Tick It English is looking for a dynamic teacher to form part of a friendly enthusiastic team to teach very young learners (3 to 7 year-olds). Storytelling, songs, and games are a core element to all our kids’ classes and we adopt a communicative approach to all our classes. You will be required to work Monday to Friday, starting at 3:30 pm.
Tick It English has been running successfully for over 20 years in Ponferrada and has been in our purpose-built school since April 2017. There are nine brand new classrooms, all fully equipped with a desktop computer, projector, audio equipment, air conditioning/heating, and the school opens out onto a small park with a cafe opposite. It is an amazing school which also includes a huge teachers’ room full of resources and a staff kitchen for breaks. Each teacher works from their own classroom and all our IT systems are cloud-based meaning that teachers can access material and prepare classes and work from home. We value good quality of life and our timetables are compact and all teaching takes place in the same building. There is no travelling involved to other sites. We match teachers’ preferences and strengths as a teacher to the class type. All Very Young Learner and Young Learner groups are organised according to age and the Teen and Adult classes are organised by level. There are no mixed abilities or ages in our classes. We have a maximum class size of 10 and offer face-to-face, hybrid and online teaching. Currently, all our Very Young Learner classes are face-to-face.
TEFL qualification is a minimum with teaching experience. We are looking for a teacher with as much classroom experience as possible. Cambridge CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL and/or YL certificate preferred. We employ teachers from the EU and are happy to consider all nationals who wish to work in our amazing school. The right personality for teaching Very Young Learners is the most important qualification as we are looking for someone who loves teaching children. We would like to work with an energetic teacher who loves singing and dancing with the kids, someone who loves doing art and craft activities and telling stories, using puppets, toys, magic and wonder to engage the children in English language activities. We use phonics stories, board games and other picture books in order to introduce language in class instead of EFL coursebooks.
Our contracts cover the academic year which runs from September to June with the option to renew.
The school covers the cost of sending all teachers to teacher training events run by our local association (ACLID), our national federation (FECEI) and TESOL. Our Director is a qualified teacher trainer and Cambridge examiner and runs tailored teacher training programmes, including Peer Observation Schemes and the occasional workshop. Meetings are arranged on an individual basis. We have also brought teacher trainers to Ponferrada for exclusive training for our teachers. We have developed our own internal online Teachers’ Handbook which includes an extensive section on webinars and online training courses which are all available for teachers to do.
Salary & Benefits
We pay 1500 €uros per calendar month based on a maximum timetable of 25 hours a week teaching. Holiday entitlement is calculated at a rate of 2.5 days per calendar month, which adds up to 22.5 days over a nine-month period. This holiday time is paid at the end of the contract. In addition, teachers are entitled to a three-week break at Christmas and one week at Easter as well as all the local and national public holidays.
Tick It English is a small, friendly language school situated in a mountainous region of the North West of Spain, near Galicia and Asturias. We have been teaching in the local area since 2000 and have grown with our reputation. We specialise in teaching young learners from 3 years old and run general English courses for teenagers and adults. We offer our teachers teacher training (both in-house and at conferences) and provide a professional service for our students.