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Italy attracts huge numbers of visitors from all over the world who are drawn by the country's unrivalled mix of history and culture. Whatever your reasons for choosing Italy as your destination, the magnificent city of Florence is truly a wonderful option at any time of the year. The capital of the Tuscany Region is almost bursting with historic buildings at every turn, with the cathedral known as The Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio Bridge just two of the most famous. The city is also home to arguably the most well known statue in the world, Michelangelo's David. However, it is not only wonderful buildings and museums that make the city so popular, the delicious italian cuisine, stunning scenery and warm nature of the local people are just a few more reasons to choose Florence for your TEFL certification course.
During your stay our experienced teacher trainers will ensure you have everything you need when you are in the classroom. They will also use their extensive local knowledge to ensure you make the most of your free time away from the course. Whatever your interests they can provide help and advice on everything from wine tours and bike hire, to job hunting and applications. Whether you plan to stay in the city or simply want to enjoy it while you complete your training, your TEFL course in Florence is certain to be an experience you will never forget.
The climate in Florence is Mediterranean with hot sunny days and little rain throughout the summer (June to September). Temperatures vary between 27-30ºC (81-86 ºF), but can reach as high as (35ºC / 95 ºF). The winter months are a lot cooler with more rain so we would advise that you pack suitable clothing during this time of year.
Our TEFL training center in beautiful Florence is perfectly situated in an authentic Italian neighborhood where you can mingle with the local residents and get a real feel for the Italian culture. In the vicinity of the school there are also plenty of places to hang-out and get to know your fellow trainees, and the relatively small size of the city means you are never far from any of its most famous attractions. During your stay you can utilize inexpensive and reliable public transport to enjoy all the wonderful museums and galleries, stunning architecture and breathtaking scenery that the Tuscany region is famous for.
Although our Florence center clearly enjoys a beautiful setting, it is not the only reason why so many people choose this location to complete their TEFL certification. Italy as a whole offers a large number of employment opportunities and is actually one of the most popular destinations for EFL teachers in Western Europe. Therefore, completing your training from within the country provides the perfect start to your new career as you will already have a good feel for the culture and language before you start your job search.Apply Now!
Our Florence TEFL training center can recommend several different options for accommodation during your stay, although you should note that the city is a very popular destination so we suggest you book as early as possible. The first option is to rent a private room in an apartment shared with other trainees on your course or with a local Italian resident. We can also arrange rental apartments for trainees who attend the course with friends, partners or family members. All of our apartment options are located close to shops and entertainment venues, as well as within easy reach of the training center.
Another popular choice with trainees who want to practice their Italian language skills or simply experience the local culture is to rent a room in the home of a local family. This home stay option has limited numbers so early notice is required. Finally, for those who prefer a bit more privacy and comfort we can highly recommend the Pensione Ferretti. This family run hotel has been providing rooms for our trainees for many years and is ideally situated close to the historical center of the city.Apply Now!
What are the course fees?Expand
Deposit: US$ 600 Balance: 1,190 €
(For the most up-to-date currency exchange rates, please visit: www.xe.com.)
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Florence itself.
The balance of course fees are payable on the first day of class and can be made with a credit/debit card, cash or travelers’ check.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation, accreditation fees and lifetime job assistance.
What travel documents will I need for italy?Expand
This information is specific to your country of origin and always subject to change. For the most accurate and current information regarding travel documents for Italy, please contact your nearest Italian consulate. There is also a very good chance that all the information you require (application documents, application fees, duration of processing documents), is available on the embassy’s webpage.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Our first option is a private room in an apartment in Florence. These rooms are located in various areas of the city and you may or may not be (according to your wishes and availability) placed with other course students.
Our second option is a shared room in Florence (limited availability so book early to avoid disappointment). This tends to be a very popular choice, particularly if you are attending the course in Florence with a friend or partner. You will be provided with a single bed (or double if you are with your partner) in a shared room situated in the city.
Our third accommodation option is a home stay. Many of the students who attend our courses wish to experience staying with an Italian host family. This is a very popular option for those students who really want to fully experience the Italian lifestyle.
If you wish to have a more comfortable and independent stay and don’t wish to be bothered with daily chores such as making your bed or walking to a café or restaurant for breakfast or dinner, then you may choose to stay at the Pensione Ferretti, which is nicely situated right in the center of historical Florence. Roberto and Sandra, a Florentine married couple, are more than happy to invite you to stay at their pensione. Pensione Ferretti conveniently offers free internet access and there are telephones in every room. Please note that overnight guests are not permitted without prior approval.
What is the course schedule?Expand
Class time is generally 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with mid-morning and afternoon breaks and a lunch break. On some days you will be expected to teach in the evenings with lesson planning assistance from your course trainers.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
Our trainees teach classes made up of actual English language learners. They come from a range of backgrounds, ages and religions. Trainees will teach students at all proficiency levels so that they are truly ready for any job opportunity that they find after the course.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
The average class size in Florence is 12, although during our popular months (June-September) there can be up to 25 students. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the English language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
During trainees’ lessons, casual attire is allowed. During teaching practice, you will need to dress in trousers and closed-toe shoes. Men need collared shirts, while women need to wear conservative tops that will cover their shoulders. Men need to shave or keep facial hair neatly trimmed. No visible tattoos or facial piercings are allowed while teaching local students.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We also encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
Of course, you will need your passport. When you secure work, you may also be asked to provide translated and notarized copies of your birth certificate, college degrees and transcripts. You might also consider obtaining an international driving permit if you are considering driving in Italy. Please be advised that it may be necessary for you to obtain an Italian driving license if you plan to stay for an extended period of time.
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