TEFL in Lisbon/ TESOL in Lisbon
Our TEFL training center is accommodated in a downtown Lisbon language school. With classrooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the school is a real gem. As an established language center, the school is the perfect setup for a TEFL program, offering additional free Portuguese classes during the duration of the TEFL certification. The school features classrooms for 15 to 20 students, access to internet and a small library of TEFL books.
Hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with an hour lunch break in between. During that time, you can frequent delicious downtown restaurants and get a taste of what Portuguese chefs are able to create for world cuisine.
The teaching practice students are locals of Lisbon wanting to learn English. They come to the training center daily for two hours starting Week 2 of the TEFL certification program.
(75% on line, 25% on-site training)
Total tuition: US $1,720
- Deposit: US $500, due at registration
- Tuition balance: US $1,220 due five business days before start of the teaching practice
This is an on-line/on-site combination course. The online section can start any day. You can work at your own pace–fast or slowly. If you register for teaching practice and cannot finish the online part in time, you can change the date of your teaching practice. The program is credit bearing towards an MA Education. You have the choice of one specialization free of charge. Learn more here.
The program comes with free career support.
2019 Teaching Practice Dates
- 29 April – 3 May
- 3 June – 7 June
- 1 July – 5 July
- 5 August – 9 August
- 9 September – 13 September
- 7 October – 11 October
Portugal has a booming tourism industry, and speaking English has become an necessity for many of the locals. As a result, that there is a growing demand for English teachers. Portugal is actually one of the best countries to live and work as an English teacher. This is due to the low cost of living and the high quality of life. Portugal offers the English teacher from abroad so much: spectacular beaches, beautiful national parks, a rich architecture and a unique, vibrant culture.
English teachers are in great demand in Portugal; however, due to the stringent laws of the EU to protect its own workforce, schools in Portugal have to prove that you are an expert they cannot find elsewhere before they can apply for a work visa.
TEFL jobs are competitive in Portugal. You need a college degree and a 120-Hour TEFL Certificate to stand out of the crowd. It’s even better if you can put some time of practical teaching on the table.
Types of TEFL Jobs
English teaching jobs are available in schools or language institutes. But there are also many TEFL teachers who conduct their own private classes. Here the advantage is that you can set your own hours. The drawback of teaching English privately is that students may cancel frequently or even stop classes in a short period of time. This creates a kind of instability and may not be everyone’s preferred TEFL job.
If you’re going to be teaching at a school, then most teaching positions in Portugal adhere to the standard school year, and openings usually occur during August and September. The listings go out in March or April, and some positions are also listed for summer courses. Language centers offer positions all year around.
It’s true that an English teaching job offers a decent income. English being the language of business in so many countries, there is a great demand for the skill. In fact, in some countries where English fluency is uncommon, institutions are even willing to offer comfortable accommodation and other perks. This may be a rarity, but decent salary is one of the reasons why teaching English is such a popular job among expats. However, don’t expect a cushy life right away. In Portugal, salaries tend to vary, but most teachers are able to live comfortable lives. Private schools may offer higher salaries and may also include boarding options. The average monthly English teaching salary is between 700 – 1,000 Euro; the average monthly cost of living is 500 – 650 Euro, and vacation time is usually not paid. Accommodations are not provided, but health care is with most teaching positions. Teaching private English classes run at an average salary between 20 and 30 Euro an hour.
Lisbon is the awe-inspiring capital of Portugal and is one of the most charismatic, vibrant cities of Western Europe. It is constantly listed among the top 10 cities to visit in the world. It is a city that effortlessly combines traditional heritage with striking modernism and progressive thinking of our times. As a vacation destination, Lisbon offers a rich, interesting history, a nightlife second to none and a beautiful climate full of sunshine and warm temperatures year-round.
With more than 800 years of history, Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world. Throughout the centuries, several Portuguese traditions and cultural traits were established, defining today its society and its country in the most different areas.
From gastronomy to wine, arts and crafts to music, popular festivals and pilgrimages, there are several reasons for you to come and experience Portugal. The country has been for a long time a country with a huge culinary tradition. As a nation of seafarers, the Portuguese have mastered the preparation of fish. Lisbon has a buzzing nightlife scene that is social, accepting and varied. The greatest area to experience a night in Lisbon is the district of Bairro Alto, a place with trendy bars, small clubs and live music halls where you can hear the sounds of Fado music.
The great thing about Lisbon is that a beautiful coastline of sandy beaches is waiting for you just outside its city limits. These beaches please all kinds of visitors and range from calm and family oriented, through to wild, rugged surfing beaches. A city-break to Lisbon can easily be a beach vacation at the same time.