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.

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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
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!
Anne Marnelli
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!
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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