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New teacher thinking of Bilbao or Seville, advice?
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You get an interview but it turns out the DoS/School owner doesn't speak much English (by no means unheard of, however strange it might seem). You don't speak any Spanish and don't have your CV in their language but the next candidate does. Sorry, you DIDN'T get the job.

Yep, despite your translated CV, you didn't get the TEFL job basically because your lack of Spanish meant you couldn't interview in the language. However, the next job seeker could and was hired on the spot. Shocked

How about applying at schools where English is spoken and TEFL contracts are presented in a familiar language just like in the rest of the world.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Besides, you aren't going to come to Spain and not learn Spanish, are you?


The answer to both questions above is 'no' in this case. The OP isn't going to do either. He's only going to continue asking silly and obvious questions here on Dave's as is his long-term habit Wink
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sheikh radlinrol



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SirKirby wrote:
My experience (35+ years in Spain) is that in fact in the smaller schools, particularly in the smaller towns, but even in places like Barcelona, some knowledge of Spanish (or Catalan, in Barcelona) is useful, sometimes even required, and having a copy of your CV in Spanish isn't a bad idea at all.


Besides, you aren't going to come to Spain and not learn Spanish, are you?

I found your comments interesting, SirKirby, even if your 35 years of experience appear to count for nothing in some posters´books. Wink I´m sure they know much more than us. BTW I HAVE met teflers in Spain who had no interest in the local language. Hard to believe but I suppose it was the big bucks attracted them!
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jonniboy



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SirKirby wrote:


You get an interview but it turns out the DoS/School owner doesn't speak much English (by no means unheard of, however strange it might seem). You don't speak any Spanish and don't have your CV in their language but the next candidate does. Sorry, you DIDN'T get the job.

Apart from communicating with the school (think also secretaries and accounts departments, etc.), some schools want you to have some Spanish to deal with parents and/or learners, especially young learners and discipline problems with them.


Yep! The last place I worked for in Spain had a strict English-only policy in the classroom, but the owner told me privately that she wouldn't consider teachers without Spanish skills since the parents needed to be dealt with and preferred that face to face, rather than through an intermediary.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's absolutely justified to have at least a functional grasp of a local language in the classroom; there are many upsides, both professional and practical. However, the OP in this thread is a troll, so nomad's response is understandable in the context.
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imisssaitama



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How exactly is the OP a troll?
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Familiar patterns.

This thread is dated, but what's your take on a job seeker having his/her CV translated into Spanish despite not speaking the language fluently, if at all?
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