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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.

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!