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    Our alumnus shares his insider look on teaching English in Madrid

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    It’s morning, 7AM exactly, and the alarm is going crazy. I get up, take a shower, drink up my coffee and run. What´s wrong with this picture? Nothing, absolutely nothing, I love it all.

    I get on my bus and the ride is on. I love taking the bus because it circles through the city center and I enjoy the view. Taking the metro is also a possibility but I hate not seeing where I´m going. I am not working at one place since I am giving private classes.

    I have a student preparing for his public exams, who apparently isn´t too fond of sleeping so we have our classes in the mornings. So my mornings start with this phrase: ´´Hello teacher´´. Can you imagine anything lovelier?

    Our student teaching English in Madrid

    I always keep it light because I would hate to see my students exhausted after our class. At the same time, I try to spend the class time effectively so every little particle of the lesson refers to a daily topic. This way I make sure the grammar or the vocabulary of the day sink in. Canterbury English School offered me this private teaching class and that´s why we meet at his home. It´s a 20 minutes bus ride from my place. We have already finished looking at separate parts of the exam and we are now working on his timing.

    Once the class ends, I head home and relax till my next one which is at 16:00 in Majahadonda, an area outside the Metro zone A of Madrid, to which I get a transportation supplement of 6 euros. These students are twin girls, aged 7, who just need help with their school work. For 30 minutes I help them with their homework and the other 30 minutes we draw, color and play educational games etc. The great thing is that have 3 more classes in this area so I just walk from house to house. I have classes in Majahadonda every Tuesday and Thursday. 2 of these classes are my private clients and the other 2 were again, ever so amazingly, offered by Canterbury English, I was lucky to arrange them on the same days as this area is very far outside the main city.

    I usually get home at around 9 or 10 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 7 on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Friday I only have one class in the morning. So I reach home, relax a bit, call my family back home and go to bed. I prepare for my lessons for the whole week on Sundays.

December 2022