TEFL Certification in Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica

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Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel on the beach in Manuel Antonio. TEFL Certification is your passport to living and working as English teacher anywhere else in the world!

The 4-week/150-hour certification program includes more than 15 hours of practical English teaching and observation of experienced teachers. Groups are small with 2 to 14 people.

The TEFL Program consists of 12 modules:

- Learning & Teaching Theory
- Lesson Planning
- Class Management
- Critical ESL Techniques
- English Grammar I
- English Grammar II
- Teaching Grammar
- Teaching Vocabulary
- Teaching Speaking & Writing
- Teaching Listening & Reading
- Teaching English with Games
- Assessing & Testing Learners
- Introduction to international English exams: TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge

Maximo Nivel is internationally accredited and the Maximo Nivel TEFL Certificate is accepted by institutes, language schools, and universities around the world.

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Questions & Answers

Apart from what the others have already suggested, I would also advise that any travel you intend on doing, you are prepared to leave until you've finished or to start beforehand. Manuel Antonio is a beautiful place, and you will certainly have beach time. But don't be fooled! The classes are intensive and require outside-the-classroom prep time. Good luck and have fun!

Thanks so much for your reply. I'd love if you could connect me with them! I'm going to be studying at Maximo in January 2017 and am very keen to teach :)

I would definitely recommend a laptop. You'll need it to work on assignments and lesson plans out of class. The building can get pretty hot, so being able to relocate to cooler locations is a must. Regarding clothes, I wore decent shorts and collared shirts for the classes. For interviews, I would recommend something more business casual.

The cost of the program varies by location and what type of stay you prefer (apartment, hostel, or homestay). I have added a link to the estimated program costs below that you may find helpful. In general, the cost will be somewhere between $2000-$2500, not including your flight. http://www.maximonivel.com/tefl-tesol/prices/


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TEFL Course-- Costa Rica

My experience with Máximo Nivel was more than I could have ever imagined. Karen is truly one of the best teachers I have ever had and the course itself completely exceeded my already high expectations. You really learn how to teach through Karen's methods of teaching you how to teach. My class quickly became my team and I could not have made it through the embarrassing/ stressful moments without them. There is so much more to this course than a TEFL certificate-- it is truly unforgettable. Thank you, thank you Máximo!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Standing in front of a full class for my first time through me for a loop, but the most amazing part of this program is the moment you feel yourself in front of the students. Your personality begins to blend in with your teaching and that is easily the most rewarding part.
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Fantastic TEFL Experience

Maximo Nivel's TEFL program in Manuel Antonio went above and beyond my expectations. The location is absolutely beautiful and all of the locals are very friendly. All of the staff at Maximo were so kind and helpful. Karen is an amazing instructor and made class fun! By the end of the course I felt very prepared to teach and that the course was well worth it. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is considering getting TEFL certified. The practical teaching component with this program really sets it apart and is something you can't get with an online course.

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Amazing Experience

I would highly recommend this program to any individual considering getting a TEFL certification. It certainly is intensive and requires hard work, but it is amazingly rewarding throughout. Karen Wilke, our instructor is such a friendly and experienced teacher that brings out the best of the TEFL students. She creates a classroom environment that is unique, collaborative and always interesting, and also is super helpful with providing feedback and helping with any other administrative concerns. On top of that Manuel Antonio its a beautiful place to live and would highly recommend!

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I have absolutely loved my time with Maximo Nivel and especially here in Costa Rica! Maximo offers much-appreciated support every step of the way and made my time in Costa Rica unforgettable. Every aspect of the course was very applicable to teaching English and they even went the extra mile to prepare us for COVID teaching! I want to give a special shout out to my instructor Karen, she was always willing to help me and did so with a smile on her face. If you are someone who is thinking about becoming TEFL certified... Stop thinking and JUST DO IT!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to anyone thinking about this program is to go ahead and just do it. Becoming TEFL certified opens so many doors for traveling and there is no better program than Maximo! [There is also no better instructor than Karen and that is a hill I will die defending].
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Not knowing what I was getting into when I signed up with Maximo Nivel, I had every question I could think of answered before even stepping on the plane! The support I was given even before the course started was greatly appreciated being I had never traveled outside of the USA. The course work itself was rigorous but my TEFL Trainer was an excellent resource and true TEFL Teacher from her core! She leads by example and made learning and teaching English an enjoyable experience! The time and effort put into the course shines through from the building to the wonderful staff behind making my experience as enjoyable as possible!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are already looking at reviews...JUST DO IT!
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Awesome program!!

Manuel Antonio is a fantastic location take get TEFL certified! Maximo Nivel is located just a ten minute bus ride from the beach, and a ten minute bus ride in the other direction from all your living necessities. The program was amazing. Everybody was super helpful, especially our instructor, Karen Wilke, and the location administrator, Karen Campos. While the workload the last couple of weeks was intense, the end result was super rewarding. I gained a ton of valuable experience. I highly recommend you come study at Maximo Nivel in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica!

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Maximo Nivel Manuel Antonio Costa Rica.

The course was very intense, but also very workable. Karen Wilkes was and IS an amazing instructor. She was able to get a Geo-scientist to get into English as a new career. The facility was amazing and the view from there was beyond amazing.
I would suggest this program for anyone looking to expand their horizons and get off the path of the norm. The course is a great fit for those who seek adventure, challenge and the unknown.
I feel with this program I have grown as a person and have begun to embrace the nesting gypsy mentality.

What was your funniest moment?
Would have to be the online mini lesson where the power cut out half way into the first lesson! Using a local cell phone as a hotpot we were able to complete the lessons.
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TEFL program at Maximo Nivel

When I decided to take a TEFL course, I did research on many different schools. I settled on Maximo Nivel because of the professional structure it displayed online. When I got to Manuel Antonio, I was not let down. Everything is as described. A in depth course with instructors who make things fun while you learn. I hate to sound cliche, but my group became a small family. You will learn TEFL teaching skills and strategies in order to fulfill your dream of becoming a world wide recognized TEFL certified teacher.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would not change a thing! Maximo has awesome instructors and staff that help you out in any way. I was happy with where I stayed, the location of the school, the city of Quepos, and Manuel Antonio, and most importantly, the course itself.
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