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?

Whilst the course is essentially practical some evidence of 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 to speak British English or North American English?

Via Lingua regards English as a global language and therefore welcomes applicants from all native speakers (as well as non-native speakers with a proficient level of English). There is no preferential treatment for, or discrimination against, trainees because of origin, accent or pronunciation.

Do I need to be a native speaker of English?

No, but you do need to be able to demonstrate a very good command of the English language, have Cambridge Proficiency Grade A or B.

Please note that many employers only employ, or have a strong preference for, native speakers.

Do I need knowledge of other languages?

No you do not. Via Lingua uses 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 20 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 whilst 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). 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 high 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 with an internationally recognized qualification.

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 teaching experience (minimum 2 for diploma).

Is there a correspondence/on-line option?

No. The practical teaching experience you acquire on the course teaching non-English speaking students is generally accepted as the most important element of a TEFL course and is what future employers will be looking for.

Does the course meet standard international guidelines?

Yes. Whilst 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. The Via Lingua CTEFL course has, in fact, 120 hours of input and a minimum of 10 hours teaching practice as well as being externally monitored.

When is the best time to do a course?

There really is no best or worst time. Countries in different Hemispheres have different academic years and tend to hire year round anyway on an as needed basis.

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

Excellent. At present there is a shortage of certificate qualified teachers worldwide and consequently the majority of our trainees have found employment by the time they complete the course. The only exceptions tend to be graduates who wish to work in a relatively difficult location (due to demand, timing or regulations).

Is job placement assistance included?

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

Will you help in adapting to the new environment?

Yes. Included in the course fees is arrival point greeting and transfer to accommodation. Our staff are happy to help with everyday matters.

What about visas?

Via Lingua Budapest will be able to provide information, advice and help regarding obtaining a visa for the duration of the course. Via Lingua will also provide advice and information for those wishing to secure work and residence permits after course completion.

How do I apply?

You can either contact us directly and we will send you an information pack and application form or you can complete the on-line application form on this web site.

If you have any other queries, please email info@via-lingua.hu, budapest@vialingua.org.