4 Lessons Learned From Being a North American English Language & Culture Assistant in Spain

4 Lessons Learned From Being a North American English Language & Culture Assistant in Spain

The four main lessons I learned from being an auxiliar were that becoming an auxiliar de conversación will change your life, you absolutely must embrace uncertainty to be successful as a language assistant, you’ll have a “balance of stories” of Spaniards instead of a “single story” perspective, and that it’s a perfect low-risk opportunity to try out teaching before spending money on a credential program!

Avoid This Common Mistake When Making Rubrics, Auxiliares de Conversación!

Avoid This Common Mistake When Making Rubrics, Auxiliares de Conversación!

The most common mistake I see teachers make when creating projects is that they spend a great deal of time putting together the description and requirements, and then recycle this information into the assessment rubric. Don’t do it! This undermines the requirements of your project!!

The Day To Day of Being a North American English Language & Culture Assistant in Spain

The Day To Day of Being a North American English Language & Culture Assistant in Spain

In my favorite classes as an auxiliar de conversación extranjero, while the teacher teaches, I can usually interrupt with stories or cultural examples whenever I want. If I want to play games or do a presentation, I just have to let the teacher know. The teacher tells me what we’re doing the day before or the week before.

15 Ways Teachers Bore The Snot Out of Their Classes & How Auxiliares de Conversación Can Come to the Rescue

15 Ways Teachers Bore The Snot Out of Their Classes & How Auxiliares de Conversación Can Come to the Rescue

Auxiliares de conversación are in such a unique position to deliver interesting and engaging ESL lessons. Using this cheat sheet of the 15 most common pitfalls of boring English lessons will help ensure they don’t fall into these bad habits of dull EFL teaching!

The Best Auxiliar de Conversación Blogs: From A (Applying through Profex) to V (Vegan eating in Madrid)

The Best Auxiliar de Conversación Blogs: From A (Applying through Profex) to V (Vegan eating in Madrid)

Want different perspectives on if you should apply to be an auxiliar de conversación de inglés in Spain? Or looking for help with the Profex application through MEC? What does an auxiliar de conversación even do? Get answers to this and more at www.auxiliaresdeconversacion.org

Top 10 Ways To Know if Your Class “Gets It” — For Auxiliares de Conversación

Top 10 Ways To Know if Your Class “Gets It” — For Auxiliares de Conversación

Not “checking for understanding” may seem to speed things up in the classroom, but speeding through the chapters of your textbook in an attempt to “win” the curriculum race means nothing if you’re the only one who gets it. A key to successful language learning is to check for understanding quickly and often. Don’t teach something and wait for the exam to correct misconceptions. Teach it, and immediately see if your students understand.

How to Teach Anything (An Auxiliar de Conversación Roadmap)

How to Teach Anything (An Auxiliar de Conversación Roadmap)

This process, in a nutshell, is how you teach. Everyone “knows” how to do it, but I’m going to show you tricks to make sure (1) your lesson flows, (2) it’s more interesting than what other teachers usually do, and (3) most of your students actually remember what you’re teaching.

5 Secrets to Get Shy Students Speaking in ESL Classes: An Auxiliar de Conversación Cheat Sheet

5 Secrets to Get Shy Students Speaking in ESL Classes: An Auxiliar de Conversación Cheat Sheet

Your job is to make class fun—to make ENGLISH fun. Think of the class you hated in high school. Multiply that hatred by ten. That’s English to many of these students. Many of them grew up hearing extremely negative feedback regarding their language abilities. Let’s change that!

Improving your Spanish Before Your First Year as an Auxiliar de Conversación

Improving your Spanish Before Your First Year as an Auxiliar de Conversación

Here are some resources I wish I had the summer before I became an auxiliar de conversación in order to brush up on my Spanish. I’ve been teaching languages for over 10 years—and have seen tons of students who LOVED learning and many students who didn’t. Here are recommendations I have to help ensure learning Spanish stays fun.

3 Ways Auxiliares de Conversación Can Create a Positive Learning Community

3 Ways Auxiliares de Conversación Can Create a Positive Learning Community

Well, actually, jobs = sí bueno. Jobs = responsibility. Responsibility = a sense of belonging. And if I belong in English class, I am much more willing to buy in.

Classroom Management for Auxiliares de Conversación Part 2: Make Your Expectations Known

Classroom Management for Auxiliares de Conversación Part 2: Make Your Expectations Known

This next part is awesome. Ask for a volunteer to incorrectly model how to follow the steps. Remember Julio? Get Julio up there front and center.  Let him break all of the rules. Let him speak in Spanish. Let him take off his shoes, dormir una siesta, lo que sea--Julio will be so into this it’s not even funny. T