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Teaching English in Spain


The trend in Spain is to teach English in the primary schools; to start the process early. The push for primary language acquisition has even reached private language institutes. There are a number of programs set up for younger students such as summer camps. Growth economically has been sharp in the country, therefore, inflation is high so although there are numerous positions available the jobs are not very lucrative.Accommodations are expensive and working conditions on the whole are not advantageous. Competition is reportedly high as Spain is a popular selection for the foreign worker. With many considerations in mind the teacher must have high credentials to teach in the country. Large chains of institutions are the best bet when job hunting as many have resources, operate above the law and when the teacher is willing to commit to a certain time frame the working conditions are considerably quite agreeable. There are libraries, newspapers and even the telephone book to research when job searching. The best time of year to arrive is early September for the beginning of the school year. Another good time to get a job there is in November and also January as some teachers quit for the holiday season. Room and board can be exchanged with becoming a live-in tutor for families with children. Freelance work pays higher as is always the case but consideration must be given to travel time and expense. Unemployment is high in Spain so the ability to obtain working documents from anyone outside the EU is a tough measure.

Before coming over from North America it would be wise to do a heritage search for any relatives from Europe; this would make the task of obtaining documentation much easier. Another tip for legally working in the EU would be to arrange all necessary paperwork from your home country and to land a position before coming over. It is enormously beneficial for the instructor to have a working knowledge of Spanish as the pupils especially those in the lower levels will respond more fervently and thus learn quicker. Culturally students will be more attentive toward a warmer, more social exchange from the teacher and a direct yet diplomatic approach to enforcing study habits. Spaniards love to talk so make classes as interactive as possible. Wages for full time work can be approximately $1000 US per month; rent can be at least half of that salary especially in the larger cities. Some schools may find at least temporary apartments for the foreign teacher. There are a lot of resources for finding a place to live and optimistically speaking, the Spanish people are very receptive and willing to help with such arrangements. Most landlords will require a deposit and some up to two months rent in advance so financial preparations are key.

Reference:

Griffith, Susan. Teaching English Abroad. WorldView Publishing Services. 2001.pp. 237-254.

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