So, you recently passed the TESOL certificate course and got your first job in sunny Spain. Perhaps you would like to get some more teaching experience, or maybe you would just like to earn some extra money. Whatever the reason, I’m going to give an insight into teaching clases particulares (private lessons), in Spain.
How to Find Students
Your first thought will probably be: ‘how do I find students to teach?’ and there are a number of ways to do this. The first thing to do is register on a website such as tusclasesparticulares.com. I found that I had interest from people wanting private classes from the first week. The level of interest may depend on the city you are living in, but I highly recommend it as a place to start.
From my experience, word of mouth is usually the best way to gain more students. Many work colleagues and students from my main teaching job have asked me about teaching private classes to friends or children of theirs. On a few occasions I have been stopped in the street or in a shop and asked if I teach private lessons. Again, this may depend on the level of English in your part of Spain, but I have found that there is a lot of interest in private classes from qualified English teachers.
Assessing Your Students Needs
Over time, I have been approached to teach a variety of different types of student, from adults to children, and you will need to assess your students’ needs. From someone having a job interview in English, to someone interested in watching English language movies, to a child whose parents want them to learn English, each of these different types of students will require different lesson plans, teaching styles and even homework. You will need to consider all of this before committing to teaching an individual.
So start off slow, and if you’re lucky, before you know it you might even be turning down offers of lessons due to being too busy!