What it’s like to learn a foreign language from scratch

It’s sometimes difficult to put ourselves in the place of our ESL students and understand what it’s like to learn a foreign language just using the L2. When teaching English in Spain, need you to be able to see it from the perspective of your student, which is no easy feat. Our trainer, Rory, looks […]

10 tips to survive your TEFL course

Signing up for a TEFL course can be a daunting decision which requires months of research and planning. Choosing which city to do it in, researching the course contents and finding out about employment options where you want to live are just some of the considerations that may come into play. For many, the thought […]

All You Need is… Organization

Let’s take a survey: Do you find yourself digging into your backpack and realizing that some parts of your class are missing? Are your papers so scrambled that giving them out would be an insult to your students? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ then this is the blog post for you. When I first started teaching, I […]

Teach English as a non-native speaker

If you’re a non-native speaker of English looking for a career change or would like to travel and work anywhere in the world, a TEFL Certificate could be the answer. With a rise in the learning of English as a foreign language, the number of non-natives becoming qualified in TEFL has also risen. TtMadrid has […]

A grad’s review

When you think about Spain, teaching English is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. For me, these two things were always inseparable so naturally my path led me to Madrid a couple of months ago and now I’m a TtMadrid grad.  As a non-native speaker coming from a small country called Croatia, […]

Most memorable experiences as Director Of Studies

Since becoming Director of Studies in October 2013, there have been so many fun, hilarious, crazy, incredibly satisfying and unforgettable moments. Although I deliver the same course every month, the different individuals who walk through our door on day 1 of every course ensure that no two courses ever feel identical. After almost 18 months […]

Who is waiting for you at TtMadrid?

Who is waiting for you at TtMadrid? 2014 was a year of growth here at TtMadrid in every single aspect of the word. Another year brings new objectives, more experience, new anecdotes and memories. You, as a trainee, see in TtMadrid the opportunity to broaden your horizons and become certified English teachers. In order to […]

Non-native and TEFL, yes!

How difficult could it be? What should you expect if you are a non-native English speaker doing a TEFL course at TtMadrid? Being the only person whose mother language is not English in a course  of 19 it was quite intimidating at first, but with all the support and encouragement from my TtMadrid trainers, I […]


I’m Helen, the TEFL Program Manager at TtMadrid. My job is to answer enquiries from people who are interested in teaching English in Madrid. Below is a list of the questions I most frequently get asked..I’ve kept it brief, though I could have written a book!  Working abroad is a big step and people tend […]