Benefits of Onsite Certification

Take your TEFL course onsite in the country where you would like to teach and you’ll meet TEFL qualifications to teach English anywhere in the world! Other benefits include in-country TEFL job placement assistance and the ability to apply for jobs in person, which makes getting your first English teaching job a breeze.

Program Overview

Like all the onsite TEFL certification courses we offer, the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course in Medellin is 4 weeks-long, has a full-time schedule Monday through Friday, and covers the essential topics in Teaching English as a foreign language. All onsite courses also include an observed teaching practicum with real students, so you can get the experience you need to prepare for the classroom.

Internationally Recognized Certification

Graduates of the Cambridge CELTA are issued a 120-hour internationally-recognized TEFL/TESOL certificate that exceeds the industry standard for certification required by most language centers in Colombia and worldwide!

TEFL/TESOL Certification with Teaching Practicum!

Includes a Hands-On Teaching Practicum!

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

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Teach English to adults using a range of practical skills.

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Assess learner needs in order to plan lessons that take into account their backgrounds, learning preferences, and current needs.

Plan, create, and effectively deliver different lesson types for a communicative, student-centered class using a variety of materials and techniques.

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Design appropriate presentation, practice, and production activities for lesson planning.

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Develop learners’ overall language competency by defining and analyzing the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and how each one is learned.

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Analyze and categorize the English language.

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Demonstrate professionalism, responsibility, and teacher development by giving and receiving teaching feedback as well as by working effectively with both classmates and trainers.

Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

  • Admission Requirements

    No previous teaching experience is required to take the CELTA, but all applicants must meet the following qualifications:

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent
    • Be a native English speaker or have near-native English proficiency (meaning a documented C1 English level or higher, based on the Common European Framework, or CEFR)
    • Be willing and able to commit to the demands of the course, such as an 8-hour per day schedule as well as a significant amount of homework outside class
    • Successfully complete a written pre-course task and pre-course interview
  • Course Content

    The CELTA includes the following course components:

    • A minimum of 6 hours of practice teaching with real language students.
    • Guidance throughout the course from experienced trainers who will observe and assess your practice teaching sessions.
    • Live (and video) observations of professional English teachers.
    • Instruction and practice in teaching the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and the language systems (vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar).
    • An introduction to classroom management, including theory and practice with issues such as error correction and giving instructions.
    • Instruction and practice in preparing formal classroom lesson plans.
    • An introduction to language awareness and specific training in how to teach English grammar.
    • An introduction to using multimedia in the classroom, such as online materials, DVDs, and songs.
    • An introduction to Teaching Business English and Teaching English to Young Learners.
    • An overview of intercultural relations and how culture can affect language acquisition.
    • Professional development support and assistance finding teaching jobs.
    Grammar Advisor

    Also included with your CELTA course is a one-year subscription to Grammar Advisor, a comprehensive, interactive English grammar refresher course and teaching reference.  

  • Assignments/Assessment

    To meet the CELTA training and certification requirements, trainees must:

    • Maintain 100% course attendance and participation in all scheduled activities and daily assignments.
    • Teach classes for a minimum of 6 assessed hours.
    • Record and report feedback for all teaching practice classes for self and peer lessons.
    • Participate in 6 hours of directed observations of experienced TEFL teachers.
    • Evaluate the needs of teaching practice students to plan creative and efficient lessons to meet those needs.
    • Write and submit lesson plans based upon material appropriate for their class level.
    • Complete 4 written assignments.
    • Submit a portfolio of all coursework.

    Assessment in the CELTA is continuous and integrated, meaning that assessment takes place throughout the course and that both of the following two assessed components contribute to your overall grade.

    Component 1: Planning and teaching

    There are 5 required components of assessment that combine to make up 100% of the trainee’s total grade (percentage breakdown below). IDELT trainees will receive grades for both on-going and final assessment in the following areas:

    Component 2: Classroom-related written assignments

    This component consists of four written assignments on the following topics:

    • Adult learners and learning contexts
    • An aspect of the language system of English
    • An aspect of language skills
    • Reflection on classroom teaching and the identification of action points
    Evaluation and Final Report

    Upon completion of the Cambridge CELTA, Bridge will issue trainees a final report detailing what was covered during the course and the trainee’s overall performance. This report can be included as a complement to the resume and cover letter when applying for teaching jobs.

  • Is this course right for me?

    Take the Cambridge CELTA if you want to earn widely accepted onsite TEFL/TESOL certification with a teaching practicum included.

    If you answer yes to the following questions, this is the right course for you!

    • I would like to earn the highest level TEFL/TESOL certification possible.
    • I prefer learning in a traditional classroom setting with an instructor and a group of co-trainees.
    • I can commit to an intensive, 4-week course with a full-time schedule.
    • I would like to take a course taught by a master’s level instructor who can guide me and answer my questions in person.
    • I would like a teaching practicum included with my TEFL/TESOL training.
    • I would like personalized job placement assistance such as access to a Jobs Advisor and lifetime access to the  Bridge Job Board.
    • I am a native English speaker or a non-native English speaker with a C1 proficiency level.

Medellin CELTA Course Dates

Thank you for your interest in onsite TEFL/TESOL training. Due to COVID-19, Bridge recommends that you contact one of our program advisors to learn more about dates, program availabilities, and tuition. Click here to contact an advisor. Please include the program you are interested in within the comments section.

How to Apply:

You must be 18 years old to take this course, and either a native speaker of English or a non-native English speaker with a C1 English proficiency level or higher (proof of level required prior to course acceptance).

Step 1

To begin the admission process for the Cambridge CELTA, click “Enroll” to choose your start date, complete the online application form, and pay a  non-refundable deposit of USD $195.

Step 2

A Bridge Admissions Advisor will then contact you with instructions on how to complete the required pre-course written task and phone interview. (You will be required to pass both prior to CELTA course acceptance.)

Step 3

Once you are notified of your acceptance into the CELTA, your remaining tuition balance is due 30 days prior to your course start date.

About Medellín, Colombia

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Medellin, with its population of 3.8 million, is Colombia’s second largest city. Its residents, known as Paisas, have a reputation for being hard-working, hard-playing and welcoming to foreigners. Whether TEFL training or teaching English, you’ll find plenty of chances to interact with Paisas on the weekends, as they are known for frequenting the city’s many bars and salsa clubs until the early hours of the morning.

Medellin is known as “The City of Eternal Spring” due to its temperate climate throughout the year, where temperatures are consistently between 64 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 28 degrees Celsius). Take advantage of the mild weather on a day trip to El Penol or Guatape to enjoy the outdoors, fishing, hiking and basking in the Colombian sun. Or walk around this historic and fascinating city and visit the Museo de Antioquia where you’ll find many works of native Medellin artist, Fernando Botero.

Medellin has turned itself into one of the safest and most pleasant cities in Latin America and also hosts a number of world-class events such as the Flower Festival, the International Poetry Festival, the International Tango Festival, the Medellin Book Fair and Colombiamoda.

About the TEFL Training Center

  • Central location: The school is located on the campus of a prestigious private university which boasts eco-friendly facilities that include a large park, home to a variety of flora and fauna. It is in an area called El Poblado, a modern and affluent neighborhood home to restaurants and shops and close to downtown via public transportation.
  • Great facilities: Located on a university campus, the CELTA training center offers a modern library and very well-equipped research facilities.
  • Accommodation available near the school:  Shared apartments can be arranged for CELTA students during the 4-week course.  

TEFL Jobs in Colombia

  • Types of Schools

    Native English speakers in Colombia are scarce, meaning CELTA graduates are in high demand. English language instruction jobs are especially plentiful in Colombia’s major cities, such as Bogotá, Medellin, and Cali, at language institutes and universities. English language teachers can also find work in private, bilingual high schools throughout the country.

  • Requirements

    Most jobs in Colombia require TEFL certification such as the Cambridge CELTA and in some cases, a bachelor's degree may be required, though not always.

  • Hiring Season

    Peak hiring months are at the start of the year, around January and again from June through August

Kevin Mermel
International Program Advisor

Questions about the TEFL Course in Colombia?

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Job Placement Assistance

Bridge is dedicated to helping our graduates prepare to enter the TEFL workforce. After completing the CELTA, we provide graduates with the following support for the rest of their TEFL careers.

Access to the Bridge Job Board.

CELTA graduates receive lifetime access to the Bridge Job Board, which features current teaching vacancies posted by Bridge-approved schools and recruiters worldwide. Graduates can also post their teaching resume on the Job Board, so that they can be easily found by schools seeking qualified teachers. The Job Board includes other valuable resources to assist with the job search, such as school profiles, Country Overviews to learn more about different teaching locations, and tips related to successful job searching.

Personalized assistance from a Job Advisor.

As a graduate the CELTA, you’ll receive personal assistance from an experienced Job Advisor at the center where you get certified to help you connect with local teaching positions. You’ll also be able to contact the Jobs Advisor in the future, by phone or email, for advice on getting a teaching job in other locations. Bridge Job Advisors are experts in the TEFL job market, and can share specific advice and resources you can use as you apply to schools after graduation.

Extensive network of schools worldwide.

Bridge has a network of trusted schools you can access via our Job Board, as well as our own Bridge centers in South America where English is taught locally (and where the Bridge IDELT course is offered).

Would you prefer to get TEFL certified online?

Bridge offers advanced-level, 100% online TEFL/TESOL certification for those who cannot attend a classroom-based program. The 150-hour Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELTOnline™) is a 12-week, interactive program with optional teaching practicum that can even be taken for university credit!

150-hour TEFL/TESOL Certification

150-hour TEFL/TESOL certification with optional teaching practicum exceeds international hiring standards for most jobs

Fully accredited by ACCET

Fully accredited by ACCET, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

earn graduate-level credit

May be taken for transferrable university credit toward a graduate certificate, master’s program, or a scholarship at our Pathway Partner universities and others

Interactive structure

Interactive structure, with cohort of international trainees

Qualified instructors

Qualified and experienced master’s-level instructors

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Includes personalize job placement assistance: access to a Jobs Advisor the Bridge Job Board.

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