TEFL in Sardinia / TESOL in Sardinia (Italy)
The Sardinia center is located in the historic port of Alghero. Our school is equipped with air-conditioned classrooms, a library of EFL-teaching materials, computers, printers, photocopier and audio-visual equipment.
Classes are small (typically under 15 students) and led by highly qualified, experienced instructors. This class represents a full-time commitment and requires 4-6 hours of class time and 1-2 hours of practicum (practice teaching) daily Monday through Friday. Additional reading and written assignments will also be required of all students.
We offer classes of Italian culture and language to our students for a fee. Students can also participate in paid-for yoga and water sport classes.
(100% on-site training)
Course Dates in 2018
2 July – 28 July
3 September – 28 September
• Total course fee: $1,620
- • Deposit: US $500 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $1,120 (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 whether you may be eligible to apply for EU citizenship.
As the 2nd largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia has attracted settlers since 6000 BC, allowing a unique culture to thrive on the island. By the time the Phoenicians began visiting Sardinia in 1000 BC, several indigenous tribes already existed on the island. Over the following centuries, Sardinia was conquered and re-conquered, ruled by the Romans, the Vandals, the Byzantines, the Sicilians, the Spanish, and the Italians.
Our course is held in the coastal town of Alghero, which is located at the northwestern tip of Sardinia. Alghero is an old port city important to the Catalans. In fact, the Algheresi still speak a distinctive Catalan-influenced dialect of Italian, with Catalan declared an official language for good measure. The Catalan city walls built in the 16th century still line the rocky coast of the old town, with winding streets and narrow lanes still packed with cafes, shops, bars, and restaurants.
While in Alghero, take advantage of the perfect, sunny weather, white sand beaches, and crystal clear sea. Be sure to take a trip to the famous Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune’s Grotto), a stunning system of sea cave complexes, accessible by a narrow 654-step staircase cut into the cliffs. Enjoy the city’s famous seafood and traditional Sardinian dishes such as malloreddu (shell-pasta with a tomato sausage ragu) or crema catalana (a sweet crème brûlèe dish). Top off your meal with a pairing of local wines, and finish with mirto, a liqueur distilled from myrtle berries.
Sardinia enjoys a Mediterranean climate. It is, however, heavily influenced by the vicinity of the Gulf of Genoa (barometric low) and the relative proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. With Sardinia being relatively large and hilly, the weather there is not uniform; in particular, the East is drier, but paradoxically, it suffers the worst rainstorms. In autumn 2009, it rained more than 200 mm (8 inches) in a single day in Siniscola. The Western coast is rainy even for modest elevations (for instance Iglesias, elevation 200 m, average annual precipitation 815 mm against 750 mm for London).
Summer is dry with very warm weather (30° C [86° F] and up being common); autumn is typically very mild (with averages of 20° C [68° F] and up for highs till mid-November), but is subject to heavy rainstorms as noted above. Winter is generally mild on plains (cold spells being, however, not unheard of) but cool to cold at higher elevations. Spring is mild and rainy, but not as autumn. The island is very windy, especially from September to April (northwest winds, called locally Maestrale); southeast winds (Scirocco) are frequent during summer and bring invariably hot weather