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English teaching jobs in Madrid are quite a sought-after employment option for a lot of foreigners who wish to stay and interact with the Spanish culture. Various TEFL course online are also arranged by job providers where they provide teaching assistance jobs after the course is completed. That gives a gateway to moving to Spain.
The capital has a lot to offer in terms of the picturesque landscape, the food, heritage and history, architecture and a vibrant culture full of celebrations. When it comes to job opportunities in the ESL market, Spain has always been ahead in the game. Over the years it has encouraged and welcomes teachers from all over the world to teach ESL in various classroom settings. Be it a school, university, business or need based, ESL has been given ample attention by the education regulatory bodies in Spain.
Spain usually hires teaching assistants. However, that reduces your pay from what you would have received from a teaching job, otherwise. To compensate for the gap, the teachers find private English teaching jobs which are quite prevalent in Madrid.
1. Websites that hire tutors - Over the time websites that build up a database of tutors have become popular for ESL teaching and learning. Interested teachers can set their fees, upload their details and create a visible profile for the candidates to hire you. The age ranges from very young learners to adults. The parents majorly monitor and hire you for their young learners, quite obviously. There are websites where you can set filters as to what’s your comfortable age range to teach or interact with. A tip to keep in mind: keep your fees low and try to get booked for mostly conversation classes in the beginning.
This allows you to get the hang of the interface and the virtual teaching features and tools. As and when you are all set with your lesson plans, mark up your fees and include ancillary services like assistance with school works, projects, pronunciation drills, grammar practice, etc.
Websites that would prove beneficial for the newbie ESL teacher in Madrid would be:
2. Associate with the local ESL teaching community- Most of the time the ESL teachers are foreigners and they have similar struggles and victories. Which is why these teachers are often seen to make their own communities where they also feel connected and discuss their issues and collaboratively work on various concepts and ideas.
3. Connect with a middleman - There are several standalone agencies that work as a middleman between the ESL teachers working in Madrid and the job providers. These middlemen would usually meet in a semi-formal setting for an interview. They would help you to find a job suitable according to your professional credentials and financial needs. The entire thing is quite customised and that leaves ample scope for the ESL teacher to be transparent about the individual preferences.
4. Canterbury English- This is perhaps the best one for ESL teachers who would like to work as tutors on cash-on-hand basis. Canterbury English advertises openings and opportunities all through the year and they have a good visibility on social media and all other search platforms. They have school learners from young ones to adolescents in high school as well as adult learners. They work opportunities they offer range from conversation classes to classes for exam preparation, proficiency tests, etc. The payment system in excellent- each time you get to tutor, you need to sign a document that would act as an evidence against which you get paid for the hours you worked.
There are other options like the milingual where you get to do conversation classes on an hourly basis. It is a cash-on-hand option where you meet your students at a bar or a lounge and you do classes in return of the hourly pay and a free drink!
So, this is what brings us to that realisation that Madrid is absolutely an amazing place to balance your academy hours at school working as a TA and your stint as a tutor. The amazing lifestyle that the city has to offer also makes it even more a positive call for qualified ESL teachers with Online TEFL courses. Whether a new one or an experienced teacher, Madrid is one such place that should be there on your ‘travel and teach’ list.
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