Dec. 18, 2018: International House Reception 2.
International House Madrid
Dec. 17, 2018.
When did academy open?
32 years ago.
Contact person and title:
Alex Bishop, Operations Director, does all the hiring.
902 141 517 (However, don’t call if you can send an e-mail.)
Send your CV in an e-mail as an attachment. All CVs are looked at and kept in a database for future reference. Most of their hiring is done from May to September for the Fall, but sometimes they have to hire a few more teachers in October. (They took on 4 teachers in October who had done the academy’s own CELTA last summer.)
Headquarters: C/Zurbano, 28010.
The head offices are just
up the street from well-connected Alonso Martínez Metro
station (three metro lines pass through here, including
the very important “blue” or “ten” line). These are the four schools: Alonso Martinez in C/ Zurbano 8, Nuevos Ministerios – Pº/ Castellana 102, Ciudad Universitaria – Pº / Juan XXIII 9, and Diego de Leon centre, in Calle Francisco Silvela, 54.
"Pasajes" English bookshop is on the corner at
Alonso Martinez (Zurbano 8 centre) and there are plenty
of restaurants and shops in the area, including “Burger
Facilities and classrooms:
Facilities and classrooms – there are well-equipped classrooms
in each centre. Four centres: International House Alonso
Martinez, International House
Ciudad Universitaria and International House Nuevos Ministerios and International House Diego de Leon.
The IH Madrid academy at Sagasta is the headquarters.
Have good materials support, photocopier?
The staffrooms are fully stocked with resources and equipped with computers with internet access for all staff.
IH Alonso Martinez has plenty of resources and a large area with tables and computers for the teachers. There are computers in the staffroom with internet connection. There are also lockers for the teachers in the staffroom. All classrooms have a computer with internet access and a projector. All centres have staffrooms with computers, copiers, laminators, resource books and supplementary coursebooks and other resources. Alonso Martinez and Nuevos Ministerios both have a cafeteria.
Have "Director of Studies" support?
Each department has a Director, a DOS, one or more ADOSes, senior teachers and supervisors. IH Madrid has a ‘Offsite Department Director, a “Onsite Department” DOS, “Teacher Training” DOS and “Coordinators”, who help less experienced teachers. There is also a DOS for the in-company teachers. Teachers have regular meetings at the beginning and end of each term as part of an on-going effort to standardize the courses so that all the students in a particular level will reach their objectives as per exams and such. Teachers also undergo “well-received” observations, which are followed up by constructive feedback sessions.
VIPs on staff?
Roy Norris is author of “Ready for First Certificate” by MacMillan Publishers. Steven McGuire, head of teacher training at IH Madrid is a past coordinator at TESOL and frequent speaker at conventions and seminars in Spain. Kate Pickering has written books in the Global series. Several staff members are currently writing coursebooks for major publishers.
Dec. 18, 2018: International House Reception 3.
requirements for employment?
Require a minimum of a CELTA and prefer teachers who
get an “A” or a “B” rather than those who simply “Pass”.
Will take “equivalent” TEFL certifications (Equivalent qualifications recognised by IH World Organisation, mainly the Trinity TESOL or Irish CELT - post 2007 only), but will
carefully examine the circumstances of the course (i.e.
whether the classes were observed, etc.). There is a
TEFL certification course, the Cambridge CELTA, offered by International House
requirements for employment?
IH Madrid would love for every English teacher to be
really experienced, but that’s simply not realistic.
There is no experience pre-requisite for employment.
Due to a high demand for teachers, they sometimes hire
English teachers right off the CELTA courses providing
they have demonstrated the quality expected. At the
moment, IH Madrid has a higher demand for young learners
teachers and prefers teachers who are willing to take
at least some YL classes.
Hire at a distance?
They will consider face to face and distance interviews. IH Madrid will ask for your CV and check your references.
Dec. 17, 2018: This photo is out-of-date as reception has been renovated.
and do their papers?
Hire Americans with legal status, but won’t do their
for British or Americans?
None apparently. IH Madrid gets plenty of companies
that ask for American English teachers.
Estimated teachers hired – 50 / 60 a year, they tend to stay for an average of 2 -3 years. Apart from this, they tend to hire fewer strictly in-company teachers as they need teachers who can do every type of class.
International House for over 4 years?
Around 50% of their workforce have been there for more than 4 years.
Number of students:
More than 3,000.
About 2,800 young learners.
Best part about
working at International House Madrid?
… the people,
because most try to be professional. Also, there is
a general feeling of being part of a “family” because
people help and support each other.
… the feeling that the training continues. Teachers
like to come to IH Madrid because it’s a place where
one can develop quickly. Teachers are encouraged to
do seminars and they stay because they feel they are
developing. Also, teachers only get more difficult classes
when they feel they are ready for them. IH Madrid makes
an effort to cater to requests and to give teachers
the courses and work loads that they ask for.
IH is made up of a network of schools internationally,
including 23 in Spain. As part of the internal recruitment
programme, teachers who move around within the system
will actually receive financial help with flights, etc.
in order to better make the moves.
training or development along with job?
Teachers are offered an in-house IH Young Learner certification.
The class schedules are doubled up so as to give teachers double the opportunities to choose their best seminar times. In terms of training they also offer the IH Language Awareness Course, the IH Business English Teaching Certificate, and this year we will also be offering the newly written IH Teaching 1 to 1 Certificate. They also offer a DELTA Bridge course to help teachers prepare for the Cambridge DELTA.
Starting salary: contract – from €1,355.03 / month + supplements for experience as well as paid holiday, abono transporte (if travelling more than 6 hours a week or have 4 journeys between locations), and Spanish classes, autónomo - €20 – 22 / hour depending on experience.