For those of you wanting to know the ins and outs of a TEFL teacher’s life in Spain we’ve prepared a short guide highlighting some of the major aspects:
High Demand for TEFL teachers in Spain
Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards take English classes, making the market probably the largest in Europe.
Demand seems to be pretty uniform across Spain, whether it be small coastal towns which live from tourism or the large cities.
Obviously, the bigger the population, the more English teachers are needed, which is why Madrid and, particularly Barcelona, offer the most employment opportunities.
As Spain is an attractive place to live, TEFL teachers have traditionally flocked here in numbers, even so, in recent years the demand for English classes seems to be amply exceeding the supply, with schools and businesses hard-pressed to find quality teachers with a recognised TEFL qualification.
Your employment options
Teachers typically choose between working in Language schools (“academias de idiomas”), in-company courses, or giving private classes. It’s also possible to combine all three.Teachers who have just obtained their TEFL qualification and want to teach in Spain tend to start in the language schools or with the agencies who provide in-company classes as it takes time to build up a base of private students.
When will I teach?
Who will I teach?
Students tend to fall into two main groups: Children and students taking extra English classes, and adults who very often need to use English at work.
Whatever the group, teaching TEFL in Spain tends to be an enjoyable experience as the Spanish are usually an open and sociable bunch who participates in an active and lively way. There are always exceptions, however!
TEFL in Spain: Recruitment Processes
In Spain, the TEFL recruitment processes tend to be relatively informal. Schools may advertise vacancies but, more often than not, will find new staff by word-of-mouth or contacts (TEFL Barcelona students can take advantage of our job guidance service and our contacts) As a newly qualified teacher, simply getting your CV/Resume into the right hands will often result in a job offer, if not immediately, then sometime in the near future.
The Recruitment Timetable
With the exception of the summer months, particularly August, there are TEFL employment opportunities in Spain virtually all year round. Peak times tend to be before each of the trimesters, with particularly high demand in September. However, vacancies appear and need to be filled, all year long.
Where are we
While our administrative office is in the cute Mediterranean municipality of Vilassar de Mar, all our courses are centrally located in the Eixample area of Barcelona. Once enrolled, along with your study schedule, we will provide your precise classroom locations.
You are of course welcome to make an appointment, would you like to visit the school and meet your future TEFL certificate tutors.
Deborah G. Watson Flindall – Complementos SL
“I would say that a very high percentage of the candidates from TEFL Barcelona came over very well in the interviews.
In general, your graduates do compare well with those of other courses, and for us, this is a guarantee of professional training. You’re doing a fine job!“
Carmen Cidoncha, Head of Studies – BCN Languages
“As a Head of Studies at BCN Languages, I would like to state that TEFL Barcelona graduates show a great level of skill and professionalism.
In fact, TEFL Barcelona provides our School with a reliable source of new and qualified teachers: not only for their ability to be versatile in preparation but for their well-planned and intentional methods of teaching.”
Jodie Sclare – GetEnglish
“I have been working with TEFL Barcelona for some time now and often employ recently qualified trainees from their TEFL programme.
I have found their trainees to be reliable, enthusiastic and well prepared for the teaching positions I have to offer.“
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