Are you looking for a better and fullfilled experience while living in Madrid?

Would you like to help Spaniard children to learn English?

What is the language learning process? Typically, language learners begin by listening to and understanding sounds, later moving to pronunciation, and eventually reading, writing, and grammar. In Spain, students focus largely on the latter half of this process (writing, reading, and grammar), and I want to give them the opportunity to improve their speaking and listening abilities as well.

 

My project involves connecting families in Madrid with English native speakers or absolutely bilingual students from University Abroad Programms in Madrid. Students will go to families’ apartments to play and interact with their children (in English!) to build language ability.

While the main goal for this program is to improve Speaking skills, you may also have to focus as well on writing, reading and grammar. My aim is that children feel more comfortable and confident with their language ability in future English-speaking environments.

 

This project is being well received. I currently work with many universities like Middlebury College in Vermont, Stetson University, St. Louis University, USD, UCSD, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Suffolk University, Vassar College, Wesleyan University, Complutense, Autónoma, Carlos III, and Instituto Internacional in Madrid, among others, as well as organizations like APUNE, API and ASI.

 

The children you will work with typically range between 4 and 16 years old, but some adults also ask from time to time for help improving their speaking or writing skills.

 

  • The goal of interacting with toddlers and preschoolers (until 6 years old) is to teach them basic English (ABC's, articulation, pronunciation, etc.) in a safe and stimulating environment through playing blocks, reading books, teaching songs and practicing arts&crafts for example, to encourage them to touch, create, and think creatively while learning English.

  • The goal of interacting with 6 to 12 years old children is to provide a safe and stimulating environment where they can learn and play games to improve their listening comprehension and speaking skills. Most of this children may also require help with English homework, exams, or even reading, grammar, spelling...

  • The goal of interacting with teenagers (from 12 to 16 years old) is to help them continue to improve their level of speaking and listening, while also helping them with tests and homework.

  •  While less common, some adults may also request help practicing their English writing, speaking, and listening abilities in preparation for interviews, English examinations, job training programs, working abroad, or simply their own desire to improve.

 

You will receive a stipend of 14€ per hour at the family apartment, to compensate for traveling and out of the pocket expenses.

 

Tutors will be selected through a 30-minutes questionnaire submitted to me, a 15-minutes Skype interview, and if needed a 40-minutes mock session with my three kids. Families will also submit a questionnaire regarding their needs and preferences and will be matched with tutors accordingly.

 

What are my responsibilities?

  • Collaborating with over 50 American universities, colleges, and international programs to receive around 100 students interested per semester to do the selection process and to match interested families with capable student tutors (around 60 tutors).

  • Serving as a liaison between tutors and families.

  • Providing advice and suggestions to families and tutors for structuring sessions.

  • Following up if needed with tutors and families the first 2 or 3 weeks to check that the relationship is a good fit, or if we need to work together to tie something specific.

  • Guaranteeing you a family and a stipend of 14€ per hour at the family apartment during your time in Madrid

What are your responsibilities?

  • Helping children to improve their English ability towards bilingualism.  So you will prepare ideas, materials, and activities for the sessions ahead of time. Parents may offer to provide you with specific materials if you need it.

  • Giving feedback to parents following the session, including a short summary of what activities you completed, what the lesson was focused on, and what their children learned that day  Giving me feedback about how the tutoring sessions are going, and reporting any issue if needed.

  • Providing me at the end of the semester with information about the children English level at the beginning and end of the semester including development with you and tips for the next student will work with them.

 

What are the family’s responsibilities?

  • Waiting for the student at home and monitoring their children’s improvement.

  • Speak directly with you about their expectations and tips if needed to improve sessions.

  • Provide you with the material you will ask them in order to do the activities with children

  • Make the payment to the student, either daily or weekly: 14 EUROS per hour at the family apartment.

 

What will you get?

  • A pro-bono position with a stipend of 14€ per hour at the family apartment

  • Around 10 weeks (or more) of working experience during your stay in Madrid.

  • A perfect fit with a family and free consulting with me to resolve any issue or concern.

  • A work schedule that matches with your availability.

  • The chance to meet Spaniard families and learn about Spaniard culture, habits, parenting, and education.

  • The opportunity to improve or develop abilities like: teaching, punctuality, commitment, responsibility, empathy, patience, creativity, sometimes nice strictness if children’s behavior warrants it, and more!

  • A reference letter or SkillSurvey.com if requested.  You can add this experience to your resume, LinkedIn profile...

 

What will you get from me to start this job?

I will guide you through the process to be sure that you have all the information to understand the position sending you and discussing with you about your profile, experience workign with children, and a document with information which includes:

  • What the job is and what it is not

  • What my role is

  • What you will get

  • What YOUR role will be

  • Next steps

  • What students can expect from parents

  • What parents expect from students

  • My suggestions

  • Q&A