Why teach Spanish?
Spanish is one of the fastest-growing languages in the world and it is spoken by an estimated 350 million people globally. Counting only native speakers, Spanish actually outranks English, which makes learning and teaching Spanish a smart choice. Teaching Spanish to UK students will also make it easier for them to take up their second foreign language, especially if it is another in the romance language family such as Italian or French
Teaching Spanish can be a challenging and rewarding career in which you could earn a competitive salary
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What is life as a Spanish teacher like?
Spanish teachers tend to work in vibrant departments where the use of technology and the sharing of ideas and resources are encouraged.
In the classroom, Spanish teachers work as a team with language assistants, teaching assistants and other support staff to provide an engaging learning experience for students.
Watch a video with Spanish teacher Mike Lambert explaining how he creates memorable and fun lessons at GCSE level.
Pushing the boundaries
As a Spanish teacher, you can use a variety of innovative ways to offer new learning experiences for your students. It is a daily creative challenge that can lead to award-winning results.
Comberton Village College, for example, won both the European Language Label and the Spanish Embassy Language Prize with their 'Spanglovision' singing competition. This project focused on creating a fun way of building confidence in their students’ pronunciation using the medium of music.
Promoting the Spanish language
Being a Spanish teacher involves more than just teaching the language, it also requires you to become a 'language ambassador' to students, colleagues and parents.
The Consejeria de Educación promotes and supports the teaching of Spanish by providing resources and running competitions. These can help boost a language department’s profile.
It also set up a Spanish Double Club with Arsenal FC, providing a fun way to combine Spanish language teaching with football practice for year 8 and 9 students. A similar approach was also used by St. Bede’s school for their 'Score with Languages' project where the students worked with Bradford City FC to learn about the relevance of Spanish in the sports sector.
Find out more
The School Experience Programme (SEP) offers the opportunity to find out what teaching Spanish is like in a real school. You can contact a local school directly or call the Teaching Line on 0800 085 0962.
The Teaching Line can also put you in touch with a teaching advocate; a practising teacher able to answer any questions you may have about teaching in general and teaching a modern language such as Spanish.
How do I become a Spanish teacher?
Initial teacher training (ITT)
There are many training options available to become a secondary school Spanish teacher. The right choice for you will depend on your background, qualifications and personal situation.
The Spanish postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is a popular option, but only one of many. Another option is School Direct, where the School Direct Training Programme and School Direct Training Programme (salaried) allow you to complete your training while working in a teaching environment. Or, you may wish to take a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) course.
Find out which route into teaching best fits your needs using our interactive tool
With the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), it is likely that more students than ever before will be studying an MFL.
You can train to teach Spanish only, Spanish and another language, or Spanish and another subject. If you would like to boost your skills in a second language you can take a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course
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Are you a native Spanish speaker?
You may be accepted onto postgraduate training if you speak English fluently and clearly. You can find out if your qualifications are equivalent to the required UK qualifications through UK NARIC
Already qualified to teach in another country?
If you are a qualified teacher in the European Economic Area (EEA) you will still need qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach in England and Wales. If you qualified as a teacher outside the EEA, you may be eligible to work in England as a temporary, unqualified teacher for up to four years while you achieve QTS. There is the option to take an assessment only programme of QTS