How is it 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. One of the world’s largest language schools, EF studies English language capabilities by country each year.
You will be happy to hear that Spain ranks 23rd in the world with a “Moderate Proficiency” rating.
If you want to teach English in Madrid or the rest of Spain, “Moderate Proficiency” means that you will be in demand because many people still need to learn English. The net result is that the need for English teachers in Spain is still high.
OK, now we have established 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 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.
Spanish businesses need their employees to speak English to compete internationally. They need you to come and teach English in Madrid. This is good news as the workforce grows from a teaching English perspective, meaning more people will need training.
The “Madrileños” (as the locals are known) are, to state the obvious, Spanish or immigrants of South American origin. They have a different outlook on 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 social activity as a productive activity. They also inject as much social time into their day as they can.
Work is done, but it is punctuated with breaks that are frequently social events. This usually means that their working day is more extended, but the day is interspersed with a longer than we are used to coffee break and lunch break. 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 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 the student’s home.
- Pay starts at around 15 to 18 Euros an hour, which is between 21 and 25 USD an hour at the time of publication.
- You will work the hours you need, 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 started, you can also adjust 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 prepare and get you a job within a week or less of graduating.
Our Road2Spain programme includes:
- An examination board accredited four weeks of residential TEFL and TESOL training course
- International TEFL certification
- Accredited International TESOL certification from an official examination board
- Our exclusive job placement programme 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