“My teaching experiences” – by Imogen Clark (UK)

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Attended: EBC Madrid, Spain in September 2009

Course choice: Found on the internet

My teaching experiences after the EBC TEFL course in Madrid

My teaching experiences, EBC TEFL course graduation photo

My teaching experiences, EBC TEFL course graduation photo

When I graduated from University in 2009 at the age of 21, I had no real idea of what to do next or any overwhelming desire to find a full on career job just yet, so after a little online research I enrolled to do the TEFL in Madrid. I hadn’t studied abroad or done any Erasmus program, so at that time I considered the course, and whatever work I might get consequently to doing the TEFL as my ‘year abroad’.

Me at the EBC graduation party

Me at the EBC graduation party

I arrived in Madrid with very little Spanish but as I was eager to learn decided to live with Spanish people, so I rented a room in a flat with some young Spanish professionals, it was just a couple of metro stops away from the EBC centre. I started the course in September 2009. The course was fun; dynamic and interesting, at times I was shocked at how much I didn’t know about the grammar of my own language. Learning grammatical structures really helped my Spanish too and by the end of the month, although I was still a little nervous about teaching my first class, I was fully prepared and ready to go and start teaching English!

Within just a few days of graduating from the EBC TEFL course, I had started to receive invitations to job interviews and within a week I had a full schedule of classes lined up I was very excited and surprised by the amount of work there was out there for a young 21 year old with no experience. The great thing about the EBC TEFL course was that all of the students from the course had become very good friends and we quickly started a little teachers group, whereby if we had extra hours or an interview lined up and we didn’t need the extra work we could recommend each other. It was a great way to start work in a big new city because I already knew a lot of people who were in the same situation as me and we all became very good friends and a good support network.

Sangria with some of the girls I did the course with

Sangria with some of the girls I did the course with

I worked and studied in Madrid for about 8 months, I worked for two academies, one was a big academy that provided In-Business classes and the other was a smaller academy that taught children’s classes. I liked the variety a working for two academies although I had to travel around Madrid quite a lot to get to the different offices for the business classes and got to know a lot of little cafes where I would wait between classes. I loved Madrid but after learning a little more Spanish and meeting lots of backpackers and travellers and hearing lots of stories on my nights out in the city I had caught a travelling bug and needed to save a bit more than I was to fund my future adventures.

I returned to the UK and to my surprise, after just a couple of weeks, I started working for an English academy in Manchester teaching international students. I saved some money working there to fund my next ‘year abroad’. It was a fantastic place to work because of the variety of different nationalities of students who became friends that I later saw when I was traveling on my world trip.

My class when I taught in Australia

My class when I taught in Australia

I travelled South America and Asia and finished up in Australia in 2011. I had a working holiday visa and got a job teaching mostly Japanese, Korean and Chinese students in Melbourne in an academy. The pay in Australia was a lot more which meant I could rent a flat and live in the city, which I especially enjoyed after backpacking for so long.

A group of all my students in Australia

A group of all my students in Australia

When my Australian visa expired I returned to Spain where it all started. I got a job working in a camp in rural Valencia teaching school groups during term time and summer camps when schools finish. It was hard work with long hours but incredibly rewarding because the children have a chance to consolidate and practice using what they learn in school with native speakers. I worked at the camp as CLIL teacher, CLIL is content and language integrated learning. So I taught science, magic, art and sport etc to Spanish kids in English. I love teaching children and have decided to study to be a primary school teacher.

I now have a house in Alcoy, about an hour inland from Alicante, where I live with my Spanish boyfriend. My plans for the future are to do a PGCE in England and continue teaching TEFL through an online business a friend and I are in the process of setting up now. So, my advice to you if you are thinking of doing the course is give it a try, you never know where it might take you.

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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
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Anne Marnelli
14:42 08 Mar 18
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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!
Pedi Dela Cruz
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!
Adam Schreiber
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.
Michele Buitron
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!
Natalia Egorova
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.
Natasha Jimenez
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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