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Questions about teaching in Spain (short contract, non-native, covid)

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  • Guio56
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    30 July, 2020 at 15:50
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    Hello everyone, this is my first post here and I have some questions.

    Here is my situation: I’m French and I will be working as a French auxiliar de conversacion from January to May in Murcia (Spain), it was supposed to start in October but got delayed because of the covid situation.

    However, I still want to go in September/October, and was thinking about applying in language academies (to teach either French or English, or both if it’s possible), but as I’m looking for job offers online, it seems there are only 10 months contracts… Do you know if it’s possible to get contracts for 3-4 months? Maybe part-time contracts? I know some auxiliaries also work in academies to get more money, and actually I could continue after my contract as an auxiliar starts, but then just for a couple hours.

    Also, is it better to send my CV to the academies now by mail or to go give it to them in person once I’m there?

    As a non-native, I know that I’m probably not the ideal candidate. I have an English degree, spent a year in the UK and got a Trinity CertTESOL certification. However, I feel that my level is between C1 and C2 (Never did a test but it was required to be at least C1 to do the TESOL course), and I intend to take English classes this coming year to perfect it. Do the academies consider hiring non-native teachers only if they are C2 level?

    Last but not least, I’m not sure exactly what’s going on in academies in Spain with the covid situation, I still see job offers though, but do the teachers have to teach wearing masks?

    Thanks in advance, and let me know if you have any other useful information about teaching in Murcia.

    Keith
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    31 July, 2020 at 13:27
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    it seems there are only 10 months contracts… Do you know if it’s possible to get contracts for 3-4 months? Maybe part-time contracts? I know some auxiliaries also work in academies to get more money, and actually I could continue after my contract as an auxiliar starts, but then just for a couple hours.

    It’s rare to see short term contracts of 3-4 months. That’s not to say they don’t exist, but finding one online will probably be difficult. Your best chance would be to go there in person and go into language schools directly to enquire. But such a contract would still be far from guaranteed.

    Having said that… Covid has changed everything, as you know. So you may find that some language schools are struggling to find teachers, but are keen to re-open, and are therefore open to types and lengths of contract that they weren’t open to before. I don’t know if this is the case, but it may be.

    is it better to send my CV to the academies now by mail or to go give it to them in person once I’m there?

    I would do both. Generally speaking, if you’re in front of the person responsible for recruitment at a language school, offering a “ready-to-go” solution to their recruiting needs, this can give you an edge over CVs sent by email.

    Do the academies consider hiring non-native teachers only if they are C2 level?

    Some do, but your choice will be much more limited, especially bearing in mind the need for a shorter term contract too. But, again, since Covid, anything is possible. You may find that language schools are more willing to recruit non-native speakers, if they are struggling to get native speaker applicants.

    Do the teachers have to teach wearing masks?

    This one I don’t know, I’m afraid. It wouldn’t surprise me if the answer was yes. I think wearing masks in all kinds of situations is something we will all be getting used to for the foreseeable future…

    Hope that helps.

    Keith

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