Preparing for Auxiliar de Conversación

The Auxiliar de Conversación position is a part time assistant English teaching position through the government of Spain. You are responsible for providing a native English voice inside of English classrooms accompanied at all times by a head teacher. As an assistant, you help instruct lessons and provide assistance to the head teacher. You do not have disciplinary or grading responsibilities. I often refer to it as “all the fun parts about teaching”. It is an incredibly rewarding program, and the students always love having auxiliary teachers.

When applying, you can mark preferences for regions of Spain, but you do not control where exactly you are placed in Spain. Some get placed in large cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Others get placed in small towns in rural regions, and some teachers can be placed in tropical locations like the Canary Islands.

Depending on your region of placement, you will be given a different contract with different pay. The weekly teaching hours range from 12, to 16 teaching hours with a monthly stipend of €700 to €1,000 depending on teaching hours and location.

These are all the locations that do not pay €700 a month for 12 teaching hours a week.

The stipend is tax free*, and it is sufficient to cover cost of living in Spain, although many auxiliary teachers also do private lessons under the table.

*Tax free for Spain. Americans still have to file taxes every year.

You are allowed to renew up to 5 years within the program, but you have to be careful and be informed because there are shorter limits for different regional educational offices. As far as placements go, priority is given to first year renewals in the same region. Then to new applicants and first year renewals who want to change to a different region in Spain, and then 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year renewals.


Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen and have a valid passport. If your passport is expired or if it doesn’t have 2 blank pages, you need to get it renewed. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the end date of your visa. The program (and visa) is typically from October – end of May or June.
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree or be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior or a senior in a bachelor’s program. Applicants may also have an associate degree or be a community college student in their last semester.
  • Have a native-like level of English.
  • Be in good physical and mental health.
  • Have a clean background check.
  • Be aged 18 – 60.

Official Requirements Here

Getting a Passport (U.S.)
Renewing Your Passport (U.S.)

Recommendations

  • Teaching experience.
  • Have experience living or studying abroad.
  • Intermediate Spanish level or higher.
  •  TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification.
  • Have experience working with children.

These are things that will help you in the program, but are not required.

TEFL certification trains you to teach in a English in a foreign language environment. There are many courses offered online. Here is what I took:

120-Hour TEFL course

Language Resources

Duolingo – Duolingo is a great resource for getting started. It is able to introduce basic vocabulary and sentence structure. The program is available on mobile or desktop, and it uses images and context to teach. They also have a podcast to practice listening skills in Spanish which I highly recommend. (here)

Cons: It is not a great program for mastering a language. They don’t have specific in-depth grammar lessons and conjugation lessons. The program is also incredibly repetitive. You tend to master the program’s repetitiveness and not the language itself.

https://www.duolingo.com/course/es/en/Learn-Spanish

Spanishdict – Spanish Dictionary is my go to tool to practice Spanish. They have interactive video lessons on verb conjugations, grammar, and they have a massive collection of vocabulary you can drill.

The video lessons are often humorous and feel very natural. You are put into different situations with Telenovela (soap-opera) level acting. Each grammar rule and conjugation is well explained before starting the lesson, and each lesson does a great job of practicing these rules.

A list of verb conjugation lessons.
Grammar lessons include introduction, intermediate, and expert levels
Vocabulary lists can be personalized. The lessons are flashcard style.

Make sure you meet the basic requirements for the program before continuing with the process. I also highly recommend getting a TEFL certification if you want to improve your application, especially if you don’t have teaching experience.

Finally, Even though you will greatly improve your Spanish while living in Spain, it is a great idea to practice and become conversationally fluent in Spanish before arriving. Necessary tasks such as renting an apartment, getting through immigration services, and communicating with your school will require you to understand Spanish.

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