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.
I have been teaching English in sunny Spain for a while now, and I have gained experience teaching both adults and children. Perhaps you are planning on doing a TESOL course in the near future, or maybe you have recently passed the course, and the question has recently crossed your mind: ‘Do I want to teach adults or children?’ In this article I am going to give you an insight into both.
I found out pretty early on that I enjoyed teaching English in Spain more than the usual ‘do this for a year while on holiday’ gig, which you see often, so I knew I wanted to do a TESOL course that could give me some decent credentials and make me a better teacher. In this article, I’m going to explain why taking an accredited TESOL certification course can help you in Spain.
The demand for English lessons in Spain has remained stable during the recession, and some language schools experienced rampant growth in the 2011-2012 school year.
The fiesta of the Virgin Pilar falls on October 12th, which is also the day that Columbus set foot in America. Spanish fiestas are about eating, bar hopping with friends and family, and then more eating… and it all starts very early!
The food in Spain is incredible. I love the way they make things so simple yet so rich. Tapas, or pintxos, are a typical appetizer people have along with a glass of wine or a pint of beer. They consists of a crepe stuffed with mushrooms, cheese, and bacon, and then set on top of a slice of baguette with a little sauce on top, jamon serano (Spanish ham), tomato sauce, and croquettes which are like jalapeño poppers in the US only with out the jalapeño. There are a variety of croquettes that you can order. Some are filled with cheeses, ham, pork, mushrooms, or things like that. They are really delicious.
I love teaching English in Spain! Everything is so close. I have been to Portugal, France, and of course Spain. I would like to add Morocco, Germany, England, Ireland, and the Netherlands to that list. We will see how far the money from teaching gets me and if I have enough time. As of right now, I’m teaching at an academy and offering private lessons for 20 euro an hour. The TESOL certificate I completed at OnTESOL certainly helped me get the right job.
Getting ready to teach English in Spain? October is when all English classes start in Spain. Everyone starts school in September, then the parents get settled in to the routines of getting their kids to school and to any type of extracurricular activities. Midway into September, their kids have a lot of English homework and need some professional help. This is when they realize that they need to put their children in an English academy in the evenings or call the academy from the previous year, so this is why all the academies get busy in October and not in September when the actual school year starts. Read more
As far as teaching private lessons goes, I am relatively new but I can definitely say that I am learning quickly. I began posting flyers all over town on the stop signs, bus stops, cross walks, metro stop, and announcement boards. I think you really have to be strategic about where you put your flyers. For example, if you put your flyer on a street lamp on a small alley near your house I can almost guarantee it will only get looked a hand full of times. Whereas if you tape your sign right next to the entrance of the metro it will get looked at hundreds of times and you are very likely to get some investigative calls.
I spent the first few days enjoying the sun, surfing, and spending quality time with my Basque girlfriend. Then it was time to get down to business and find a good TESOL job in Spain.