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Chances in Spain with BA + CELTA but not much experience?

 
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Hasan84



Joined: 07 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:37 am    Post subject: Chances in Spain with BA + CELTA but not much experience? Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm thinking about going to Spain (Barcelona first choice, but would definitley consider Madrid or other cities).
Can anybody tell me how they think I'd fair in getting a teaching job with a BA in English Literature, a CELTA and a little experience? Basically it's been a few years since I've taught and my confidence is at a low. I'd like to find a job which offers training and would be gentle with me at first Smile
Also my Spanish level is fairly high... probably around the higher-intermediate level.

What is the best time to go?

Thanks in advance,

H
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SirKirby



Joined: 03 Oct 2007
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Location: Barcelona, Spain

PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best time to go? Probably about three to five weeks ago! Still possible to find a job, but it gets harder from October onwards.

Lack of TEFL experience not so much of a problem, assuming you already have experience teaching something else.
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Hasan84



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh well... I've missed the best time to go so I'll just have to take my chances and hope for something to pop up. I think I'll go visiting schools.

I do have ELT experience but it was about 4 years ago and my confidence has gone. I might do a refresher course or something.

Anyway, thanks for the reply. Any other info welcome Smile
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SirKirby



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
my confidence has gone

Whatever else you do, at an interview, don't say that Confused !
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Hasan84



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The scary thing is that I was considering mentioning it so that the potential employer might take it easy on me... thinking about it more, I will take your advice Cool
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SirKirby



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to get into the mindset of your interviewer, typically the Director of Studies...

"My confidence has gone" => this candidate is a liabilty and won't last a fortnight!

"I've been away from teaching for four years so I know it will be a challenge but I'm excited by that" => this candidate is our man!

Rolling Eyes
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Jintymac



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there, I've just picked up on your discussion towards the end of last year. I'm in a similar situation - haven't taught in quite a while but I'm currently doing an advanced tefl online to refresh myself with the view to heading out to Spain for September time and I was curious to see how you got on. J
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