A guide to the best way to get English teaching jobs in Madrid or the rest of Spain

A common question we are asked is “What is the best way to get English teaching jobs in Madrid and Spain?”

We have to be honest and state that the best way is to take the EBC TEFL course in Madrid and then let EBC find you a job.

The EBC TEFL course runs for four weeks and we will find work for you within a week or less of graduating.

That aside, not everyone chooses EBC so they are faced with the long and arduous task of finding work on their own.

The classic mistake made is to believe that Spain works like the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, etc.

WRONG! Spain works like Spain.

The wrong way to get English teaching jobs in Madrid

The Spanish do not like people knocking on their doors uninvited and looking for work. They prefer things to be neat, tidy and scheduled. After living for almost 20 years in Madrid, believe me, I know what I am talking about.

Receptionists love new, prospective paying clients walking through the door. They detest uninvited job applicants and salespeople walking through the door.

If you walk into a school with your CV looking for work, your CV will almost certainly be thrown in the waste basket.

The only time a walk-in will find a willing receptionist is if the school is actively looking for a teacher and the receptionist knows about it. If you are planning on hitting the streets, make sure that the schools you want to visit are looking for a teacher the moment you walk in the door. If they are not, you just wasted your time and a few sheets of printed paper.

EBC also runs an English language school and we get a constant stream of recent TEFL graduates from all the other TEFL training schools in Madrid hawking their CVs. Sad but true. The phrase is “you get what you pay for.” It is a demeaning experience for the prospective teacher, but you have to swallow your pride I suppose.

Unfortunately we always say no because EBC only hires EBC trained teachers. However, it does give us a very clear insight into the “job placement” that the other schools advertise.

Best way to get English teaching jobs in Madrid without demeaning yourself

Spain loves the barrio (neighbourhood) spirit. Barrios are small and the interpersonal connections are tight. If you do not know someone in the barrio, chances are, one of your friends does. The best way to get English teaching jobs in Madrid and the rest of Spain is to take advantage of this barrio spirit. Get the word out and the barrio will do the rest as long as you do a good job.

Word-of-mouth recommendations in Spain are not gold, they are platinum or even diamond.

What is in all barrios that people walk past every day? Lampposts and I am not kidding. Look at just about any lamppost in Madrid and you will see a sticker or a flyer taped to it.

If you need a locksmith, painter, decorator, PC technician, language teacher, apartment, garage space and more, just look at a few lampposts and you will find them. Usually the “advertisements” are stickers or flyers with tear-off phone number strips.

This is how Spanish barrios work.

Instead of pounding the streets, humiliating yourself by knocking on language school doors, take the initiative and place an “advertisement” on your local lampposts.

Sounds dumb? Keep reading

You will get replies. I guarantee it. EBC needs locals to attend our teaching practice classes. We need these people for the teaching practice classes that our four week and hybrid TEFL course attendees give. The most efficient way we have found to attract the locals is to stick flyers on lampposts. After one of our periodic postings, we get a constant stream of calls from people who want to attend. This usually continues over several days.

If you do something similar in your barrio to advertise yourself as a local English teacher, you will get calls. That is unless your asking price is too high.

Best way to get English teaching jobs in Madrid – suggested flyer wording

  • Men use Profesor and Licenciado. Women use Profesora and Licenciada.
  • Change your teaching hours as you wish but always use the 24-hour clock.
  • For the best results, start at around 20 Euros an hour. No calls = your price is too high.
  • NEVER put your address.
  • ALWAYS meet a prospective client in a public place BEFORE you decide where the classes are taught.

Profesor/Profesora de inglésEnglish teacher
Vivo en el barrioI live locally
Licenciado/LicenciadaI have a degree
Titulación acceptada por British CouncilBritish Council accepted qualification
Ofrezco clases de inglésI give English classes
Inglés general o de negociosGeneral or business English
Imparto clases desde las 9:00 hasta la 20:00I teach from 9:00 to 20:00
Clases particulares o en grupoPrivate or group classes
Precio XX Euros la horaPrice XX Euros per hour
Llame al [your phone number]Call [your phone number] DO NOT put the +34 country prefix

Make the flyer with tear off strips for the phone number. Stick them on lampposts.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT stick your flyers on anything but lampposts. Sticking flyers on walls, windows, bus stops or phone booths may get you fined.

Want to learn how to teach English from the experts?

Contact EBC for more information about our accredited English teacher training courses and job placement program.

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11:24 18 May 18
I am very pleased with my experience at EBC Madrid. Professor John was an amazing mentor that really prepared my classmates and I to teach English. I feel confident going into the job market and finding a teaching job.
Elizabeth Wohlford
15:28 08 Mar 18
EBC Madrid had equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills I need to be better in teaching. William is so nice and is very accommodating to us students. And, John is the best teacher who can simplify and make the students understand even the most complicated grammatical concept. Kudos!
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14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is very intensive but it helps a lot to bring out the best in me. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. I'm very thankful for all the guidance and help that I received from EBC. I highly recommend it.
Roxanne A.
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is really useful. It makes you equipped with the right knowledge, training and attitude. Things you need to have that confidence to go out and face the world as an English teacher. Highly recommended!
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14:25 08 Mar 18
This is a great place to get your TEFL certification. The staff is kind, organized and very helpful. It was such a comfortable learning environment that I enjoyed very much. I liked the personalized attention and I got a lot more confidence and experience to be an English teacher. Thanks for everything!
Victoria Metz
10:35 02 Feb 18
I found the instruction throughout the course to be very effective and I finished the course feeling excited and prepared to begin teaching. There is nothing fancy about the EBC facility, however this doesn't in any way reduce the overall quality of the course. John, the instructor, has extensive experience (both as an TEFL teacher and a TEFL course trainer), which is evident in the thoughtful organization of the course. My class had only five students, which created lots of time for personal attention and advice. Make sure you come prepared to work hard!
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12:06 14 Dec 17
It was a great and intensive course! I learned and enjoyed this whole learning how to teach experience. Thank you very much for your time and knowledge. I feel well-prepared now. EBC Madrid, 2017.
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11:57 14 Dec 17
I've just finished my EBC TEFL course. It was a great experience. I definitely recommend this course. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. It was just a pleasure. Thank you so much and good luck!
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15:04 10 Nov 17
The course has been really useful and the teacher, John, made the classes so much fun and very interesting. It is has been a great experience and has helped me realise how much I really enjoy teaching. It has also been a bit intense at times but I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to become an English teacher.
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20:17 05 Oct 17
Class of August 2017.It's been a busy stressful 4 weeks but I am happy the group and I have all made it and we have TEFL certificates to show for all our hard-work and sleepless nights. Much thanks to our trainer John for his patience and ability to find solutions and guidance to help you find your way and energy throughout the course. EBC international is the best place to learn and share your knowledge of teaching. And for people like me who has no idea how to teach things like grammar and also to learn the grammar...this is the place to be!
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