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 75 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.7
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.8
  • Difficulty 8.5
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Emily
10/10

It was awesome!

We just completed our TEFL training course for June/July. I really had no idea what to expect about the course. I had read online reviews of other courses and none of them seemed that great and didnt offer practical experience. Maximo has a wonderfully developed program and I have learned so much over these past 4 weeks. I truly feel confident to go out and teach English! Our teacher, Audra, was also fabulous. She made the class so fun; I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Our entire class (all 14 of us) got so close and we all just had a blast with each other. I recommend this class to any and everyone! There is so much to be learned and it is a wonderful experience!

Yes, I recommend
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Julien
10/10

TEFL Certification Course

The TEFL program through Maximo Nivel is fantastic. Everything about my experience, from the class, instructor, program was extremely professional and fun. The class was rigorous but the instructor was able to make it incredibly fun. We were in a big group for them--14 people but we've heard that they of classes of 3 or 4. As a person who just completed my degree in mathematics and education, my decision to take TEFL was influenced by my decision to apply to the peace corps (I was accepted while taking the course). I'm 100% positive this course has prepared me for my time abroad.

Yes, I recommend
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Liliya
10/10

WOOOHOO!!

SO much fun! And SO rewarding! =D Be kind to the world and it shall be kind to you! =D I found myself in Antigua, Guatemala, and lets say the rewards were PLENTIFUL! My teachers were INCREDIBLE!! The staff was extraordinary, the people gracious and lovely. Pretty much, I would ask what is stopping you? Go. Everyone is willing to help! And in the end... You only live once. May as well experience new things, and take up new challenges! =D Cannot boast enough about Maximo! Thank you to the stars and back!!!!!!! =D

How can this program be improved?
Umm... What a good question! =D=D

I would change:
Eh.. clearly this is not my area of expertise. =P
It was wonderful...

I would change....
Some ENGLISH rules..
Hahahha =D
Yes, I recommend
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Holly
10/10

Maximo TEFL

I am so happy I completed the TEFL program through Maximo Nivel. It was a very challenging and rewarding experience throughout. I learned more than I ever thought possible prior to signing up and feel more confident as a teacher. The lessons I learned I will take with me both in teaching and in life. Audra and Suzanne were both great enthusiastic teachers and often coaches who helped to bring out the best in everyone. Antigua is a delightful town that is both cozy and full of activity. I highly recommend taking TEFL through Maximo in Guatemala.

Yes, I recommend
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Rocky
10/10

Challenging, Demanding, Intense...but Worth Every Effort!!

The TEFL program at Maximo Nivel was one of the most professional courses I have every attended (and that is a LOT of courses). I am 66 years old, have a bachelors and MBA and am a retired USAF Colonel. This course will challenge you, no matter what your background. The instructors were first rate and packed in the content, while keeping the course active and fun. We laughed (a lot), but we worked really hard, too. The amount of course work was intense, requiring many hours outside the classroom to be prepared and to complete the reading and writing assignments. The course culminated with practical teaching, and that is where the long hours and hard work paid off. Seeing the response from your students in a real classroom situation cemented the value achieved by taking the TEFL course. If you are thinking about teaching English abroad, there is no better place to take the TEFL course than Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala. The city is awesome and I stayed in an apartment (vice a home stay), which worked out perfectly for me. I highly recommend Maximo Nivel and the TEFL course they provide.

How can this program be improved?
I think the program could benefit from an extra week of time to spread the activities and requirements over a more manageable length of time. That said, sometimes the pressure and intensity helps galvanize the learning process and also in some ways can serve as a winnowing tool.
Yes, I recommend
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Brynda
10/10

100%YES!!!

My experience was above and beyond all expectations of certifying with TEFL.
The lead instructor, Suzanne, the assistant instructor, Audra, the director, Sarah, and the whole office staff was exceptionally supportive of each of the student teachers and students. They truly wanted each of us to succeed, without giving us an easy break.
It was hard work, which made me appreciate my education and training. I feel very capable in my ability to teach immediately after graduating.
The bottom line ...fun! The instructors went above and beyond to include education with the joy of learning.
If I had it to do over again, I would choose this...100%. (Yes, even the grammar!)

Yes, I recommend
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Carrie
10/10

Maximo is the place to do TEFL!

The TEFL certification program is intense. Anyone who has done it will tell you that. However doing it at Maximo in La Antigua makes the intensive program a wonderful experience. The lead trainer, Suzanne and assistant trainer, Audra are experienced, enthusiastic and supportive. They made the course fun and interactive. Plus they model the same techniques that they are teaching--reinforcing daily the TEFL techniques that are brand new to the majority of people who have never taught ESL before.
In addition, La Antigua is a wonderful place to study. The climate is perfect, there are lots of things to do, and the landscape is beautiful.

How can this program be improved?
Make it a 6 week program--but apparently 4 weeks is the international standard. So anyone taking this program just needs to suck it up for the 4 weeks.
Yes, I recommend
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Stephanie
10/10

TEFL certification coursen awesome experience

I learned a lot o useful teaching techniques in the TEFL program. Its location in La Antigua makes it a pefect place to study. It is a challenging experience but the most rewarding one!!! I had a great time and although it is an intensive course I think the teachers are well prepared and they make learning easy and enjoyable. I highly eecommend this place if you want to get your TEFL certificate, you wo't regret it. Thanks to Maximo Nivel for making me feel welcome and for all your support, the staff is the best and to my TEFL instructor Suzanne who is very knowleadgeable and has a unique amazing way of teaching.

How can this program be improved?
The course lasts a month and the content here taught is extensive therefore i recommend making it a 2 month program.
Yes, I recommend

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