The tefl international course in france is in Plelauff, a scenic French village bordering the renowned Nantes-Brest Canal in the Côtes-d'Armor. It lies in central Brittany not far from the region's rugged coastline, steep cliffs and numerous delightful, medieval towns.
Plelauff is an ideal spot simply because it is so central to everything. A charming, peaceful little village designed to truly help you get away from it all, it nonetheless offers a significant number of attractions.
Nearby villages include Gouarec and Plougernevel while the closest towns are Rostrenen (a 10-minute drive), historic Pontivy (20 minutes) and the slightly more distant St Brieuc (40 minutes) which stages the popular Breton rock festival in summer, and is the nearest main line train station.
The village of Plelauff has a friendly bar, a church, and the Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix Chapel while nearby leisure activities include walking, cycling on road or along the 364-kilometre-long Canal Path, fishing in the same canal, quad biking in Caurel (a 10-minute drive), horse-riding and international dance classes at the Camina Centre; there is a cinema, shops and restaurants in Rostrenen, tenpin bowling and go-karting all under one roof in Carhaix, as well as golf in the same location (a 20-minute drive).
Local French cuisine is of a high standard; there are 2 excellent creperies close at hand, 1 in nearby Gouarec the other not much further away in Bon Repos, the site of an ancient Abbey and scene of regular events throughout the year; an excellent pizzeria, also in Gouarec; and a large number of eateries either en route or in such spots as Carhaix.
Lake Guerledan, a stone's throw from Plelauff, is a must in summer - apart from lazing around on a beach, you can jet ski, water ski, sail, pedallo, or try your hand at mini-golf. It is also, like many spots in the area, ideal for a winter stroll before you end up in a bar with a roaring fire!
Brittany is rugged, breathtaking, and one the most beautiful regions of france. Thatched little French owned Gites clinging to craggy outcrops on the Brittany coast; homes dotted along the North Brittany cliffs, overlooking the south and west Brittany beaches. Tiny villages nestling in deep valleys and rolling meadows. Little wonder that Brittany is such a well loved holiday destination for the French and all lovers of France. Brittany is also on the doorsteps of the French ports of St Malo and Roscoff.
Brittany is undoubtedly the home of French seafood cuisine. Visit the thousands of little bays and inlets that surround the coast of Brittany in your free time, and return to your course accommodation at the end of the day to enjoy a simple meal of French oysters and regional French cheeses. Soak up the French sunshine, delight in the local wines and sample the local French cuisine. What else could you want from a TEFL course in France?
The Bretons are staunchly proud and protective of their culture and traditions. Their traditional costume includes a tall lace headdress for women, one of the region's trademarks and the area’s rich maritime traditions are evident in the fishing ports that are dotted around the coastline. It’s these qualities that make a visit to Brittany so enchanting. This, and the fact that Bretons are a hugely hospitable race, with a diverse countryside and a cuisine to match. They will welcome you with open arms.
Protruding into the sea on the north-western edge of France, Brittany and the department of Finistere is the most westerly point in europe. Being exposed to the Atlantic winds it has a drama that justifies the name ‘Finistere’, or the end of the earth. Brittany’s warm summers are thanks in part to the influence of the Gulf Stream. Breton-philes agree that there are actually two Brittanys. One the 1200km-long coast, known as Armor (meaning 'Land of the Sea') and the other its more secretive interior, Argoat ('Land of the Woods').
This Northwest corner of France has long been culturally and geographically distinct from the rest of France. The Celts called this part of France, ""Armorica"", land of the sea and Brittany's past is laced with the legends of cities lost beneath the sea and Arthurian forests. Magnificent beaches line its northern shore, swept clean by giant rip tides and interspersed with fashionable seaside resorts and pretty fishing ports. A long, jagged coastline is the region's great attraction. Along the Atlantic coastline are lighthouses and sandy beaches, holiday villas, rugged cliffs and picturesque harbours often filled with fishermen landing their catches. Oysters, crabs and stingray are among the local delicacies, best washed down with Breton cider. The south coast is more gentle, with wooded river valleys and a milder climate.
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Set in a beautiful rural location, the TEFL International school in France is based in Plelauff, Côtes D’Armor. The training centre is in fact a collection of buildings used for entertainment/leisure and academic purposes. The main building houses the bedrooms, basic but comfortable, which can range from a single room to dormitory-style accommodation. There are writing tables and wardrobes in the rooms. Bathroom facilities, of a pleasant standard, are shared.
There is a kitchen in the same building which can be used, at a small cost, for self-catering purposes, or meals can be provided on request. The teaching room and office area lie at the heart of the complex, literally a few seconds from the bedrooms. There is a lounge-cum-tv room and outside there are horses stables, the facility also being an equestrian centre. Riding lessons are available for an additional charge.
A small path leads up from the Centre to a minor road. Turning left down this you can reach the village of Plelauff which is 800 metres away. Scenic views abound of open land and fields - the area is 100%agricultural - although houses are dotted around. After a few minutes you come to the council building or mairie. A right turn and a 5- minute stroll down the lane will lead to the Nantes-Brest Canal path (thought to be the brainchild of Napoleon Bonaparte and built in the 19th century) where you can either walk, run or cycle to your hearts content at virtually any time of year.
We offer accommodation at a quaint country house in the nearby town of Silfiac. The house can accommodate up to five or six people, and the English-speaking owner will provide daily transport to and from the TEFL training centre free of charge. The house has WiFi/Internet connectivity, and the rental is as follows:
- A double bedroom (there are three), 325 € plus 15 € extra in the winter for heating.
- A single room (one only) at 305 € plus 15 € extra in the winter for heating.
- A top-floor room at 250 € per person if two share, plus 15 € extra in winter for heating per person, or 400 € for single occupancy, plus 15 € extra in winter for heating.
We can also offer basic on-site accommodation at the TEFL training centre which you would need to book before arrival. WiFi is available at the school. A single onsite room including shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is 250 euros for the month and a shared room 200 euros for the duration of your TEFL course in Brittany.
Alternatively, there is a high-quality, two-bedroom country cottage, with WiFi, at a rental of 400 euros for one person or 600 euros for 2 sharing (300 each) plus the cost of any gas consumed during the rental period in winter. Accommodation to and from the cottage would be provided by TEFL training centre staff.
There are other properties in the area which average at around 300 euros per person but are mostly without WiFi.
Our TEFL course accommodation is usually available from the night of Saturday before the first day of the course to the Saturday, after the last day of the course.
If you wish to make your own accommodation arrangements for your TEFL course in France, we may be able to suggest possible locations.
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Please check out our other course locations if you wish to attend a course before Brittany becomes available.
The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.
If you choose to use our accommodation, it should be paid for either by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the school at the start of the course.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are my payment options?Expand
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 Brittany itself.
The balance of course fees is to be paid on the first day of the course. Payments must be made in cash and in euro. Please note this is the only method of payment for this 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 are my accommodation options?Expand
Country House in nearby Silfiac (325-400 €): We have four great options for you in this house. It’s a great option for those willing to share rooms but single occupancy options are also available. Affordable transport is available from the house owner (5 € per person per week) and Wi-Fi is free. Please note that all rooms will be charged an additional 15 € for heating in the winter months.
On-Site (150-250 €): We have both single and double occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchen. Free Wi-Fi is available 24/7.
Cottage (350 € plus fuel for winter heating): This is a one bedroom country cottage with Wi-Fi. Transportation to and from the cottage is provided free of charge by centre staff.
Our accommodation is usually available from the Saturday night before the first day of the course to the Saturday after the last day of the course.
What travel documents will I need for france?Expand
All visitors to France are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date.
Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa can obtain a 3 month (90 day) tourist visa upon arrival in France. All other trainees need to contact the nearest French Embassy to clarify their French visa status.** As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local French consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The first session will take place on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. The full course schedule for the week will also be provided on Monday morning. Sessions generally run between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. when there is observed teaching practice (OTP), with appropriate breaks throughout the day. However, variations in schedules do occur from time to time.
Trainees are expected to attend all input and other sessions included on the schedule unless they are sick and require medical treatment. This is particularly important for OTP. It is very difficult to arrange an alternate OTP time and there will be an additional fee for rescheduled OTP sessions.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
Our practice students are both adults and children. They usually stay on from course to course and form good relationships with trainees and staff.
Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will also receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
On average we have around eight students enrolled in each program, most of whom are American or British. They are typically between 22 and 50 years old.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there are no specific dress requirements. We simply ask that you are mindful of your peers and respectful of the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During observed teaching practice, there are specific dress requirements that adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. All trainees are expected to dress ‘casually smart’ as you would dress for a business meeting. Jeans of any color, track suits and sports shoes are not permitted during T.P. If in doubt, please check with the Lead Trainer.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please bring a pen and a notebook for taking notes during class. You may also want to bring a Dictaphone. It is not required equipment, but many trainees have commented that the possession of a recording device has made the course easier for them. A laptop would also be particularly useful.