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Spanish teaching jobs in England for Americans?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by marmarg, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. Dear Theo,

    I am American and I have a Master's Degree (MAT) in Teaching Spanish. (I just posted my question on another TES forum, I think, but decided it might be better to contact you on this one).

    My question is, how can I find a job teaching Spanish in England (it would be at the university level, since that is what my degree is for)? I know a lot of Spanish/Spaniards go to England to find work and they would have priority, since they are EU citizens.

    Thank you very much in advance for any information/suggestions/ideas you can give me! ¡Muchas gracias!


  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You wrote on the forum with a slightly different question, and I answered it.

    Now that we have this detail:

    I can tell you that you need to have a PhD and publications normally to get a job as a Lecturer in Spanish at a UK University. My husband is a Professor (of Spanish, by coincidence) and tells me that your profile would not enable you to get a post.

    Not priority - they would actually legally be able to work here, and you wouldn't unless you had a visa that gave you the right to live and work in the UK.

    And they would be native speakers, which is unclear if you are.

    Here is my other answer:


    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.
  3. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    To be honest, it would frankly be impossible. I speak as an American married to an EU national, so can work in the UK without a visa. I have postgraduate qualifications, including the now obligatory PhD (conferences, papers and a book) - the competition for any sort of university appointment is very high and if you are not a native speaker, your application probably would not even be looked at, especially if there are visa issues.

    My subject is somewhat more specialised and I have made a successful transition to secondary because I genuinely love teaching it at KS3, etc as well as the exam preparation at GCSE and A level but I know the system reasonably well over here, so that helps.

    I am curious as to what your status is at your current university - do you teach lessons,work with as a language assistant or a tutor? There might be something you could offer to a 6th form college but would definitely need some experience in the UK system before a secondary school would even consider you and again, the problem of the right to work and a visa still exists - most schools wouldn't bother with the hassle and expense of securing a work permit particularly as there is such a large pool of qualified MFL teachers here as well as native speakers.

  4. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    They also wouldn't bother as Spanish speaking USians tend to speak Latin American Spanish, which is a different dialect to the Spanish taught here. Not to mention that a key element of language teaching is translation - and American English is different to "ours".
  5. Thanks so much for this info, Theo. I sent you a private message answering the other post. I appreciate your input as it gives me a much clearer idea of what is required. :D
  6. Hello, thanks for that info CWadd. I am familiar with Spanish from Spain as I studied abroad there and a little familiar with British English too, but you make a good point. :D All of this is very helpful and I appreciate it.
  7. Hi Sabrinakat,

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my post and give me this information. Between your reply and the other replies on here, I now have much better idea on what it entails (to try and find a university teaching job over there). I appreciate it and have a great day/afternoon. :D

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