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Elizabeth, From the U.S., Educating ESL in Madrid

Elizabeth, From the U.S., Educating ESL in Madrid


March 27, 2023

Elizabeth from Madrid shares her journey to teaching young students abroad.

Having began out as a Spanish instructor, Bridge grad Elizabeth Nostrant, from the U.S., started her path towards TEFL whereas incomes her grasp’s diploma overseas. At present instructing in Madrid, she now teaches younger learners at a non-public faculty. She shares how she landed alternatives in Spain and on-line, her favourite methods for instructing youngsters, and her suggestions for succeeding as an EFL instructor on this area.

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Hello, Elizabeth! Are you able to inform us a bit about your self?

Good day! My title is Elizabeth and I’m a 34-year-old English instructor, instructing in Madrid. I’m from Ohio, within the U.S. however I’ve been residing in Spain for the previous eight years. I’ve lived in numerous cities across the nation however I’m presently in Madrid.

What impressed you to develop into an English instructor?

Initially, I studied to develop into a Spanish instructor in the USA. I had been instructing highschool Spanish for 4 years once I determined to start out a grasp’s diploma in Madrid. Whereas finding out right here, I started instructing English and have been doing so ever since. Irrespective of the language I’m instructing, I’m motivated to assist my college students study completely different cultures, broaden their social connections, and encourage them to take dangers of their studying.

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Elizabeth instructing her younger learners

How did you select to show English in Spain?

I studied overseas in Spain in school and fell in love with the tradition, folks, and exquisite locations. Instantly after school, I spent one 12 months in Spain instructing English as nicely as a result of I needed one other alternative to hone my instructing expertise internationally and discover life overseas.

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You additionally taught English on-line if you labored with VIPKid. How was your expertise switching to a digital classroom?

Initially, I used to be fairly nervous about switching from instructing within the classroom to instructing on-line! Nevertheless, I shortly realized that, for me, it’s not likely all that completely different. I believe flexibility is a necessary talent for any instructor, and studying to make diversifications and never be afraid to attempt new issues could make the transition quite a bit smoother. My on-line experiences have allowed me to satisfy tons of of scholars whom I in any other case by no means would have had the chance to get to know. However I positively missed being in the identical place as my college students!

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Elizabeth in her digital English classroom.

How did you land your present English instructing job?

I’m presently working in an awesome personal faculty, instructing in Madrid. After a number of years on this metropolis, I’ve made loads of connections inside the training world and in the end, by way of networking, I used to be capable of finding this job.

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Are you able to inform us extra about your job?

My college students are between the ages of 12 and 16. My faculty is exclusive as a result of we don’t use any textbooks, so my lessons are all primarily based on the lesson plan supplies I create. It’s loads of work however it’s additionally actually enjoyable as a result of I get to plan my lessons primarily based on my college students’ pursuits, present occasions/trending matters, and actually anything that comes up!

What do you do if you’re not instructing?

When I’m not instructing, I get pleasure from touring, exercising, cooking, and studying.

What kinds of supplies or actions do you want to make use of when instructing English to younger learners?

In my 12 years of instructing, I‘ve taught all ages. I‘ve labored with college students starting from infants to adults of their 60s. With babies, I like to incorporate as many props and real-life objects as potential. I moreover love together with artwork each time potential with them. Songs, dances, and books are all the time a go-to as nicely.

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Elizabeth utilizing props in her class

Are you able to share a memorable or humorous second that you simply had as an English instructor?

One thing humorous occurs virtually each day whereas instructing overseas and in one other language. One memorable second I’ve is from a 6-year-old in Madrid who, after 4 months or so of college, requested, “Miss Elizabeth, do you come right here out of your nation each day?” I beloved that query as a result of I might inform she had actually been serious about it and I assumed that was lovable!

I made a decision to take this course as a result of although I’m a licensed Spanish instructor, I’ve solely completed particular person workshops on-line for English instructing. The 120-Hour Grasp Certificates course was one thing way more official and significant to me. I’m all the time on the lookout for methods to develop into a greater instructor and I consider this expertise has ready me for brand new alternatives sooner or later.

How did this course allow you to professionally?

A lot of the on-line workshops I’ve completed beforehand have targeted on instructing English in Spain or instructing English to Chinese language college students. The factor I preferred about this course was that it typically referred to English instructing within the worldwide world. Moreover, I enormously benefited from the Enterprise English part as I don’t have a lot expertise there.

Elizabeth and her students during a class activity.
Elizabeth and her college students throughout a category exercise

What’s subsequent for you after instructing in Madrid?

On the finish of this faculty 12 months, my husband and I are transferring to Zurich, Switzerland, and I’ve simply began my job search there. I might actually like to work as a instructor coach sooner or later as a result of I believe it might be thrilling to accompany future educators on their journey to changing into professionals.

What are your suggestions for individuals who wish to educate English in Spain?

If anybody is contemplating instructing English in Spain, I’d inform them: Don’t even suppose twice about it! It may very well be the expertise of a lifetime and also you’d be stunned how a lot you’d study out of your keep right here.

However there are some particular solutions I might add:

  • Be taught fundamental Spanish. There are many locations in Spain the place you want it to speak, and the folks recognize it a lot if you make an effort to talk their language. It can additionally assist you to talk with different academics in school, serving to you to combine with the employees.
  • Go to your faculty earlier than the college 12 months begins to get to know a few of the different academics and to find out how the college works.
  • Make investments a while exploring and studying about Spanish tradition, socially and educationally. For instance, it is rather widespread for college students to deal with you by your first title right here. By doing these items, you’ll really feel extra ready and assured on your first few months of instructing overseas.

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