TEFL in Florence / TESOL in Florence (Italy)
Our center in Florence is located in an established, full-service language school in the commercial and residential center of Florence. The school offers access to modern classrooms and a library of EFL-teaching materials. In addition, trainees have a dedicated resource room, equipped with Satellite TV, Wi-Fi, computers, printers and a photocopier, along with other materials for use while preparing classes. And finally, the school has a terrace that allows for a fantastic view of Florence. The TEFL trainers are highly qualified individuals with years of experience. They create the perfect balance between theory and practical teaching—a balance trainees need to succeed on a job market that is asking for well trained teachers.
Because the course is so intensive, people can spend their month here without finding the time to see the beauty of Italy. To make the most of your visit here in Florence, we can offer a number of possible excursions to allow you to learn more about Florence and its environs. Here is a list of potential excursions for you to peruse – what is offered during your particular course will depend on the season and the interest.
This great get together is offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:15 p.m. Discover the tastes of some of the most famous Tuscan wines and the foods that go with them. Advanced booking required.
This class takes place every Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 6:30 pm. The menu changes every week. Please check in our offices for the monthly menu to decide which course you would like to sign up for.
If you like to bike, this all-day bike tour is perfect for you. Participants leave from Ponte S. Trinità at 9:00 am and are taken to the countryside by minivan. At drop-off point, you will be given a bike, helmet and water bottle and accompanied on an easy paced bike ride by a qualified guide (first two miles are uphill, but you may also walk). Stop for lunch at the Casa del Prosciutto and enjoy a relaxing meal of typical Florentine cuisine. On the way back (downhill!), stop for a vineyard tour where you will get to taste wines and olive oils produced at this family farm. The tour returns to Florence at 5:00 pm (minimum 3 participants required).
120-HOUR ON-SITE TESOL CERTIFICATION
(100% on-site training)
Dates in 2017
- • 31 July – 25 August
- • 11 September – 6 October
- • 16 October – 10 November
- • 20 November – 15 December
- • Total course fee: $1,800
- • Deposit: US $900 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $900 (due 30 days before the first course day)
For those who dream of teaching abroad, Italy is often one of the first countries that come to mind. Beautiful, historical, and surrounded by a sense of romance, Italy is a dream for most Westerners who plan on traveling for a career.
It should come as no surprise, then, that English teaching jobs in Italy are somewhat difficult to obtain. There’s a lot of competition and a lot of applicants, and if you’re hoping to secure a position, you should be prepared to prove yourself.
In the past, you might have been extremely lucky and landed a job only because you spoke English. This has changed, and it is becoming harder and harder. Nowadays, most expats who teach possess a TEFL/TESOL qualification. Those courses can be taken at training centers around the world and involve intensive studying, normally full time for a four-week period. They can also be taken on a part time basis. To be accepted, you will need a high school diploma as a minimum educational requirement. The cost is around €1500.
Looking for Work
The best place to look for work is the Internet; there are many TEFL job websites. Just type TEFL into Google and follow the links. If you are already in Italy, contact local language schools directly. Ideally, go to the school in person with a copy of your CV/resume and ask to speak to the director.
Our organization offers a state-of-the-art career support center, in which graduates of the TEFL/TESOL certification course meet their prospective employers. You may want to look at it. Your dream job may be waiting there for you to take. You can also offer private lessons. Putting an ad in the local paper is often free of charge, and you can try leaving business cards in your local bar, shop and other locations.
Pay and Working Conditions
Working for a language school is the most reliable way to earn a living by teaching, but the pay is often quite low. Expect to earn around €800 a month for a 25-hour week. Although 25 hours may sound very little, this is considered a full-time job. Your teaching hours will be spread throughout the day. So in reality, you can work from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm with time off in between. You will also need to prepare your lessons, so allow extra time for this.
Teaching private students is more lucrative but also risky. You can charge up to €25 an hour, depending on your location and experience. If students cancel, you won’t get anything, unless you have them pay you one class in advance. Teaching school-age children is your best bet, and work is often found via word of mouth. So ask around your local area. Teaching in a company is also possible. To get this kind of job, local contacts are essential. So let everyone you meet know that you are looking for teaching work.
Italian state schools are now required to provide students with English conversation classes with a native English speaker. You could try contacting your local school for more information.
European citizens do not need a visa to teach in Italy. Other nationalities should check visa requirements, as schools will not officially employ teachers without proper work permits.
If you are a foreigner and have ancestors in Italy, check with the Italian consulate near you whether you may be eligible to apply for EU citizenship.
Gracing Southern Europe and spilling over onto two of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Italy borders a number of countries: France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. It is the point of origin for a great number of European cultures. It was the place where the Renaissance first began, and it is still known as the center of Western Civilization. With Italian influences and ideas from the past still affecting the global community of today and tomorrow, this fascinating, historically rich country has remained a ground-breaking, progressive nation. Earn your TEFL certification in one of the most culturally and politically significant cities in Europe–Florence.
Dante, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Galileo Galilee–all of these great minds were somehow linked to the great city of Florence. Also known as “the Athens of the Middle Ages”, Florence was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Florence’s architecture is just a small indication of the beauty and elegance contained within the walls of this magnificent city. The region’s cuisine only matches the greatness of this city with Tuscany’s wines and delectable dishes
available around every corner. With the beauty of the city (its art, people, culture, etc.) all easily accessible to pedestrians and the temperate climate year round, Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is the perfect setting for a student looking to get a taste of the Old World while earning an international TEFL/TESOL certification.
Top Things to Do in Florence
1. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, the world’s best collection of Italian paintings.
2. Eat Gelato every day.
3. See the sights in Duomo Square.
4. Climb either the Duomo’s Dome or Giotto’s Tower for a spectacular view of the city.
5. Watch the Arno pass under the Ponte Vecchio.
6. Pay your respects at Florence’s famous graves of Galileo, Michelangelo, Rossini, etc.
7. Take a stroll through the Leather Markets
The climate in Florence is typically Mediterranean, with high temperatures and sunny days in the summer and colder, damper weather in the winter. July and August are usually very hot and temperatures tend to stay around 30°C (86°F) for much of this time. Florence’s low seasons tend to fall between April to June and September to October. In the spring and autumn temperatures are at their most comfortable and pleasant.
Although it is generally fairly mild with plenty of sunshine, the weather can prove unpredictable from November to February (when the city is at its most quiet). There can be heavy rain and occasional icy winds, so be sure to bring a warm overcoat, scarf and gloves.