If you're thinking of teaching English in Spain, read these articles first, adventure later.
This may be a discouraging but realistic perspective on TEFL/TESOL English teaching in Spain.
Teaching English in Spain can be hazardous to your health. If you’re expecting open arms and a fabulous lifestyle on the Mediterranean or la mesita, then think again. Although Spain has one of the least foreign language speaking populations in the EU (only the UK, Ireland and Greece are further behind) and according to the EU, only 18% of Spaniards speak English with a “conversational ability”, there remain plenty of barriers to cross; teachers from non-EU countries are often said to be among the most effective teachers but find it nearly impossible to find work in a language school, making teachers from the UK in high demand, despite qualifications (of course many of them are excellent teachers). The English teaching market won’t find itself saturated any time soon and Spain will likely remain behind due to this lack of opportunity.
This may be a discouraging but realistic perspective on TEFL/TESOL English teaching in Spain, but this series of articles will be specifically targeted to the non-EU expat heading out for an English teaching position in Spain. Through the cynicism and resentment (having been an English teacher in Spain), I’ll try to provide what help, lessons learnt and resources found as I’ve managed to collect during my time teaching to ensure your experience, or at least your decision whether or not to teach in Spain, is easier.
Then again, if you’re just out for the adventure of *wow* teaching English in Spain *how romantic*, move along, and get with the adventuring already!
See the following articles in our series of five to teach english in Spain. Non-EU teachers, pay attention to The To Do List for Teaching in Spain, Teach Private Classes and Teaching in the Black.
This article is about how Spain is very quickly becoming the new center for the film industry outside Hollywood, particularly Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, and around the Marbella area. It is about how to enter the world of being a film extra, and how to work in Spain on the permanent list of extras with the companies who specialize in this field. Also, what it is like to work in films, what you can expect, and what would be expected of you.
Our second part of five articles providing information on teaching English in Spain. Discussion of the items you'll need to do before you leave and in the first few months you're here.
A comprehensive list of REAL resources for English teachers plying their trade in Spain covering everything from acronyms and lesson planning to grammar reference and peer support.
Information about jobs, the employment situation, and working in Spain.
The nuts and bolts of writing a great CV for use in Spain. In this time of economic hardship, you need every competitive edge. Get your CV/resume right for job hunting in Spain.
This article has information about alternative ways to get a working visa for Spain in particular for journalists. It will give you detailed instructions on how to get the visa, what documents you need, who to contact and if you are eligible to get a freelancer's working visa for Spain. It can help set up your visa before you have an actual job in Spain which is often hard to do.