Teaching English in Mexico: Acapulco Part 1

Larry M. Lynch
 


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In Acapulco, here’s where available English language teaching / TEFL work can be found – and there’re PLENTY! Yes, many come here to enjoy the world-class beaches and stunning nightlife, but Acapulco is in fact, a city with the same needs, facilities and businesses found around the world. Due to the large impact of tourism, English is almost always in great demand locally. Interested? Read on . . .

A sampling of schools and Institutes you can check out directly include:

Harmon Hall
Address: Costera Miguel Aleman
No. 70 Fraccional Las Playas
C. P. 39390 Acapulco
Phones: 483-8782, 483-8147
Website: www.harcmonhall.com
E-Mail: harmaca@gro1. telmex.net. mx

The “McDonald’s" of English teaching in Mexico. This institute has more than 100 locations throughout the country. Experience is NOT required, although a month or more long training and internship is. Pay is usually moderate, depending on background and experience, and is easily supplementable. If you want to get around Mexico, or don’t have a TEFL certificate or experience, this may well be the place for you. Be forewarned though, Acapulco is a VERY popular location with their teachers (Gosh, I wonder why?) so openings might not be that frequent. Stop in and ask anyway, you never know.

INGLES INDIVIDUAL
Address: Cristóbal Colon 19-A Altos
Fracc, Magallanes C. P. 39670
Telefax: 486 – 5862
Website: www.ingles–individual.com

Part of a nation-wide chain of English schools that has its OWN TV channel on SKY (#818) and sponsors intensive English courses in Houston. Small groups are the norm with flexible hours offered to students. Most locations tend to be fairly small, depending on the quantity of students. It can be good however, for a class or two to supplement your schedule somewhere else or boost your income from a number of private students or classes. Check out their website to get more information before you go.

CETEC Plus (Computers and English)
Address: Av. Cuavittemoc No. 39 (between IMSS and CFE)
Phone: 483 – 8536

Address: Hidalgo No. 2
Col. Centro (on one side of the cathedral)
Phone: 480-0350
Address: Blvd. Jose Lopez Portillo
Loc. 4 Fracc. Libertadores
Phone: 442-2332 (Ciudad Renacimiento)

CETEC is springing offices up in almost every Mexican town that more than a crossroads. With the push for Spanish – English bilingualism and computer literacy, they’re doing a booming business in many medium to small sized towns. They don’t purport native speakers simply because there aren’t nearly enough native speakers to staff their numerous locations. If you show up and can “talk a little turkey", you’ll almost certainly get a position. The pay here can be on the low side though since the students, though numerous, don’t pay really hefty fees to attend. It’s a good jumping off point for some private classes and that should be a consideration. As always, check around before committing to a position or positions to get the best salary and conditions you can. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT accept the first position or two that you are offered. Check around, shop around for a few days first! I mean it!

Instituto de Computation e Ingles Y Secundaria Computarizada TITANIC Address: Av. Cuauhtemoc No. 100 (in front of the centro medico, on one side of the Cine Variedades) Telefax: 482 – 9790

Another school similar to CETEC that offers English and computer courses. They feature computer courses more heavily since getting qualified English teachers is such a dogfight. (Hint! Hint!) Go in and talk to them to see what you can dig up. Courses can start monthly, and if you’re committed to a stay of fair length (3 months to six months minimum – more is better), you should be able to manage a reasonably good deal either here or elsewhere.

Be sure to check out my other articles in the two continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico. If you would like more information, have questions or comments, the author can be e-mailed; see address below.

Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: lynchlarrym@gmail.com

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