English Language Assistant Spain


Why should I choose Spain?

Spain is a modern, vibrant country. It's a tolerant, accepting society, with a multicultural population and some of the most progressive laws in Europe. There are excellent universities, museums and natural spaces. Its geography is amongst the most diverse in Europe – beaches, mountains, national parks and plains all within a short distance of each other. There are big cosmopolitan cities and small, relaxed towns and villages. Spain is well connected with Ireland and the rest of Europe.

What are the terms and conditions?

Every year there are approximately 70 TO 80 POSTS in primary or secondary schools or in public language schools.

The programme welcomes applicants from any field or branch. Participants need to have some knowledge of Spanish, but it’s not necessary to be a student of Spanish. Candidates don’t need to have a background in education. However, if they are considering a teaching career, this will constitute a valuable experience.

Dates of appointment: 1 October – 31 May.

Hours: 12 per week

Salary: approx. €700 per month. In Madrid assistants work up to 16 hours and receive €1000

Medical Insurance

Age limit: 20 - 60 years old.

Candidates must have completed at least one year of higher education and hold an Irish passport. Candidates from other nationalities will be considered, if they have studied in the Irish education system for a number of years and are fluent in English.

What are the assistants' duties?

The role of the English Language Assistant (ELA) is to help Spanish students to see English as a living language of millions of people rather than as a ‘school’ language. The basic duties of the assistant are:

  • To assist the teachers of the Modern Languages Department.
  • To conduct conversation classes in the foreign language.
  • To supplement such classes with reading, writing and aural practice.
  • To give pupils an insight into the way of life in his/her country.

 Assistants may also be asked to participate in extra-curricular activities such as workshops, field trips, music and theatre performances, or sports events.

Where can I go in Spain?

There are posts available in all the Spanish "Comunidades autónomas" (autonomous regions), including Ceuta, Melilla and the Islas (the Canary and Balearic Islands), Efforts will be made to meet the applicants’ preferences, but their choices cannot be guaranteed.

 Will there be an Induction Course?

You will be invited to a one/two-day induction course in late September or beginning of October. This course will include information on the administrative procedures required for living in Spain and offer ideas to be used in the classroom. It also allows plenty of time to meet other assistants.

 For further information, call (01) 260 8100 or visit the programme website


Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 6th April, 2018.

Completed application forms must be returned to the International Section, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96..

 We would like to remind you to carefully consider your commitment to the ELA Scheme before accepting a post, as all withdrawals will need to be duly justified.