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Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital, sparkles with vibrant colours and intense energy. Home to some of the most visionary artists of the modern era, Barcelona inspired Picasso’s Cubism and Dali’s Surrealism, and the unique Catalan perspective has had a dramatic impact on the way we perceive the world today.
A more cosmopolitan city is hard to find. Spain in general has a great number of international students and expats from all over the world. You will most likely have at least 10 new countries on your bucket list by the time you leave!
Our training center is located the L’Eixample area in a charming Modernist building with mosaic tile floors and beautiful original stained glass windows. L’Eixample is a lively neighborhood in the heart of the city, with plenty of restaurants, cafes and bakeries and the main shopping street just around the corner. Gaudi’s unique creations are only a few blocks away and you can easily walk to Barceloneta for some well-deserved relaxation at the beach. The training facility has interactive classrooms with touch screen whiteboards. You will get familiar with both modern and more traditional teaching techniques. There is a computer room for lesson planning, a library, a launch area and WiFi throughout the school.
TESOL Certification Program
The four-week TESOL Certification Program in Barcelona includes 160 hours of classroom time and a minimum of 6 hours of observed teaching practice with local students. You will observe experienced teachers to see how certain techniques are put into practice and to get a feel for different teaching styles.
The course is designed for those with and without previous teaching experience and will raise your awareness of teaching methodology in international classrooms. The course includes 3 foreign language lessons to put yourself in the shoes of an English student. As the classrooms are equipped with modern technologies, you will also receive Smartboard training. This will fully prepare you for the present-day classroom.
During your teaching practice, you will teach English to real ESL learners of all ages and levels. Your highly qualified trainer will provide you with constructive feedback. You will become proficient in teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency. You will learn how to integrate this into interactive lesson plans with clear and realistic goals. Building rapport, stimulating interaction in the classroom and making English a fun and interesting topic will come easily to you. In the end, your students are the ones that need to be speaking!
The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Barcelona, Spain is US$1,815. This includes airport pick-up.
Teacher Certification Dates
TESOL Course Dates 2018
- 02 July – 27 July
- 30 July – 24 August
- 27 August – 21 September
- 24 September – 19 October
- 22 October – 16 November
- 19 November – 14 December
TESOL Course Dates 2019
- 7 January – 1 February
- 4 February – 1 March
- 4 March – 29 March
- 1 April – 3 May, 2019 (5 weeks > Easter!)
- 6 May – 31 May
- 3 June – 28 June
- 1 July – 26 July
- 29 July – 23 August
- 2 September – 27 September
- 30 September – 25 October
- 28 October – 22 November
- 25 November – 20 December
To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.
Teaching in Spain
Our trainees have had very good luck in securing employment in Spain. In Barcelona and Madrid, the number of language schools is nearly countless, but our teachers also find positions in smaller cities like San Sebastian and Bilbao in the north, Valencia on the east coast, and some of the beautiful Moorish cities in the south, including the province of Andalusia. During the training program you will be given the names of schools to contact, and the staff will also help you with resume and interview preparation. With the big demand for teachers in Spain, if you are diligent and open to a variety of locations you should be able to locate work in no time.
Although most ESL students in Spain are business professionals, there are also lots of opportunities to work with children. Teaching children in Spain mostly happens at private academies, but there are also after school programs and endless opportunities to work at holiday camps. Besides, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports runs the ‘North American Language and Culture Assistants Program’. This program provides American and Canadian citizens with the opportunity to work as ESL teaching assistants in elementary, secondary, and other language schools in Spain. Teaching adults usually happens at academies and through agencies. And last but not least, there’s a booming market for teaching private classes, both to adults and children.
If you work at a school that follows the Spanish school calendar, your contract will most likely be 10-12 months. Private institutes also offer 6 month contracts. Depending on the type of schools, an ESL teacher in Spain usually works between 25-35 hours a week. Public schools hire new teachers in September and January. Private academies hire year round, although the peak hiring months are also September/early October and January.
To secure a job in Spain, it’s best to be in country for your job search as most job interviews happen face-to-face. In very few occasions, and this applies mostly to applicants for Government run programs or to teachers with a European passport, you can apply for a job in advance.
A TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate is needed for teaching ESL in Spain. In a competitive job market such as the one in Barcelona, it makes you very marketable as a teacher and this will also be reflected in your salary. A degree is preferred, but not required.
While it can take some time to build up teaching hours, once a base is established, the average ESL teacher’s salary in Spain is about $1000 -$1600 a month. This varies depending upon location, experience, what type of school or company you work for, and the number of hours worked. Private students are happy to pay $15-$25 an hour for personalized English classes.
Costs of living highly depend on where in Spain you live. After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other students or Spaniards. A nice room in a nice area of Seville is about €250 per month. Madrid and Barcelona are more expensive. Some schools will provide a room for you, either shared or single (usually in an apartment with other teachers) and provide you with a monthly stipend. Transportation in Spain is relatively cheap and it is also very well possible to keep your expenses for food and personal care products low. Teachers in Spain make enough money to cover their monthly costs and should be able to live comfortably while living abroad.
Housing, health insurance and airfare are typically not provided by the employer, although participants of the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program receive medical coverage above their monthly stipend.
In addition to the program and housing fees, you will want to plan for airfare, any visa costs, and personal expenses (meals, local transportation, security deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment once you know where you’re working).
Travel For The Program
European citizens can travel freely and are allowed to work legally in the Spain. Otherwise, most people, including those from the U.S., Canada and Australia, automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa for the Schengen area when entering Spain.
Work visas are extremely difficult to get for non-EU citizens. For this reason, many teachers work without a work visa and get paid ”under the table”.
Another option is to apply for a student visa. A student visa requires that you are enrolled with a recognized university or language institute and that you have at least 20 hours of study work per week. A student visa allows you to work a maximum of 20 hours per week and has to be arranged in advance. Ask us for more information!
Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have established an agreement with Spain to encourage their citizens to travel and work abroad. In order to increase this cultural exchange, their citizens can apply for a Working Holiday Visa. This visa is usually meant for younger travelers and often has several other restrictions, but can be very interesting as it allows you to work abroad legally for a year.
It is not very common for non-EU citizens to obtain a work visa in the Spain as it is an expensive and time-consuming process that most schools are not interested in. You can only apply for a work visa if you have an actual contract. If a schools decides to sponsor for a work visa, you will have to physically pick it up at the embassy in your home country. An original copy of your diploma is needed, and it has to be translated into Spanish.
Living in Spain
Spain is a country of contrasts – its historic cities are drenched in the atmosphere of the past, but well equipped to meet modern needs as well. The countryside is infinitely varied, from the ‘Green Spain’ of the rugged Atlantic coast to the parched plains of Castile and La Mancha.
Barcelona enjoys a pleasant climate year-round with mild winters and hot sunny summers with a refreshing sea breeze. Outdoor activities, from swimming in the Mediterranean to skiing in the Pyrenees, are popular and easily accessible. Maybe it is the weather that can inspire such influential art such as Picasso’s Cubism and Dali’s Surrealism.
Our Training Center in Barcelona is on “La Rambla de Catalunya.” This central boulevard is easily one of the most emblematic of Barcelona — full of restaurants, museums, and surrounded by centuries of glorious architecture. The Center itself has ten classrooms, a lovely terrace, and is equipped with all the comforts of home.
Spain, oh Spain! Eating delicious tapas on a plaza while sipping your ice cold sangria and listening to a flamenco guitarist that puts his heart and soul in the song he’s performing. In Spain, 6 pm feels like 4 pm and 8 pm feels like 6 pm, you never want to stop enjoying the days! Don’t be surprised if you’re invited to a dinner that starts at 9 pm because the Spaniards eat late.
Family life is important in Spain; younger people often don’t leave home until their late 20’s or 30’s. Currently, this also has to do with the lack of job opportunities. On Sunday, there’s often a family gathering at the parents or grandparents house, where the whole family has lunch or dinner together.
Because of the midday heat, you will find that many companies don’t operate for two hours after lunch, Spaniards take their siesta seriously and we encourage you to do the same, it’s part of the good life! Don’t think that Spaniards don’t work hard though, many people will keep working during late hours when temperatures have cooled down a bit.
Holidays and festivals are abundant in Spain, so make sure to write them all in your agenda to plan for fun weekend trips! A small selection: ‘La Tomatina’ in Buñol, also knows as the tomato battle festival, ‘Las Fallas’ in Valencia, fireworks and huge papermache art sculptures that are set on fire at night, the ‘Semana Santa’ processions during the Holy Week, ‘La Feria de Abril’ in Seville, flamenco, flamenco, flamenco-and fairground attractions-and of course the local neighborhood festivals in Barcelona every Summer, like the ‘Fiestas de Gracia in August.
A great way to get to know Spanish culture is through its movies. Movie directors like Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro Amenábar have won dozens of national and international prizes, and their movies will give you an insight in both Spanish history and culture.
Dress in Spain is typical for a Western country. When teaching, be sure to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. “Business Casual” is a safe bet.
Barcelona is famed for its nightlife. At times it seems that there are more clubs, cafés, and bars here than anywhere else in the world. Dinner only really begins to be served after 9 pm and the choice and range of cuisine is excellent. Afterwards you can pick from a thousand near perfect bars tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, trendy cafes in the Eixample district and open-air nightclubs in the Tibidabo Hills.
Barcelona, situated between the blue waters of the Mediterranean and the Tibidabo hills, is on the doorstep of the great playgrounds and vacation retreats of Europe. The Balearic Islands are to the east; the Costa Brava (Wild Coast) and Pyrenees to the north; the Penedes wine region to the west; and the Roman city of Tarragona, the monastery at Montserrat and the beautiful resort town of Sitges are to the south.
Within Barcelona itself lies the bohemian Gothic quarter, a tangled mix of plazas both grand and undiscovered. Art nouveau storefronts, baby flea markets, musty and classy antique shops and balconies with jungles of greenery surging behind wrought iron bars layer around the centrepiece of the Gothic Quarter: the colossal cathedral. Construction of the cathedral, a fine example of Catalan Gothic style, was started in 1300 and completed 600 years later. The Picasso Museum, far and away the best collection of Picasso’s work in Spain, is nearby.
In Seville, there is stiff competition in the contest for grandest cathedral, but few would deny that the winner is La Giralda. A transformed and reconstructed Moorish mosque, La Giralda’s wonderful ornamentation entertains few real rivals.
Seville’s wealth of architectural marvels stems from her monopoly on the incredibly lucrative Spanish-American trade from 1501 to 1720. In Seville you will discover Alcázar, a reclaimed Moorish castle from which the exploration-of and trade-with America was organized, the Biblioteca Columbina, where the original documents recording the discovery of America are stored; and the heartbreakingly lovely Maria Luisa Park.