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Our TEFL course in Germany is based in the wonderful city of Leipzig in the state of Saxony in the East of the country. Leipzig has a long and fascinating history dating back at least to the Holy Roman Empire and was an important cultural and educational center in medieval times.
Art and culture plays a strong role in the life of the city today and the Oper Leipzig is one of the most famous opera houses in Germany. Bach worked in Leipzig for several years in the 18th century and the city is home to the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, an institution that documents the life of Bach and his family. Leipzig is also an important center for contemporary music and the “Südvorstadt” area of the city is well-known for its clubs playing cutting edge electronic music. Counter culture plays a large role in the life of Leipzig and it is home to Europe’s biggest Wave and Gothic festival held in the city in May of each year.
Leipzig offers visitors plenty to do outside of the city with cycling, jogging and walking popular activities at the lakes just south of the city. These lakes are an excellent place to spend sunny days with friends enjoying the water and sunshine. During the winter the nearby mountains make for the perfect destination for a weekend in the snow.
Leipzig has something for everyone. It is a thriving city but is small enough to be able to get around by bicycle or public transport. It is steeped in history but is just as comfortable as a modern center of contemporary culture. Whatever your tastes, you are sure to feel at home in Leipzig as you complete your TEFL course with us.
Our TEFL course in Germany takes place in the city of Leipzig and is well located for access to everything you will need during the course. The training center has excellent facilities and you are sure to find all you need to complete your studies with us here in Leipzig.
Our TEFL teacher trainers are experienced professionals who are here to help you get the most out of your time with us and teach you the skills needed to be an effective teacher of English. If you are looking to earn an internationally recognised TEFL certificate in an interesting destination, then our TEFL course in Leipzig, Germany is the perfect choice for you.Apply Now!
We have a number of different accommodation types available to course participants including hotels, hostels, pensions and apartments. Most of our recommended accommodation is within 15 minutes of the training center if using public transport.
The city center is only 20 minutes away from the school and you will find numerous accommodation options available there such as hotels and youth hostels. You are not obliged to use our recommended options and if you would like to arrange your own, we can assist you.Apply Now!
What does the program fee include?Expand
Course fees include course materials and certification. Accommodation, transportation and meals are not included.
Final payment of the balance is due upon your arrival. You may pay by cash or bank transfer.
All payment transactions must be made by the end of the first day of the course.
What is an average program day like?Expand
You will receive your personal course schedule during the first lesson, which will start at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. There will be regular breaks, including a one hour lunch break. Your course will include a theoretical part in the morning, course planning in the afternoon and a practical teaching part in the evening.
How many students can take part in each course?Expand
The maximum amount of students in Leipzig is 12. The number of students varies from course to course. Most students are American, Australian, British and Canadian. We also accept non-native speakers
What is the teaching practice like?Expand
During teaching practice, you will teach local students. The size and level of the classes vary, but the students are always very enthusiastic. All the students that you teach have volunteered to attend, so you can be sure that they are only coming because they really want to learn English!
What is the accommodation like? Where is it located?Expand
There is a wide range of accommodation options to choose from in Leipzig. As the city center is only about 20 minutes from the school on foot, you could also stay at one of the many youth hostels or hotels there. The accommodation in Leipzig is normally very clean so the differences in price that you see reflect the size and quality of the room.
What is the TEFL job market like in Germany? Will I have trouble finding a job?Expand
English is very important for business in Germany, so there are many job opportunities. Once you have completed your training, it is fairly easy to find a job with a language school.
When and where should I look for work?Expand
The earlier you start to look for work, the better. We recommend that you start sending out résumés and organizing interviews around the second or third week of the course.
What will you do to help me secure employment?Expand
We will give you information to help you with your job search in Germany. You will also receive a list of schools that you can apply to.
What is the average salary like?Expand
Most ESL teachers in Germany work as freelancers. The average rate of pay is around 15-18 EUR per teaching hour. Salaries vary depending on location within Germany, the type of school you work for and whether you have a contract or work as a freelancer. As a contracted trainer, you can expect around 2100-2400 EUR per month (Gross - based on a 40 hour week) for a full-time contract and a minimum of 24 days of paid holiday.
Do schools provide health insurance?Expand
Health insurance is mandatory for anyone residing in Germany. As a freelancer, you are responsible for finding and paying for your own health insurance. It is unlikely that your employer will pay for health insurance unless you have a contract. If you are offered a contract, your employer normally pays half of your health insurance cost. The other half is then deducted from your salary.
Do I need a work permit?Expand
Unless you are from the European Union, you will need to apply for a work permit.
For more information on work permits and which documents you will need, please make an appointment at your local Foreigner Authority Office (Ausländerbehörde).
What is a typical teaching position like?Expand
It varies from school to school. Most lessons take place directly at language schools, but you might also be asked to travel to companies to give your lesson at the company’s site. You may even teach some classes in Kindergartens. The focus of the lessons varies depending on the students’ needs and ranges from business and technical English to English for travelling. Schools usually provide information about the students, their needs and the materials they will use. However, teachers are often expected to complement the books with additional materials in order to tailor the lessons to the students’ needs. If you work as a freelancer, you will need to teach at more than one school as this is a requirement for freelancers in Germany.
Can I teach in my own country with my certificate?Expand
The TEFL certificate meets international standards and can be used to teach English both nationally and internationally. Please check any local requirements and regulations with your employer.
How expensive is it to live in Germany?Expand
Your monthly living expenses depend on where you live in Germany and your lifestyle. Munich, for example, is more expensive than Leipzig. Monthly expenses for a single person in Leipzig are about 800 EUR.
What documents do I need to bring?Expand
Please bring your résumé/CV.
When applying to schools in Germany, you may need to provide copies of your academic certificates, transcripts and any letters of reference you might have.
We recommend checking if your license is valid in Germany before your arrival. If not, you might consider obtaining an international driving license before coming to Germany, as driving is often an important criteria for language schools when hiring teachers.
What’s the climate like? What kind of clothing will I need to bring?Expand
Spring (March – May): Average temperatures of 10-20oC with some rainy days.
Summer (June – August): Average temperatures of 20-25oC. Thunderstorms are common in summer and these make the summer months the wettest months in Leipzig. The rain doesn’t normally stay for very long though. You may want to bring swimwear if you’re planning on going to the lake in the afternoon or at the weekend.
Autumn (September – November): Average temperatures of 10-20oC with some rainy days. The weather is often nice enough that you can go swimming or get out in the sunshine in September too.
Winter (December – February): Average temperatures of 3-4oC. It normally snows in Leipzig in the winter so sturdy footwear and warm clothes are often necessary. The roads and footpaths are largely kept clear of snow but there are often icy patches.
Summer is the perfect season to be in Cape Town. The average temperature is about 24°c and 14°c at night.
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