Kickstart Your Career With Exciting TEFL Jobs Worldwide
Our mission is simple: to connect passionate educators with incredible opportunities to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) all around the world. Imagine a career where every day is a new journey, where you’re not only teaching but also learning, immersing yourself in vibrant cultures, and making a real difference in the lives of your students. That’s what TEFL jobs with RVF International offer. So, are you ready to transform your passion for teaching into a passport for worldwide exploration and impact? Let’s start this exciting journey together and discover the countless benefits that TEFL jobs have in store for you!
Explore the Different Types of TEFL Jobs
As a certified TEFL teacher, a multitude of exciting job roles await you. If you’re a recent graduate or a newbie in the teaching field, school placements in various countries like Spain offer an excellent starting point for your career. For those with more experience under their belt, you can unlock numerous additional benefits as locations across the globe are on the lookout for TEFL-certified educators like you.
Is flexibility a priority? Online TEFL jobs let you teach from any corner of the world. And for those who wish to make a difference, volunteer positions in underprivileged communities provide a meaningful way to use your skills. In short, whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional, RVF International has a TEFL job tailored to suit your career aspirations and lifestyle preferences.
Tips for Landing Your First TEFL Job
Embarking on a career in TEFL can be an exhilarating journey filled with opportunities to explore new cultures, meet people from diverse backgrounds, and significantly impact students’ lives. Thinking about teaching English in Murcia or Madrid? It all starts with a TEFL certification.
But how do you land that first job that sets everything in motion? We’ll provide a few tips that will help you navigate the job market, make informed decisions, and secure the first TEFL position that aligns perfectly with your career aspirations and personal goals.
Embrace the Culture: One of the unique aspects of a TEFL job is the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture. Be open-minded and respectful of local customs and traditions. This will enrich your personal experience and help you connect better with your students.
Plan Ahead: Preparation is key to successful teaching. Spend time understanding your curriculum, planning your lessons, and gathering the necessary resources. Remember, a well-prepared teacher is a confident teacher.
Continuous Learning: As a TEFL teacher, you’re also a perpetual student. Keep up-to-date with the latest teaching methodologies and strategies. Attending seminars, workshops, or online courses can significantly enhance teaching skills.
Be Patient: It’s normal to encounter challenges, especially when starting out. Remember, every great teacher was once a beginner. Stay patient, ask for guidance when needed, and learn from your experiences.
Build Relationships: Building strong relationships with your students, their parents, and your colleagues can make your TEFL journey more fulfilling. It’s also a great way to understand different perspectives and improve your teaching approach.
Benefits of Pursuing TEFL Jobs
Choosing to embark on a TEFL career is not just about teaching English; it’s about embracing an opportunity that opens doors to personal growth, professional development, and global adventures. Here are some of the benefits that make TEFL jobs incredibly rewarding:
TEFL certification gives you the freedom to work in numerous countries across the globe. Whether you’re dreaming of South Korea’s high-tech cities or Spain’s sun-soaked beaches, there’s a TEFL job waiting for you.
Living and working in a new country allows you to deeply immerse yourself in a different culture, learn a new language, and broaden your perspective — experiences you’d be hard-pressed to find in many other professions.
TEFL jobs offer excellent opportunities for professional growth. From starting as a classroom teacher to progressing into roles like academic coordinator or director of studies, there’s always room for advancement.
Make a Difference
As a TEFL teacher, you have the chance to make a significant impact on your students’ lives. You’re helping them develop a skill that can open up countless opportunities for their future.
Flexible Work Options
With the rise of digital learning, online TEFL jobs are more prevalent than ever. This means you can live and teach from anywhere in the world, providing you with an unbeatable work-life balance.
Competitive salaries, coupled with benefits like free accommodation, airfare reimbursement, and low cost of living in certain countries, mean you can save while you travel.
Become Part of a Global Network of TEFL Teachers
Embarking on a TEFL career is the beginning of an exciting journey that promises growth, adventure, and the chance to make a profound difference in students’ lives. With RVF International, you’re discovering a profession that offers global experiences, cultural immersion, and limitless opportunities for professional development.
Are you ready to turn your passion for teaching English into a passport for worldwide travel? Let’s make your dream a reality! Take our TEFL certification and take the first step towards an extraordinary international teaching career. Get started with RVF International – where your TEFL journey begins!
Start Your Journey to Teaching Excellence With Our TEFL Courses
RVF International is where your journey to teaching excellence begins! Our TEFL courses are specifically designed to transform passionate learners like you into world-class educators. We believe in the power of education to change lives, and we want you to be part of that change.
Our comprehensive TEFL courses go beyond just a certification. They’re your gateway to a rewarding career in teaching English, whether you choose to inspire students in exotic overseas classrooms or connect with them in the digital realm from the comfort of your home.
With our well-crafted modules, expert instructors, and a supportive community of successful graduates, you’ll feel comfortable stepping into the global network of educators just like you!
Join us at RVF International, and start your journey today. Are you ready to embrace this exciting new chapter in your career and teach English in Madrid and other amazing locations worldwide? Learn more about our exciting TEFL courses. Enroll now, and let’s shape the future of education together.
The Core Modules of Our TEFL Courses
Our modules cover it all, from mastering the nuances of English grammar to understanding the unique needs of young learners. Immerse yourself in the art of storytelling, classroom management, and more, and understand its impact on learning English. Our 11 comprehensive modules will allow you to evolve into an inspiring educator who can make a real difference in students’ lives. Dive in, and let’s reshape the future of education together!
Module 1: Introduction to English Language Teaching
Starting with a solid foundation, this module provides an essential introduction to English language teaching. It includes a thorough exploration of ELT methods and approaches, L1 and L2 learning, as well as effective L2 learning strategies. This is your first step towards understanding the intricacies of teaching English as a foreign language.
Module 2: Grammar Teaching
Delve into the art of teaching grammar in our second module. Here, we cover the importance of metalanguage, comprehensible communication, and acceptability. You’ll also explore the nine-word classes and the twelve verb tenses, crucial components in mastering English grammar instruction.
Module 3: Essential Skills for EFL Teachers
This module focuses on the professional standards for EFL teachers. You’ll learn about the concept of a growth mindset, understand learner and teacher expectations, and discover the basics of lesson planning. Equip yourself with the skills that make an exceptional EFL teacher.
Module 4: Motivation and Learner Preferences
Understanding your students is vital to effective teaching. In this module, you’ll learn about motivation and its essential elements, the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, influencing learner motivation, and the VAK Learner Preferences Questionnaire.
Module 5: English Grammar Overview
This comprehensive module provides a deeper look at English grammar, including similarities and differences with other languages, effective grammar presentations, and reliable reference materials. Get ready to deepen your knowledge of the English language.
Module 6: Challenging Elements of the English Language
In this module, we tackle phonological and phonemic awareness, lexis and its importance, selecting and presenting vocabulary, and the appropriateness of language and cultural contextualization. Prepare to navigate the challenging aspects of English with confidence.
Module 7: Teaching Skills
Sharpen your teaching skills with this module. It covers teaching listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills and explains how to use the 5-step lesson plan to structure your lessons effectively.
Module 8: Lesson Planning and Lesson Delivery
In this pivotal module, you’ll delve into the most crucial teaching skill: lesson planning and delivery. We’ll guide you through setting clear objectives and goals, understanding the purpose and principles of lesson planning, and mastering the 5-Step Lesson Plan. Learn how to implement controlled and uncontrolled exercises and activities effectively and adapt your lesson plan in real-time.
Module 9: Essential Teaching Skills in Everyday Teaching
Module 9 of our TEFL course is your guide to mastering essential teaching skills for everyday practice. Understand the art of creating an effective learning environment, including strategies for organizing and controlling your classroom. Gain specialized knowledge in teaching young learners and learn about diverse assessment methods, including self- and peer-assessment, portfolios, project work, and dialogue journals.
Module 10: Classroom Management
This module teaches you about effective classroom management, setting up your classroom, positive reinforcement, teaching young learners, and providing feedback and correction. Master the art of managing a classroom and providing constructive feedback to help your students.
Module 11: Teaching Young Learners
Young learners require a unique approach to teaching. This module focuses on teaching young learners, covering the key differences between younger and older learners, teaching grammar and lexis, and assessing young learners.
Embrace a World of Teaching Opportunities with Our TEFL Courses
The world of English teaching awaits you, and there’s no better time than now to equip yourself with the skills to make a difference in countless lives. Our TEFL courses provide you with an understanding of teaching methodologies, classroom management techniques, and innovative lesson-planning strategies to ensure your success in the classroom.
Your journey to teaching excellence is just a click away. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – join RVF International and our community of successful TEFL graduates who are making a real impact worldwide. Enroll today and start your journey to teaching excellence!
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Say hello to our exciting and informational 120-hour TEFL course, designed to equip you with all the skills you need to teach English abroad. With RVF International’s well-refined course, you’ll find yourself navigating all aspects of teaching English abroad. One day, you’ll be diving into engaging lesson plans in an interactive online classroom, and the next, you’ll be using those very skills to inspire students in a bustling city halfway across the globe.
Our course is more than just a ticket to a job — it’s a passport to adventure, a bridge between cultures, and a stepping stone to a truly rewarding career. Whether you’re a seasoned educator looking to diversify your teaching skills or a travel enthusiast seeking a meaningful way to explore the world, our TEFL course has the insight and content you need. Ready to turn the world into your classroom? Get started today with our TEFL course and learn how you can teach English in Andalucia and other locations in Spain!
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120 Hours of Quality and Valuable Content
Immerse yourself in 120 hours of rich, in-depth content with our TEFL course. Every hour is packed with insightful lectures, interactive exercises, and practical assignments designed to give you a solid foundation in teaching English as a foreign language. From the intricacies of grammar to the art of lesson planning, our course covers all facets of teaching English, ensuring you’re well-prepared for any teaching scenario. Experienced educators carefully curate each module, ensuring every moment spent learning is valuable, engaging, and beneficial.
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If you are about to start your teaching journey in Spain, or are already there and looking for some help, this blog post will cover tips for teaching both kids and teens in the Spanish classroom. Jamie is a certified US teacher who taught in Madrid, Spain for 5 years and loves sharing ideas to help other teachers.
Tips for Teaching Kids Ages 3-8
1. Establishing a Routine: Build Comfort and Confidence
Children between the ages of 3-8 thrive in environments where they can predict what comes next. Establishing a routine in your ESL classes provides a sense of security and helps build confidence among young learners.
Begin each class with familiar activities – a greeting, reviewing the calendar, or singing a specific song. Consistency in starting the class helps children understand what to expect and eases them into the learning process.
I always start with a hello song, weather song and a holiday/month themed song. We also have a calendar routine to start our day as well as the letter and number of the week which I incorporate into games.
Tip: Choose a “class leader” at the start of each class to assist with the routine, ensuring everyone gets a turn to be in this special role. Utilize name cards to keep track of whose turn it is to be the leader.
2. Plan Short, Sweet, and Engaging Activities
Young children have shorter attention spans which gradually get longer as they get older. Plan more activities than you think you’ll need and be ready to switch gears if you notice your students aren’t engaged with the activity.
I like to have a backup plan of flashcard games and worksheets on hand in case I need to change activities quickly. As the school year progresses, you’ll get an idea of your students’ favorite activities and can pull these out as needed.
Tip: Implement “brain breaks” between activities. These short pauses might involve dances, games, or other energetic diversions that refresh and refocus young minds. Just google “brain breaks” to find some ideas.
3. The Magical World of Songs, Chants, and Dances
Music and dance are perfect for beginning language learners. Songs, chants, and dances not only make learning enjoyable, but also assist in phonetic development as children become familiar with the sounds of English. Dance is also a huge part of the Spanish culture, so most Spanish kids are willing to get up and move.
In one of my Spanish schools we used the Jolly Phonics system which includes songs and chants for all the sounds of English.
Be aware that a lot of the teaching materials in Spain are British, so if you are American or Canadian, be prepared to teach some different sounds than you are used to.
Tip: Don’t shy away from repetition. Kids often enjoy singing the same songs and repeating chants, which also reinforces learning. It’s boring for you – and you might wake up in the middle of the night with them stuck in your head – true story – but it’s great for your students.
4. Puppets and Props: Your Teaching Assistants
Puppets and props can be your allies in maintaining engagement and managing the classroom. A puppet can serve as a model for dialogues, an enforcer of calm (puppets might “hide” when the class gets too loud), and a source of fun and imagination during lessons.
My Spanish students were OBSESSED with my puppets and loved asking them questions.
Tip: Use the puppet to demonstrate conversations, role-play scenarios, and introduce new vocabulary in a context that children can relate to. Have your students repeat after the puppet and ask it questions during Circle Time.
Tips for Teaching Kids 9-12
1. Integrating Interests: Making Lessons Relatable
As children between the ages of 9-12 begin to develop a more defined sense of self and explore various interests, integrating these elements into your ESL lessons can significantly improve engagement. Whether it’s sports, video games, or popular characters, utilizing these themes in your teaching materials and activities makes the learning process more relevant and enjoyable for the students.
Tip: An example of this would be using popular characters like Pokémon to practice comparatives and superlatives in a fun and familiar context. Spanish students really love soccer (football to them) and I recommend asking your students what their favorite tv shows, books, cartoons and characters are.
2. Pair and Group Activities: Fostering Cooperation and Social Skills
Encourage cooperative learning through pair and group activities. This not only aids in language acquisition through peer interaction but also helps develop vital social and cooperation skills. Be mindful of the competitive elements within activities, ensuring they are healthy and supportive, as children in this age group can be very sensitive to losing.
From my experience teaching in Spanish classrooms, Spanish kids LOVE to play games, compete against one another and participate in high-energy activities. While of course this may not be true of every student, in general planning large group and pair activities worked well. Do be aware that class sizes may be large and you may need permission to move desks. When the weather was nice, I often got permission to take my students outside for group activities.
Tip: Begin to integrate more reading and writing activities at this age, utilizing printed words or sentences that they can manipulate and engage with during activities. I like using Canva to print out words, sentences and pictures and most of my schools had a way to laminate these papers so they would last longer. Just ask your secretary or school admin!
3. Realia: Bringing the Real World into the Classroom
Incorporate realia – real objects and materials – into your lessons to make the English language more tangible and relatable for students. Utilizing newspapers, advertisements, everyday objects, and songs not only enriches the learning experience but also provides a practical context for language use. This also allows students to learn through their 5 senses.
Tip: When teaching abroad, bring items from your home country to share with your students, offering them a glimpse into different cultures and lifestyles. One of my favorite units was the clothing unit. I always brought in some clothes and students had a fashion show where they had to create a look and critique other looks using phrases we had previously practiced. Get creative!
4. Celebrate Progress: The Power of Praise
Maintaining motivation can be challenging as children grow, so it’s important to celebrate their progress and efforts. Provide positive feedback and ensure that the learning environment is one where making mistakes is seen as an opportunity to learn.
Tip: Regularly acknowledge and praise students’ efforts and achievements, reinforcing their motivation to learn and participate.
Tips for Teaching Teens 13-17
1. Respect and Relevance: Acknowledging the Emerging Adult
Teens are navigating a pivotal time in their development, exploring their identity, and forming their points of view. Ensure that your ESL teaching approach respects their growing autonomy and seeks to make lessons relevant to their experiences, interests, and future aspirations.
At some of the Spanish schools I worked at, teen students were preparing Cambridge and Trinity English examinations. I pulled out small groups of students to work on the speaking part of the test and in these exams they are often asked to give opinions and answer questions. Some may feel overwhelmed when answering these questions because they haven’t developed their own opinions yet, so provide opportunities in class to develop this.
Tip: Debates and activities where students make choices based on different scenarios allow your students not only to practice their language skills, but also to develop their own values and opinions.
2. Empower Students Through Responsibility
Provide opportunities for teens to take on responsibilities within the class, such as leading activities, peer teaching, or managing certain aspects of the class. This not only empowers them, but also fosters leadership and organizational skills.
When appropriate, you can pair weaker and stronger students together, but I don’t recommend doing this all the time.
Tip: Assign different roles during group activities, jigsaw readings, debates and projects. Rotate these roles so everyone has a chance to be a leader.
3. Project-based Learning
In Spanish schools, you may be teaching other subjects such as Physical Education, Art, Science, Social Studies or even Philosophy – just in English. This creates opportunities to improve your students’ language skills through content-based projects.
Science projects were a huge hit with this age group and they didn’t even seem to notice that they were communicating in English with one another.
Tip: Teaching isn’t one size fits all. Offer students the option to complete projects in pairs, small groups or independently.
4. Encourage Self-Expression
Create a safe and supportive environment where teens feel comfortable expressing their opinions and ideas in English. To create this kind of environment, you need to get to know your students on an individual level and show them that it’s ok to make mistakes.
I like to pull out my students one at a time each quarter to have an informal chat about how they are liking my classes and their learning goals. You can have the rest of the class work on a reading, etc. while you conduct interviews.
Tip: If you notice that a student is feeling or acting “off” during a lesson, pull them aside after class to chat. Do not do this during class as it can be embarrassing for the student. If you are teaching in Spain as a language assistant, work with your co-teacher to address any issues.
Teaching ESL to kids and teens in Spain involves understanding the distinct needs, interests, and challenges of each age group. If you are a new teacher, ask if you can observe a veteran teacher at your school.
Teaching in Spain means teaching in a different education system and culture. Bring some of your own experience and ideas into your classroom, but remember to be open-minded and flexible. Happy teaching!
About the author:
Jamie Gajewski is a US educator who taught in three different schools in Madrid, Spain between 2010-2016. She currently teaches online from Australia and helps TEFL teachers start their own teaching journeys. You can check out her YouTube channel ESL Teacher 365 for more resources and tips for TEFL teachers.
If you’re interested in teaching English in Spain as an English as a second language (ESL) instructor but have never considered becoming an auxiliar de conversacion (language assistant), this article’s for you.
Auxiliares de conversacion in Spain earn generous stipends, live and work in a welcoming environment with modern amenities, and enjoy plenty of downtime to travel in-country and throughout the European Union.
Let’s explore the exciting world of auxiliares de conversación. You’ll discover why becoming one is an excellent way to gain valuable teaching experience in Spain – and have the time of your life doing it.
What is an auxiliar de conversacion?
First things first: let’s explore the concept of the auxiliar de conversación.
The program, which caters to North American ESL teachers, is administered by the Ministry of Education of Spain (Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional).
It’s open to college graduates (and to those currently enrolled in a degree program) from the United States, Canada, and other native English-speaking countries who come to spend a year in a Spanish public school as a language assistant (auxiliar) to a local teacher.
Auxiliares de conversación in Spain are sometimes known alternatively as:
English Language and Culture Assistants
Auxes (Aux Spain Program)
In addition to assisting with language education and subjects taught in English (more on those later), the auxiliar also enjoys the opportunity to share aspects of his or her native culture with the students.
And the Spanish, like other populations around the world that consume Western media, are very interested in American culture! When it comes to working as a language assistant, Spain is hands-down the top destination.
Why teach English in Spain as an auxiliar de conversacion?
Before we dive into the ins and outs of working as a language assistant, Spain, we should acknowledge, is just one of many potential destinations for young English as a second language (ESL) teachers.
So, why Spain?
At RVF International, we’ve written extensively on the reasons Spain is an ideal ESL destination – check out the full list of compelling reasons to teach English in Spain here – but, briefly, here are some of the major factors to consider:
High demand for English teachers in Spain
The unique and dynamic culture and history of Spain
It probably comes as no surprise that English as a second language (ESL) is a major subject of instruction for students in Spanish public schools.
English, as the international language of business and government, is increasingly necessary as a commonly spoken second language in non-native-English-speaking countries for the purposes of economic competition in a globalized world.
But what many readers unfamiliar with the Spanish education system might know be aware of is that two subjects taught to every student in the country – social science and natural science – are also conducted in English.
As a brief aside, back when I was teaching English at a university in Bangkok, I was given the chance to teaching several subjects, including science and sociology, to international students in English.
Accordingly, I am acutely aware – through sometimes painful trial and error — that the technical terminologies of social and natural sciences multiply the lingual challenges posed by the instruction of these subjects in English.
But it’s also an excellent opportunity to fine-tune the students’ English proficiencies while simultaneously offering them an education in the subject at hand – in the case of an Aux in Spain, the social and natural sciences.
HUGE opportunities for ESL teachers in Spain
As high as demand already is for aux, Spain is actively recruiting more English teachers for its schools, as explained in a September 2022 article from The Local: “Spain’s Education Minister Pilar Alegría and US ambassador to Spain Julissa Reynoso met on Wednesday to sign a memorandum of understanding which will reinforce educational cooperation between the two countries.”
Where do auxiliares de conversacion work in Spain?
More than 300 public schools located throughout the Iberian Peninsula participate in the national program, sponsored by the Spanish government.
The ages of students taught range from kindergarten through high school, so if you have a preference for student demographic, there’s a plenty of variety to select from. We work with each of our teachers to ensure you’re placed in the most suitable environment possible.
What hours does a language assistant in Spain typically work?
While teaching English in Spain, auxiliaries generally teach for around 16 hours a week – sometimes less.
To contrast this workload with that of many other English-teaching jobs around the world, the industry average of hours taught per week is about 20, but it’s not uncommon for schools to require 25 or more hours in the classroom.
Furthermore, auxiliares generally work for four days a week, with three-day weekends and generous holidays as well.
So, if you’re into traveling around Spain or the rest of Europe (and who isn’t?) in your downtime, you’ll have vast opportunity should you choose to teach English in Spain via the auxiliares de conversación program.
How much does a language assistant in Spain make in stipend?
Because the auxiliar de conversacion position is technically a volunteer position and not a traditional job, participants receive a stipend rather than a paycheck.
The stipend generally ranges from €700-1,000/month, which translates intoroughly $740-$1,050/month. While this might not seem like much to North American eyes reading this article, what one needs to live on month to month in the US/Canada verses Spain are two different universes. This amount is a very competitive Spanish salary and is more than enough to live comfortably on a budget while teaching in Spain.
For tips on how to make the most of your stipend while in Spain (and possibly save some money for the future), check out our blog post on the topic.
In addition to the compensation that auxiliares receive, there are other non-financial benefits to consider.
Clases de particulares: Extra earning opportunities for auxilares
In addition to the stipend, many foreign English teachers in Spain take advantage of opportunities to conduct what are called locally clases particulares de ingles – private English lessons, usually on a one-on-one basis.
Potential clients for clases particulares de ingles may be students from your regular classes who want some extracurricular instruction or adult learners hoping to advance their English skills for career purposes.
In certain cities like Barcelona, it’s not uncommon for teachers to make $20/hr or more teaching clases de particulares.
What other benefits do auxiliares de conversación in Spain receive?
In addition to the stipend, auxiliares de conversación also receive:
A thousand dollars per month in stipend doesn’t seem like a lot, perhaps.
But, given the lower cost of living in many areas of Spain compared to American cities coupled with the non-financial benefits available to English teachers in Spain, that monthly income actually goes further than you might think.
The cost of living across Spain (with differences between the higher-priced urban areas and more affordable suburban and rural areas) is, generally speaking, 34% lower than in the U.S.
Half-liter of domestic beer: $2.65 (the minimum drinking age in Spain is 18 years old)
Loaf of bread: $1.22
A dozen eggs: $2.49
One-bedroom apartment outside of city centers: $647.84
Basic utilities in a one-bedroom apartment: $135.81
Among major cities in Spain, Barcelona is the most expensive, followed by Bilbao, Granada, Madria, Seville, and Valencia, in order from most expensive to most affordable.
What are the curricula and teaching materials like as an auxiliar de conversación in Spain?
One of the biggest benefits of teaching as an Aux Spain (as the position is sometimes abbreviated as such) compared to teaching English in other locales around the world is the quality of materials and the teaching environment.
Thanks to large-scale investments in the education system by the government, Spanish public schools are well-funded, orderly, and clean.
Each classroom comes equipped with digitalized so-called “smart boards,” traditional blackboards, and various teaching implements that make the job easier and the learning experience more effective for the students.
The curricula are well-designed and premade, so you don’t need to worry about coming up with your own lesson plans entirely from scratch. (Take my word for it, having taught with no curricula to work from, that this is enormously helpful as a time-saver.) All necessary materials, including textbooks, are available to the students.
What’s the day-to-day experience of an auxiliar in Spain like?
One of the most common and understandable questions that prospective auxiliares de conversacion in Spain have is: what’s the daily experience like?
Here’s a rough estimate of your daily schedule in the position:
9:30 a.m.: Teach your first class of the day
11:00 a.m.: Second class of the day
2:00 p.m.: Lunch! (In Spanish culture, lunch, as well as dinner, are generally taken later in the day than in the U.S.)
3:00 p.m.: Teacher meeting to discuss any teaching issues and planned activities
3:30 p.m.: Third class of the day
4:30 p.m.: Wrap up and head home! You now have the rest of the day to do with what you will.
Schedules may vary slightly depending on your school, but this is the general daily schedule you can expect as an auxiliar.
RVF International makes the transition to Spain as easy and enjoyable as possible
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the auxiliar de conversación program
Rounding out our comprehensive survey of the auxiliar de conversacion program in Spain, let’s answer some common questions that prospective participants have.
FAQ #1: How can interested parties apply to the program?
The government of Spain has a publicly available portal for applicants Acceptance into the program usually comes by the summer.
But we advise, particularly for first-time teachers and first-time visitors to Spain, that you to rely on the expert guidance of an experienced international education and exchange organization like RVF International.
We provide invaluable support from start to finish, visa support, housing support, exclusive RVF content, and more. We are the #1 Teach Abroad Program in Spain and help hundreds of Program Participants each year seamlessly move to Spain where we support you every step of the way.
FAQ #2: How can participants prepare to thrive in their position?
The biggest step that new English teachers venturing abroad can do to prepare themselves to excel in the classroom, whether in Spain or anywhere else in the world, is to get teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) certification.
Many employers, in fact, require TEFL certification in teaching candidates, along with native English-speaking status and a college degree.
TEFL. Set. Go. is a fully accredited 120-hour online course that comes highly recommended from past participants. It’s critical to enroll in a TEFL program that’s both:
At least 120 hours in length (anything less is not accepted by all employers)
Certified by a recognized accrediting agency (the one used by TEFL. Set. Go. is the industry gold standard ACCREDITAT)
Getting TEFL-certified is a must if you plan to spend any amount of time teaching English in Spain or elsewhere, as it’s, again, increasingly a universal requirement. TEFL certification has no expiration date, so your certificate will be good for life. While this is a great option to receive incredible teacher training before starting this position, and to help launch a career teaching English abroad, it is not currently a requirement to work as an Auxiliar de Conversacion in Spain.
FAQ #3: What is the school calendar in Spain like?
The school calendar in Spain is similar to that of North America. Classes begin usually around mid-September and conclude in the middle of June.
Auxiliares begin their positions, accordingly, in October and finish up in May or June of each year, depending on the region in Spain.
FAQ #4: Is Spain a friendly destination for American visitors and expats?
Great news: Spain is extremely welcoming to American and Canadian visitors and expats!
FAQ #5: What items should auxiliares bring with them from home?
Spain is an ultra-modern economy, so most of what you will need on a daily basis you can acquire once in Spain.
However, here are a few items you should definitely bring with you to the country:
Universal power adapter. Like the metric vs imperial systems debacle, power outlets in Europe are different from the ones in the U.S. (for some technical reason that probably doesn’t make a lot of sense). Universal power adapters are designed to allow you to use your American tech products in Spanish outlets.
Backpacking backpack (sometimes called a hiking backpack or rucksack). No offense to anyone who uses the suitcases on wheels as their preferred baggage – you’re free to do what you want – but, if you’re planning to travel while in Spain, I’d recommend a backpacking backpack.
They are much more practical for navigating unpaved roads and nature outside of airports and neatly manicured concrete jungles.
Layered clothing. Temperatures in Spain can swing wildly even within a single day, so it’s a good idea to plan your wardrobe accordingly.
Stick deodorant. For whatever reason, stick deodorants have never caught on culturally in Spain. If you use them, best to bring a few sticks with you.
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Even if you’re not interested in becoming a Spanish pro, learning a few basic phrases for use in everyday life can go a long way to making you functionally proficient.
Here we’ll survey a few common Spanish words and phrases that you’ll likely use on a daily basis once you move to Spain, Latin America, or anywhere the beautiful Latin-derived language is spoken.
Everyone needs friends – and that’s doubly true if you’re a foreigner in a strange land. Here are some words and phrases you can use to meet new people and build personal relationships:
How are you?
Nice to meet you
What’s your name?
¿Cómo te llamas?
Hello, my name is [name]
Hola, me llamo [name]
I’m well, thank you
Estoy bien, gracias
The ‘W’ interrogatives
Here are the “W” words, translated into Spanish. Note the use of the upside-down question mark, one of the most delightful peculiarities of the Spanish language:
When you venture abroad – whether you find yourself in Barcelona or Shanghai – you will inevitably lose your way. Even with Google Maps, you might have to rely on the guidance of good-willed locals to get where you’re going.
Here are some handy phrases you can use to that end:
I am lost
Where is… (the bathroom)?
¿Dónde está… (el baño)?
Where can I take a taxi?
¿Dónde puedo tomar un taxi?
What is the best way to go to…?
¿Cuál es la mejor forma de ir a…?
How far is the… from the…?
¿Qué tan lejos está el/la… del/de la…?
I’m looking for the closest metro station.
Busco la estación del metro más cercana.
How do I get to the hospital?
¿Cómo llego al hospital?
Is there a park around here?
¿Hay un parque cerca de aquí?
*Spanish is a gendered language. When using an adjective, such as “lost” (“perdido/a) in the above example, the proper ending (a or o) depends on the gender of the speaker. So if you’re a guy, it would be “estoy perdido,” whereas, if you’re a lady, the correct formulation would be “estoy perdida.” Some native English speakers struggle with this issue when they first begin learning Spanish, but after a while adjusting word endings based on gender becomes second nature.
Dovetailing with the navigational terms, here are a few prepositions as well as how to say “to the left/right of”:
In front of
To the right of…
A la derecha de…
To the left of…
A la izquierda de…
Last on the list of navigational terminologies, here are the cardinal directions in Spanish:
Moving around Madrid or Santiago, here are a few verbs that you’ll find handy:
“Ser” is used to refer to a condition or action that is permanent and unchanging – for instance, when describing someone’s name or national origin. “I am from the United States” is translated as “Yo soy de los estados unidos.”
“Estar” is used to refer to a condition or action that is transient, meaning it is limited in time or will change in the future – for instance, when describing someone’s current location or mood. “I am at the park” translates to “Yo estoy in el parque.”
The delineation between these two forms of “to be” presents a challenge to many native English speakers. There are more nuances associated with the use of ser vs. estar that you’ll pick up as you progress in your language skills.
Romantic Spanish words
In case you plan on finding a sweetheart (“novio/a”) abroad – since people of Spain and Latin America are so lovely, no one can blame you — here are a few phrases you can use to sweet-talk your darling.
I love you
Te amo/Te quiero
I love you too
Yo también te amo/quiero
I’m in love
We are dating
We are engaged
Spanish school/classroom vocabulary
For the sake of fostering an immersive learning environment, most schools in Spain prefer that native English speakers only use their mother tongue in the classroom with students.
However, certain circumstances might require the use of the students’ native tongue. Here are a few terms associated with the school and classroom that are convenient for teachers to know:
La clase/El aula
La pizarra/El pizarrón
El escritorio/El pupitre
Common Spanish interview phrases
If you’re on the prowl for an ESL position in Spain or Latin America, job interviews will be conducted almost exclusively in English. Spanish proficiency generally is not a job requirement, nor it is customarily expected in a candidate.
Nonetheless, it can’t hurt to impress your prospective new employer by slipping in a few off-the-cuff Spanish phrases. Here are a some examples:
Entrevista de Trabajo
Curriculum/Hoja de Vida
Contrato de Trabajo
Convenient online apps to improve your Spanish repertoire
If you don’t have the bandwidth to invest in a formal Spanish class, that’s totally understandable. We’re all busy enough these days without an extra time commitment.
The good news is that — provided you have a phone with an internet connection and a few spare minutes each day — there are numerous excellent apps out there that offer bite-sized Spanish lessons you can squeeze into even the busiest of schedules.
I’d recommend the totally-free DuoLingo app to get your feet wet. If you enjoy it, you can always upgrade to the paid version or try out another paid service like Rosetta Stone.
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