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Spanish Assistant position...mission impossible???

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by bertrismunosc, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I'm a Spanish national and I worked as a Spanish Assistant in an important Specialist Language College in Yorkshire. I worked there from 2008 to 2010, the experience was fantastic and I loved every second of it. When my contract was about to finish the school offered me the chance to stay with them another year, but I had already decided to move to the Midlands as i got a temp job.
    I'm still regretting this, as in the Midlands the lack of job made me struggle.
    I have been emailing local schools for a few months now ( i cannot apply thought the British Council, as I did it before), I even visited one and I'm getting no answers at all, which is quite depressing as I feel ignored which is quite upsetting as after my 2 year experience as a Spanish Assistant I can say that this is the job of my life, the one I really love and the one I really want.
    At this point I'm even considering working as a FLA in any other place in England.
    What is the problem here? Is the Midlands a bad area for Language Assistants?
    Does someone work in a school or know about a school that needs a FLA for this of the next academic year?
    Thanks a lot!

  2. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Only prob with the Comenius Assistant route is that secondary schools who teach Spanish can't apply for a Spanish Comenius Assistant. Same applies for all langs. Primary definitely an option though.
  3. Thanks a lot for the information!!! I will try to get in touch with some Primary schools and see if my luck changes and I will also do some research about Comenius.
  4. Blanca1

    Blanca1 New commenter

    Are you a qualified teacher (with a qualification from Spain)? Another route for you, if so, would be to investigate whether you can work as a teacher or a teacher assistant for other subjects. The normal pathway is to have a PGCE, of course, but it all depends on demand, your personal skills and experience. Working as an Assistant or a supply teacher if you can't find a regular job will get your face known and hopefully build your reputation.
    Needless to say that for this your English needs to be very good - a pitfall I observe amongst many Spanish people applying for jobs.
    Good luck, B.
  5. Hi Blanca,
    Yes, I'm a qualified teacher in Spain and I obtained my English QTS in 2009, but as I haven't been trained in England I don't feel confident enough to be in charge of a class because as you know the Spanish system is very different.
    Thanks a lot for your advice, I will consider the options you told me about if I see that my luck doesn´t change soon[​IMG]


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