classroom management

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!

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.

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