Do I get a TEFL certificate on completion of the course?
Yes. IATQuO, our accrediting body, provides a certificate upon successful completion of the course. Each has a unique number so agencies and schools can check they are genuine. On request, we also write detailed references that are tailored to each individual trainee stating what you have achieved during the course and what your personal strengths are. As it is accredited, your TEFL certificate is valid not just in Spain but throughout the world.
Why do I need to learn business English?
A large amount of the TEFL work that is available in Spain—and indeed, in most countries—comes from in-company classes. Whilst you are not required to teach only business English, many of your students will ask for some business English during the course. This may be telephone English, attending meetings, or small talk. We study these elements in-depth during the course to make sure you are as prepared as possible for all the job opportunities that are available. The more experience you have teaching both general and business English, the more employable you are.
Don’t forget however that we run some inputs on teaching children so that you have some knowledge in that area too. We can also arrange for you to go to a local academy to observe children’s classes to get a better feel for it.
Will you help me find an English teaching job?
We will not only help you find a teaching job, we guarantee you job interviews with the top agencies in Madrid. We have helped all our trainees find work through our network of agencies and with the help of our premium CV service that connects you with over 300 teaching agencies and academies. You are also welcome to use the resources at the school once you finish your course. We will help you plan those first few important lessons and you are able to use the computers to send off your CVs and application forms. If you are not planning on staying in Madrid or Spain, we have a wealth of knowledge about teaching around the world and will tailor our advice to suit your personal ambitions and give you all the contacts and information you need.
As part of our accreditation, we are obliged to offer 6 observed teaching practices; however, you will also take part in many other types of teaching during the course, such as working one-2-one with a student, conducting a telephone class and peer teaching. All your teaching practices are observed by one of our experienced trainers. After each class, you will meet together to discuss how the class went and look at areas for development. You will also be given written feedback so you can focus your next class on the right areas.
What is included in the price of the TEFL course?
As well as the 4-week course, your course fees include the following additional benefits with a market value of 150€:
- Tuition for 4 weeks and an accredited TEFL certificate
- 4-week evening Spanish course (3 hrs per week) at LAE Madrid
- Guaranteed job interviews with the top agencies in Madrid
- Our premium CV/resume service that connects you with over 300 agencies
- Career advice, including our interviewing skills workshop
- Welcome lunch and farewell party
- Internet and wifi access
- 250 photocopies
- All course materials
- Lifetime job support regardless of where you are in the world!
- Use of facilities post-course
- Support with organizing your legal paperwork on arrival
- Organizing accommodation in Madrid, bank accounts, mobiles, etc.
- Student card to take advantage of the discounts in the neighborhood
Do I need to speak the language of my students?
No. The TEFL methodology has been designed to ensure that you do not need to speak the language of your students. You will learn all the skills and techniques needed to communicate without the use of a common language. During the course, you will actually have 2 hours of class in a language completely unknown to yourself so that you can experience first hand how many of your students will feel, and how you can get your point across to them. We change the language depending on who is on the course, but we have used Thai, Croatian, Russian and Farsi in the past!
Is Madrid/Spain expensive?
Madrid is a capital city and is therefore more expensive than other cities in Spain. However, the cost of living in Spain and Madrid is still very reasonable—especially for food, drink, and travel compared to other capital cities in Europe. On a teaching salary, you will have enough money to rent a nice shared apartment, take Spanish classes, go out and eat and drink with friends on a regular basis. You are not going to be a millionaire teaching English, but you will work 4 days a week and have enough money to travel and live life to the fullest.
What should I expect to earn as a TEFL teacher in Spain?
Most teachers work between 20 to 25 hours per week (Monday to Thursday). On average you should expect to be paid between 15-20 euros per hour with a TEFL Certificate qualification, approximately 9 euros without. Accommodation is approximately 400 euros for a room in a shared apartment. The monthly metro ticket is around 55 euros per month.
What should I bring with me to Spain?
With suitcase allowances becoming stricter and stricter, you should pack wisely. Madrid is very hot during the summer, so light clothing is essential, but it gets very cold during the winter and you will need a coat and warm clothing. You do need to remember that you will be teaching in companies. Men should bring some smart trousers and shirts and women should bring trousers or skirts plus tops that have sleeves. You will also be required to wear smart/dress shoes (not trainers/sneakers) for in-company classes. There isn’t really anything you can’t buy here. There are American, Australian, British, Chinese, and Japanese food stores, as well as international and second-hand bookshops and everything else available in Madrid.
However, for those coming from the States, please bring Natasha some peanut butter M&Ms (she will be very grateful!) ;).
Do you help me get a job?
We certainly do. We work with over 300 teaching agencies in Spain that are waiting to receive your CV/resume once you have finished our course. We organize interviews for you with some of the best agencies and make sure you are prepared for them with our interviewing skills workshop. There has also been an increase in the private class market as many business professionals want to update their English skills to get that promotion or get ready for an interview.
We pass on all our knowledge that we have learnt through years of working in the industry in order for you to secure the best positions. There has to be effort on your side, of course. Looking the part, following up with the interviews and posting your ads online and in your local community will make sure that your get plenty of work.
I don’t speak Spanish—will that be a problem?
Most of our students have little or no Spanish when they first come to Madrid. But Spain is a friendly place so come with an open mind and the desire to learn Spanish and the locals will take you into their hearts.
We also have one month of free Spanish classes after the course so you can get going with our Sister School LAE Madrid. It has classes at all levels so there will be a group that is right for you.
Can I do the course if I don’t have a degree?
As a general rule, we prefer you to have a degree but we deal with each person on a case-by-case basis. We fully understand that life and work experience, in many cases, more than makes up for a degree – so don’t be put off, contact Helen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will arrange for you to have a chat with us so we can get to know you.