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 112 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.4
  • Academic Rigor 8.3
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Robin
8/10

You'll Learn A Lot!

This course can be intense but I learned a lot of good stuff about teaching English and I definitely feel more prepared. Our instructor Audra had a ton of energy and did a great job teaching the course! We even had fun during grammar week! The rest of the staff is friendly and free coffee is always appreciated. Manual Antonio is beautiful but rather small so take advantage of the days off and visit other parts of Costa Rica if you can.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kayla
10/10

Everything about this program is AMAZING!!!

If you want an amazing and super fun TEFL experience, Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio is the place to go for training! My trainer Audra Wooldridge is an incredible trainer!! She really cares about her students and makes class super entertaining and fun so you actually WANT to go to class every day! She literally eats, breaths, and TEFLs. Lol! Another great thing about Audra as my trainer is that she absolutely LOVES her job and knows the material inside and out! I just finished the course and feel as though I am knowledgeable and prepared enough to be on my own in a classroom teaching people English. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to be an English teacher abroad!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Derwin
10/10

GOAT (greatest of all time) experience

Cool experience all around!!! Everyone who had a hand in the experience was amazing as well!! Manuel Antonio is the perfect spot to go for your TEFL certificate if you want to have class with a wonderful view and even better vibes! Also its 100% worth the money you spend because in my eyes it was a steal paying so little for an experience that I will never forget!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Hannah
10/10

TEFL course Maximo Nivel Manuel Antonio

I had a wonderful experience with Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio. The instructor of the course was very enthusiastic, always helpful and knowledgeable. I learned everything I needed to know about how to teach English. With a whole week of teaching at the end and opportunities to teach throughout the course, I feel very confident about my teaching abilities now. The instructors provide you with a lot of constructive feedback. I couldn't be happier with my decision to take my TEFL course at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kelsey
9/10

TEFL Certification Yeah

Máximo Nivel's 4-week TEFL/TESOL certification course is really well done program. The course begins with foundations in ESL pedagogy. Students in the course learn about critical techniques for teaching ESL. Then, very quickly students begin observing classes taught by TEFL certified instructors. This helps students to really visualize the techniques they have been learning about.

Before the first week of the course even ends, students begin work in the classroom. The course requires three "mini-lessons" and five full-hour lessons. This hands-on experience is perhaps the most important part of the course, when students are able to apply the ideas they have learned about and gain confidence in themselves as teachers.

Audra Wooldridge, the TEFL instructor is amazing. She brings tons of energy to the class every morning (at 9am!). Not only is she enthusiastic and fun, but she is a true expert in this field. Her knowledge of ESL teaching techniques and English grammar is really impressive. Furthermore, after observing Audra teach a class to English Language Learners, it was abundantly clear that she is an amazing English teacher! Her passion comes through in all realms and watching her teach was an amazing example of a standard to aspire to.

Throughout the course, Audra was constantly accessible. She was available to provide feedback on all assignments and lesson plans. She was always willing to talk through questions and to troubleshoot lesson planning.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jude
9/10

Literally TEFL Heaven

Living and learning in the Manuel Antonio area is an absolute dream. The beaches are gorgeous, the sun shines every day and the rain only makes everything more lush and green. The course at Maximo Nivel is where the value for money is at though. The course instructor is an amazing teacher and models TEFL teaching in a flawless fashion. It's hours of hard work but you'll leave a competent and enthusiastic certified teacher of the English language, which no one can take away from you. Surrounded by so many like minded people, you'll make some incredible friends too. Manuel Antonio is also a perfect location to go on weekend trips from. The beach of Santa Teresa, the waterfalls of Montezuma, the nightlife of Tamarindo: Costa Rica has so much to offer and you're perfectly placed to experience it all!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shaina
10/10

Best decision ever!

TEFL Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio has been on of my favorite experiences so far. The value of the program is extremely high. For one month you can live with a host family, getting the authentic tico experience, eat local food, and aquire a certification that will last a life time. The certification is not only good abroad, but also within the USA. The instructor is enthusiastic and makes every hour of the day entertaining and fulfilling. Additionally, the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Maximo nivel ensures that you are eligible and desirable for a wide range of jobs and does everything possible to help with the job search. The idyllic setting is also great for adventuring on the weekend. If you work hard you will feel fulfilled and leave excited for all the opportunities to come!

How can this program be improved?
Currently, I cannot think of any suggestions as the program exceeded my expectations!
Yes, I recommend this program
Michelle
10/10

Maximo Nivel - Manuel Antonio - Cosi

I love Maximo Nivel! This is definitely the best program! Our trainer was phenomenal and our classes were full of energy and exciting! The staff is all very positive and motivating, and everyone is willing to help! Being in such great atmosphere made this such a great experience. I'm so glad I came to Manuel Antonio, even my host family was amazing. I learned so much, and made new friends and ties that will last a lifetime!

Yes, I recommend this program
Gabrielle
10/10

What a trip..

The TEFL Certificate program in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was an experience I will never forget. The teachers, students, and volunteers made me feel at home in a country far away from anything I knew. Audra Wooldridge was an inspiration to complete this heavy loaded course. Her encouragement and personality made me want to try my hardest in a course that had much more work than I anticipated. The city of Quepos/Manuel Antonio was such an amazing experience. Though the course is challenging, there is plenty of time to do tours, beach days, and the national park. Manuel Antonio will be somewhere that you will want to go back to for the rest of you life.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jonno
10/10

Epic Experience

What a wonderful experience. I love to travel, but I prefer to do something productive in a foreign country. This was such a great way to do that. I was able to open a door for myself to be able to travel to anywhere in the world and find a job. The course was great. There's definitely a decent amount of work to do, but it's all worthwhile. What really made this program special was the practical teaching experience. It's one thing to learn theory about teaching and talk about grammar, but it's a completely different thing to actually put it into action in a real classroom with real students. It was amazing to see the progress I'd made over the course of the 4 weeks. And watching students "get it" is one of the coolest, most rewarding feelings I've felt.

I'd recommend this program to everyone.

Yes, I recommend this program
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David
8/10

Maximo Nivel for maximum results

The instructor, materials, staff and setting in Manuel Antonio went above and beyond all my expectations. Plus, my home stay family made my adjustment as stress-free as possible. I would definitely recommend Maximo Nivel to anyone wishing to teach English in Latin America. But be advised, after a while you might grow accustomed to all the amazing things like howler monkeys at night, sloths in the trees, iguanas just hanging out, beautiful beaches, friendly people, unbelievably tasty smoothies...

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ash
10/10

TEFL-Costa Rica

I did my TEFL training in Costa Rica- Manuel Antonio and I was fortunate enough to experience both Audra and Karen as TEFL teachers. They were fully supportive, and I couldn't have asked for better trainers. The course was intense but they made it fun and interesting, and you felt like a little family. I was provided with all the support I needed and help and guidance. Fantastic course and fantastic trainers!

Yes, I recommend this program
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John
10/10

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Neale Donald Walsch

I did not have clearly defined expectations for myself coming into the course as I do not have a teaching or academic language study back ground. I spoke with quite a few people about TEFL courses and did a lot of research on the internet so the one thing I did expect was that a four week course including a week of practical teaching would be far better training than an on-line course that I could complete in two weeks at home with zero practical teaching. My expectations were far exceeded by Maximo Nivel and especially Claudia Behnke. I was fortunate to have some very hard-working and caring teachers back in school but I never had a teacher who loved teaching like Claudia. She gave 110% all the time and never held back. There were what appeared to me to be a full spectrum of learners in our class with a much broader range of challenges that I would have anticipated. From an on-line learner coming in half way through to illnesses and other incidents that took people out of the course and required incredible flexibility on Claudia’s part. To be fair, the entire staff exceeded my expectations. They were friendly, warm and never hesitated to stop in the middle of their busy day to help with whatever we needed at the moment. This included the teachers we conducted our observations with. They were more than happy to speak with us and answer any question we had about their style and the level and character of their classes.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Amani
10/10

Awesome opportunity!

Wonderful program overall. We spent long days going over material, but it was always kept fun and engaging. I truly felt that the teaching method (or critical ESL techniques) would continue to benefit for life due to its practicality. I walked away thinking that all subjects should follow the ESL methods, and can see why it has been as successful as it has.

They really push for excellence and creativity. This is most evident in their reviews and their attention to detail. They really want to graduate top teachers and ensure this through support, but stringent requirements for successfully completing teaching lessons.

Their TEFL trainer did a phenomenal job teaching material due to her passion for education. I loved being apart of her class (which speaks volumes considering I spent most of my time abroad in her class). I felt that I left the program well trained and supported. :)

How can this program be improved?
Have students engage more with community outside of class and teaching english (i.e. draw maps of Quepos or Manuel Antonio or observation exercises) in order to expose them more to costa rican culture.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
10/10

Excellent program, staff, and overall experience

I did my program with Maximo Nivel at their Manuel Antonio location. I had worked with Maximo Nivel in Peru on a previous occasion, so I already knew that the institution was "legit" and had an incredibly dedicated and motivated staff. As was expected, it was an absolutely amazing experience, to say the least. My TEFL trainer (Audra) and assistant trainer (Kevin) were PHENOMENAL. They brought an energy and vivaciousness to the classroom that I very rarely see in other learning settings that quickly inspired the rest of us. They demonstrated a clear passion and enthusiasm for their work that made coming to class every day and learning an absolute pleasure. They made the class fun and engaging, while maintaining a very professional demeanor all the while. The staff at Maximo are phenomenal, and constantly looking for ways to support your success, whether that be during your stay with Maximo or while you are looking for careers abroad. All in all, I cannot say enough good about this program. Overall incredible experience that I will never forget. If I could go back, I wouldn't change a thing.

Yes, I recommend this program

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Máximo Nivel is a family-owned, social enterprise founded in 2003. Our three intercultural centers are locally-based organizations focused on international education and cross...