TEFL Madrid BLOG

  • How to get private classes in Madrid? Tips for TEFL teachers in Spain
  • Looking for Private English Classes in Madrid - TEFL teachers in Spain

    One of the most common (and easily fixable) problems with TEFL Teachers after finishing their TEFL Courses is disposable income. When students complete their TEFL Certification at TE Madrid and start working, they’ll want to be able to enjoy the fruits of the momentous decision they made when they moved to Spain. So, they’ve completed the course, which entitled them to the Student Visa that gave them the right to live and work in Spain, but income after tax and social security means that they won’t be able to do too much after the fact, so what do they do?

  • To Be a TEFL Teacher in Spain
  • TEFL Madrid – To Be a TEFL Teacher in Spain

    Like any major decision that you make in your life, making that big jump to Teach English in Spain is not one that should be taken lightly. What are some of the things that you should be thinking about before you book your ticket and come over here to experience a new chapter in your life? Here are a couple of things to consider

  • quarantine in spain
  • Quarantine in Spain. What I’ve seen from my little corner so far…

    For the past month, English Teachers in Spain, along with everyone else in the world, have adapted to doing things from the comfort of their homes. Teleworking, Skype calls, Freelance writing, and in some cases, people have had to experience the risk of going to work. We cheer and thank these people every single day. Every day life in Spain is not what we would normally experience. The novelty of tapas, flamenco, the travel possibilities, and learning a new language, is now on hold.

  • The Tools to deliver an effective Online English Class
  • The Tools to deliver an effective Online English Class

    I don’t think that I’m alone when I say that being in quarantine for the past month has been stressful and lonely, doing many things from home. One of the things that keeps me going is seeing the students I’ve worked with, and gotten to know over the past couple of weeks, months, and in some cases, years. I was happy to see that we’ve all been able to continue right from where we left off, without losing a single day. How is that the case? What was English Teaching like a hundred years ago? Did TEFL Teachers have access to the technological resources that we have today?

  • Nights Out in Madrid TEFL
  • TE Madrid – Nights Out in Madrid

    We’ve all had the proverbial night out where we go to our favorite restaurant (or perhaps some place you’ve never been to before), and went to see a movie. It’s certainly pleasant. It’s a night out. People don’t typically venture too deep into the unknown. Guess what? If you’re studying to get your TEFL Certification in Madrid, you’re already there. You’re in a new country. You’re surrounded by something new (which is ironically something old). Of course, you still want the creature comforts of food and entertainment. I say, give yourself the same…only different.

  • The Art of Reviewing TEFL
  • TEFL Madrid – The Art of Reviewing

    When you’re working with a student, or a group of students for a long period of time, or possibly for a specific purpose, it’s always important to ensure that they have certain skills. Let me give you an example. You’re preparing a student for an all-too-important scholarship interview that will see him or her going to Harvard University, arguably one of the world’s most prestigious and exclusive academic institutions. Hard to believe? They exist. Trust me.

  • The Question of Proficiency TEFL
  • TEFL Madrid – The Question of Proficiency

    As every TEFL Teacher might know, there are six levels of comprehension in the English language. They range from A1 – C2. A1 is an extremely limited understanding, and C2 is Operational Proficiency, and the student will have no problem producing language. There isn’t a week that passes when I don’t visualize the conundrum that TEFL Teachers face when they actively pursue and practice their Native Language as a career. It’s at the forefront of my mind as an educator.

  • TEFL Madrid – The Importance of Customer Service
  • TEFL Madrid – The Importance of Customer Service

    Our jobs, first, last, and always will be to help learners understand the English language. That will never change. How we do that will certainly undergo a change over time with trial and error and further education, which can be synonymous depending on what happens. One of the things that I want to talk about is the importance of that little thing called customer service. When we meet a student, how we interact with them determines whether or not they feel that they can count on us for our services. Do we ever stop, though?

  • TEFL Madrid – The Semana Santa: Madrid, Andalusia and Castilla Y Leon
  • TEFL Madrid – The Semana Santa: Madrid, Andalusia and Castilla Y Leon

    I’ve been living as an English Teacher in Spain for the better part of five years, and if I’m capable of finding something different around the corner after this long, then I found myself in a country that’s tantamount to a classic film. There’s always something different around the corner, and Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the time of the year when those differences come out in a week of solemn processions, and local traditions.

  • COVID-19 in Spain
  • What we’re up to…with COVID-19 in Spain

    I always look forward to waking up in the morning, and seeing students in a classroom. Most people don’t particularly like waking up in the morning, but if it means that I get to do a job that makes me happy, I’m ready to handle any challenge that gets thrown my way. I tried to not pay too much attention to the growing fears of COVID-19 (or the more popular Coronavirus, as we have all come to call it) over the last few months.

  • The Top 10 Best Practices for TEFL Teachers
  • TEFL Madrid – The Top 10 Best Practices for TEFL Teachers (At least, that’s what I think)

    For anyone who’s known me long enough, you know that I’ve been working as an English Teacher in Spain for the past four years (and going on five!). It’s been an unbelievable experience, and I’m looking forward to another four years of helping TEFL students achieve their goals in my classroom. When I started learning, and further understanding the mechanics of the English language, I didn’t think that I would be able to handle its complexities. I know that this next sentence is going to sound a little cliché, but it was like being back at University.

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    The key to getting an English teaching job is turnover and knowing the hiring seasons.

    Off season Hiring: Jobs do open during the off season as not all schools fill every job and employees do not always stay for their full term.  Follow our professional advice regarding hiring seasons and the interview process and you will find opportunities.

    Many jobs entail 10 to 12 month contracts. September, October are busy hiring periods with many contracts ending in July. January is a secondary season. Main period will be about 50-60% turnover. Secondary season about 25%.

    Summer camps in Europe offer great opportunities for those looking for shorter commitments.