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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 their jobs during the 2013-2014 academic year.


School types

How Many Schools

The number of schools varied by region.

Number of Schools by Regiontitle


Work Days

Days a week graph


The Ministerio (Spanish government) program mandates that language assistants work 16 hours a week in Madrid and 12 hours a week in the other regions. Other language assistant programs in Spain such as BEDA, UTECAM, and Meddeas require more hours, roughly 18-26 hours a week. Most of these non-ministerio auxiliares are placed in Madrid.

Among other things, respondents were asked:

  • How many hours PER WEEK do you work as an auxiliar de conversación?
  • How many hours per week do you work IN THE CLASSROOM as an auxiliar de conversación?
  • In an average WEEK, how many hours do you spend outside of school preparing for work as an auxiliar?


Work Hours M

Classroom Hours per Week M


Work Hours NM

Classroom Hours per Week NM


Class Room vs Work Hours per Week Table

Outside Hours Outside Hours Table

In the classroom experience

Without Graph


Teachers and Students

Most Teachers

Respondents were asked a series of opinion questions and asked to rate their responses on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being disagree and 7 being agree.

Get Along T

Students Like

Students WB

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