Why choose Spain?
Spain’s geography is amongst the most diverse in Europe, boasting beaches, cities, mountains and national parks, all within a relatively short distance of each other. Made up of 17 autonomous communities, all with their own unique cultures and even languages (such as Basque and Catalan). Spain is the perfect place to visit other areas of Europe and Africa, such as Portugal or Morocco.
Spanish was identified as the most important language to the UK’s future in ‘Languages for the Future’ research commissioned by the British Council. It is widely spoken, and is the official language of 21 different countries.
What will I do?
There are Language Assistant posts available in Spanish secondary schools, primary schools and state language schools (Escuelas Oficiales de Idioma, for adult learners) across the country. Assistants will be employed and paid either by the Ministry of Education or by their local Comunidad Autónoma, and will be informed which type of post they have been allocated to when they receive their regional allocation email.
Many schools in Spain have prominent Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programmes, in which they teach a variety of subjects in the medium of English. This may include, for example maths, science, history, geography, art, music and PE. These schools often refer to themselves as 'bilingual schools' or as having bilingual departments. CLIL programmes are most prominent in the comunidades of Madrid and Andalucia where there are particular focuses on maths and science, but can be found across Spain. All assistants should therefore be prepared, if asked, to help prepare English activities in a variety of different subject areas.