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Trainee Comments

Below you can find a small selection of comments made by recent graduates of our centeres worldwide. A fuller list of trainee comments from any particular center is available on request.

testimonialsI was offered the job today! This is my second ESOL position, in adult education. Both are part-time, so every extra bit helps. The first position is at an Adult Learning Center in Methuen, MA. This is 3 days per week. The program is connected to the public school system and grant funded, so it is highly regimented - not in the teaching methods, but rather in the number of students per class, number of teaching hours, educational/certification requirements for the teachers, etc. The second/new position is actually in the town of Exeter.

I'm loving this new career. My students are from all over the world: Iraq, Egypt, China, Morocco, Vietnam, Haiti, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Class sizes range from 8 to a maximum of 13. SO rewarding!

Can't thank you all enough for my great experience in Florence! I have felt prepared from the first day of teaching..
Berta, 2015

I took the Via Lingua Florence TEFL course a year ago and wanted to let you know I found a full time teaching job using my certification.

After the class was over last November, I stayed in Florence until January, soaking up as much art and beauty as I could. I was sad to return home and felt very restless to get back to Europe after my wonderful experience in Italy. I found a short term job teaching 3rd grade at a private elementary school, but continued to search online for full time positions all over Europe. In May I accepted a job teaching English at the American School Macedonia for this school year. The principal was looking for someone with a teaching credential, teaching experience, and a TEFL certification. Luckily, I was a good fit.

The visa process was long and full of delays, but I arrived in Skopje on September 10, two weeks after school started. I teach 2nd through 8th graders; my students are from all over the Balkans and beyond. Their parents work for various embassies and move around every few years. Most are intermediate/advanced students but there are a few who are just starting. They already speak multiple languages and I'm amazed how quickly they learn. I am the only American here, ironically, but the Macedonian teachers speak perfect English and are highly educated. My principal, from London, and the school secretary, who is Macedonian, have been tremendously supportive, helping me navigate the whole visa process and get settled. Everyone has been very warm and welcoming.

I took this job for the chance to fulfill my long time dream to teach overseas and for the incredible travel opportunities. I have never been to this part of Europe before and look forward to exploring the Balkans. I definitely plan to come back to Italy; it's now a part of my soul. My dream is to eventually end up there for the long term.

I hope everyone at Via Lingua Florence is well. Please send my thanks to my amazing core instructors! They helped me keep my teacher talk time to a minimum, focus on the essence of each skill, and actively engage my students in conversation to draw them into my lessons. The content and strategies I learned make me a better teacher. Even though I had already been teaching over 20 years, I am proud that I can still learn new tricks!

The TEFL course and living in Florence for three months was truly one of the highlights of my life. I still keep in touch with several of my classmates and cherish my experience.
Best to all.

I was not expecting such a personal or individualized classroom setting and program or so much input from the trainers! I was not expecting to learn so much, teach so much or so soon... it was great!

I was surprised to see so much hands-on experience and practice we got---it's so valuable! The feedback after each lesson really helped and I know I improved each time I thought.

I worked hard but feel a huge return on my investment of time, money and effort!

I loved the "unknown language" component because it helped me to understand how a student feels in the communicative method classroom

The course was extremely interesting and helpful; it was demanding, but in a very positive and stimulating way. My knowledge is now more structured and complete. Every topic covered was supported by materials, and the availability of so many resources was extremely helpful to go deeper into certain areas.

I am ready to start as a teacher! Today!

I have the tools to teach - and the confidence, too!

Taking the Via Lingua course has given me so many chances to experiment with language! Now I am confident when I face new students and classroom situations.

I learned how fun it is to teach!

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