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International House is one of the best-established academies in Madrid, in Spain and in the whole world. You will find that with few exceptions, almost everyone will recognize them wherever you go in Madrid and if you work for them, your experiences there will be respected by just about everyone.


 


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“IH Madrid” has seen some big growth lately and is now made up of 6 buildings. Each building provides all types of class, apart from Sagasta, the headquarters and In Company Training centre. International House Madrid is certainly a growing institution and there aren’t many better academies to start out at in English teaching, so make sure to apply for that teaching job soon as they usually have to hire around 50 teachers in October.



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General Information:

Academy:
International House Madrid

Webpage:
http://www.ihmadrid.com
http://www.ihmadridtraining.com/

Date updated:
May 29, 2013.

When did academy open?
32 years ago.




Contact person and title:
Alex Bishop, HR Director, does all the hiring.

Contact phone:
902 141 517 (However, don’t call if you can send an e-mail.)

E-mail: selection@ihmadrid.com
Send your CV in an e-mail as an attachment. All CVs are looked at and kept in a database for future reference. Most of their hiring is done from May to September for the Fall, but sometimes they have to hire a few more teachers in October. (They took on 4 teachers in October who had done the academy’s own CELTA last summer.)

Address:
Zurbano, 8 – 28010, Madrid, Spain. This academy is just up the street from well-connected Alonso Martínez Metro station (three metro lines pass through here, including the very important “blue” or “ten” line). These are the six schools: Sagasta centre, in C/Covarrubias 1, Alonso Martínez – C/ Zurbano 8, Nuevos Ministerios – Pº/ Castellana 102, Ciudad Universitaria – Pº / Juan XXIII 9, Las Rozas – C/ Camilo José Cela 9, and Diego de Leon centre, in Calle Francisco Silvela, 54.

"Pasajes" English bookshop is on the corner at Alonso Martinez (Zurbano 8 centre) and there are plenty of restaurants and shops in the area, including “Burger King”.


staffroom


Facilities and classrooms:
Facilities and classrooms – there are well-equipped classrooms in each centre. Six centres: International House Alonso Martinez, International House Sagasta, International House Ciudad Universitaria and International House Nuevos Ministerios and International House Diego de Leon. The IH Madrid academy at Sagasta is the headquarters. IH Nuevos Ministerios is a new academy with a new building.

Have good materials support, photocopier?
The staffrooms are fully stocked with resources and equipped with computers with internet access for all staff.
IH Alonso Martinez has plenty of resources and a large area with tables and computers for the teachers. There are 5 computers with an ADSL internet connection in a cafeteria and 5 computers in the staffroom without an internet connection. There are also lockers for the teachers in the staffroom. All classrooms have a computer with internet access and a projector.

Have "Director of Studies" support?
Each department has a Director, a DOS, one or more ADOSes, senior teachers and supervisors. IH Madrid has a ‘Colegios Director, a “Adult English” DOS, “Teacher Training” DOS and “Senior Teachers”, who help less experienced teachers. There is also a DOS for the in-company teachers as well as a team of supervisors. Teachers have regular meetings at the beginning and end of each term as part of an on-going effort to standardize the courses so that all the students in a particular level will reach their objectives as per exams and such. Teachers also undergo “well-received” observations, which are followed up by constructive feedback sessions.


staffroom


VIPs on staff?
Roy Norris is author of “Ready for First Certificate” by MacMillan Publishers. Steven McGuire, head of teacher training at IH Madrid is a past coordinator at TESOL and frequent speaker at conventions and seminars in Spain. Kate Pickering has written books in the Global series. Several staff members are currently writing coursebooks for major publishers.


 

Qualification requirements for employment?
Require a minimum of a CELTA and prefer teachers who get an “A” or a “B” rather than those who simply “Pass”. Will take “equivalent” TEFL certifications (Equivalent qualifications recognised by IH World Organisation, mainly the Trinity TESOL or Irish CELT - post 2007 only), but will carefully examine the circumstances of the course (i.e. whether the classes were observed, etc.). There is a TEFL certification course, the Cambridge CELTA, offered by International House Madrid.

Employment Information:

Experience requirements for employment?
IH Madrid would love for every English teacher to be really experienced, but that’s simply not realistic. There is no experience pre-requisite for employment. Due to a high demand for teachers, they sometimes hire English teachers right off the CELTA courses providing they have demonstrated the quality expected. At the moment, IH Madrid has a higher demand for young learners teachers and prefers teachers who are willing to take at least some YL classes.

Hire at a distance?
With the exception of their internal transfer process they require face to face interviews, and do not hire at distance. IH Madrid will ask for your CV and check your references.

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Hire Americans and do their papers?
Hire Americans with legal status, but won’t do their papers.

Preference for British or Americans?
None apparently. IH Madrid gets plenty of companies that ask for American English teachers.

Estimated teachers hired yearly:
Estimated teachers hired – 50 / 60 a year, they tend to stay for an average of 2 -3 years. Apart from this, they tend to hire fewer strictly in-company teachers as they need teachers who can do every type of class.

Teachers at International House for over 4 years?
Around 40% of their workforce have been there for more than 4 years.

Number of students:
More than 3,000.
About 2,800 young learners.


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Best part about working at International House Madrid?
… the people, because most try to be professional. Also, there is a general feeling of being part of a “family” because people help and support each other.

Other benefits?
… the feeling that the training continues. Teachers like to come to IH Madrid because it’s a place where one can develop quickly. Teachers are encouraged to do seminars and they stay because they feel they are developing. Also, teachers only get more difficult classes when they feel they are ready for them. IH Madrid makes an effort to cater to requests and to give teachers the courses and work loads that they ask for.

IH is made up of a network of schools internationally, including 23 in Spain. As part of the internal recruitment programme, teachers who move around within the system will actually receive financial help with flights, etc. in order to better make the moves.

Offer teacher training or development along with job?
Teachers are offered an in-house IH Young Learner certification. There is also an obligatory paid 36-hour-per-year in-service training programme, which is written into the contract. The class schedules are doubled up so as to give teachers double the opportunities to choose their best seminar times. In terms of training they also offer the IH Language Awareness Course, the IH Business English Teaching Certificate, and this year we will also be offering the newly written IH Teaching 1 to 1 Certificate.

Starters' average salary?
Starting salary: contract – from €1,418 / month + supplements for experience as well as paid holiday, abono transporte (if travelling more than 6 hours a week or have 4 journeys between locations), and Spanish classes, autónomo - €20 – 22 / hour depending on experience.




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Job offer:



Job / Employment title: EFL teacher.
Academy: International House Madrid.
Website: http://www.ihmadrid.com, http://www.ihmadridtraining.com.
Location: Central Madrid in one of our centres, and in companies and schools around Madrid, as well as Pozuelo and Las Rozas.
(Zurbano 8 centre)

new Dec. 27 update:

Cambridge Examining:
1. Invigilating/ushering for exam sessions: if you are free in the mornings or Friday afternoons/Saturdays, we are looking for people to work as ushers and invigilators. Anyone interested should send an email to Debbie Rimmer at drimmer@ihmadrid.com.
2. KET/PET examiner training: we are now arranging training in January or February for experienced teachers to become Cambridge KET and PET speaking examiners. The requirements as specified by Cambridge are:
- education to first degree level or equivalent;
- a recognised language teaching qualification;
- proof of substantial, relevant, recent teaching experience.
In terms of teaching, substantial relevant teaching experience is normally interpreted as at least 1,800 hours or three years full time work. Specific experience teaching young learners at these levels will be valued positively.
If you have this experience and are free on weekday mornings for examining please ask them to send a CV to Debbie Rimmer (drimmer@ihmadrid.com).

Teaching:
We are starting a new project from January to September teaching groups of adults and young adults (under 25 year olds) general English and a small number of English for Speacial Purposes classes. These will be block hours in our centres on a fixed term contract. We are looking for teachers with experience and a CELTA or Trinity CERT Tesol, and if possible experience giving technical English or some kind of ESP. Comtracts will be for 19-25 hours a week depending on demand for classes. Applicants should send a CV to Alex Bishop (abishop@ihmadrid.com).

Need the teacher by: interviews conducted throughout the year.
Description of the academy: An affiliate of the International House World Organisation’s network of over 120 schools worldwide, IH Madrid offers the widest range of language teaching and training services in Madrid. The school is now in its 26th year and currently has 6 sites: Alonso Martínez and Sagasta in the city centre, Ciudad Universitaria (in the university district), Nuevos Ministerios (business district), Las Rozas, to the north west of Madrid and at Diego de Leon.
The company comprises 3 areas of work:

  • In Company Training

  • This department provide language training to corporate clients. Teacher Training services here includes the IH BET, IHWO Language Awareness Course and IHWO Teaching 1-1 certificate.

  • Language Teaching Centres

  • This department teaches General & Professional English, French, German and Chinese to the general public both on our premises and provides Teacher Training services (CELTA, IHCYL and a range of short courses). It also offer foreign study courses through our Courses Abroad unit.

  • Colegios department

  • This department provides extra-curricular English to young learners in schools around the city and the region.

  • Spanish

  • This department offers language and teacher training courses.

    Further information can be found on our website http://www.ihmadrid.com.

    Conditions of employment: "fijo discontinuo" from October until the end of July.
    including paid holidays, paid public holidays. Excellent conditions including Spanish classes, full library of resources, teacher support and development, and a fixed timetable.
    Salary: from €1,418, for 25 hour / week contracts, with supplements paid for experience as well as class type and location. Paid holidays and paid public holidays. Freelance rates from €20 – 22 / hour.
    Contact information:

  • Person: Alex Bishop.
  • Email: selection@ihmadrid.com.
  • Telephone: 902 14 15 17.



  • English Teaching Certificate Course:



    International House (Updated Jan. 12, 2012)

    I studied my own CELTA (English Teaching Certificate) at International House 18 years ago and I was quite satisfied with it. I did the 4-month extensive course and was always up to my neck in work so I don’t know how anybody could hope to survive the 1-month intensive. (The course-load has now been reduced somewhat to give more time for lesson planning.) I have also studied one or two other courses with their trainers over the years and apparently things haven’t changed there regarding the quality.

    Receptionhttp://www.ihmadrid.com
    http://www.ihmadridtraining.com
    More on International House Madrid.
    Calle Zurbano, 8
    Metro Alonso Martinez
    34 91 319 72 24
    ttraining@ihmadrid.com

      Recognition of the Centre (and Certificate)
    With over 120 schools internationally, International House is well-known all over the world and in Madrid, which will make it easier, I think, to get your Certificate accepted by your prospective employers anywhere you go. (It probably won't hurt to have an IH certificate if you want to work at IH in Madrid or elsewhere.)

      Training Staff and Course
    I thought the CELTA course that I did was great and the staff was professional. I recently spoke at length with their Head of Teacher Training, Steven McGuire, and I can give my own personal "certification" as to his professionalism, intelligence and general knowledge of English teaching. He is definitely a competent teacher who regularly teaches at conferences.

      Installations
    Generally speaking, the recently renovated Zurbano Centre is just about as good as it gets around Madrid. The classrooms are large, there are lots of facilities for the students and teachers, it’s centrally located with an English language bookshop and Subway station nearby and there’s a Café with 5 internet-connected computers on the ground-floor next to the reception area. Every classroom has an internet connected computer and projector.

    I'm told that teachers on the course now have access to the extensive teachers' resources library in the staff-room.

      Current courses
    Intensive courses run June, July, August and September. Part-time courses run October- December, January – March and April – June. Current availability of all courses here: http://www.ihmadridtraining.com/allaboutcelta/index.html.

    IH Madrid is also now running the first and only Online CELTA in Spain. For more information see: http://www.ihmadridtraining.com/allaboutcelta/online.html

      DELTA course (Diploma in English teaching)
    International House Madrid has been running the New Modular DELTA course since it began in 2008. The advantages of the Modular Diploma is that candidates can take the three modules – written exam, practical assignments, and specialism – in any order and at any stage of their teaching career. It also allows teachers to spread the load over a longer period. The course is open to all teachers regardless of where they work and applications are now being accepted for the next part-time course running October 2011 to May 2012. Experienced teachers may consider the option of working for International House while doing the course which automatically qualifies them for a 20% discount on the course fee.

      Prices
    Cost of the CELTA is 1,580 Euros (Jan. 2011 price). Cost of the DELTA course is 2,590 euros (Jan. 2011 price). More information on dates and prices at the training web site: http://www.ihmadridtraining.com/.

      The IH Madrid Young Learner Certificate course

    This course is designed for qualified teachers who have completed a CELTA course or equivalent, but who have either limited experience of teaching young learners or need to develop their current skills to teaching different ages or levels of children in different situations. The course consists of 27 hours of practical-based seminars and workshops to equip teachers with all aspects of young learner teaching.

    The cost of this course is €475 Euros.

    See: http://www.ihmadridtraining.com/ for more information on the contents and dates of the course.

      NEW COURSE - The IH Very Young Learner course

    The IH Very Young Learner course is designed for teachers who have limited experience of teaching very young learners or need to develop their current skills to teaching infants and early primary children. The course consists of 12 hours of practical-based seminars and workshops to equip teachers with the essential aspects of very young learner teaching. Participants who complete the course will receive an attendance certificate with detailed contents of the course. Cost of the course is 200 Euros. More details here http://www.ihmadridtraining.com/yl/very_young_learner.html.

    The IH Teens course – similar to the VYL course but focused on teaching teenage students. More details here: http://www.ihmadridtraining.com/yl/teenagers.html




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