We like to think that if Tuscany’s favorite son, Michelangelo, were alive today there would be no statue of David or painting of the Sistine Chapel. He’d be too busy touring the region on a bike while gripped in mind-bending awe. Fortunately, one does not need to be a creative genius to be staggered by Tuscany’s beauty. Instead just catch a flight and a tolerance for hearing everyone on the TESOL group declare, “This place is stunning” every few moments.
Tuscany is one of the few regions on earth that lives up to its hype. As the birthplace of the Renaissance it holds one of the greatest concentrations of artistic achievements known to man. The Duomo, the Battistero, and the Galleria Degli Uffizi, which houses the works of Da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli are all here. Combined with its rolling countryside of checkerboard fields of sunflower and wheat, and green vineyards specked with red tiled farmhouses, Tuscany feels like the Tour of Enhance.
Sensory overload, however, is not restricted to sight. Tuscany is also the land of porcini mushrooms, virgin olive oil, and hearty stews. And thanks to its Chianti vineyards there’s enough red wine to make the Leaning Tower of Pisa appear straight.
Is art or history your passion? Tuscany has more than you can handle! Start with the jewel that is Florence, then move on to Siena, Pisa, Lucca, the Maremma, the Crete Senesi, the Lunigiana and Garfagnana areas, and the island of Elba. Each has amazing architecture and art, especially paintings and sculptures.
Teaching English Florence, Italy
Kristin Lanese Simonelli
Florence, Italy – Course Administrator
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• We have chosen Florence, the great Renaissance city, as our Tuscan headquarters. Its medieval structures and Renaissance architecture will leave you breathless and with a real appreciation for architecture itself. On your way to class, you will pass by beautiful works of art by Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, and other great names. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to imagine actually living in the Renaissance as you are transported to another time period.
• If you are a lover of food, authentic Tuscan cuisine is a must-have. In the city itself, you will see vendors with market stalls that sell home-grown produce as well as hand-picked herbs. If you prefer not to cook, a plethora of ristoranti, trattorie, and pizzerie await you. Don’t forget about the gelato in the afternoon or after dinner!
Instead of “why” you should be asking yourself, “WHY NOT?” Tuscany is literally one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on earth.
• Your fellow students come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds
• Your teacher trainers are some of the most experienced and well trained in the industry
• Your support staff is extremely helpful, courteous and will assist you wherever possible
• The locals are peaceful, friendly people who generally like interacting with foreigners
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Note: Local circumstances and extras may change without notice.
This TEFL International Course conducted by a separate company working as a subcontractor of TEFL International and is not a non-profit organization.
- 11 January – 5 February
- 4 April – 29 April
- 2 May – 27 May
- 6 June – 1 July
- 4 July – 29 July
- 5 September – 30 September
- 3 October – 28 October
- 21 November – 16 December
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.
You are not obliged to use the accommodation options we provide so you are welcome to make your own accommodation arrangements if you wish. If you choose to use one of our accommodation options, it should be paid for directly to the provider upon arrival.
Directions Going to School
Directions Going to SchoolWe are located just north of the station near Piazza San Jacopino (San Jacopino square). From the main train station (Santa Maria Novella) take bus 23 (either A or B), NOT direction Sorgane. Please make sure you board the bus just outside of the central train station, underneath the large, main covered bus stop. There is a ticket counter there where you can buy a ticket. Your bus will travel north from the station, around the large boulevard (or viale) outside the Fortezza da Basso (as it travels northwest). It will then turn right onto Viale Redi where you will pass up the bus stop called “Redi”. (The bus stop names are listed outside on an orange sign exactly where the bus stops.) You will pass the next stop which is called “Ponte all’Asse”. At this point, you will want to ring the bell to signal to the driver you would like to get off the bus at the next stop. Just push the orange button located on the bars around the middle doors, which are the doors that you will use to exit the bus. You will turn right and go over a small bridge (ponte). Your stop is called “Circondaria” and it leaves you off just across the street from the school. This bus ride will take about 5-7 minutes total.
Should you choose to walk, it will take approx 15 minutes to arrive from the central train station. From the station, walk along Via Alamanni (direction, north), cross, Viale Rosselli and continue on the same street to Via G. Monaco. When the street dead ends into Viale Belfiore, turn right and walk to the piazza/intersection. Continue straight on to Viale Redi, walk along it, turn right when you get to the little bridge (Ponte all’Asse) and you will be on Viale Corsica. Walk down Viale Corsica to 15c, on your left, and you will be at the center. It is on the ground level with large windows.
TEFL International students will most likely be rooming together in this option, so you’ll have someone with whom to discuss your lesson planning ideas or just go and take a coffee break!Home-stay. Some students want the experience of staying with a host family. This option is for those who really want to experience the Italian lifestyle! While you will usually be very busy preparing lessons and teaching, you will have the chance to go home and eat an authentic Italian dinner nightly. If you have some knowledge of Italian, it’s a great opportunity to practice! Notes: No overnight guests will be allowed. We will need to schedule a telephone call if you are interested in this option.
Accommodation prices start at 360 Euro per month, plus deposit.
Florence Italy Housing form click here
“We both attended the TLC TEFL course in Florence in summertime. It was a fantastic experience that taught us a lot. We went there single, knowing nothing about English as a language and nothing about teaching. By the end of the month we had met each other, felt confident and comfortable in the classroom and had made a lot of new friends. We owe a lot to TLC not least because it is where we met, but also it gave us a great foundation as teachers which we have utilized in several jobs since leaving. From being observed and observing others time and time again since leaving TLC, we appreciate the teaching we received more and more because it has given us a head start over so many other teachers. This has allowed us to teach successfully in Italy and China, where we have been able to see some amazing sights together. Over the last year we have been to Florence, Rome, Venice, Beijing and Shanghai and are currently planning a trip to Thailand for the new year. It has been fantastic to see such different cultures in such varied parts of the world. Before doing TEFL we never imagined we would have all the experiences we have had so far and we highly recommend TLC to anybody!”
-Meri Stead & Michael Cubbin
“I learnt more about myself as a public speaker and a classroom manager here than in four years of college. The classroom experience gained here is more than in any university.”
“I feel ready to teach my own class. I have grown in so many ways. I feel that I have become more organized in my presentation which is good because the students will benefit from that.”
“I feel that I have achieved a lot from this course. My confidence and independence has definitely grown.”
“I believe I have acquired a deeper respect for teachers and myself. I have a deeper understanding of the process necessary to conduct an informative enjoyable class. The learning curve was quite remarkable and I believe that I can independently plan and execute a lesson.”
“I loved the amount of teaching hours. It was great to hear feedback from various observers and have REAL LIVE teaching practice.”
“The experience I gained at TLC was invaluable!”
“The teachers and staff in Florence really care about your success and they make sure you can make it through!”
“I completely recommend TEFL International – great course, great people, and an amazing experience!
“I have grown in confidence in my teaching. I have learnt a lot and learnt from the mistakes I made. I guess I feel as ready as I ever will to teach my own class! This course is really good.”
“Informative and enjoyable!”
“Great learning environment with great teachers. I feel like I am able to teach my own class. I must say it was the best learning experience of my life.”
“I really liked that we had a lot of teaching practice and the opportunity to observe our peers. The course allowed us to learn, practice, and grow as ESL/EFL teachers.”
“This course provided me with everything I would need to know to instruct students of ANY level.”
“I have found a new confidence in starting to teach. My instructors have inspired me but most of all believed in me.”
“Having finished this course, I feel I made the right decision in choosing it. It was comprehensive, conducted in a professional manner by experienced staff and provided a lot of support, ideas, and resources for finding a job. I secured my position here in Florence before finishing the course. Than you to everyone at the school.”
“Not only did I learn to teach in Italy but here at TLC I was surrounded by wonderful and helpful staff. I have met some great people and I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.”
“I feel a great sense of achievement.”
“I have learnt so much and I feel ready to teach at this very moment.”
“Although I have already done some teaching I have learnt a lot from this course. I feel like I have a much bigger “toolbox” of ideas for teaching. I feel more confident after all the teaching practice.”
“I really enjoyed the practical teaching. It was a fantastic opportunity to put in to practice all the theory that we had learnt. I have learnt so much about myself on this ocurse and I achieved things that I never thought I would. Previously, I had been so scared about speaking in front of groups but I really enjoyed this part of the experience; it has helped my confidence immensely.”
“I enjoyed the course and feel ready to teach. I think I have progressed tremendously! Thank you!”
“Do you want to help others to acquire a second language? Come to TLC and in just a month you will feel ready to professionally teach your own class!”
“I really appreciated the staff and all of the opportunities the staff and school offered. I also really liked the method by which the grammar was taught. I feel that I have achieved more than I thought possible. I definitely feel ready to go out and teach. This course really gave me the confidence to teach and just go for what I want and need.”
“The course was full of content and it was great to have so many practice lessons. I feel ready to teach which is a big change from the beginning. I am very proud of how I’ve progressed and feel confident to go out into the working world!”
“I was very nervous talking in front of people, and I was very nervous in my first few classes as well. Throughout the course I have become more confident in speaking in front of people and I feel confident enough to teach my own class.”
“Great set-up at TLC in Florence! It’s a purposeful learning environment, there’s a small class size, and it was a great opportunity to make new friends.”
“I have to say that what I gained from the TLC connection was exactly what I had hoped for–and I’m grateful that that happened. I want you to know I’m happy I got to take the course and that the program led me to a full-on experience with a school in Florence that worked out great. I’m excited to [tell you] I gained over 150 teaching hours in about 6 months and I was able to see some improvement in some of my students–the “breakthrough” to to speak of their communicative abilities–very exciting! …So this letter is just to express gratitude and of course thanks for those who made our year positive and a success.”
“This was one of the most difficult, most intense things that I have ever done but one of the best experiences!”
“Intense, but the experience of integrating theory and practice can’t be substituted.”
“It’s a great course for any aspiring teacher and it was without a doubt the best experience of my life!”
“The staff is always available and helpful, and the observers are positive and supportive.”
“Don’t think about it; just do it!”
“To say I couldn’t have done it without [TLC] would be an understatement. The course made me confident and capable, not to mention helping with the transition into a foreign country. I highly recommend it!”
“Being able to practice teaching was critical and I will feel much more comfortable giving a lesson now. I feel ready to teach.”
” I feel ready to teach now, I have gained invaluable insight into the teaching profession.”
“The teachers were very patient, supportive, friendly, and professional. I enjoyed the course and I would recommend it to anyone considering teaching English as a foreign language.”
“Great mixture of excellent training and teaching practice. The school organized on excellent program that gave us experience at a variety of levels, ages, and environments.”
“Everything was great. I really enjoyed the variety of teaching opportunities given to me. The rapport with staff members and other students was really good, supportive, and fun.”
“I have progressed quite a lot throughout the course between improving my directions to effectively managing the class. This has been a great learning experience in every aspect. I feel like I am ready to teach my own class!”
“I didn’t really believe I would be capable of teaching a class in only four weeks. TLC definitely proved me wrong!”