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.

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/

Reviews

98%
based on 104 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.5
  • Difficulty 8.4
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Lorena
10/10

Life Changing Experience

By far, this was one of the best experiences ever! In just one month, I learned so much about teaching English, how I can help others succeed, how this certificate benefits, and I also learned a ton about myself. Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica was everything I expected and more! It was literally paradise. Audra and Laura are AMAZING! They're always willing to help no matter what. Audra is also such a great trainer! When I first arrived, I was like, "how in the world am I going to learn to teach when I've never taught in my life?" Now, I feel so prepared, it's like I've been doing it for a while. And it was all thanks to Maximo Nivel COSI, Audra, and Laura! Thank y'all so much for changing my life! I definitely recommend this program to anyone. It will be one of the best decisions ever made! =)

How can this program be improved?
It's PERFECT!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Janeth
10/10

TEFL in Manuel Antonio

Audra and Laura are amazing teachers! The course is intensive but these ladies make it fun! Also the staff at Maximo Nivel are wonderful and always willing to help with anything! The location can't be beat as you are right next to the beach! I would definitely reccomend this course to anyone considering teaching English abroad! It is worth what you pay for and the experience is one of a kind. I feel prepared to teach and am excited for all the opportunities to come after taking this course!

Yes, I recommend this program
Daniel
10/10

Phenomenal Place, Phenomenal Course

My experience has been incredible and I would absolutely recommend this course and location to anyone who may be interested. Audra is a tremendously gifted educator, and a frankly wonderful human being. I am very well prepared to effectively teach our wonderfully complicated language to anyone who may want to learn it. The course itself is no walk in the park, but the delightful manner in which the material is presented makes four weeks of intense study fly by. Just do it!

How can this program be improved?
Audra is so competent and so well prepared that I can't think of anything that I would change.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Erica
10/10

Rigorous Course with Awesome Teacher in a Beautiful Place!

The TEFL certification course was quite rigorous! One definitely must earn it, not just receive it. The material was thoroughly presented in an effective manner. Days were packed with class time, homework, reading material, and lesson plans. The books were informative and resourceful. My teacher, Audra, was impressive. Not only was she clearly an expert at teaching grammar, she made it fun. She showed plenty of personality while still being a professional. She had me cracking up laughing every day, all day. Anyone who can make grammar fun, is witty and admirable in my opinion. When I was struggling with the amount of work or feeling discouraged from my mistakes , she pointed me back in a positive direction. She presented the lesson plans just as we were being taught to present them to our future ESL students. She made it look so easy! Having the opportunity to spend our last week doing Practical Teaching with real, Spanish-speaking locals, gave us a chance to apply what we had learned all month. This was the most important part of the course. Real-life experience was necessary to becoming certified. We got a chance to implement everything we had learned, and to present our own lesson plans. After I got over the fear of making mistakes, it became enjoyable. The course taught me how to be prepared with a well-organized, effective lesson plan. By the end of the course, I was comfortable teaching a group of ESL students. It became fun building rapport, managing a classroom, increasing student-talk-time, eliciting information from them, confirming their comprehension, correcting errors, and being relaxed enough to show my personality. The facility itself was outstanding! It was large, very clean, nice landscaping, an enticing snack bar, a kind and helpful staff, air conditioning, wifi, lockers, printers, computer access, and a million-dollar view of the Pacific ocean! I would recommend Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica to anyone interested in getting their TEFL certification. Wonderful people, beautiful place, and new, effective teaching skills I can use in the future. Thank you Audra, my teacher, and thank you to the lovely ladies at Maximo Nivel who made me and my dog Rasta feel so welcome during our course attendance (July-August 2017). Thank you for your humor, kindness and joy. Sincerely, Rasta and Erica

How can this program be improved?
By adding me to their staff!!!!!
This program is perfect! I wouldn't mind joining the staff and teaching others what I have learned.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jasmine
10/10

Wonderful experience and staff!

This course was very detailed, intense, and prepares it's participants to teach English effectively! The instructor and staff are very kind, helpful, and attentive to all students' needs! The experience was very fun overall, and is held in a very beautiful setting in a well organized environment. The training is very in depth, and there is a lot of practical experience involved. In the end, all students leave very prepared for their next ventures!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Christina
10/10

Fantastic!

My experience with Maximo Nivel was absolutely wonderful!! The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and our TEFL trainer/director, Audra, was a 12 out of 10!! She cares so much about her students and wants them to succeed. This course is a lot to cover in one month, but she taught everything very practically and efficiently! I was never too overwhelmed with the work load because she always gave us the right materials and tools to succeed. I would 100% recommend taking this course (especially with Audra) if you are thinking about it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Katrina
10/10

Amazing course and staff!

The past 4 weeks in the Maximo Nivel TEFL course have been absolutely amazing. The staff and other students made this such a welcoming, encouraging and supportive place for my family and I. We are excited for our future but our hearts are also heavy knowing that we will be leaving soon. Also, they have quite a few tourist activities that they help arrange if interested. My husband went white wáter rafting. Thank you everyone.

Yes, I recommend this program
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sabrina
10/10

Maximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio

I took the accelerate hybrid program at Maximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. I thought it would have been hard to catch up with my classmates but thanks to an excellent TEFL trainer I was able to understand everything I missed in person. Audra's classes were fun, exciting and enlightening. Maximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio, has a fantastic, friendly and very helpful staff and a nice location! It was a great experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
9/10

Fun and knowledgeable

If you are in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, Audra will make your experience in the class a really fun one! You will learn what you need to know in a very lighthearted way. It is not however without time constraint. Hours after class are required to fulfill your assignments and in spite of the beautiful view from the school, the days can be long. Overall I would definitely recommend this program!

How can this program be improved?
I believe there were a lot of handouts that could have been organized and bound and given to each student as a part of their books.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kate
10/10

SO AMAZING!

This program has evolved my life in a remarkable way. Audra is such a gem! Her spirit is so abundant and uplifting. The amount of support offered during this challenging course is unreal! Audra often stayed after hours to help us with any complications. She answered any questions we had through all hours of the night. I am thankful for the relationships I developed with my peers and the whole staff.
Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica changed my life!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Michaela
9/10

TEFL Course, CR

The TEFL course was challenging and rewarding. The instructors are passionate about their work and offer practical classroom solutions and advice. Through various teaching practicals, observations, and feedback, the instructors create a very hands-on environment. Because it's a 4-week course, the workload seems condensed, but it's very manageable. The most rewarding part is seeing the students understand the material and knowing that they are ready for the next step. Overall, it's a great way to gain teaching experience, learn new techniques, and work with amazing individuals in the classroom!

How can this program be improved?
I paid before program changes happened on the website. I later learned that some of the included amenities (spanish classes, wifi) were modified so that they weren't included in the program fees. It would have been nice to know about these changes so I could have budgeted better.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Marie
9/10

TEFL Course, CR

The program is a great way to start a new career or continue practicing a current one. The class is a rewarding experience. The Maximo Nivel website and course-enrollment staff could be more clear. I applied in December, and details were changed in January AFTER I had already paid. This meant that several of the "included program details" I was previously guaranteed did not happen, which can be frustrating on a budget. However, the course itself is really helpful to understand the techniques and tools to teach English as a foreign language!

How can this program be improved?
The Maximo Nivel website and course-enrollment staff could be more clear. I applied in December, and details were changed in January AFTER I had already paid. This meant that several of the "included program details" I was previously guaranteed did not happen, which can be frustrating on a budget.
Yes, I recommend this program
Keisha
10/10

TEFL Manuel Antonio

I loved taking my TEFL in Manuel Antonio! It is such a beautiful location and Maximo Nivel is such a great company. I learned so much through the course and loved my teacher, Audra knows how to keep you engaged and looking forward to your next class ! The staff is great and provide a really friendly and comfortable enviornement. I recommend this program to anyone who loves to travel and enjoys new experiences and truly has a love for teaching ! I loved it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Catrina
10/10

Amazing Hybrid Program

I did the hybrid program, which involved me doing readings and assignments with the assistance of my instructor and joining the class for the final 2 weeks. This flexibility really worked for my schedule. Manuel Antonio is an adorable beach town that was a great place to relax at after the rigorous training every day. My host mom was so amazing and accommodating and I cannot speak highly enough of her cooking. Be prepared for a lot of intense work that improves you so much as a teacher. I learned so much and it was totally worth it and I feel extremely prepared.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maren
10/10

Great Experience

The TEFL class at Maximo Nivel in MA is amazing—Manuel Antonio is gorgeous. Our TEFL trainer Audra was caring, perceptive, funny, helpful, and awesome. It was also a joy getting to befriend some really remarkable classmates. For anyone out there considering taking the plunge and coming to Costa Rica –especially to anyone who is feeling intimidated by the prospect of teaching and being in a foreign country— I was also nervous. It turned out to be a great experience. I'm very grateful to my classmates, Audra, and all of the people who came to participate in our lessons. Highly recommend Maximo to anyone wanting to try/ learn something new. It will be a brilliant adventure. ☺

Yes, I recommend this program

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