My Experience Teaching English In Barcelona!
I never imagined In a million years that I would be an English Teacher in the heart of Barcelona in a private English school. My ex partner lived in Spain and I wanted a career change, I needed a break from the 9-5 world. I never expected to fall in love with Barcelona , however that’s exactly what happend I applied for an English teaching role that required no prior experience I only needed to be a native speaker. I had no preconceived ideas of what the next few months in Barcelona had in store for me, l had been to Barcelona several times, although I had not lived there. I had spent so much of my life planning, so for once I wanted to let go and take a risk. I wanted a new experience, improve my Spanish. I was lucky to have landed an English role in the heart of Passeig de Gracia my role consisted of teaching general English classes to Spanish English learners, from A1 beginners to C2 proficient users. I had my classroom and I followed a lesson plan which was made up of 3 activities. To start with a general warm-up to get to know the student, and then finishing off with a reading exercise. Most of the students opted to take exams for an awarded certificate afterward, students had separate listening exercises for: ,kCAE, IETS,TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS and the Cambridge ESL exams (CPE, FCE, PET, KET) If had a lesson cancellation or free lesson space I corrected homework. This was a grueling experience I had no past experience so I had very limited knowledge of English grammar, no practice since school so it was very challenging for me, also I had to do career progress essays. As part of the benefits of this job role I received free accommodation, a flat in the center I shared with 3 other teachers one I am still friends with now, the flat was filthy and in noisy areas, however it was free! ADVANTAGES Weather Friendly people Healthy lifestyle Food/Music Improved Spanish Skills DISADVANTAGES Poor Customer service Long working hours Low salary Language barrier Pickpockets Home Sick Overall my experience teaching English in Barcelona was amazing! There were pros and cons of Barcelona, however, overall it was amazing. I gained so much knowledge as well as confidence it changed my life for the better. As soon as I landed a teaching role within a few weeks I moved abroad to Barcelona.I recommend teaching English abroad whilst emerging yourself in the culture at the same time.Have you taught English in another Country before? Comment below :)