POSISITIONS NOW FILLED, THANK YOU 3rd July 2019
is Abracadabra? It’s a small academy in Segovia, with a beautiful acueduct and roast suckling pig, yet only half an hour away from Madrid by the High Speed train. It is situated in a residential area just 15 minutes walk to the centre of town.
are we recruiting? We need another 3 teachers to make up the full complement of 9 teaching staff, due to teachers returning to the UK to do PGCEs and the continual expansión of the academy.
are we looking for? Although the teaching posts are distinctive and each teacher will have their own methods and teaching styles, as well as being more gifted in some areas than others, all the teachers should have the same generic core values. We are seeking teachers who want to teach, not just live abroad, who have a passion for their students’ learning and for their own. Organised, empathetic, creative teachers with an interest in learning Spanish and how the culture affects learning, will be the first to be interviewed.
does term start? The positions begin on September 16th 2019 for Primary Classes and 1st October 2019 for teens and adults. The contracts run until 18th June 2020.
makes the academy different? We want all students to both progress steadily and enjoy the classes. We thrive on reaching targets and helping students pass exams for Cambridge, aptis, EOI, Guardia Civil, Police, School etc. We see each student as indivdual and important, hence we offer a variety of times for class to coincide with other activities and siblings, once and twice a week. There are also classes at 08.00 for business people. We also want to make a difference in the city, not only to the English level. Organising films in English at the local cinema, putting on mini musicals in English at one of the school theatres, raising money for Flying Doctors in Africa, attending local seminars on teaching practices, meeting with the Cambridge exams coordinator for CyL, running summer camps, storytelling, clay modelling and trips overseas are all examples.
system do we follow? The system we follow depends on the teacher and the class. The resources used depend on the objective and the teaching and learning styles. Primary children have no text books, but follow schemes of work that are a guideline for vocabulary and grammar but flexible for how it is presented. Teenagers and adults preparing titles follow textbooks during the year and a specific plan for the 4 week intensive course in summer. Portable whiteboards, mini theatre, market stall, songs, karaoke, Kahoot on line games, board games and dominoes, acting and drama, cooking and escape rooms, experiments and outdoor games are all used in various classes.
do I apply? If the sound of these positions, which involve hard work but provide reward, appeal to you, send an email with covering letter and CV to email@example.com
You must love the English language and you must like students, whether they are children, teenagers or adults.
You must have a TEFL qualification.
You must be patient, organised, open to developing as a teacher and prepared to have fun in the classroom.
You must be willing to learn Spanish, in order to understand the students’ confusions and doubts, in order to integrate into Segovian life and in order to communicate with the students, parents, cleaner, secretary, accountant, postman, etc.
Not necessary are University degrees or Passports from the UK.
We are looking for the best teachers, whoever they may be!
Applicants with permission for residency in Spain and with the relevant attitude and qualifications may apply.
The Academy follows the school calendar of Castilla y León, including the holidays at Christmas and Easter and all local and national bank holidays. The exception is the Carnaval party which is not bank holiday and classes continue.
The contract is full-time and the timetable comprises up to 24 teaching hours, plus 10 hours of planning.
The classes are primarily in the afternoons and are of 1 hour, except the 5-7 year-olds who come for 45 minutes. There may be 1 or 2 classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings or Tuesday and Thursday mornings allowing the teachers free time 2 days.
There are no classes on Fridays! The four day working week is intense, but it allows for a 3 day weekend and all the travelling, visiting, unwinding possibilities that this provides.
One or two Fridays are taken up with Parent’s Day, when every parent has the opportunity to make an appointment with the teacher and discuss progress. While intensive and requiring adrenaline, it is also of great benefit to meet the parents and is always accompanied with a meal out at a quality restaurant.
Salary & Benefits
The salary ranges between 1,200 and 1,400 euros depending on hours taught and experience. The incomplete months of September and June are paid pro-rata.
All of the salary arrives in your bank account and appears on your pay slip. Our accountant works closely with us to ensure everything is 100% legal and correct.
We also organise the NIE number, social security number and contract, as well as lending a hand with ordering a medical card, registering as a resident in the city and finding accommodation.
We also provide a uniform, of t-shirts, polo shirts and hoodie.
A further benefit is the astronomical limit of learning possibilities, if you are willing to learn. We have regular training sessions twice a month and also meet to discuss the Cambridge exams progress and improvements to the Primary Schemes of Work. Among the senior staff we have a wealth of experience of teaching primary, secondary and adults, in English, French, Spanish and German. We have experts in grammar rules, trends and phonetics. We have teachers with top techniques for praising, correcting and motivating. We know what the examiners, school teachers and parents are looking for. We have expert Spanish members of staff, who know all the typical pitfalls of Spanish learners and how to avoid them. In brief, the sky is the limit to how far you can develop here.
We are not averse to the right teacher taking on extra responsibilty with organising quizzes, films and discussions, exchanges of Languages, technology projects, etc.
As members of ACLID, FECEI there is a guarantee that we have met high standards for teaching and employees. In addition, to become a Cambridge Preparation Centre, certain criteria had to be met. We try to impose quality on everything we do, and are continually trying to do better.