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 84 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.7
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.6
  • Academic Rigor 8.5
  • Job Assistance 9.5
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Brent
10/10

Go Maximo!

On a motorbike in Laos one day near the Chinese boarder I decided to get certified to teach English as a second language. To give the gift of communication. Throughout the rest of my time traveling in Southeast Asia I researched programs for TEFL certification - everywhere from Indochina, to South America, to Europe, etc, etc. I knew what I wanted: Spanish Speaking Country, Job Opportunities, Supportive Staff, Good Materials, A good Community, good living conditions, and of course, a beautiful place. My brother recommended Maximo to me having volunteered with them in Cusco. So one morning under the shadow of a Durian statue in Southeastern Cambodia I put down my deposit and signed up for Maximo.

From the start the program was streamlined, efficient, and welcoming. My travel from Guatemala City to Antigua was painless. My accommodation and host mom were wonderful - Sandra was a great cook and a good companion. Maximo provided just about every opportunity I could hope for: travel advice, job advice, immediate placement upon completion, and a rigorous course. This program isn't half-hearted or lazy in its pedagogy - Suzanne Harle, my TEFL trainer, is a gifted instructor with the kind of genuine passion and serious expertise necessary to prepare anyone to teach English who is willing to put the necessary time into it. You simply must commit to doing real work all the time and trust Suzanne completely, in everything, all the time. Which is good, because she is always right. Thankfully, it is fun and instructive - what a combination!

The educational strategy is immersive and reflexive. You are taught to teach in the style that you will be teaching in. Effectively, you get a great example(Suzanne) and then the opportunity to build up, step by step, to becoming that wonderful example. You feel yourself learning. You remember the techniques. You rely on what you've learned. And you teach. You actually teach.

The staff in Antigua are all wonderful and knowledgeable as well as realistic and forthright. You are your only biggest obstacle, however, if you buckle down you will be rewarded with a new skill and a great network, and maybe even a new vocation.

The surrounding area is magnificent: looming volcanoes, pristine lakes, lush coffee plantations, and at the heart of historic UNESCO certified Antigua, full of a chromatic smorgasbord of shopfronts and beautiful, ruinous Spanish Cathedrals. It is lively and frenetic in the city, small but quaint, with a good community of teachers, expats, locals, and others to converse with and learn from. Guatemalan culture is great. Delicious food, music, and feelings all around.

It isn't the cheapest program around, and it is difficult and rigorous. But this is all good. You get what you pay for. There is nothing janky. You are not misinformed. Materials are available, everyone is willing to help, and there is a strong sense that you are taken care of personally and sincerely. There is also the strong sense that Maximo is constantly interested in its own improvement(while I was there they were installing an entire new computer lab for their students to use) which is really refreshing and positive, and speaks to a genuine care for their project and those that use their services.

I highly recommend the TEFL Certification at Maximo Nivel in Guatemala! What are you waiting for?

How can this program be improved?
I think the program would benefit from ensuring that TEFL Certification courses had at least 4 students per class.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maddi
9/10

TEFL in Antigua

Great program! The staff is super friendly and helpful; they were able to help me with everything I needed. The TEFL class is intensive but interesting and rewarding, also fun! The practical teaching week is a great way to get some experience. Antigua is an amazing city, especially for those who like to explore; there are volcanoes and mountains all around that are available to hike. I would definitely recommend this program!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Eileen
10/10

Maximo TEFL - May 2014

Maximo Nivel provided an amazing TEFL experience. From my accommodation to staff to the actual course, I felt that I was learning and getting the most for money. I could not recommend Maximo more! The staff (a combination of locals and ex-pats) are incredibly welcoming and want nothing but your success.

The TEFL course itself was challenging but Suzanne led with great vigor and a smile. I never felt like my time was being wasted or that I was being duped. The hands on aspect of the course is priceless and actually getting to teach in front of students is imperative. Practical teaching week was both scary and thrilling!

If you are looking for the THE TEFL experience, look no further than Maximo Nivel!

How can this program be improved?
I would love to get two weeks of practical teaching under my belt.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kristen
10/10

A Wonderful Experience in Antigua!

Although I had experience in the educational setting, as I had taught in a special education classroom for four years, I was not familiar with the practice of teaching English as a foreign language. I discovered Máximo Nivel online and decided to take the TEFL course in Antigua. During my time at Máximo I was able to learn a lot from the experienced staff. They introduced me to the whole new world of teaching English. Through observations as well as a week of practical teaching experiences I was able to put many of the techniques and skills I learned into practice as well as improve throughout the course from constructive feedback from my teacher. I now feel like I have a better grasp on the world of teaching English. I have been able to implement some of the information and techniques as I have been teaching English for about two months now. I have also been able to stay in contact with the staff at Máximo and they have (and will continue to) provide suggestions or assistance as I continue on my journey of teaching English.

How can this program be improved?
The information and techniques I learned from this course were very beneficial, but I would have liked to have had a little more focus on teaching children. It is a very different concept as to teaching teens and adults. I am able to use the information and techniques in school settings with children as well, but teaching young children requires more hands-on activities at a different pace.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Savannah
10/10

Guatemala is beautiful and a great place to get certified to teach ESL.

Taking the TEFL course at Maximo Nivel is a great way to teach abroad. It was hands on in small classroom settings. 3 weeks of coursework one week of teaching in the classroom, observations, a week of grammar and creating an awesome portfolio of your work.at the end! The staff at Maximo was extremely helpful and professional. My home stay was fantastic and being able to work in a small group setting made my experience exceptional. Guatemala has a lot to offer in many aspects and I highly recommend this course. It was a lot of fun but challenging. The Tefl certifications gives you the ability to work anywhere in the world.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Frederick
9/10

A complete tefl program

For a well rounded program Maximo Nivel would be at the top of its class. I originally knew about this school thru some friends that took the course before me, i saw a lot of the coursework due to my colleagues references. Their material is very strongly correlated to a very interesting teaching technique yet a challenging one. I was part of the july-august 2014 class, we were only 3 classmates which made the program very intense and had a direct feel with the material. The teaching staff was very friendly and our personal teacher had a very strong knowledge of the material. Guatemala is a very mistical and beatiful place, it is safe, convenient, cheap, and culturally inclined. If your up for a change in your life and discover new life experiences that are going to take you all around the world then Maximo Nivel is the program for you.

How can this program be improved?
Well add some more practical teaching hours, and a job placement program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Thomas
10/10

Highly Recommended

This an an excellent course in learning teaching techniques and methodologies related to TEFL as well as a thorough review of the details of the English language. The course also covers job seeking help and common international English exams. My instructor Suzanne is amazing and was able to impart a huge amount of information in a clear and lively manner.

The fact that Maximo Nivel is an English school as well as a TEFL course provider means the course content is extremely relevant and is grounded in practical experience. The opportunity to observe classes and talk to current English teachers working at Maximo Nivel was also a huge plus. The support staff at Maximo Nivel are extremely helpful and I felt comfortable during the entire course. After the course I was fortunate enough to secure a job teaching English with Maximo Nivel in Guatemala and continue working with a great organisation.

The TEFL course with Maximo Nivel has given me the confidence and knowledge to teach English anywhere in the world. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in TEFL or a new experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Richard
10/10

A truly amazing experience that I'll never forget!

I wasn't sure about all of the hype about the "teach English in another country" on the Internet, but I decided to go for it. As it turned out, it was much more than I had hoped for. The TEFL class was amazing and the TEFL instructors couldn't have been better. The course is rather intense which helped all of the students bond like family. It was truly an amazing experience. The staff at Maximo is just as fantastic. They are there for our support and will do whatever it takes to help you succeed. During the course, we had the opportunity to give mini lessons to actual students to develop what we were taught in class. The course culminated with a practical teaching week where we took over an actual class for a week. The students here are amazing and the whole course, although a lot of work, was very fun.

I have come from other careers in the helping professions such as firefighter, paramedic, police and private security. This is the last career that I will have before retirement in about 5 years. It is a satisfying endeavor and a perfect note to end my professional life on. Although I'm close to retirement, the age group of the students in my class varied from 19 years old to 57. I would recommend not only Maximo Nivel as a school to obtain your TEFL certificate, but also teaching English as a foreign language, whether you are starting out your career or ending it like I am. Either way, there are jobs available all over the world. I have been offered several since I've been in Guatemala. A TEFL certificate is really a ticket to see the world and live in other cultures.

A truly amazing experience that I'll never forget!

Yes, I recommend this program
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rowanelizabeth
10/10

Take TEFL, I say!

Maximo Nivel's TEFL course in Guatemala was spectacular! I learned that is possible to be completely yourself while teaching. You don't have to keep a facade to seem a higher person because you're not a higher person. You're just a teacher, and what would you be without your students? A person with markers and a lot of grammar knowledge. That was something that made me very uncomfortable about teaching--that you stand at the board, everything centers around you and what you say. But, now I've been introduced to student-centered learning. I've taken a breath of fresh air. It's a beautiful thing. The students believe that you're teaching them, but really you're just guiding them. They're teaching themselves, and each other. You just gave them the opportunity and the materials. I love that. It's a beautiful way to see teaching. I learned that you can teach in so many different ways, and still be effective. In fact, the difference in teachers' teaching styles is beneficial to students. If all they see is one style, that's all they'll know, and all they'll learn.

How can this program be improved?
More chikys. Chiky cookies are needed every day. :)
Yes, I recommend this program

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