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It’s great rubbing elbows (or shoulders as the Brits say) with my English-teaching colleagues. We have shared experiences, think the same way, have roughly the same linguistic brain waves: the same parts of our brains light up like Christmas trees.

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

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So here we all are in the insalubrious (because of secondary smoke) confines of our local watering hole, slaking our thirst after long hours of exposing students to language, clarifying meaning, and uncovering grammar, when I decide to toss out a sort-of serious question.

“How can we as teachers improve our lot?” Without missing a beat, they answer right back to me, “By getting out of teaching”, which was followed by general merriment. Oh well, what was I expecting?

Seriously though, I think the system is skewed against teachers (and for that matter against numerous other labor-intensive professions). I’m all for capitalism and the free market, but something’s not right when large segments of society are left out.

Nowadays a business faces fierce competition: a reputable academy offers classes for X amount, but another less reputable one undercuts it because they pay their (less qualified) teachers less. This sort of cut-throat capitalism tends to drive prices down to the detriment of qualified teachers and of our students, who settle for second-rate teaching.

So what’s the solution? I sometimes think that forming some sort of TEFL union in Madrid (or for all of Spain) might help. The question is, how much real power would it have to regulate the quality of teachers and get us living wages? How would we get it off the ground? I don’t have the answers.

I’m not one to preach doom and gloom, but sometimes the riots in Paris and Greece come to mind. Why did those people go haywire like that? OK, I’m not an expert on this, but it may be there’s a lot of pent up anger out there from this economic underclass working in labor-intensive professions or unemployed, and the victims of the inequalities of capitalism, which is becoming increasingly elitist, especially in the USA where (according to one source) 5% of the population controls 85% of the wealth. Of course resorting to violence is a huge mistake, so these people need to be empowered and brought on board.

I know I’d be happier if I could ply my trade without the feeling that if I want greater economic well-being, my main option is “getting out of teaching”.

Language School Requires Teachers

May 18th Update: Course Director plus 5 teachers needed for 50 hr / week intensive courses 09:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday on following dates.
5th to 6th June; 26th to 30th June; 3rd to 7th October. Material provided, transport and lunch paid. Please specify availability for these intensives in application.

Interlang needs teachers for following classes
Added 18th May: 3. Mon/Wed 14:30-15:30 Group Class metro Cuzco to start Mon 22nd May. 4. Monday to Friday (5 mornings) 1:1 high level Exec in his house in La Moraleja. 5. Monday 07:30 to 09:00 and Friday 08:00 to 09:30 in company in Villaverde right by bus stop.

IH Madrid are now recruiting teachers for the 2017/18 academic year, starting in October. .
If you are a dynamic and motivated teacher with experience teaching Young Learners and Adults and hold a Cambridge CELTA or equivalent, please send your CV and covering letter to Alex Bishop (

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The Green Monkey Schools and BBS are seeking English teachers for 2017-2018 teaching season Corporate classes are in-company, usually in Madrid but also in the suburbs. Classes to children, adults and teenagers are in our schools located in and around Madrid as well as Barcelona.

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