Athens oozes history, starting over 3000 years ago when its first inhabitants created their first settlement on the rock of Acropolis. Athens finally became the capital of greece in 1834. Since then Athens grew to the city we see today, an important financial European capital that recently hosted the Olympic Games, as it did the first Olympics. The infrastructure of Athens has developed quickly over the last few years, with new highways, a new airport, new metro lines, a new tram line, a new railway (the Proastiakos), massive shopping centres, stadiums and sport centres. The port of Piraeus has developed into one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean.
The historical centre of Athens is the most significant area of the city for the throngs of tourists who visit the Greek capital. This shrine of democracy is home to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and many other museums and monuments celebrating the glorious past of Athens. The area between Plaka, Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and Keramikos has been pedestrianised, and includes many of the best sights of Athens.
You won’t be short of things to see during your TEFL course in Athens. The Acropolis is probably at the top of the list, with the new Acropolis museum nearby, and the ancient theatre of Dionysus opposite. The original Odeon, the Herodes Atticus Odeon, is a short way further on. The hills of Filopapos and Pnix are also close, as well as the ancient Agora and the temple of Hephaestus. The old neighborhoods of Athens Plaka, Anafiotika and Monastiraki on the north-west slopes of the sacred rock are also worth visiting.
Nowadays, Plaka is one of the main attractions for tourists, with plenty of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. Anafiotika is a small, scenic neighborhood of Athens, with its traditional whitewashed houses around the tiny winding streets and steps.
Athens has excellent transport services, so getting around during your Athens TEFL course shouldn’t be a problem, with buses, trolley trams or the metro.
Shops: Athens is a shopper’s paradise, with all kinds of shops in the most famous shopping areas of Athens: Ermou Street, Aiolou Street and the area of Kolonaki. Many more shops are on the two main streets that head to the Parliament square: Panepistimiou and Stadiou. You can’t leave Athens without going to the market, the most famous of which is Monastiraki and the flea market. Also worth a visit is the Athens market at Athinas street and the small shops at Evrypidou street.
For food in Athens you are in the right place! Greek, international and ethnic cuisine, grill houses, souvlaki shops, pizzerias, hamburgers, the lot.
There are numerous beaches in Athens and on the peninsula of Attica. Most popular are the beaches in Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Kavouri, Glyfada, with Alimos the nearest to the centre of Athens. On the east coast of Attica there are many sea resorts very popular among the Athenians with plenty of pleasant beaches.
Why complete a TEFL course in Athens?The tefl international Athens center is conveniently located near Athens University campus in the Ilisia/Zografou area of downtown Athens. Athens is one of the most ancient cities in the world, often called the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of democracy, but also a buzzing modern metropolis, with an excellent public transport system, entertainment facilities and vibrant nightlife. The Acropolis, a UNESCO world heritage site, is described in Patricia Shultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die as the most important ancient monument of the Western World The National Archaeological Museum is described by Schultz as containing more masterpieces of Ancient Greek art than any other museum in the world. Coastal resorts like Glyfada are within easy reach, and the port of Piraeus is just 30 minutes on the metro, enabling trips to the spectacular Greek islands, including world heritage sites such as Rhodes and Delos and several more of Patricia Shultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die such as Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Symi and Hydra. Athens is the ideal base for touring the mainland, including world heritage sites such as Delphi, Mount Athos, Meteora and Vergina.Apply now & get certified to teach english abroad!
The TEFL International Athens center is situated near the Athens University campus in downtown Athens. There are nine classrooms spread over three floors, and also a spacious basement which provides an additional quiet place to work on lesson preparation. Ground-level access and an elevator to all three floors plus basement ensure that all areas of the school are fully accessible. Teaching practice for the TEFL course is with classes and small groups of Greek children and teenagers, providing you with the real teaching experience you need to prepare you for your first teaching job after the course.
The TEFL school is in a pleasant and quiet neighborhood, but close to all the facilities catering for students in the area, including numerous shops, restaurants and bars. There is a bus stop a few yards from the TEFL training center with frequent services to the central Syntagma Square, which is less than a couple of miles away.
Why choose Athens?
- The TEFL International training centre is based in a school of English so there’s no need to travel off-site for teaching practice.
- Teaching practice with real Greek learners of English prepares you for the reality of the classroom. You’ll be teaching children and teenagers like most of the TEFL learners worldwide.
- We have a maximum of five trainees per trainer, ensuring you get plenty of individual support and feedback.
- Close ties with the main source of TEFL jobs in Greece, so in a unique position to help you find the job you want in Greece.
- Extensive network of partners for employment opportunities worldwide.
- Ongoing professional support and career guidance after you graduate.
- Choice of accommodation options to match your preference and budget.
We recommend a variety of accommodation options during your TEFL course in Athens, including apartments, hotels and hostels offering private rooms and shared dorms. Choices depend on individual preferences and budget, number of people travelling together and time of year. All the options are centrally located to provide easy access to the TEFL training center.
At the time of your enrollment, the TEFL center in Athens will provide an extensive list of suitable accommodation, and will advise you on options for sharing with other trainees on the same course.
There are several possibilities:
- An apartment for one or two people costs from around 800 euros for the month.
- A single room in a cheap hotel costs from around 25 euros per night, and a double room from around 18 euros per person per night.
- Peak season single room rates rise to around 40 euros per night for a single and 25 per person for a double.
- A dorm room with 4 to 6 beds costs from around 12 euros per person per night, rising to around 16 euros at the height of summer.
- 2 September 2019 - 27 September
- 4 November 2019 - 29 November
We are presently in the process of establishing a new course in Athens and therefore there are currently no dates available for this location. We anticipate that the course should be running here within the next 6-8 months. If you would like to attend a course at this location, please let us know and we will send you full information as soon as the course dates are finalized.
Please check out our other course locations if you wish to attend a course before this one becomes available...
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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 Athens itself.
The balance of course fees is payable in cash, certified cashier’s check, or by credit/debit card. Bank transfers are also possible but funds will need to be received before the first day of the course.
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
We recommend a variety of accommodation options in Athens, including apartments, hotels and hostels offering private rooms and shared dorms. Choices depend on individual preferences and budget, the number of people travelling together and the time of year. All the options are centrally located to provide easy access to the training center.
At the time of your enrollment, we will provide an extensive list of suitable accommodation and will advise you on options for sharing with other trainees on the same course.
An apartment for one or two people costs from around 800 euro for the month.
A single room in a budget hotel costs from around 25 euro per night and a double room from around 18 euro per person per night. In the peak season, rates rise to around 40 euro per night for a single and 25 euro per person for a double.
A dorm room with between 4 and 6 beds costs from around 12 euro per person per night, rising to around 16 euro at the height of summer.
What travel documents will I need for greece?Expand
All visitors to Greece are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date. EU passport holders do not need a visa for Greece. American and Canadian citizens entering Greece for a period of less than 3 months require a valid passport, not a visa. For visits exceeding 3 months, authorization must be obtained in person by applying to the Aliens Bureau at least 20 days prior to the 3-month expiration date.
Provided that your stay in Greece or the wider Schengen area is for no more than 90 days, nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to enter or transit through Greece, as long as the passport is valid for at least 3 months from the date of return from Greece:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, South Korea, San Marino, Singapore, United States, Uruguay, The Vatican and Venezuela.
Citizens of all countries not mentioned above do need a visa to enter Greece.*
* 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 Greek consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The first class will take place on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. you will also receive the full course schedule at this time. Sessions generally run between 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. with appropriate breaks throughout the day.
Monday to Thursday:
- 0930 – 1230: Input Sessions
- 1230 – 1330: Lunch
- 1330 – 1700: Guided Lesson Preparation Time
- 1700 – 2000: Teaching Practice
- 0930 – 1230: Input Sessions
- 1230 – 1330: Lunch
- 1330 – 1430: Unknown Language
- 1430 – 1530: Job Guidance
There are two input sessions each morning covering grammar, phonology, teaching skills and classroom management.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
Teaching practice takes place in the afternoon, generally between five and eight o’clock.
Each trainee usually teaches once per day to make up the total of ten hours during the course. Trainers provide extensive help with planning each lesson and give written feedback which forms the basis of the feedback discussion after each lesson.
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
Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We also encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.