Spainwise is an accredited Trinity College London Teacher Training Centre in Cordoba, in the heart of Andalucía. Our Trinity Cert TESOL course is a practical, hands-on training programme. You will develop your teaching skills by doing, by teaching, by observing expert teachers, by sharing experiences and by reflecting on input sessions. The content of the different units (Teaching Skills, Language Awareness, Learner Profile, Materials Assignment and Unknown Language) is intertwined so that trainees gradually build up an increasingly clearer picture of what is required of a professional language teacher who can fulfil their students’ expectations. What’s more, as organisers of the National TEFL Job Fairs in Spain and moderators of the Spainwise TEFL Jobs Board, Spainwise Teacher Training & Recruitment offers an unrivalled careers service before, during and after our courses.
With a population of over 320,000, Cordoba is definitely a city rather than a town. Yet it’s small enough to get around on foot or bike, and has more old-world charm than many places half its size. Arriving in the city centre, you might think you’re in downtown Madrid or Barcelona. But take a short stroll past the palm trees, fountains and parks that lead to the old Jewish Quarter, and soon the whitewashed walls and cobblestone streets will reassure you that you are indeed in Cordoba. How many cities in the world can boast having 4 World Heritage Sites AND all the conveniences of modern life in the way that Cordoba can?
In a city with an amazing wealth of architectural treasures, the ninth-century mosque is the jewel in the crown and a must-see for anybody ever visiting Spain. Back in the city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods, you’ll find the shopping malls, restaurants and nightlife you’d expect to find in any modern city. And if you tire of what Cordoba’s city life has to offer, the surrounding countryside offers a host of opportunities to get away from it all. If travel is your passion, you can be in Madrid within two hours and in Seville, or even down on the Costa del Sol, in less than an hour, thanks to the AVE high speed train.
Weather-wise, Cordoba, like the rest of southern Spain, is warm and dry almost all year, with a short winter (from November to February) and soaring temperatures in the summer months. Although usually a relatively quiet and peaceful place, Cordoba really lets its hair down for the local festivals in spring. Of course spring comes early in southern Spain with people taking to the streets in fancy dress for the Carnival in February. Soon afterwards, Easter is celebrated with candle-lit processions through the city streets. The month of May consists of a succession of local festivals including the festival of the crosses (cruces), the wine-tasting festival (la cata), the patios festival and the local fair (feria). Dancing traditional local dances and partying into the small hours make the month of May very special in a very special city.