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TEFL Certification with the American Langauge Center in Florence, Italy - 2024


Earn a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

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• 4-week, 130-hour intensive TEFL certificate course

• 10 hours observed teaching practice

• Internationally experienced TEFL trainers

• Internationally recognized TEFL certificate

• Global TEFL employment assistance

- Graduate credits available

Become a certified English teacher through our Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program. The American Language Center of Florence is passionate about global education and we believe that traveling, studying and working abroad can provide the experience of a lifetime for people of all ages. With more than 58 years of experience in the English language teaching field, we have trained thousands of teachers from around the world to educate andmotivate participants in an active and engaged envrionment.

Partnering with Via Lingua International, one of the world's largest TEFL certification providers, our TEFL course, continuously developed by our Academic Board, is one of the most thorough and up-to-date in the world today. Including 130 hours of expert tuition and 10 hours of teaching practice, the TEFL course exceeds international standards for TEFL certification. To guarantee the highest academic standards, the course is accredited and qualifies students for credits towards Master's degrees at several universities.

Through our Job Guidance Program we aim to assist all of our graduates in full-time EFL employment on successful completion of the course. Through our offices and contacts worldwide, Via Lingua are uniquely placed to give you the best professional help and advice, wherever you wish to start your TEFL career. We extend the same help and advice to all of our graduates in all countries, irrespective of where and when you took your original course with us.

Once you are a Via Lingua graduate you are always a Via Lingua graduate. We like to keep in contact with our 5000+ graduates all around the world and develop our network of contacts. Wherever you want to go tomorrow, we believe that we can help to take you there. (www.vialingua.org)



  • Welcome breakfast
  • Course fee with moderation fee & certification
  • Graduation ceremony & typical Tuscan lunch
  • Lifetime job guidance
  • Italian lessons included!

Visit the Florence Teacher Training website: www.cteflflorence.com


My Experience Teaching at The American Language Center


            "It had always been a dream of mine to move to Italy and become a part of society there. I wanted to interact with the locals and immerse myself in the culture. After studying abroad in Florence during college I knew that I loved the city, but I stayed in my “student” bubble and felt that I missed out on a lot of unique experiences. Since I graduated with a degree in education, I researched teaching in Italy and found programs for TEFL certification courses.

            My boyfriend and I registered to begin the TEFL certification course in Florence at Via Lingua. The four-week intensive course taught us how to use the Communicative Method while teaching in a language class. Not only did we study English grammar and structure, but we also practiced teaching with real Italian students. After the practice and positive feedback from the instructors in the course, I really felt prepared to teach in my own classroom.

            Via Lingua was very helpful and was happy to share job openings and interview instruction with the TEFL students. I was lucky enough to be hired at The American Language Center. As soon as I was hired, my mentors trained me with the logistics of teaching private students, group classes, and test prep. I always felt comfortable asking questions to the staff, Tom and Stephanie. Since the staff was very small, we were able to work together and collaborate on lesson plans or even grammar questions. We met as a team every trimester to talk about how classes were going and what we could do to improve.

            I taught a variety of different classes and levels. I had private language students, SAT prep, TOEFL prep, beginner, elementary, intermediate, advanced languages classes, and beginner and advanced Business English classes. As my experience continued to grow I felt as if I could walk in to any classroom and teach a lesson for any level. The students at ALC were very happy to be in small classrooms and a more personal environment. I was able to form a relationship with a lot of my students that made them feel comfortable to learn and make mistakes. I was excited to go to work every day and hear my students improve their English.

            The staff at ALC was really a tight-knit family. I became very close to all of my co-workers and even enjoyed time with them outside of the school. Working at ALC gave me that unique cultural experience and I was able to become part of society in Florence."




Why earn your TEFL Certificate  at the American Language Center of Florence

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Become a certified English teacher through our in-house Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) program. Thousands of candidates each year attain TEFL or TESOL qualifications, in order to gain access to the exciting world of teaching opportunities that awaits them.

What is the TEFL Course like?

This 130-hour certificate program prepares novice instructors to successfully live and teach around the world. This course provides a solid teaching foundation in:

  • Hands-on practical classroom experience,
  • Language acquisition theory,
  • Effective second language teaching methods,
  • Classroom management,
  • Lesson preparation and materials development,
  • Specialized sessions

Participants are provided with the tools that they need to successfully apply for, and perform teaching assignments both domestically and internationally.

The American Language Center of Florence (Istituto Americano) is passionate about global education and we believe that traveling, studying and working abroad can provide the experience of a lifetime for young people, as well as those undergoing a career transition. With more than 58 years of experience in the English language teaching field, we have trained teachers from around the world to know how to educate and motivate participants in an active and involved teaching environment.

You would be putting yourself in full view for a recommendation and teaching job with us at the end of the course. The American Language Center is one of the leading language schools in Italy and by doing the TEFL with us you get a feel for the school, the city, and the country, before committing yourself to an academic job. We often recruit the best candidates from our TEFL courses  to join our own teaching staff. If you decide that you would prefer to work in another part of Italy we can assist you with various educational groups and networks of schools in Italy.

Your 6 hours of observed lessons would be with real working teachers and their classes. We prefer not to just use videos of lessons for you to watch. Doing it this way allows you to get an idea of the kind of thought process that goes on during the planning phase, you get a front-row seat on real classes and you can speak to the teacher about the lesson afterwards, which will help you to understand things that went on during the lesson in greater detail. This insight is invaluable in helping you apply the same principles when you have to do your own teaching practice.

You would be under the guidance of our expert trainers. They have huge amounts of experience , tons of energy and plenty of insights that will really help you get through the course. We keep the trainee groups small so that you get more personal attention from the tutors. They are very personable and supportive-and truly work for your success!

You would be doing the TEFL in an incredibly beautiful city. Florence is world-famous but still  small enough to be friendly and safe. Even though you will be busy with the TEFL, you will manage to get some time to yourself to enjoy the amazing sights or explore surrounding Tuscany.


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