Yes, definitely. We require a minimum of a C1 level in order to follow the course, but that is the only limitation. Although some English language teaching centres prefer native speakers (often because clients value this), non-native speakers can become excellent TEFL teachers. Recent tendencies suggest that the use of non-native speaking accents in official exam listening tests are due to be used in order to reflect the real use of English around the world as a second language. More and more non-native speakers communicate together everyday and so non-native teachers will no doubt be the norm one day.
No. Spanish is not necessary. Trainers ask trainees to only speak in the target language (English) to maximise the student’s exposure to the language. Also, we need to train teachers to deal with multilingual classes, so the exclusive use of English would be the only resort. However, speaking the mother tongue in a monolingual class is a valuable skill because it lets you understand and deal better with student error.
Also, if you are partial to learning a bit of Spanish, you have come to right place, as ''Malagueños'' are famous for their openness, amicability and readiness to chat!
Our certificates reflect your successful training to be able to teach anywhere. Spain offers the opportunity of private organisations (companies and academies), schools with bilingual programs (which is most schools now) and international colleges. The range of student profile is wide since English is so important for career progress. Most teachers we know in Spain have taught from 3 year olds up to high level adult courses. As such, our course aims to give help in adapting primary concepts to a wide range of student ages, group sizes and levels. The TEFL Centre will soon be offering specialised courses to attend specific needs in more depth. Many teachers also take on private students. Although teaching in the public schools in Spain is not a possibility many ‘concertado’ schools (schools which are semi-private) run English teaching programs which will be available to you if you apply.
Beyond Spain, having a reputable accrediting body behind your training certificate will be perfectly acceptable for most destinations to gain introductory placements. Then, as with any career, the certificate will become less important than your experience and references.
An English teacher can expect to earn between €1000 and €1400 net per month for a 24 hour contact week (including preparation time and marking), or between €12 and 15€ net per hour. Many private teachers charge more for one-to-one classes.
Most jobs become available between June and August. There are however usually quite a few placements available in September. The post Christmas period often brings more opportunities, although maybe not full-time positions at first. Many teachers ‘get their foot in the door’ by covering for teachers off sick or on leave, and slowly take on larger timetables. As summer approaches, there is usually a very large demand for summer camp teachers and intensive courses, especially for exam preparation, both in Spain and abroad (particularly in the UK).