ESL / EFL teacher wanted by Spark Languages First work day: ASAP
Native-level speakers
Min. 1 year
Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.
Spark runs an English language academy for +225 children in wonderful El Puerto de Santa Maria . We are one of the only language academies in area dedicated exclusively to young learners.We look for young applicants (or young at heart) with lots of energy and a desire to improve and develop.

Job details


ESL / EFL teacher

Work hours:


Student type:

6-10 years , 11-14 years , 15-18 years

Group size:


Contract term:

7-12 months

Contract type:

Work as employee

Institution type:

Language school

School authority:


Spark is a young, dynamic language academy, where we continuously strive to deliver a high quality service to our clients. We believe that every child has it in them to learn a language, and every student deserves to be treated fairly and respectfully. As a teacher we have the responsibility to find out what motivates each and every child and
to teach them not only new language skills, but also instil confidence and teach them new values. Working with children can be a highly rewarding responsibility and at Spark we build teams of people who are able to appreciate this on a daily basis.

We look for teachers who aren’t afraid of seeing a challenge as an opportunity to grow as an individual and professional and who are happy to push themselves to learn new skills continuously.

TEFL teacher: Job Purpose
1. To teach daily classes in the English department as assigned;
2. Do any planning admin tasks related to the English classes responsible for;
3. Help organizing and participate in the special events (parents’ night, exams, Halloween party etc); including if assigned the Saturday games.
4. Participate in professional development training session and meetings;
5. Do any other office tasks as agreed, depending on the contract and conditions.
6. When needed, cover for other staff members in case of illness.

Job Outline/ Job Tasks

General information
Spark’s English classes is branded under the bigger TECS name and offers English groupclasses to young learners (3-18). Students have class twice a week (Mon and Wed OR Tue and Thu) for 1 hour (3-12 year olds) or 1,5 hour (12-18 year olds) at a time. There is generally a maximum of 13 students in these classes. On Fridays students can attend
optional classes of 1,5 hours to attend projects, conversational classes and exam preparation classes. Since these classes are optional and attendance is not 100%, classes are usually combined on these days, meaning total student numbers are generally higher per class on these days and teachers should be expecting around 16 – 20 students in these classes, although at times this might be slightly higher or lower. Students between 6 and 12 years old also have the option to go to Saturday activities between 10.30-13.30 where we organize sports, arts and crafts, music and project activities.

All teachers have their own classroom they share with a Spanish teacher who might use it at different times, with whiteboards, WiFi access, CD players and ample wall spaces to display students’ work.

All teachers can use the kitchen facilities (with microwave, cooking facilities and refrigerators) in the residence, taking into consideration these are shared facilities with our students or groups in the Spanish academy and that these students have priority over these facilities, especially the case when we have a school group staying there.

English Department Responsibilities
1. Teach 3 classes per day to young learners (4 – 18 years old) on weekdays.
a. All classes take place on-site in the Spark centre Monday – Friday in the afternoon (between 16.00 and 20.00 and Fridays 15.30 – 20:30).
2. Run Saturday activities every other week.
a. Saturday activities are done on a rotational basis and take place in the TECS-Central centre, about 10 minutes’ walk from Spark.
3. Participate in the inter-centre competition, which usually takes place on a Saturday in May, regardless of whether this is your assigned Saturday or not.
4. Make sure that students in class never revert to Spanish and if you speak Spanish don’t use this in class with the students. At Spark we believe in a 100% English environment in our English academy. Any student–teacher and student–student interaction should always be in English at all times during class time.
5. Look after students’ welfare, make sure to be aware of any issues and try and resolve these as best as possible.
6. Liaise with the Head teacher or Director of Educational Programmes on matters connected with student progress, absences, welfare and behaviour and record
incidents through our online observation registration system.
7. Ensure the safety and well-being of our students at all times.
8. Prepare professional and effective lesson plans based on the year’s syllabus and the students’ needs.
9. Prepare the students for their external exams depending on their age and level, most notable Cambridge and Trinity exams.
10. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the first class to set up classroom and board and have all materials prepared for when students arrive.
11. In between classes supervise students in the waiting area or in your classroom and set up for the next lesson. Make sure students are passed over to parents
at the end of the class.
12. Monitor the progress of the students, giving periodic progress checks, keeping a record of progress made, correcting students work in both activity books and notebooks and completing reports at the end of each trimester.
13. If teaching under the three classes per day, make up remaining hours with assigned office tasks. As office tasks involve no planning we do this on 1 and a half office hours for each 1 contact teaching hour not taught.
14. Deal with any students joining during the course in a professional way, paying special attention to their integration at a later stage of the year and their
progress and level.
15. Do any admin tasks related to teaching, including:
a. Writing individual student reports at the end of each trimester;
b. Elaborate and update an annual course plan per level;
c. Do tutorials with all students twice a year;
d. Complete student attendance, student evaluation and lesson contents sheet after each lesson;
e. Update internal communication system with student issues or follow up minimally weekly and more often when needed.
16. Contribute to your personal and the professional learning environment of
a. Attend initial teacher training week (last week of September);
b. Attend ACEIA teacher conference in Seville in November;
c. Attend all staff development meetings held at Spark and at times at TECS.
d. Commit to professional development through continued learning and mutual support, classroom observations and feedback.
17. Help out in the organizing and running of certain academy events, including:
a. Trinity awards ceremony;
b. Parents’ nights (4 times a year) and 1-to-1 tutorials with parents (whenever needed);
c. Special events, such as Halloween party, Christmas event, Easter egg hunt and the end of year party.
d. Supervision of external exams held in our centres.
e. Please note that the events mentioned above, might sometimes be instead of class hours, but other times in addition to teaching hours or on a Saturday.
18. Complete any projects as set by the DEP: resource development and creation, develop student welcome pack etc. if teaching hours fall below the agreed number of hours.
19. Attend any teacher meetings or teacher development sessions as scheduled at Spark or at TECS.
20. Be responsible for teacher room tidiness and materials or books for your level.
21. In the case of illness of another member of staff, cover their role or lesson. This might at time include combining classes of different levels if there is no other possibility.

Job Review and Performance Management
Regular feedback will be provided from the Director of Educational Programmes about job performance and objectives. Also the Director of Educational Programmes will be available at all times to discuss concerns or problems that may occur. We welcome your frequent feedback on how your job is going for you.

● Commencement of Work: Training days: 24th September - 27th September 2019*
Start Work: 1stOctober 2019
*Training date is subject to element of change.
● Last day of Work: 12th June 2020*

Wage € 905
The wage is in gross per month, net figures depend on the applicant’s personal i.r.p.f. (income tax rate).

Municipality of El Puerto de Santa María, 11500, Cádiz, Spain

Who we are looking for

  1. Language proficiency

    Native-level speakers

  2. Experience

    Min. 1 year

    (Experience of working with young learners. Experience of working in a fast moving environment where stress levels and responsibilities can at times be very high. Preferred: Experience of teaching Trinity and / or Cambridge exams preferred. / Experience of learning a foreign language up to higher intermediate level preferred.)

  3. Qualification

    Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.

    (CELTA or TRINITY TESOL certificate (pass B preferred) or equivalent. We may may an exception for someone with a teaching degree or someone with exceptional past experience with children. Preferred: College/University Bachelor’s Degree or higher)

  4. An EU passport or Spanish residence / work permit.
  5. A positive attitude towards the job and the ability to respond positively to challenges and workload.
  6. A professional and above all flexible attitude towards all responsibilities.
  7. Good interpersonal skills, with ability to communicate effectively and professionally with others;
  8. High energy levels and a young but responsible and mature outlook on life and work.

What we offer

  1. An international, passionate and dedicated work environment where people from different countries and backgrounds work together to provide the best language programmes possible. You will find that we are a hard-working team of young people, wishing to make
  2. A supportive work environment and structure where we encourage people to develop professionally and personally during their time with us and become independent and proactive members of staff. Please note that we don’t shy away from pushing people continuou
  3. Training induction and continuous professional development (both in-house and external) throughout the year.
  4. We furthermore encourage teachers who are interested to prepare in-house development sessions for their peers and work towards giving a talk at the ACEIA conference at a later stage.
  5. Social staff events during the year, such as at Christmas and at the end of the academic year, amongst others.
  6. Official Spanish contract from 1stOctober 2019 – 12th June 2020 with full social security coverage and paid vacations.
  7. The option of staying in the Spark residence where some of our staff members and foreign students studying spanish stay. This is something that is subject to Spark agreeing in Spark’s interest and would require doing some office hours in exchange for the a

Andalusia, Spain

Job location

Spark Languages

About the employer

At Spark Languages we have a huge passion for language learning and we offer many different services: including: English language academy, Spanish language academy, summer camps and school trips in Spain. Our main goal is to provide our clients with the highest quality service possible and cater to all of your educational needs. We offer fantastic in bound Spanish courses and have students of all ages from all over the world that come to study at our ´Sparkville´ residence in El Puerto de Santa Maria. We also offer Total Immersion English classes for local children at our TECS-Spark centre. The idea is that the whole lesson is taught in English in order to increase the students’ exposure to the English language. We also offer a brilliant Translation service to our clients and there is no end to the services which our team provides!

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