be at least 18 years old at the start of the course
have a standard of education which would allow entrance to higher education in their country
have an awareness of language, and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course
have the potential to develop into effective teachers.
Applicants for the course must complete an application form and a pre interview task and send it to us.
We will normally acknowledge your application within two working days of receiving it. Suitable candidates will then be interviewed.
We will then set up an interview (see below) and acceptance (or otherwise) will normally be confirmed at interview.
To secure a place once you have been accepted you should ensure that the full fee is paid at least six weeks before the course begins. Applicants applying less than six weeks before the course are required to pay the fees on acceptance. See payment details.
Please note that wherever possible, correspondence with prospective course candidates is carried out by email.
If, from your application, we see that you are a suitable applicant, an interview will be set up with you. You will be interviewed by one of our teacher trainers.
If you are not in Playa del Carmen we will ask you to telephone us at a pre-arranged time.
Payment for the course
You should not make any payment for the course until you have been interviewed and accepted.
We recommend that you buy a good teacher’s grammar book, such as
Grammar for English Language Teachers, by Martin Parrott (CUP)
Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan (OUP)
You are also advised to have access to a methodology book, such as:
How to Teach English, by Jeremy Harmer (Longman)
Learning Teaching, by Jim Scrivener (Heinemann)
IH Riviera Maya
IH Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen Lote 8, Calle Catorce Norte, No 171; Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo; CP 77710 Mexico