Travel & Teach - Spain


The opportunities for EFL qualified teachers are high in Spain, as the demand for English continues. Although the days are gone when a native English speaker could walk into a language school and expect to be employed immediately, if you have a TESOL qualification you are in with a great chance of finding work.

Spain is the third-largest country in Western Europe and is famous for being a nation of diversity. There is a wealth of private teaching institutions and it is not just English for young learners any more as there is a growing demand for Business English. Similarly, all university students are now required to demonstrate a proficiency in English, so while it is still the place to go if you want to teach young learners and teenagers, you’ll also find increasing opportunities to teach in this sector as well.

Classes of young groups can be most rewarding, as they are quick to learn and less inhibited about practising English. On the negative side, unwilling children are often forced into taking private lessons to help them through school exams.

The beauty, warmth and history of Spain make it a popular destination for the new EFL teacher. You can expect to find many British people even outside the big cities and it can be very comfortable to slip into the expat community. However, you will need to make a conscious effort to learn the language and to socialise outside this cosy environment if you wish to experience the ‘real Spain’.

Tips for teaching English in Spain:

In a country that values education, a good, accredited TESOL is highly prized.

* choose the 150-hour TESOL Premier Plus for Europe
* add a 30-hour Business TESOL as this specialism is very much in demand
* alternatively take the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners course if you prefer to work in this popular sector

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