complete your prepaid Spanish program. This is a way the company gets to keep the money without having to actually provide the credit to you. So, it becomes a lose lose on your behalf while they rake in the money. Then, if you bring this to their attention, sure they will always defend "why" but at the end of the day, it is the consumer that pays the price; in multiple ways and the consumer is the reason they are in business. TTMadrid even mentioned they can give a 3 month extension to our visa to try and finish the program, but actually, you are automatically given the extension to take care of an extension even without the school; so they try and make it feel they are there to help.
So, do your research, because other schools in the area can give you all of this, mean what they advertise, provide you with an actual job, and provide unlimited visa renewals; something TTMadrid cannot live up to.

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Kamila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Completely worth it!

This course was great. I loved that we got so much practical experience, as we were able to teach 6 lessons, to different group sizes, levels, and age groups. This means we leave with some experience, for new teachers like myself. They had great online resources and we studied everything from grammar to phonology. Andrea, Brittany, and Helen were fantastic, supportive and kind. It's a lot of hard work, there are a lot of assignments and deadlines, but you leave completely prepared to teach. I would 100% recommend the course!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Probably the first lesson I had to teach! I felt extremely nervous but Andrea was so supportive. I prepared really well, and I was able to do the class.
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Rebecca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Setting you up for success

This program really sets you up to be a competent and knowledgeable English teacher. The classes are filled day to day with lessons such as grammar and phonetics but also with practical information about what it is like to specifically teach in Madrid and in Spain. With intense training and teaching practices, there is constant support from the trainers as well as important feedback. I was hired within my first week of finishing the program thanks to TTMadrid sending out my CV to multiple contacts.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Opening up a bank account with only an A2 level of Spanish. Spoiler alert: after one hour of miming and basic communication...SUCCESS!
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Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great course!

I had a great experience doing the TEFL Course at TTMadrid. It was hard work but I totally recommend it. The trainers were always available and a great support during those 4 weeks. Classes were fun, teaching practices were very helpful to build confidence as a teacher and gain experience.
This course will take over your life for a month, so make sure you are prepared to focus on your studies for those 4 weeks.
If you are well organized since day one, you won't have any problems in getting your certificate.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't mind the course being 1 or 2 weeks longer. The schedule was quite tight and there wasn't much time to do anything else but study, prepare classes and assignments.
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MD MUSA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am so grateful

The TEFL course was very fun and dynamic .TTMadrid has friendly environment, qualified trainers and professional support . Although the course was very intensive, with the help of Andrea and Brittany, I was able to fulfil every task on time . In addition, I have learnt so much skills what will always help me in my professional life. However they don't only train you how to teach but also they are always here to help you and guide you how to get a job etc. I am so happy that i have done my TEFL course with ttMadrid.

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Clarissa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL course nov.2020

It was an amazing experience because I got to meet a lot of people who became my friends. Studying at Tt madrid was like learning with a family because you will enjoy every minute of it. Great course, intensive but definitely a different taste of experience. The teaching methods you will learn and teaching experiences via online and presential will help the aspiring English teacher to build self confidence in rendering the lesson effectively and in a dynamic way. Doing also student analysis is an important aspect to know your student and in Tt madrid you will learn how to do this things.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Nothing I would change because indeed it was a great experience.
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Victoria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Take the leap!! Become an English teacher!!

I went into this process knowing little to nothing about TEFL, teaching english, and securing a job in a foreign country. I was scared that my lack of knowledge would be a major set back when arriving to Madrid but the TTMadrid staff guided me every step of the way. Not only did I feel confident when completing this course that I had the tools to become a skilled and attentive teacher, but I was also provided with step by step instructions on how to nail down a job, how to properly lesson plan, and handle any situation that was thrown my way. I 100% recommend taking the leap and gaining this certification with TTMadrid. It was an experience of a lifetime and something I will use for the rest of my life!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate was Pulpo Gallego. This dish is an octopus tapa with a variety of spices. I was a bit weary at first in trying this only because in the US we usually eat it fried, but I gave it one bite and fell in love!
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Jane
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

My Experience at TtMadrid

The instructors at TtMadrid ran a month-long program I was a part of, like an American high school popularity contest and the instructors were “the most popular kids” and they chose who could be in their clique. These instructors abused their power, in an overall lowbrow way but did it nonetheless. I want to make clear that 99% of tefl students who end up with TtMadrid will not have problems to the degree that I did.

On week two, at the end of the day myself and a few others were called to go with the instructors to another room. Everyone that did not get called in the class knew exactly what was going on. The instructors did this with the intent to embarrass the students. They told us that we “were behind” when another student and I asked them to provide examples, they just raised their voices and reprimanded us. They never told me or gave any examples of why I was “behind.” Later on, when I was chatting with a couple of the other students, they confessed to me that they could not understand why I was called in by the instructors. When I taught English in China many years back; I had no complaints. The parents gave me good praise. A TEFL certificate certainly was not required, only a Bachelor’s degree. I also thought the whole point of this TEFL course is to learn the skills we need to teach English. Since we paid an excess amount of money to take the course at TtMadrid we were going to get the TEFL certificate one way or the other. Whether we are fit to teach English well should only be to the discretion of our future students and that is it, not the instructors. Oh, and one day the instructors taunted me that “I would never be an English teacher” and I cried as they continued to do it. The instructors should only be there to refresh grammatical rules we learned in school as children and how to prepare lesson plans, which at TtMadrid they used the PPP method (myself nor other English teachers I have spoken to have not been required to use PPP method lesson planning in any of our (paid) lessons, which are either already provided or the teacher is given freedom in their lesson planning according to the level being taught). As a side, I will say PPP is a good format to learn. However, the instructors are not there to stroke their egos and abuse their power. So why did they feel the need to taunt and embarrass students that they claimed “were behind?” Especially if each set of students in a program are only there for a month, then they never see us again. We were not part of the “cool kids group” I guess.

The instructors themselves were TtMadrid tefl students in 2013 and 2015. Imagine if I would have decided to do this just a few years ago and they could have been students like me in the same class. There you go they don’t have Master’s degrees themselves in English Literature of Grammar or anything like that. They are all smoke and mirrors. Not genuine people to say the least.

Anyway, the point is, for example, I have a Bachelor’s degree. In order to receive that degree, I had to pass College Algebra. I was not very good at Algebra and went to the tutoring my college offered; not once did my Algebra Professor taunt me because I was not that good at it or was behind.

Afterwards, I went to the front desk and asked to speak to the owner of the TtMadrid. I went into her office and explained to her what happened. I told her that the instructors had a personal bias toward me. The owner was acting sympathetic to me. In addition, the instructors like to pride themselves as if they are Ivy League Professors. It is a TEFL course. As I was talking to the owner, she even said this is not “rocket science.” I was like yeah exactly. After they found out I had spoken to the owner they were clearly not happy. They may have thought it would have caused a slight blip to their agenda, but clearly it didn’t. This made them more hostile toward me for the rest of the program.

One morning I was running late. I was entering the TtMadrid building with my phone in my hand. Classes start at 9:30. At 9:31, while in the elevator, I got a whatsapp message from one of the students, that an instructor was waiting for me and where was I. Before this happened on other days, some students would come late on some mornings and he would wait until 9:33-9:35 to have one of the other students whatsapp them.

I got reprimanded by the instructors one day because I was in the bathroom for “too long” when I was gone no longer than any other day. Then when I tried to reason with the instructor he threatened me. (That I was going to be kicked out of the program).

One of the students was a lovely woman from a non-Anglophone country. She spoke very broken English that I had a hard time understanding her. With all due respect the English she spoke was so broken that I do no feel she is qualified to be an English teacher; while she knows written English better than she can speak it. I think it is general knowledge that non-native English speakers need to do especially an oral interview test before they get accepted into any TEFL program. In any case, TtMadrid did not care and took her money.

It turned out I was partnered with this woman too. As part of completing the course we need a partner to do a long project of various tasks. I had a very hard time communicating with her because of her heavily broken English. This put additional stress on me and I had to do more work to make sure everything was curated and ready to turn in.

When I was teaching one of my mock classes. I created flash cards that I did with colored pencils since I had to create the lesson myself. I am an artist and I think the cards were drawn up very nicely, colorful and neatly. After the lesson, when an instructor had to give me a report she reprimanded me very rudely about how my flash cards looked “unprofessional.” Another requirement is that students have to sit in and do a report of other students as they teach. More than once, I saw students make teaching materials like games writing with ball-point pen and highlighters on notebook paper not written very neatly (looked like chicken-scratch), not cut pieces, but torn paper. The instructor was observing those same classes and never reprimanded them for having “unprofessional” material. Then she continued to give them higher marks than I got.

I signed up to take a TEFL course in Madrid via International TEFL Academy. (In addition I took the ITA Teaching Online course, the instructor for that one was very nice. She gave me A’s in all the sections, including the intro video. Which I had a hard time with since I am not a vlogger. I got an A overall in the course too.) Well anyway, after I signed up for the Madrid TEFL course I was redirected to TtMadrid. The way those instructors treated me, they could sense I am a sensitive and anxious person; also for sure there was something about my face/appearance that made me a target for them. They really wanted to break me and gaslight me. I paid an excessive amount of money, so I was stuck. I could not just quit. The instructors did try their absolute hardest to make me quit the course. There was no way I was going to do that.

What would you improve about this program?
By hiring trainers that are genuine, have integrity and not be smoke and mirrors.
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Renée
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Happy...

I am very happy with the online classes; technically speaking, the classes have the same characteristics and the same development as the classroom classes and both are working very well. The daily organization of the classes makes the trip through the English language cover all the necessary aspects to know a language from its technical aspect to the colloquial and casual, making special mention to the group of teachers who control the monitoring of future teachers from a real, necessary and kind perspective.

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Ana Regina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

great TEFL course

I don't have anything to compare it to but I was surprised by the rigor of this TEFL course. Classes were very thorough and the teachers were very dedicated to the providing proper guidance and feedback through the course. Apart from the job assistance, the most useful part of the course was the immediate feedback regarding the practice teaching sessions. Doing live classes in front of people rating your teaching skills wrought havoc on my nerves but by the last practice class, I was able to incorporate all the feedback and end on a high note.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The first practice teaching session. I took a few deep breaths, saw a friend and jumped right in.