Minimum requirements: evidence of a good level of education, such as a degree, and a recognized EFL qualification such as the RSA Certificate (CELTA).
Due to the complexities of getting a permit we only offer positions to EU citizens or candidates with options to obtain a residency permit.
Previous teaching experience is essential.
We provide good conditions in an enjoyable working atmosphere.
We value personal qualities: Teachers should be caring, friendly, flexible and good humoured.
We believe :
In professional development: The weekly meeting is 70% in-house training. We encourage teachers where possible to attend external training sessions / webinars.
In reacting & adapting fast with care and thought: Teachers were supported and retrained to switch to combining online with face to face teaching, shortly before during & after restrictions were introduced. We do not use hybrid teaching.
In sharing and reflecting: through our internal blog, our shared resource intranet, termly observations. For a taster of how teachers like to brighten up classes, check out Dave & James' blog: HighImpactEnglish.
In respect: We form part of a team alongside parents, other teachers, and the students. It’s fundamental that we are sensitive to the needs of others.
The school is supportive and understanding.
A knowledge of Spanish culture and language is useful but not essential
We only use Tefl.com Spainwise.net and theschool.es for recruitment
We do not use agencies who claim to represent schools in Spain.
The School founded in 1994 only teaches English.
The students are divided approximately 70% children and teens, and 30% adults. The levels range from pre-reading/writing children to proficiency (C2) adult classes. At present there are 8 teachers.
The school has 6 well-equipped classrooms. All have a laptop & flatscreen, internet access; 2 have digital whiteboards, In addition there is a set of computers for pupils' use, an extensive library of up to date supplementary materials & a student lending library.
We want our pupils to learn English in an effective, fun and engaging way.
We want to help them communicate in English with fluency, accuracy and good pronunciation.
- Are as practical as possible giving pupils the opportunity to develop their communicative skills. All four language skills are totally integrated and taught as such.
- Respect where possible individual learning styles and needs.
- Take into account pupils interests to actively engage them and recreate a real need to communicate.
Hand in hand with communicative skills our pupils learn about other cultures and countries.
These pupils usually follow a textbook which provides a structure and direction. It is used in a flexible way a long with supplementary material.
Pupils are continually assessed through their work in class and in termly written and oral tests.
- It informs planning, allowing pupils to learn as effectively as possible, according to their ability.
- It motivates pupils as they become aware of their progress.
- It’s one step in helping them become more autonomous learners.
The success and smooth-running of the school, and subsequently pupils’ learning is based on mutual respect inside and outside of the classroom.
Teachers, administration, parents and pupils all need to collaborate for our students learning experience to be as effective and pleasurable as possible.
Adults are assessed according to the Common European Framework: A1,2, B1,2, C1,2
These are a set of performance related scales divided into 3 areas: Social &Tourism, Work and Study, reflecting adults interests and needs.
We involve adult pupils as much as possible in their learning process.
We negotiate goals with them to ensure they have a sense of direction and can see their progress.
We are always looking for opportunities to improve.
The school communicates with the teaching community via twitter, and shares ideas on scoopit
The school is situated in the centre of Aranda de Duero, a town with a population of approximately 40,000, 150km from Madrid, 80km from Burgos and 100km from Valladolid.
Aranda has a more picturesque old part with a local Saturday market. There are organised tours of the underground "bodegas"/ wine cellars which riddle the centre of Aranda. There are many places of interest nearby but best accessible with private transport. See links below.
Aranda has 2 indoor pools with squash courts and several gyms with yoga, tai chi, pilates, martial arts, step, spinning and so on classes. There are 3 outdoor pools, open in June; tennis & padel courts, opportunities to join local 5-a-side. There's also a municipal music school, and a creative arts school offering painting, printing, photography & pottery.
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