TEFL Certification In Crete

130-Hour On-Site TEFL

Live like a local in Crete, Greece. Share an apartment, attend classes and receive your 130-Hour TEFL certification.

 

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May 27 - June 21.

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July 1 - July 26.

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August 05 - August 30.

Overview

CreteWherever you decide to do your TEFL course, you are unlikely to find a more charming and beautiful location than Crete. From the life and vitality of the old town of Hania to the medieval mountain villages, from the sun-drenched sandy beaches with their all-year-round sunshine to the Minoan ruins of Knossos - Crete seems to offer everything. The wild landscapes of the interior and the majestically unspoiled trekking opportunities of the nearby Samaria Gorge make you forget sometimes that you are never more than a few miles from a palm-fringed beach.

The largest island in Greece, Crete is home to 162 beaches! Four main regions offer very different experiences, but thanks to Crete’s relatively inexpensive transportation — roughly $1.50 per mile via taxi or $3 round trip via public transportation — you can easily see them all. Be sure to stop for local cheeses, dakos, and baklava along the way.

The language school in Crete is situated in the center of Hania, Crete’s second city (and former capital) on the North-West coast. Hania is a beautiful old Cretan town with a population of around 60,000. The old town center is clustered around the 14th-century Venetian harbor where much of the city’s life and light is to be found.  The town is large enough to offer a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a ready range of nightlife and places to see, but small enough that it’s normally easy to get around on foot – whether from the school to your apartment or from the local bar down to the nearest beach.

This TEFL Course includes 130 hours of expert classes with 10 hours of assessed teaching practice, and covering all areas of Teaching Skills, Classroom Management, English Grammar and Phonology, it exceeds international guidelines for the regulation of the TEFL profession.

Course Tuition

$2,189

Includes:

  • 130-hour internationally accredited in-class TEFL course.
  • 10 hours of assessed teaching practice.
  • Tuition, all course materials, unlimited use of all training center facilities including Internet access, course moderation fee, and certification.
  • Accommodation for the four weeks of the course (shared room)
  • A lifetime subscription to our Worldwide ESL list of jobs.
  • $100 credit on any GeoVisions Foundation teach abroad program (paid or volunteer).
  • Students receive an accredited certificate. The course is accredited by the Learning Resource Network. The course is officially endorsed as a Level 5 certificate by Learning Resource Network (LRN).
  • Meeting at Hania airport or ferry port & transportation to your included accommodation.
  • Welcome lunch.
  • Graduation ceremony and party.
  • Optional social excursions each weekend.

 Course Dates

  • May 27, 2019 - June 21, 2019 (sold out)
  • July 1, 2019 - July 26, 2019 (sold out)
  • August 05, 2019 - August 30, 2019 (sold out)

This is a 4-week course and is very intensive, from morning to evening (course times may vary slightly due to location). We have tried to arrange the course so that you will have the weekends free to relax and explore the area. This does, however, mean that the days are longer and more intensive.

Eligibility

You must be at least 18 years of age for your application to be considered. There is no official upper age limit. The majority of our trainees are in their 20's and 30's but we have successfully trained and found employment for graduates in their 40's, 50's and even 60's and therefore welcome applications from all interested parties regardless of age.

You need to be able to demonstrate a very good command of the English language. Non-native English speakers must take the iTEP Conversation test and score 70+. The test takes 25 minutes and is on-demand. You can take the test at home or wherever you are. You can take the test here.

Course Tuition

$2,189

Includes:

  • 130-hour internationally accredited in-class TEFL course.
  • 10 hours of assessed teaching practice.
  • Tuition, all course materials, unlimited use of all training center facilities including Internet access, course moderation fee, and certification.
  • Accommodation for the four weeks of the course (shared room)
  • A lifetime subscription to our Worldwide ESL list of jobs.
  • $100 credit on any GeoVisions Foundation teach abroad program (paid or volunteer).
  • Students receive an accredited certificate. The course is accredited by the Learning Resource Network. The course is officially endorsed as a Level 5 certificate by Learning Resource Network (LRN).
  • Meeting at Hania airport or ferry port & transportation to your included accommodation.
  • Welcome lunch.
  • Graduation ceremony and party.
  • Optional social excursions each weekend.

When considering your budget, your tuition includes the TEFL course and a month of accommodation in a shared apartment with a small kitchen to prepare your own food. The apartment is 100 meters from the beach.

You will need to budget your airfare and enough for meals. Each weekend there are social events and excursions which may cost extra. Before you depart for your course, you will be informed of all of the excursions as well as ideas for packing and whether or not you intend to remain in Greece, travel and teach English abroad or return home. You will be in touch frequently with the school in Crete on all of these issues.

 Accreditation

A TEFL PROGRAM OF THE HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS

GeoVisions Foundation is fully committed to ensuring that both the content and delivery of the TEFL program meet the highest possible international academic and industry standards. It is important for us to be able to demonstrate the quality of the program to the end-users of TEFL qualification - trainee teachers, future employers, colleges and universities. We seek to do this through reference to internationally accepted standards so that our stakeholders can be confident in the final certificate and what it represents. Our accreditation process includes both internal and external verification, standardization and validation elements.

This TEFL course is officially endorsed as a Level 5 certificate by Learning Resource Network (LRN). Having thoroughly audited the course, LRN confirms that this TEFL course fully meets their stringent requirements. 

LRN (www.lrnglobal.org) is an awarding body creating qualifications for educational institutions, independent learning providers and employers. These qualifications are internationally recognized as providing proof of the skills and abilities required by educational institutes, professional bodies and governments. The British Assessment Bureau (BAB) has awarded LRN the international ISO 27001: 2013 certificate for the provision and online verification of certificates and awards.

COURSE COMPONENTS

Pedagogy-Language Awareness-Teaching Skills-Culture-Life Skills

This 130 hour program is primarily for graduates who wish to gain certification as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Typically course members (trainees) are over 21 years of age and hold a degree from a recognized university. In certain circumstances non-degree holders will be considered for a place if their qualifications and / or experience are regarded as being equivalent to the demands of a degree. Trainees must either be native speakers of English or be able to demonstrate a competence in English by scoring a 70+ on the iTEP Conversation test. You can take the test here.

The content of each of the five components can be described as follows:

Pedagogy Theory

  • Teaching and learning a foreign language
  • Language teaching methodologies
  • The syllabus
  • The effective teacher   
  • Classroom management skills
  • Language teaching materials
  • Lesson planning
  • Teaching receptive skills
  • Teaching productive skills (speaking)
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Teaching pronunciation
  • Teaching grammar
  • Responding to mistakes and errors
  • Language games
  • The assessment of language learners

Language Awareness

  • The purpose and nature of communication
  • Word classes
  • Verb types and verb forms
  • The tense system
  • The present simple tense and the present continuous tense
  • The past simple tense, the past continuous tense, the past perfect tense (simple and continuous)
  • The present perfect tense (simple and continuous)
  • Expressing the future
  • Conditional sentences
  • The passive voice
  • Gerunds and infinitives
  • Modal auxiliary verbs
  • Multi-word verbs
  • Phonology

Teaching Skills

  • Six hours of observing experienced teachers
  • Eight hours of assessed teaching practice (*groups and or individual students)
  • Sixteen hours of supported lesson preparation time
  • Eight hours of post-lesson discussions

Cultural Awareness

  • The cross-cultural dimension of language teaching
  • The Group Project

Life Skills

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Financial awareness skills
  • Employment awareness skills
  • Legal awareness skills
  • Personal welfare skills

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to make informed decisions, and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

What is the CTEFL?

The CTEFL (Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is an internationally recognized qualification for the teaching of the English language.

What qualifications do I need to do the course?

While the course is essentially practical, some evidence of readiness study at a higher education level is necessary in order to cope with the academic side of the course. In some cases, work experience may be accepted in place of qualifications.

Please note that in some countries a 3-year degree is necessary to obtain a work permit and that employers will not be able to legally hire you without one in those places.

Do I need knowledge of other languages?

No, you do not. We use the universally accepted "communicative approach" to teaching, where English is the only language used in the classroom.

Is there an age limit?

You must be at least 18 years of age for your application to be considered. There is no official upper age limit. Some employers may have a preference for younger teachers,  while others tend to prefer more 'mature' teachers.


The majority of our trainees are in their 20's and 30's but we have successfully trained and found employment for graduates in their 40's, 50's and even 60's and therefore welcome applications from all interested parties regardless of age.

How long/intensive are the courses?

The CTEFL is a 4-week course and is very intensive, from morning to evening (course times may vary slightly due to location). We have tried to arrange the course so that you will have the weekends free to relax and explore your chosen area. This does, however, mean that the days are longer and more intensive.

Will I be a competent teacher by the end of the course?

Due to the highly practical content of the CTEFL course, all graduates should have the necessary confidence and ability to embark on their teaching careers and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

All certificate courses, however, serve as initial teacher training and those interested in pursuing teaching as a career often go on to take a diploma or MA after a number of years of teaching experience.

Does the course meet standard international guidelines?

Yes. While there is no true international body for TEFL courses, internationally accepted guidelines state that the course must have 100 hours of input, 6 hours of teaching practice and is externally monitored. Our CTEFL course has, in fact, 130 hours of input and a minimum of 10 hours teaching practice as well as being externally monitored.

What are the chances of finding a job after completing the course?

Excellent. At present, there is a shortage of certified, qualified teachers worldwide and consequently, the majority of our trainees have found employment by the time they complete the course.

There is a considerable demand for the teaching of English as a foreign language and there are opportunities for regular and part-time employment. In Crete, there are literally hundreds of "frontistiria" (private language schools) and the majority of Greek school children attend one after school hours. Many native English speakers work teaching English either in frontistiria or by giving private English lessons to pupils. Frontistiria are open during the school year, September to June, and usually close for 3 months in the summer. You can find more information about teacher requirements, plus details of vacancies from the Panhellenic Association of Language School Owners (PALSO).
 
GeoVisions Foundation also has consistent openings for teaching jobs in South Korea, Thailand, China, and Taiwan.

Is job placement assistance included?

Yes. All graduates receive individual counseling and assistance with finding a teaching job. As GeoVisions Foundation is an international organization it has contacts with many schools worldwide and can even often place graduates within its own network of language schools.

GeoVisions Foundation will help with all aspects of job seeking from CV/resume construction and interview techniques to arranging job interviews.

What is the food like, and what clothing should I pack for my month in Crete?

A Cretan specialty is Stifado Salingariko - snail stew, and Chirino Kritiko - pork chops. One of the many local cheeses is Myzithra and Anthotiro. You must also try the Graviera Kritis (Cretan Gruyere). Cretan olive oil is one of the best in Greece. Other traditional products of Crete is the Cretan Paximadia (Crisps). Apart from the many Greek taverns all over the island, you'll also find many international restaurants in the bigger summer resorts and the cities.

Dress code in monasteries and churches: No shorts, bikinis or sleeveless shirts. Take your hat off when you enter a church and do not use flash for photographs. Casual business attire is always a good bet! During the winter it can get a little cold at night and a coat or jersey of some sort is recommended. During the summer t-shirts and shorts are more suitable. For working as an English teacher in Greece, smart casual clothes are normally expected.

What kind of weather can I expect?

The weather is mild throughout the winter and normally warm enough to sit outside the cafés in shirtsleeves all through the year. During the summer the temperature can rise to 40 degrees Centigrade (100°F) but the fact that you’re never far from a palm-fringed beach helps to make this a little more bearable.

Accommodation is included. What can I expect?

We offer fully furnished apartments with kitchenettes for your stay during the course. The apartments have a sea view and are located just 100 meters from a beautiful beach.

What optional excursions and cultural experiences are available?

Weekends are free except for the course project and we run a variety of social programs to some of the most fascinating parts of the island of Crete. These include (but are not necessarily limited to) a trek down the Samaria Gorge, visits to the beaches of Elafonisi, Falasarna, and Gramvousa, trips to the Minoan ruins of Knossos (home of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur) and stays in one or more of the small villages on the South coast of the island. There you can experience some more traditional Greek life, music, food, and ambiance in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

Application Process

  1. Make your application by pressing the red button below. This application should not take more than 2 minutes to complete. Pay your $350 Course Deposit Fee here also.
    Apply For TEFL

  2. We will welcome you with open arms because you will be the most important person in our world when you apply.

  3. Next, you will receive our Terms and Conditions, which you can read, agree to, and sign online.

  4. When you send back the Terms and Conditions, we'll register you for the course and confirm your placement for the period that's best for you.

  5. When we have your application, the signed Terms and Conditions and your formal enrollment for the TEFL course, you will be billed for half of the tuition.

  6. 30-days before your course begins, we will bill you for the final half of your tuition payment.

  7. Payment Plans: We are also happy to set you up on a payment plan, which will make sure you make small payments and still has your tuition paid before your course begins.

Lifetime Job Assistance

PERSONAL JOB GUIDANCE SERVICES FOR LIFE

The GeoVisions Foundation job guidance program assists all successful graduates of our TEFL course in finding a TEFL teaching position suitable for them. GeoVisions Foundation has a wide network of global contacts and is, therefore, able to provide up-to-date information and advice regarding working in numerous destinations all around the world.

Teaching jobs worldwide

In some locations, we are able to guarantee employment after completing the course. In all of our course locations, we can and do provide you with professional and ongoing assistance in finding that crucial first TEFL teaching job. We have schools and offices all around the world, all of which you'll be welcome to visit or to contact for help, irrespective of where you originally took your TEFL course.

During and after your on-site TEFL course, you will receive personal job guidance and assistance including all of the following:

  • Professional advice on adapting and preparing your resume for TEFL teaching and in writing a corresponding cover letter.
  • Open-group question and answer sessions on all aspects of the international EFL market with your on-site career guidance counselor.
  • Individual career guidance sessions with your career guidance counselor to discuss your own aims, wishes, options, and objectives
  • Professional advice on EFL interview structures and techniques. This can include a mock job interview if requested.
  • Details of job vacancies received by us both locally and internationally in numerous different locations around the world. Many of these are exclusive to us and are not posted on the internet or otherwise advertised elsewhere.
  • Lists of and contacts for local and national schools, both in the country where you are taking the course or in any other country where you may wish to work.
  • Ongoing lifelong help and guidance after completing the course from all of the centers we work with worldwide. Wherever you want to work tomorrow, the chances are we know someone in the area who can help you.
  • Professional references and course transcripts on request at any time from your course tutors.
  • Information and employment preference on a number of short-term and long-term work experience options run by the TEFL schools at various times around the world, throughout Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Latin America.
  • The continuing services of your job guidance counselor, both on-site while you're taking your course, and by email/phone contact any time afterward.

GeoVisions Teach Abroad Programs

GeoVisions has teaching jobs all over the world. You can find about the different countries and salary ranges here.

What Our Students Say

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"I love the teachers--each are unique and great examples of how to implement strength and style! The trainers are incredible. They really challenged us in a constructive way. I never felt discouraged from the feedback, but empowered."

Maddy Holbrook

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"You can be an active participant in your development as an English teacher. There are skills you develop that are so rewarding not only for teaching but for your personal life, too. Meeting people with your same goals and visions and passions is extremely inspiring."

James Fink

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"You can be an active participant in your development as an English teacher. There are skills you develop that are so rewarding not only for teaching but for your personal life, too. Meeting people with your same goals and visions and passions is extremely inspiring."

Julia Pearson

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"I enjoyed being introduced to a whole new world and finding a passion and a clear path that will help me succeed in the future. This course has opened up so many doors."

Rachel Meadows