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!
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.
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.