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MAIN PERKS OF THE PROGRAM
THE UNIVERSITY COURSE
Each of the course modules is designed to guide participants through their teaching practice effectively. The content of the modules aims to cover each of the educational stages. One of the modules is tailored for early years educators. It includes stage-related readings and videos that will broaden their knowledge to teach infants.
It begins with an initial workshop in Barcelona. After that first day, participants move to their destination and follow the rest of the course online, with the support of forums, tutorials, and a tutor. The completion and evaluation of the course will be based on the assessment of individual module reports.
Educators will be able to test their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting in Spain. Participants will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to plan and conduct lessons.
Educators will focus on helping preschoolers improve their English-speaking skills through games and activities. Meanwhile, their tutors and the main teachers will give general indications and guidelines on how to be a good preschool teacher.
There will be a good support system from two tutors. On the one hand, a university professor will provide guidance, when needed, to complete the online course. On the other hand, an experienced Early Childhood teacher will always be at the school.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
Early Childhood Experience in Spain
In recent years, Spanish schools and teachers in Spain have focused on second language acquisition during early learning. They want their pupils to be immersed in other cultures from the earliest stages of children’s development.
The schools seek to create high-quality environments for young children who are learning English as a second language. Consequently, Early Childhood jobs and work experience opportunities for native-level English speakers with this academic background have grown exponentially in Spain.
Indeed, around 70 out of our 200 partner schools all over Spain participate in this program. They are all private or semi-private schools. Most of them are bilingual centers, or centers in which English language teaching is considered a pillar of their curriculum. Nevertheless, their main purpose is to improve the English language and intercultural skills of their students with our programs and, therefore, both scenarios enable a great context to learn about the best teaching methods for preschoolers.
Catalina O’Brien is one of these recent graduates who has decided to take advantage of the exceptional conditions offered by Spain. Being an Early Childhood graduate from University College Cork, Ireland, she speaks about her Early Childhood work experience in Spain teaching preschoolers with Meddeas.
Catalina joined Meddeas’ Early Childhood work experience in Spain in search of teaching experience as an Early Childhood Educator. She had just graduated and thought that gaining international experience would be beneficial for her resume, as well as an incredible opportunity to broaden her mind and to grow on a personal level.
In Ireland, I taught in English, which is the children’s first language. In Spain, their first language is Spanish and they are slowly starting to learn their first words in English. This makes the teaching experience more challenging, but also more fulfilling because you really witness the kids making progress. I always feel so proud and accomplished when the children ask for things in English.
I was extremely lucky with my tutor at the school. She was so helpful, understanding, and kind throughout the entire year. My colleagues were always teaching me new things about Spain and recommending places for me to visit. Not only did I improve my Spanish from my colleagues but learned about the education system in Spain, which is something I’ve always been interested in.
Teaching as an Early Childhood educator and living in Spain with a Host Family has given me first-hand knowledge of Spanish schools and Spanish life. In fact, I feel that teaching English as a second language to preschoolers is the most valuable skill in my professional career.
Teaching English as a second language to two to five-year-olds is challenging, but I noticed that I made my activities more interesting and provoking in order for them to understand. The skill to be able to teach English as a foreign language is extremely valuable to me.
This experience teaching English abroad will set them far apart from other applicants in any position they apply for. International experience is extremely valuable in many jobs.
Also, teaching English abroad proves your ability to adapt to a new environment and to live and work with people from different cultural backgrounds. They will always have something interesting to talk about in a job interview regarding their experience abroad!
Catalina O’Brien, graduate from UCC (Ireland)
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