Why should I take a TEFL course in Spain?
Regardless of where you plan to work after your course, taking a TEFL course in Spain will give you the opportunity to get to know a diverse culture, revel in a country steeped in history, enjoy a lively social scene and spend time on terraces or at the beach soaking up the sun. If you plan to stay in the country to work after your course, obtaining your TEFL certificate in Spain will give you a great head start when looking for work, some solid connections and a community to make you feel at home right away. Having a Spanish mobile or address while job hunting can make all the difference too!
What types of English teaching jobs are available in Spain?
Nowadays, classes which will help students pass official exams such as the Cambridge First Certificate, Advanced or Proficiency are in high demand due to competition in the workplace or the desire to study or work abroad, and therefore the need to prove a minimum level of English. General English classes are also popular as are classes teaching Young Learners. This could be after-school private classes, help with English homework or simply spending time with them and chatting in English, giving them the confidence to speak. In the larger towns and cities there are plenty of opportunities to teach Business English as well. This is usually arranged via an agent or language school. Some of the most common classes to be picked up are private classes with individuals, going to their home, or them coming to you, or alternatively meeting in a neutral place like a cafe or library to give them tailored one-to-one classes. In most cases, English teachers in Spain tend to offer a mix of everything, using the private classes to fill in the gaps in their schedule around hours in an academy or for an agency.
Where are the most jobs teaching English in Spain?
There is high demand all over Spain for English classes, even more so in cities like Barcelona, Malaga, Madrid, Seville, Cadiz and Valencia. Obviously in small villages there will be limited opportunities but classes can still be picked up in some of even the remotest places in the country.
What are the requirements to teach English in Spain?
You don’t need a degree to teach English in Spain. The most important thing is to possess an accredited TEFL certificate such as the Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge Celta which proves to employers that you have received a high standard of training from experienced tutors and completed observed teaching practice. In order to be accepted onto these courses, you would need to demonstrate that you would be able to deal with the academic demands of an intensive course, which might be a description of your educational or work experience.
There may be some individuals or schools who make special requests for a background in a specific area or a minimum of x years teaching, but this is not that common. There are also a lot of successful teachers whose first language is not English. In general, Spain is very open-minded about this, but it can also depend on the region/school/individual.
Do I need to have experience to teach English in Spain?
It is not necessary to have teaching experience before embarking on a TEFL course. However, employers will expect you to have had teaching experience while doing your TEFL course. Online TEFL courses are not looked upon favourably, and employers can be quite particular about employing you without experience on your TEFL course at the very least, as they will be concerned about their student retention. Without teaching experience, you will not be prepared for teaching their students.
What are the visa requirements to teach English in Spain?
Unless you have an EU Passport, you’ll only be allowed to stay in the Schengen Zone on a tourist visa for 90 days. The Schengen Zone includes Spain and most other EU countries. If you plan to stay longer, you need to apply for a different visa. You have two options:
– Short-term student visa (4 to 6 months)
– Long-term student visa (minimum 7 months)
With the long-term student visa, you are eligible to legally work for up to 20 hours per week, which is more or less full time teaching.
What’s the best way to find English teaching work in Spain?
If you have chosen a good TEFL course provider, you should be offered a comprehensive careers service (www.oxfordtefl.com/work-and-visas). In order to find work in Spain, the first thing you would need to do is make sure that you have updated your CV with any relevant skills and experience. Pass it by a couple of friends for advice and email it out to as many schools as possible. Follow up with the school a week or so later or even drop in if you are in the area (an appointment might be necessary). Find out which teacher Facebook groups are popular in your chosen location, join those groups and stay updated with any classes or substitutions up for grabs, and ask questions to get a good idea of the job market in that location. Ask teacher friends or your careers advisor for recommendations of websites such as tusclasesparticulares.com to place an advert or respond to adverts.
Ultimately, the best way to find work in Spain is through good work of mouth – if you are a good teacher and you care about your students, you will find work. People speak to each other and recommend teachers constantly, so make sure you do a good job and that you are professional. Pay attention to what you wear – and smile!
When is the best time of year to look for English teaching jobs in Spain?
The academic year runs from September/ October to June, so the best time to be available and looking for work is in September. In August most schools close and do not respond to emails. There are usually summer camps for young learners in July or intensive courses which run over 6 or 8 weeks throughout the year which also provides further opportunities. The second best time to find work is in January when new groups might open (New Year’s resolutions to learn English!) or a teacher leaves. Private classes are always available.
How much money can I make teaching English in Spain?
The amount you can earn will depend largely on where you are, how many hours you teach per week, which company you work for and what combination of classes you teach. As an example, in Barcelona, the following rates per hour are:
– General English €14 – €18 per hour
– Business English €15 – €20 per hour
– Exam preparation classes €15 – €19 per hour
– Teaching Young Learners in an academy €14 – €19
– Private classes 1st year teaching €15 – €20
– Private classes experienced teachers €20 – €30 per hour
Time preparing classes, marking homework or travelling is not usually paid extra. As a new teacher, you may only teach 20 hours per week as lesson planning can take longer at first. As a more experienced teacher, you may be better and you can plan your lessons faster and more instinctively, meaning you could take on 25 – 30 hours per week.
Looking for more information?
Email tesol@oxford tefl.com or visit www.oxfordtefl.com