A Day in the Life of a TEFL Teacher

So what does a TEFL teacher get up to on a typical day? How to they plan and spend their day teaching English?

I used to teach English in an EOI (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas). These language schools are government subsidised and can be found all over Spain . Typical students in my classes were students in their final years of high school, university students and adult learners who were either attending class to improve their job prospects or improve their English in general. The school had morning, afternoon and early evening classes – most of my classes were in the afternoon after 4pm. Anyway, here was a typical day teaching at my school.

A typical day teaching EFL in Spain

8am – Start the day of by heading to the gym or for a swim in the pool. There’s a massive gym complex straight across the road from my apartment block so I can just roll straight out of bed and into the pool.

9am – Read over lesson plans for the day ahead over breakfast and catch up on any marking still left to do.

10:30am – The school is less than ten minutes away from my apartment block so it’s only a short walk down. I normally stop off for a coffee on the way.

11am – Set aside a couple of hours in the department every week so if students have any questions about coursework they can find me in the English department. It also gives me a chance to do any photocoping or printing of worksheets and materials we are using in class.

2pm – Head back home for lunch. Sometimes I have lunch with other teachers in the English department. It’s normally at a local restaurant. The menú del día is great – a three-course meal for 10 euros!

3.15pm – A bit of downtime before classes

4pm – Private tuition with one of my regular students. On other days if I don’t have private tuition, I normally have a Spanish language class so I keep up with developing my writing and speaking skills.

5.30pm – Walk to work. It only takes about 20 minutes to cut across town, even when it’s busy.

6pm – Intermediate-level class. Talking about scenarios in the future so it’s a good chance to revise the conditional tenses. Split students into small groups first and then do some paired role-play activities.

6.45pm – Grab a quick cup of coffee between classes at the cafe just across the road from the school. It’s really cheap, and strong! Only one euro

8pm – Beginner-level class. Today we are covering rooms in the house so there are few different listening and gap fill exercises before getting them to describe their own homes. A good chance to review “There is/there are”

10pm – Head home for dinner. Normally go for a drink on a Thursday night as I don’t have classes on Fridays.

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