TEFL Certification in Antigua, Guatemala

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Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala. 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 usually 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

I'm in the states right now....but looking forward to heading to Cambodia to teach at a school there. I was teaching for Oxford Language in Guatemala since 2 weeks after my certification.

Reviews

99%
based on 83 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.7
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.8
  • Value 9.6
  • Academic Rigor 8.4
  • Job Assistance 9.5
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Merecia Lewis
Merecia
10/10

One Month in TEFLtopia

My TEFL course in Antigua, Guatemala through Maximo Nivel was more than I ever hoped for. I expected to work hard for a month, get my certification, and then get to the fun part...that was not the case. Every day was fun in my class, and that is hugely in part to my teacher, Karen Wilke. She truly loves whats she does, and she will do whatever she can to help you succeed. I also was lucky enough to come away with new friends that I will keep for life. Every class is different, and of course, so are the people, but if you are looking to do the TEFL course, I promise you won't regret doing it with Karen. The month will fly by, and before you know it, you will be holding your certificate, as well as countless new memories to cherish. One of the best decisions I've made, so don't be afraid to take the plunge :) Pirates of TEFLtopia for life!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dakota
8/10

Prepares you for real teaching!

The TEFL/TESOL course at Maximo Nivel, Guatemala is an excellent program located in the beautiful city of La Antigua. Audra, my trainer, is an amazing teacher who pushes her students to do their best and succeed, and the other staff at Maximo Nivel are always there to help and support their clients. The course itself involves a great deal of work, seeing as it is only a month long! However, from the first week onwards you'll begin to receive practical teaching experience with detailed feedback and guidance in how to improve. Having completed the course, I feel ready to begin teaching ESL and have confidence that I can get jobs all over the world with Maximo Nivel's generous assistance and letter of recommendation. This course really is worth it!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gabriel
10/10

Loved this experience

TEFL is not an easy course. The course will consume four weeks of your beautiful life in Antigua, Guatemala. But after earning the TEFL/TESOL certificate and taking advantage of the Maximo resources, you will be able to teach ESL anywhere in the world.
I had the great fortune to be taught by one of the best instructors I have ever had in my life. At first I was taken aback by the energy that Audra brought to the classroom, but I found out after two days that this energy sparked all of her students to increase their energy level. Audra will make you laugh and learn at a comfortable pace for 6 hours a day. She is an inspiring teacher; she makes sure all of her students get the most out of their TEFL experience. For me, there is no doubt; the huge effort was worth it.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Clay
10/10

Tefl/tesol corse in Antigua

Absolutely loved my course! Admittedly I was a little skeptical about a month long course that can certify you to teach English. However Maximo and my instructor Audra challenged me everyday, helped me to gain valuable teaching experience, and gave me invaluable advice on going out and teaching in the world! Would recommend to anyone.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Brandi
10/10

Amazing Experience

I came into the TEFL program as a teacher, and it challenged my teaching strategies right from the start. The class is intense but at the end you are better then when you began. I greatly appreciated the mini lessons and practical teaching, as it allowed me to grow the techniques that were being taught. I will admit at times I felt overwhelmed, but the staff is more then accommodating and are always available to help you. The instructor, Audra, was always bubbly and entertaining and taught the course using the techniques being taught. The ability to observe other teachers in action was also very helpful, as it allowed you to see the techniques in action as well as consequences of not using them in the classroom setting. I recommend this program for any level teacher. I also utilized the host family option and was very pleased with the accommodations and the family was more than welcoming. The location of Maximo was great for walking to various restaurants and staff at Maximo were always recommending places to visit or sites to see.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Guy
10/10

Great program in the heart of a wonderful city

I took the TEFL certification course at Maximo Nivel in Antigua in August of 2015 with Audra. The TEFL certification course itself was excellent. Audra was thorough with the information, but also made the class interesting and engaging. She was also always available to answer any questions. The rest of the Maximo staff was also eager to provide assistance in any way possible, from printing documents to recommending activities or places to eat for the weekends. Both Maximo buildings in town are great locations, and less than a block away from one another. Antigua is a fantastic location to take a TEFL certification course because of the myriad of restaurants, bars, and foreigners from all over the globe. I would also recommend the host family home stay while enrolled in the program. I have not heard a single complaint from any of my classmates or former TEFL students about their experiences with a host family.

How can this program be improved?
More time practical teaching.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Danielle
10/10

TEFL Certification Course

My teacher and this course was everything I had hoped for and more! I decided to take this course in Antigua because I was actually here on vacation with family and fell in love with the city and wanted to do something that would help my career. My teacher was outgoing, upbeat, and was always available for help. Though the course was a lot to take in and there was a lot to do, Audra made it seem like a walk in the park and made it way more fun with her personality and humor. Thanks Audra!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Carola
10/10

TEFL in La Antigua!

I came to Antigua to study TEFL with Maximo and I absolutely loved it. Audra, our TEFL teacher, was not only very prepared but made us feel comfortable from day one.

Because I´m Mexican I thought it was going to be harder for me to get the hang of it. The TEFL program is organized in a way that everything just sort of fell in place.

I chose to study in the classroom over the online or hybrid courses because

I wanted the interaction with other students and the mini lessons and practical teaching experience.

An advantage of pursuing TEFL Certification with Maximo Nivel was being able to teach Guatemalan English learners versus not having this experience in the United States or Canada.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
10/10

Excellent preparation for teaching all over the world!

Maximo Nivel offers an excellent and effective TEFL certification program that really prepares you for stepping into a classroom. A friend of mine attended Maximo in Peru several years ago and went on to teach in countries all over the world so I came to Maximo expecting the certification would prepare me for wherever I wanted to go. What I did not expect was how much fun we would have during TEFL class, how rigorous the course would be or how much I would miss my students from practical teaching week. Audra, our TEFL trainer, was excellent: fun, dynamic, enthusiastic and knowledgable. I could not imagine having a better teacher for this course. Additionally, a big shout out to the entire staff for their effort and accommodation of us for the entire month. The entire experience was top notch!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Derek
10/10

A Great Program to Prepare You for the REAL world of ESL Teaching

I didn´t really consider taking the classes anywhere but Maximo because the staff here was just great from the moment that I walked through the door. The online reviews and personal recommendations finally sold it for me. The course here at Maximo really prepares you to teach ESL in the real world. After your week of practical teaching in the final week you feel totally prepared to jump into a classroom and teach. Teaching REAL clients using the TEFL methods really gave me confidence.
I was already living in Guatemala when I decided to take a TEFL course, so I can´t tell you about the accommodations. The others in my class were generally happy with them though and Maximo works hard to resolve any issues that may arise. Antigua is a great place to relax and to take classes. You will NEVER lack for something to do on the weekends.
Audra is absolutely one of the BEST instructors I have ever had. She managed to make all aspects of the TEFL course fun and interesting (yes, even the grammar days). She will be in Antigua for a while longer so if you want to take TEFL with an awesome teacher, don´t wait. Or go to Maximo in Costa Rica. Maximo is a great organization to study with so whoever takes over here in Antigua will be great as well.

How can this program be improved?
Stretch the program over 5 or 6 weeks. I say this because I live in Guatemala and am busy with teaching ang other things. at times I felt rushed to complete some things that I would have preferred to put more polish on.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Claire
10/10

Hard work but definitely worth it!

The TEFL/TESOL program at Maximo Nivel is definitely topnotch. I just finished the July/August course and it really has been a rewarding and life changing experience. I basically took the course as just something to do over the summer and since then I have fallen in love with teaching and the Maximo Nivel family. There were 7 people in my class and its small size really fostered a great sense of camaraderie and friendship. I would recommend taking this course for any age and background because it just simply is so inspiring. The TEFL trainer, Audra is the bomb and she is very dedicated to insuring that by the end of the month YOU will be a good teacher!

How can this program be improved?
Maximo Nivel should give a lot more information about your home stay prior to arrival especially specifics of the household.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Liz
10/10

TEFL Course in Antigua

I completed the TEFL course earlier this summer and had a wonderful experience. I was a hybrid TEFL student so the first half of the course was all online and Suzanne could not have been more helpful and available via Skype and email. I am pursuing a Master's in Education and ESOL in the U.S. and the TEFL course was a perfect addition. It helped to fill in so many holes and gave so many practical opportunities to observe and teach actual classes. Suzanne and Audra were a phenomenal team of teachers who have so much expertise and made the class so fun. The course is definitely a lot of work but you will gain great insight into teaching as well as practical experience. This was my second time going through Maximo Nivel and the team in Antigua was wonderful to work with! I highly recommend the course anyone interested in teaching abroad or improving your teaching skills for working in the U.S.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Manon
10/10

Well worth it!

I wasn't too sure what to think of the TEFL course before arriving in Antigua but the Maximo staff are welcoming and look after you very well. The course is tough and demanding but as long as you are prepared to work hard and want to do well, you will have no problems. My teacher, Audra, was so great...she has so much energy, is dedicated to her students and is hilarious. I highly recommend taking this course with Maximo Nivel as you are well looked after, you can meet all sorts of people and you are sure to have blast! It is well worth having the TEFL certification whether you are travelling or not.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jesse
10/10

I learned so much!

As a Spanish teacher in the United States, my primary reason taking this course was to gain experience teaching my own native language abroad. I gained this and MORE from Maximo Nivel! I learned many techniques I can put into practice in my Spanish classroom, as well valuable information about the TEFL profession around the world. Additionally, I feel confident that if I ever decide to seek employment abroad, the many wonderful people at Maximo Nivel will be there to assist me in my job search. My TEFL instructor, Audra, was FABULOUS! If you are interested in TEFL and teaching in beautiful Latin America, I highly recommend that you choose Maximo Nivel!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Juliet
10/10

Taught me a thing or three

The four-week Maximo Nivel TEFL course was a challenging, rigorous, well-worth it experience. As a mid-career English teacher, I figured I would know most of the information and have little problem with the practical teaching. But I did learn a lot and improved my practice in the process. I have new techniques to add to my classroom repertoire. Everyone can learn from this class regardless of his or her background . And Audra, the TEFL trainer, is just terrific!

Yes, I recommend this program

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