How is to teach English in Madrid?

Madrid and Spain need English teachers – it’s official! If you want to teach English in Madrid, keep reading!

Let us start with some statistics about teaching English in Spain. EF, one of the world’s largest language schools, does a study each year about English language capabilities by country.

You will be happy to hear that Spain ranks 23rd in the world with a rating of “Moderate Proficiency”.

If you want to teach English in Madrid, or the rest of Spain, “Moderate Proficiency” means that you will be in demand because there are still a lot of people who need to learn English. The net result is that the need for English teachers in Spain is still high.

OK, now we have established that there is a need for English teachers in Madrid and the rest of Spain, what is it like to teach English in Madrid or other regions in Spain?

Madrid culture

Madrid is a vibrant city. It’s lively and its residents enjoy their lives. Madrid is possibly the wealthiest region in Spain. It is certainly getting more attractive than Barcelona for companies owing to the nationalistic movement in Catalonia. Companies are beginning to leave Barcelona and Catalonia in favour of Madrid.

From a teaching English perspective this is good news as the work force is growing meaning that there will be more people to train. Spanish businesses need their employees to speak English in order to compete internationally. They need you to come and teach English in Madrid.

The “Madrileños” (as the locals are known) are, to state the obvious, Spanish or immigrants of south American origin. They have a different outlook to the puritanical Northern Europeans and North Americans. As a northern European, I found that the Spanish accept work as part of their everyday life and that the line between work and personal time is a lot more blurred.

We tend to compartmentalise work and personal time. They are usually kept apart. The Spanish blur them together so work becomes as much of a social activity as it is a productive activity. They also inject as much social time into their day as they can.

This usually means that their working day is longer, but the day is interspersed with a longer than we are used to coffee break and lunch break. Work is done but it is punctuated with breaks that are frequently social events as well. It is a different way of working. Is it better or worse? That is a matter of opinion.

Madrileños work to live. They do not live to work. It is very much a cultural thing.

Teaching English classes

You will find that the range of English teaching jobs in Madrid cannot be summed up in one brief statement.

Here is a list of possibilities that can be mixed and matched.

  • Students start learning from around three years old (kindergarten age and potty trained).
  • There is no upper limit to age other than to state that it is as old as a person can get and still want to learn English.
  • There is no set social or professional status either. Your students could be home-makers, school or university students, professionals, executives, politicians, blue-collar workers, self-employed or unemployed.
  • The type of English taught ranges from general English through to highly specialised business English, for example legal English.
  • The place where you will teach your English classes could be in a language school, a state school, a private school, company offices or in the student’s home.
  • Pay starts at around 15 to 18 Euros an hour, which, at the time of publication, is between 21 and 25 USD an hour.
  • You will work the hours you need which is usually between 20 to 30 hours a week. You do the arithmetic about potential monthly earnings.

This flexibility makes teaching English in Madrid very attractive. You can adapt English teaching to the areas you like the most. Once you have got started, you can also adapt your teaching hours to your lifestyle.

Madrid is a world on its own. Madrileños enjoy life and are a pleasure to teach so when you come to teach English in Madrid, you will have a memorable teaching experience.

Road2Spain – TEFL, Spanish immersion and work programme

If you want to teach English in Madrid we offer an all inclusive package (except for flights and meals) that will train you to teach and get you a job within a week or less of graduating.

Our Road2Spain programme includes:

  • An examination board accredited four week residential TEFL and TESOL training course
  • International TEFL certification
  • Accredited International TESOL certification from an official examination board
  • Our exclusive job placement programme that is lifetime, worldwide and proactive
  • A Cervantes Institute Spanish course
  • A one year student visa
  • Four week’s accommodation for the duration of your TEFL training course
  • Lifetime continuing teacher education
  • Full support from EBC before, during and after your course

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.

TEFL course in Spain


  • Learn to teach English and work in Madrid
  • Trinity College accredited TESOL / TEFL certification
  • Instituto Cervantes accredited Spanish course
  • One year student visa
  • Accommodation options
  • Worldwide, lifetime job placement
  • EBC trains and prepares course students to succeed as English language teachers.
  • Take your TEFL course in one of our international destinations or online
  • Choose the best course for you: classroom, online or blended classroom and online learning
  • Exclusive, worldwide job placement is included in all courses

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