Most of my classes are one-to-ones and a mixture of business subjects (whatever the student needs for work), essential vocabulary and phrases (so the student can function using English) and topics of general interest. The fact that we don't follow a book means we're completely free to do whatever we want.
The subjects and content vary depending on the student's level of English and what he or she actually needs, but in the end the student's the boss.
With the crisis I've noticed that my classes are turning into something different. My students want to relax more and use the class as a space they can escape to for a while away from work. They've got the urge to talk about anything, but especially about the problems we're all suffering. What they don't want to do is read texts and do grammar exercises. So we don't.
I've been teaching English for over twenty years, so ignoring what I'd planned for the class isn't a problem. I've always got a well-prepared class with me, but just because I haven't got anything prepared on a specific subject doesn't mean I can't teach it if it should come up.
In the end the class takes the shape the student wants. It can be informal or at the other extreme it can be focused on passing official exams.
The Cambridge exams
The University of Cambridge exams are the most widely accepted all over the world, whereas some other exams are only valid within Spain. They're the most useful ones for anyone who wants to work or study outside Spain or if you want to apply for a job in an international company.
For more information about the exams, the easiest thing to do is go to their website, where you'll find everything you need. The site has information about how the exams are structured and you can download examples of all the different sections and various other things.
Prices and availability
1-3 people: 30 euros
These are the prices I invoice at the end of each month. Teaching isn't subject to VAT, and I don't charge for travel time. The price is per hour per class. In other words, if there are 4 students in a class, the 34 euros are divided by 4.
Classes that are cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice are charged for.
Although it's always worth asking, please bear in mind that my timetable fills up quickly every year because most of my classes continue from the previous year. I'm self-employed and work alone, and therefore it's impossible for me to take on all the work I'm offered.
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