Sunday, December 2, 2007

Teaching English in Spain

This article has been updated and can be found on my Newsvine column. Here's a link to the article:
Teaching English In Spain: Practicalities From Someone Who Is Doing It


Anonymous said...

This was very helpful, thanks.

I'm a student finishing his associates degree in a few weeks who is planning on moving to Spain through a program offered here (In North America) to teach English. I'm assuming since the program is offered here it will be easier to achieve a permit, or else they wouldn't offer it so easily. I'm working on my Spanish right now, and probably won't be involved with the program until I finish my Junior or Senior year of college. I'm hoping by then my Spanish will be enough to work well in a Spanish speaking country (I'll have completed 6 quarters of Spanish and spent at least one month in Costa Rica). My question is: Do you know if it is more difficult to obtain a job teaching English in Spain if you are young? I'll be completing my Bachelors Degree when I'm 18-19 years old, but still wish to teach in Spain.


Carloz said...

Hi Zach,
Well, 18 to 19 is a bit younger than usual, but I have have come across at least two people about that age who taught here -- and both were very dedicated, good teachers. There will be some jobs that won't be available to you, but there should be others that would be. For example, while I doubt schools would hire an 18/19 year old to teach business English, they might be interested in having someone that age teach children and adolescents. So, that is the part of the job market I'd focus on. Also, during the summer months, there should be opportunites in summer camps, too.
As for Spanish, it's great if you know it, but it's not usually necessary to get English teaching work. Knowing how to teach English is much more important. After all, Spanish can be learned here!
Suerte amigo,

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree that was helpful. Maybe you know the answer to this. I am in my first year teaching in tx, and I have a ESL certification and am teaching ESL now in a middle school. To be employed in spain do i have to get a TEFOL certificate even though I have a teaching degree and an ESL certificate? I may take the 100 hr course online but i dont want to take it if I don't need to. Also, if I want to start teaching in 2009 school year should I start applying now or wait?

Carloz said...

Hi Kristin,

Thanks for your comment. I would say that someone with your background wouldn't need a TESOL certificate to get work. However, if you plan on teaching for a language academy, you might want to get some experience teaching adults before coming over, either through training or volunteering. This is because there seems to me to be more work available teaching adults than children. If you go the training route, get training in teaching Business English.

Of course, another option might be to participate in a teacher exchange program, where you and a Spanish public school teacher switch places for a year. I'm not sure what the process is for that, but I have come across a few Americans working in public schools here on teacher exchange programs. Finally, there is also the Language Assistant program I mentioned in the post. For more info about these options, try contacting the Spanish consulate in Houston or the Spanish Embassy in Washington.

Suerte amiga,


Carloz said...

Start looking now into application deadlines for the exchange program and language assistant program.

Re: language academies, only a few would hire so far in advance. One that might for someone with your qualifications, is the North American Institute in Barcelona --

Another route for someone with your education is looking for work in International Schools. These are private schools that teach children either according to an American or British curriculum. They want people with your background and they recruit and hire far in advance. The web site of the US Embassy in Madrid has a list of such schools at