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This page is made up of articles and links about teaching English in Madrid - Spain. The main objective is to help English teachers to find better teaching jobs or employment. If you are interested in teaching English in Madrid, you should base any decisions you make on information from many different sources and not just on the information that you might find here.

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Teaches English classes in companies and in his own private home.

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Some real-life experiences of teachers who have taught in Madrid:

Ready for a Change - by Ahmed J. Nicklaw
"I was living in LA at the time and was ready for a change. I was tired of all the plastic people and fed up with having to spend 2 hours a day in the car. I was ready for a change. I really wanted to learn Spanish so moving to Spain was definitely on my mind."
Read more: Ready for a Change.

Kelley PiggotYin and Yang - by Kelley Piggot.
"I now find myself in Madrid for the sixth time; my first, second, and fifth times in the Spanish capital were mere stopovers on larger trips; my third and fourth times I had decided to relocate from Seattle, my hometown."
Read more: Yin and Yang.

Marcus SearsonMy Experience with Spain - by Marcus Searson
"My first contact was with the people. My girlfriend is an absolute sweetie. A nicer person you could never find. She has a large and lovely family. When I met her mother for the first time at a new year's eve party, she said to me, . . ."
Read more: My Experience With Spain.

Trent Brock The Experience is Waiting for You - by Trent Brock
"Everyone has a story at to why they came to Madrid. It is very intriguing to hear about everyone’s story. Normally underlying reasons are that people needed a change in their present lives because of boredom or just chasing an adventure of some type. For me, it was a combination of the two. . . ."
Read more: The Experience is Waiting for You.

Trent BrockPart 2: The Wrap Up! by Trent Brock
Trent Brock writes about what he did over the year, some experiences that he had, and gives some advice to newcomers - from a one year veteran of Madrid!
Read more: Part 2: The Wrap Up!

How I Became an English Teacher - by Sara Rodgers.
"Growing up in California, my sister and I wanted to be sheepherders in the Shetland Islands, open a bookshop in London, run a bakery in Paris. So running a little freelance editing business (Innoword) from Madrid, Spain and teaching the occasional English class isn’t such a stretch for me."
Read more: How I Became an English Teacher in Madrid.

Astrid SchmidhoferGerman Teacher in Madrid - by Astrid Schmidhofer
"When you first arrive in Madrid and look for work as a German teacher, at the beginning it can be very tough to find a good job with a satisfactory wage."
Read more: German Teacher in Madrid.

AdrianAdrian in Spain - by Adrian Manzano
Here is the story of why I am here. Truth is I have no idea why I am here. I’m just here. It was calling me. Like a wave calls a surfer. I just got on a plane and landed in Madrid. Well it's a little more complicated than that.
Read more: Adrian in Spain

A Bit of Guff about Teaching English - A bit of guff about teaching English on the hoof in Madrid or the ramblings of a traumatized English teacher.
My Experience in Madrid - An anonymous autobiography.
Mary - A Real-Life English teacher's Experience.
Monica - A Real-Life Experience.
Transitions Abroad - Another real-life story.
Would you like to share your story? What made you come here? How did it go? etc. etc. Send me your story to:

TEFL Diary Entry

New First Class Private Class
I've just recently started a private class, so I met someone new! That's certainly one of the upsides of teaching, and of course with the communicative approach, it's all about communicating! So I get to find out all sorts of things; and vice versa. In fact, the truth is I learn lots from my students, for example, about the latest technology, films, the economy; you name it!
Read more: First Class Private Class.

TEFL courses and training for teachers in Madrid:

I studied my own CELTA (English Teaching Certificate) at International House 18 years ago and I was quite satisfied with it. I did the 4-month extensive course and was always up to my neck in work so I don’t know how anybody could hope to survive the 1-month intensive. (The course-load has now been reduced somewhat to give more time for lesson planning.) I have also studied one or two other courses with their trainers over the years and apparently things haven’t changed there regarding the quality.
Read more: International House Madrid CELTA and DELTA courses.

Hyland Language Centre, appears to have an excellent line-up of experienced teachers (some of whom are published authors) and is an excellent option for a CELTA course here in Madrid, Spain. They certainly have the qualifications and experience. Years ago I worked with a top teacher who had worked for them for 4 years, who had been terribly reluctant to leave and who had nothing but really positive things to say about them.
Read more: Hyland Language Centre CELTA courses.

OxbridgeThe Oxbridge International TEFL Course prepares you to teach English all over the world. Oxbridge trains you to be the best teacher possible using an innovative and modern language teaching methodology. Read more: Oxbridge.

TEFL Courses - Why it's important to do a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Course and the sorts of things you learn on one. This page deals with the sorts of things you might have to learn on TEFL courses as applied to the reality of the sector in Madrid, Spain.

TEFL Courses in Madrid - Is a teaching certification really necessary for a Job? An article on

Public/Private System of Education:

July 3, 2013: The Public schools system continues its meltdown. Things have only gotten worse over the past year. Most notably, universities are being hit harder and at least one public university reportedly has a debt of 500 million euros and there are about 50 of them in Spain (probably too many for Spain). Public universities can't go bankrupt, that's not the problem. But, Spain is going through a terrible recession at the moment and the Spanish government is struggling to cut expenses according to European (namely Angela Merkel) instructions. So, besides the government actually reducing the number of students currently attending public universities, that basically means that the quality of everything else has been seriously undermined. eg. R&D has been virtually cut down to zero, and many of the best minds are fleeing Spain to work in other countries. You could only find one or two Spanish universities in the top 200-300 in the world 5 years ago. I seriously doubt you could find even those still in the top 300-400. Spanish education is notoriously bad at or near the bottom in nearly any international ranking.
Read more: The Public / Private system of education in Spain

Articles about and for Teachers teaching in Madrid.:

How to Teach English - A book review.
Practical English Usage - A book review.
Mind Maps for Kids - A book review.
How to Organize Yourself - A youtube video about starting up in TEFL teaching.
Error Correction Techniques - A youtube video about methodology.

Profile pages of Language and English Academies and Agencies in Madrid:

ASTEX Language Agency - If not yet the largest agency, it's in the neighbourhood.

Vaughan Systems - Here's a top paying job for dynamic, sociable non-TEFLers (teachers without a TEFL certificate)

Cambridge House - Three schools in the centre of Madrid and 20 years in the business. by T. Brock.

American Language Academy - Here's an English academy where most of the teachers are from North America. - by T. Brock.

First Language ConsultingFirst Language Consulting - First Language Consulting is a relatively new academy which was founded in 2005

Kennedy Empowering Successful Communication - This school has a presence in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Salamanca providing innovative solutions for their clients’ language needs and being teacher centred, emphasises a positive and supportive working environment.

International Institute in Spain - This school is a prominent historic entity offering a range of language courses both on-site and in-house for adults as well as a program for young learners.

Berlitz - With 128 years of experience, more than 450 centers in over 60 countries, Berlitz is one of the oldest and largest language service providers in the world.


élogos - A company offering a 50/50 mix of telephone and in-company classes.


International House Madrid - An affiliate of the International House World Organisation’s network of over 120 schools worldwide. See their CELTA and DELTA courses also.

Hyland Language Centre was established 22 years ago, in 1985, and is one of the best balanced academies in Madrid.

Baxter Business Services is a fast growing language school with impressive client list and more than 30 teachers who usually work with them because of the top rates and excellent conditions.

DiverboDiverbo - A school seeking experienced teachers to start immediately with in-company classes, Masters courses and intensive residential courses.

EuroLanguage Consultants - Offers first class language solutions to companies, groups and individuals in Madrid, Spain and abroad.

British Council Madrid - The British Council operates 91 teaching centres in 57 countries. There are around 2000 teachers employed who deliver classes to about 495,000 learners each year.

Interlang Executive Centre - Interlang has been around for over 24 years and so is one of the best established in-company language schools in Madrid offering business, general and ESP language courses.

OxbridgeOxbridge Offers Sponsored TEFL Training Course.
with Work Opportunities

Idiomas SeifIdiomas Seif is a language academy on Gran Vía in central Madrid which offers only on-site classes specialised in intensive general English courses. Idiomas Seif employs teachers from across the English-speaking world. Their only requirements are that teachers be fully native and legal residents.

The Crisis:

July 25, 2015, update:

Spain's new "Gag Law" (see NYT article) went into effect on the July 1. It's now illegal in Spain to say anything bad about the police, government, etc. out on the street or on social networks. In today's El Pais daily there's a story about a man who cracked wise about the police on Facebook in the morning and 2 officers stopped by his house in the afternoon to deliver his 600 euro fine. Whamo! The new "due-process" is nothing but lightning fast.

This bodes ominously and reminds me of a quote from George Orwell's 1984: "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." So, remember, while in Spain if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.

The "Gag Law" grants institutions other new powers as well. For example, there will also be fines of up to 30,000 euros for customers of prostitutes in Madrid.

Read more: Crisis

Articles for Autónomos (or freelancers) teaching in Madrid:

Freelance English Teaching in Madrid - Steven Starry's article on "Transitions Abroad".
Factura - MS Word document with the "invoice" that I've always used. (IRPF is now 15% on Jan. 31, 2011.)
Transitions Abroad - Work in Spain page.

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Kennedy is seeking experienced Native English teachers for intensive courses. Monday to Thursday 9:00 - 14:00 from 3 April to 11 May near Ríos Rosas or Gregorio Marañón.

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