Teaching business English in Madrid, Spain, a crisis-driven boom

Everyone knows Spain has suffered from the crisis. All the financial experts, including the IMF and big investment houses like Morgan Stanley, are now very positive about Spain.

However, there is still a big problem in Spain. The rise in the demand that Spanish job candidates at home and abroad are virtually obligated to speak English.

  • The positive result of this situation is that many Spaniards now really want to learn English, especially for passing job interviews in English.
  • The negative result of this situation is that people are wary about coming to Spain to teach English because of the job situation, so there is a significant shortage of business English teachers.

Teaching business English in Madrid, Spain is back in fashion and here is some more information about why?

Business English interviewing skills courses are in demand

This type, of course, is in such demand that it was featured on the Spanish national TV channel. RTVE channel 2. EBC was the featured school for the slot regarding business English interviewing skills courses. RTVE is Rádio Televisión Española.

We need people for teaching business English in Madrid Spain!

Here is an overview of what business English is and what it is all about. If it looks interesting, why not apply for a course and get trained to teach business English?

Teaching Business English involves teaching English to adults who are already working or preparing them for work. The businesses where they work could be any size from small to multinational. Courses may be long or short. Classes may be taught in-company in a language school or other rented premises.

Business English has much in common with general EFL, but it is much more focussed than a general English course.

Business English courses will always relate to students’ work. Sometimes this will mean developing general business skills such as giving presentations and sometimes it will mean something much more technical.

The main thing about Business English is your student’s expectations. Courses must relate to professional language needs. Investigating, analysing and fulfilling Business English students’ needs is so important for the success of any Business English course that a great deal of attention should be paid to these processes.

Even if you see your role as a teacher as being well defined, as a Business English teacher, you have to consider tasks or concerns which may seem beyond a normal teacher’s role. Your priority is to run a successful course that meets your student’s expectations.

Earning expectations for teaching business English in Madrid are anywhere from 20 to 25 Euros an hour, sometimes higher.

Excerpt from a business English course to help a student pass interviews in English

This is a short clip from a recent business English class given by EBC Director, Tita Ashton. The clip deals with helping the student define and express her short, medium and long-term goals in English in response to the classic interview question, “where do you see yourself five years from now?” The student is taking the interviewing skills business English course because she is applying for an IT management job with an American multinational bank in Madrid. Business English student profile

Students in Business English courses come from different sectors and different job grades. They could be clerical staff, executive-level directors or anything in between. They may have a specialist area, such as advertising, marketing, legal, etc. If they are young or still studying, they are unlikely to know much about their work. If they are older and more experienced, they may be experts in their field.

Instead of working in an office, they may work in a factory, a laboratory or travel a lot with no fixed office. Students may be studying in a group or on their own if they have urgent needs like an upcoming interview or an important presentation. If bosses and their subordinates are in the same class, internal politics may affect the learning atmosphere.

Other factors will also influence the atmosphere of classes such as finance and timing. Are the students paying for their own classes? Are the classes given at work or in a student’s personal time?

Motivation will be influenced by the status of English in the students’ actual or potential working environment,  the students’ own attitude towards English and how they regard training.

The knowledge that the course will be helpful is usually good enough to motivate most students, especially if they are looking for a job and need new language skills to make this happen.