Let’s just say it–living the auxiliar life can be great, but it can also leave you wanting and needing more. The schedule is minimal, the job itself is usually…less than fulfilling, and the pay will likely have you moonlighting at a low paying academy or riding the metro around town for 25 different private classes. Without fail, lots of language assistants will be searching for a way to continue working in education, (and some likely looking for any way NOT to work in education), while still living out their dream life in Spain, with a decent salary. Sounding familiar yet?
Enter, the questions I get asked the most about my experience living in Spain; how have I been here so long as an American and how did I find work in international and semi-private schools in Spain?
In this post I will be very transparent on my experiences–good, bad, and terribly paid, so read on if you want some hard truths as well as possibilities for your future. Continue reading How to Get a Teaching Job in Public, Private, and Semiprivate Schools in Spain
This post could also be titled, “Everything I wish I knew about private classes before I started.” In over nine years as a teacher in Spain I have had to take on my share of private classes, usually against my … Continue reading 8 questions to ask before you start private classes
So you’ve been accepted into a language assistant program and you’ve likely been placed in a middle of nowhere town and CAN’T WAIT TO GO TO SPAIN. But maybe you don’t speak Spanish, maybe you’ve never been to Spain before, … Continue reading How to be an awesome language assistant
Teaching English is hard. Don’t trust anyone who tries to tell you your job is easy. Motivating kids to speak a second language when they aren’t giving one word, fill-in-the-blank answers, is even harder. “I’m going to lower anyone’s grade … Continue reading 5 tools to make students excited to speak English
Teaching English as a second language is not easy, especially when you first start out. If you have never done it before or had any previous training, you have probably never given much thought to your native tongue. If you … Continue reading My favorite lifesaving websites for teaching English
After studying abroad, it became very clear to me that I had to go back to Spain. I didn’t feel like I had gained the language fluency I needed to confidently say I was a Spanish major. In Sevilla during … Continue reading 10 FAQ for a Language Assistant
Moving across the ocean, (whichever one it may be), is a big step, literally and figuratively. Whether you are a recent graduate or experienced teacher, are … Continue reading 5 ways to teach in Spain