Kinds of Jobs Available for English Teachers in Madrid

Here is the range of English teaching job types available for TEFL certified teachers:

  • 1. Academy classes in clients houses.(MORE INFORMATION BELOW)

– An English school contracts you to teach their clients in houses.

– This is the case of Canterbury English and will be 50% plus of your schedule.

– The other 50% could be in any of the remaining 3 categories (except summer camps)

 

  • 2. Academy classes in-company.(MORE INFORMATION BELOW)

– An English school contracts you to teach their clients in companies.

– This is the case of Canterbury English and will be 50% plus of your schedule.

– The other 50% could be in any of the remaining 3 categories (except summer camps)

 

  • 3. Academy classes in schools.(MORE INFORMATION BELOW)

– An English school contracts you to teach their clients in schools (the school is the client).

– This is the case of Canterbury English and will be 50% plus of your schedule.

– The other 50% could be in any of the remaining 3 categories (except summer camps)

 

  • 4. Academy classes in the classrooms of an English academy or language school.(MORE INFORMATION BELOW)

– If you land a job in an Academy for the second 50% of your work schedule, then you are often hired to be there from  Monday to Friday and so this would mean you probably have block hours. You are usually paid less per hour (often it is a monthly wage for block hours), the classes are more intense, because you are teaching hour after hour with no travel breaks like the academy classes in houses, etc. but it gives you a more stable income.

 

  • 5. The Auxiliary Program (Junior high and high school classes in the Spanish school system.)(MORE INFORMATION BELOW)

 

  • 6. Your own private classes.(MORE INFORMATION BELOW)

– You find your own private classes.

 

  • 7. Summer camps (usually in or near a natural setting, mountains, beach, etc.) (MORE INFORMATION BELOW)

– Mainly July and sometimes August. This gives you a summer income.

 

 

1. Academy Classes In-houses
  • Academies such as Canterbury English will contract you to teach classes in houses to children and adults. These classes are normally an hour, 1.5 hours or two hours. You will be travelling around the city and will earn around 16–18 Euros as a Native teacher (Canterbury English pays 16-20€) and a little less as a bilingual teacher.

 

2. Academy Classes In-company
  • Academies such as Canterbury English will contract you to teach classes in houses to children and adults. These classes are normally an hour, 1.5 hours or two hours. You will be travelling around the city and will earn around 16–18 Euros as a Native teacher (Canterbury English pays 16-20€) and a little less as a bilingual teacher.

 

  • This takes place in the clients company, usually in the conference room, a class room or the students office.  You will get these jobs through Canterbury English and through other agencies and English schools. Sometimes you are teaching a one-on-one, sometimes you have two students and at others you will have groups of up to ten students. The usual thing is a one-on-one, two students or a small group of 3-4 students. The one-on-one could be a secretary or the CEO, with anything in between being possible. You may be teaching In-Company from one to six different companies in a week. We always advice teachers that the more flexible and open you are to teach adults, children, business, specialty, Skpye, Telephone English, the easier it will be to give you a full schedule. However we do understand that some teachers prefer only children and other prefer only adults. We will take a note of this and you can choose the best students that fit what you are comfortable teaching.

 

  • If you have come to Spain with a degree in business administration or you have worked in the corporate world, then this is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge of the business world and give an international dimension to your Resume (CV). You will be walking into important multinational and national companies and will find out all about how they work, as well as teaching low-level, middle level and top management, so you get all the different perspectives. In your class you find out all about the mechanics of how the company works. It’s like doing a practical MBA and this is highly beneficial for your future, may it be in business, teaching or any other field. The fact that you have taught English in top companies in a foreign country adds a key ingredient to your background and character. It is character building, experience building and resume building all in one!

 

3. Academy classes in schools.
  • Academies such as Canterbury English will contract you to teach classes in a school to children. These classes are normally an hour, 1.5 hours or two hours. You will be travelling around the city and will earn around 16–18 Euros as a Native teacher (Canterbury pays 16-20€) and a little less as a bilingual teacher.

 

4. Academy Classes in the Academy
  • English academies and language schools are established as businesses by entrepreneurs (in many cases started by English teachers, like Canterbury). They are open usually in the afternoons and evenings from 3pm to as late as 10 pm. This schedule adapts well to students timetables, whether it is children taking general English classes or preparing for exams after school or adults receiving classes after work. Teachers need to be able to teach all levels and ages and a variety of different kinds of exams. The TEFL course will prepare you well for this variety of teaching. You find academies all over Madrid, in the city center as well as in the many different neighborhoods in and around Madrid.  If you have to travel a little extra outside of Madrid to get to the academy, you don’t usually mind if you have block hours. Block hours in English teaching starts at two hours and can go up to as much as eight hours. Anywhere between two and six is normal, with four block hours is considered as a really “good gig” in an Academy.  However, any amount of block hours is welcome to a teacher, but of course, the more the better, as you are being paid for them! Academies have two types of payment for block hours, one is per hour and the other is a salary for the block of hours. If it’s a salary, it sometimes includes holiday pay. When they accept you for the job, they will let you know about the type of pay and the benefits. Work in an Academy is good for a teacher who likes the diversity of teaching a mix of children and adults that changes from one hour to the next. A typical block of 25 hours will give you a salary of between 1100 and 1200 Euros, which you can add to with private company classes at lunch time and with the added income you can an average of about 1400 Euros. Again this depends on how you manage your schedule and how you fit in the extra classes as padding to increase your income.

 

5. The Auxiliary Program: Classes in the Spanish School System
  • A decade ago, Spain began a program with the goal of drastically increasing the English level of the school system and introduced what has been baptized as “the auxiliary program” to help reach this ambitious endeavor. The idea is to make the schools bilingual with the curriculum being taught in Spanish and English instead of having English taught as individual subject. The auxiliary program involves supporting, or back up teachers from the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, who accompany the normal Spanish teacher of the subject matter (math, history, science, etc.) throughout the class. During the school year many openings occur and that’s where CE TEFL graduates get the opportunity to jump in and fill the job. If you have had some experience with children at one of the Canterbury English summer camps in Spain or in your own country that will help you get the job, as well as the experience you will get teaching Canterbury children during and after the TEFL program and any other experience that you may have with children. You don’t directly teach the class (the Spanish school teacher does this), but rather support the teacher with games, assignments and activities in English. The schools are usually located in the suburbs of Madrid and you would travel out there to begin usually at 9am until 1pm Monday to Thursday. You are paid a salary of a 1000 Euros with holidays. Canterbury English can supplement this income very easily with afternoon and evening classes and so we find the auxiliary program a perfect fit for our TEFL graduates who can earn an extra 300 to 400 Euros with us.

 

6. Your own Private Classes In-houses
  • If you want to market yourself and find your own clients, then you will be teaching around the city, the same as you would be doing for an Academy such as Canterbury English, with the only difference being that you can charge a bit more for your classes if you find the client. These classes are normally an hour, 1.5 hours or two hours.

 

  • 7. Summer camps
  • Canterbury English will organize sending you to a summer camp. This usually pays about 1000 Euros a month or 500 Euros for 15 days. Room and board is included. You usually have to provide your own initial transportation to get to the summer camp from Madrid, but you live in the summer camp during the time that you of your contract.

 

 

 

  • What a New Teacher Needs to Do to Gain a Schools Confidence?
  • Naturally for Canterbury English and other schools to confide in you, you will have to be punctual, well-organized, trustworthy and conscientious. As we guarantee you 10-15 hours, we can’t be quite as demanding as other schools are. You will have to show other schools that they can rely on you. When the school starts getting good feedback on you from your students, then they will count on you and mentally earmark you for the new good incoming classes. Just like at Canterbury, we say “Joe is getting excellent reviews from his In-house clients, so give him priority for a higher paying company class.”

 

  • The New Teacher VS the Veteran Teacher
  • You as the new teacher with the experience you will have with Canterbury English´s real paying client have natural advantages and disadvantages compared to the veteran teacher. The veteran has been doing it for years and knows the ins and outs of the market to get a good schedule as well as knowing their stuff concerning grammar, phonetics and have seen many different types of students, all different levels and have encountered all different predicaments you can get into and have found solutions for them. This is all very dynamic and interesting. The veteran can also charge more than you can for their classes and knows where to find the good jobs.
  •  However, you as the new teacher, have something the veteran may not still have and which is the essential secret ingredient that will help you set yourself up. And this is a heavy dose of enthusiasm, interest, liveliness and fun. The veteran often, like anything in live, has done it all before, but you haven’t. It’s like a first date. You may be nervous, but your eyes are sparkling with enthusiasm and as you give the class you’re thinking I can’t believe I’m being paid for this. It’s so much fun I’d do it for free. You smile and laugh a lot more. Real smiles and laughs from the heart. The student picks up on your enthusiasm and this actually helps them learn better and faster than the veteran who’s glazed eyes and yawning expression won’t put fire in the student’s learning process. But you will and that is the key secret ingredient that will help you rapidly increase you spectrum of students and jobs.

 

  • The English Teachers Lifestyle
  • Teaching English in a flexible way such as this gives you a break from the 9 to 5 world, which is probably why you came here in the first place. Whether it be just after you finished University, and before you jump into the working world, a break from the 9-5 office world or after you’ve paid your dues in that world. You live a much freer lifestyle when you work as an English teacher. You also  have the amazing opportunity to meet fascinating people and you become a part of their lives and they become a part of yours. You give classes to businessmen and women, actors, singers, politicians, football stars, musicians, artists, people from all walks of life need you to teach them English.

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