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Returners and Renewing

Thousands of people have come to Spain to work as language teaching assistants, or “auxiliares de conversación” in Spanish schools.

This year, 239 of these language teaching assistants told us about their experiences by filling out a survey that was written and analyzed by me, Kate Peregrina. I had time to do all this because I work as an auxiliar de conversación.

Notes about reading the graphs:

  • “N = ” tells the number of responses to each question.
  • The number in brackets [ ] is the number of responses to a particular answer
  • On some bar graphs the percentages add up to over 100% because respondents were asked to check all that apply.

So here’s what 239 language assistants in Spain had to say about renewing and returning  for an additional year as an auxiliar de conversación.

Year Graph


The 56 respondents who had previously worked as auxiliares de conversación were asked specific questions about how their previous year compared to the 2013-2014 academic year.

Work Renewals

Live in same town


Among survey respondent, 56.9% answered that they are renewing to be an auxiliar de conversación.

Renewing or not

The 136 respondents who said they are renewing to be an auxiliar de conversación next year were asked additional questions about their plans for next year.

Where renewing

Expectations vs Reality

The 56 returner respondents were asked:

  • Compared to last year, my experience this year has been

The 136 renewing respondents were asked:

  • Compared to this academic year, I expect next year to be

They were asked to rate their responses on a scale of 1 to 7 with 1 being “worse” and 7 being “better.”

I expect




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