The Developing Teacher with Spanish

The Trainer:

Kate has been teaching EFL since 1996 and has taught in the UK, Bolivia, Spain and Honduras. She has been tutoring on the Developing Teacher course since 2011 and coordinating the course since 2016.

We launched our Developing Teacher course with Spanish in 2013 and it has become so popular that since then other schools have also chosen to develop their own version.

Important note: We ensure that this course includes all elements seen on this page and contains 20 hours of study time per week in order to obtain a student visa. This is a requirement of the Spanish consulate.

Find out more about what to look for in a potential course provider to ensure your visa application is a success.


You will develop as a teacher by attending Spanish classes and reflecting on your experience as a language learner and a teacher observing fellow teachers in action. You will complete a range of reflection and observation tasks each month as well as a monthly assignment supervised by a tutor. Our Spanish classes are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes which is the sole accreditation for institutions teaching Spanish as a foreign language. 


The Developing Teacher with Spanish course is for those who would like to fine tune their skills as a language trainer and also learn Spanish along the way. It is aimed at TEFL teachers with an initial qualification (such as the Cert TESOL) and 0-3 years experience. This course meets the requirements in order to apply for a short or long term student visa (for non-EUs) and is suitable for all levels of Spanish from A1 (beginner) up to C1 (advanced).  


You can sign up for a minimum of 6 months and it can be extended at any time during the course.

Each month will consist of the following:

  • 40 hours of Spanish class at Oxford House.
  • 20 hours lesson planning.
  • 4 hours group workshop
  • 6 hours observation of experienced teachers
  • 10 hours independent work on your monthly assignment


Total: 80 hours per month (20 hours per week)

Course fee: €300 per month


The Developing Teacher, Duncan Foord, Delta Publishing 2009

You will need to buy the book, which provides options for developmental tasks for you to carry out on the course. The book is available from reception in the school.


If you are a non-EU citizen, by signing up to this course, you will be eligible for Spanish student status allowing you to travel freely and (for visas of 7 months or more) legally work for up to 20 hours per week. To find out more contact Regina, our visa support officer and careers adviser.


All Oxford TEFL trainers on this course are Dip TESOL qualified and have at least 10 years teaching experience.


To pass the course and receive the certificate you will have to: Complete the development tasks to a satisfactory standard and present them in a blog each month. Attend 85% of the timetabled course.

The Developing Teacher with Spanish Lessons certificate will:

  • State that you have passed the course.
  • Outline the components of the course in detail. State the length of the course.


Certificates are emailed to the address given on the application form within 14 days of course completion. If you need a paper copy by post, this will incur an additional charge of €10.


Total: 80 hours per month (20 hours per week)

Each month will consist of the following:

40 hours of Spanish class at Oxford House.
Monday to Thursday 11.30 to 13.30 and Friday 10.00-12.00. You will join a class suitable for your level, from A1 to C1.

20 hours lesson planning.
From Monday to Friday 13.30 to 14.30 An opportunity for you to get support with planning your lessons, if you are teaching or to discuss the Spanish lessons you have been attending. Attendance is optional.

4 hours group workshop.
1 hour per week on Friday 12.00 – 13.00. You will join other course participants and a tutor for a workshop to focus on different aspects of learning and teaching. You will receive support with the monthly assignment and plan for the month ahead.

6 hours observation of experienced teacher.

  • 1.5 hours per week arranged at a time to fit in with your timetable.
  • In each Friday workshop, the tutor will help you to set up an observation of an experienced teacher for the following week. You can choose which teacher you observe based on your availability and the type of class you want to observe (general English, exam preparation, adults, teens, young learners, business)
  • You can choose an observation task to complete while you watch the class, which you’ll then submit to your tutor in the following Friday workshop.


10 hours independent work on your monthly assignment.

You will reflect your experience as a learner in Spanish classes, complete observation tasks, do background reading and complete your written monthly assignment.


At the end of each 4 week course you will complete a written reflection based on your experience of learning Spanish and teaching English. The content of the assignment will vary from month to month based on the focus of the weekly workshops e.g. Learning Styles, Vocabulary etc.

You must successfully complete the assignment each month to maintain your place on the Developing Teacher with Spanish course. A satisfactory assignment demonstrates that you have reflected on the classes you have attended and that you have gained insights into teaching and learning through the experience of attending Spanish classes.

To help you prepare the assignment each month you can:

  1. make notes during and after your Spanish classes.
  2. discuss your thoughts informally with fellow students and ask them about their experience of the classes.
  3. discuss and consult formally with your fellow DTS students and your tutor in the weekly Friday workshop and in the daily lesson planning sessions.
  4. do some background reading on teaching and learning by searching on the web or in publications suggested by your tutors.


The major hurdle for a non-EU citizen is a lack of clear, coherent information about the steps to get the Student Visa, and being able to do things legally in Spain. The reason why I chose to study at Oxford Tefl was their professionalism, especially the clarity with what the process would be like for a non-EU citizen. Continue reading