2018-2019 COURSE (SECUNDARIA ONLINE ONLY)
In the first place, welcome to my web-page!
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This web-page is now in its fifth year, as I really needed to move with the times and embrace all this new technology! To be honest, I’m not a complete illiterate as far as technology is concerned: I have a personal computer, a laptop, an iphone/ipad, a projector, and a web-cam, but I always had my students in front of me in the past, as it’s probably easier to explain things and it’s much better when you need to criticise them (constructively, of course!).
For those of you who are visitors to this page and not (or not yet) students of mine you will not be able to access all the videos and documents that are uploaded here from each class (plus those that I record at home). However, if you check out the home page you will find a short presentation video and a sample of one of my themes (number 40, dealing with communication strategies).
Let me tell you a few things about who I am, what I do and how I do it. Apart from other studies, back home in England and here in Spain, I have a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and both CELTA and DELTA qualifications (Certificate and Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults).
I am a huge football fan, and have been a season ticket holder at Manchester City for many years (long before the money arrived!). I am also a founder member and sponsor of Unionistas de Salamanca CF, a club which we formed (in memory of UDS) after the sad disappearance of Unión Deportiva Salamanca in 2013, and which has had a meteoric rise since we first started to compete (in the Provincial League) in the 2014-2015 season. In only our fourth year we have once again qualified for the play-offs for promotion to Segunda B. Hopefully, when you read this we will have been promoted!
I have lived in the beautiful cultural city of Salamanca for close to 30 years and I set up my own Language School in 1993. My ‘speciality’ has always been high-level university subjects like Gramática Inglesa, Fonética y Fonología, or Morfosintaxis, although I have also taught children, teenagers and ‘normal’ adults (non-filólogos/as, that is!), preparing all sorts of exams (Cambridge, Escuela Oficial, Trinity College, TOEFL and others).
For the last ten years or so, however, I have devoted my time to just one thing: the preparation of our wonderful system of ‘oposiciones’ (competitive exam, or whatever you want to call it in English). It was proving difficult to combine other courses with the preparation, so I finally decided to specialise, even though I had first started preparing ‘opositores’ back in the 1990s.
Unlike other large organisations, I do not feel that it is necessary for me to go around blowing my own trumpet claiming to have an incredible percentage of passes. My record speaks for itself and I have hardly ever had to go around publicising myself and looking for new students; word of mouth has always worked for me. I have ex-students working all over Spain, in regions as far apart as Andalucía, Galicia, Asturias, the Comunidad Valenciana, Navarra, Murcia, Cantabria, Aragón, the Canary Islands, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha, Ceuta, and obviously Castilla y León. I still keep in touch with the majority of them, and it is a great source of pride and gives me a fantastic feeling of satisfaction when one of my students passes the exam and obtains a place (or, if not, some sort of ‘interinidad’).
I cover all the different parts of the exam. I have my own ‘temario’ and have always made a conscious effort to produce themes which are student-friendly; by this, I mean themes that are simple to study and understand, in an easy-to-follow format, making life less stressful for the poor overworked ‘opositor/a’. Look at the sample theme here on the web-page and you’ll see what I mean. It goes without saying that I dedicate plenty of time to showing students how to produce coherent written versions of the different types of themes to keep the examining board (‘tribunal’) happy.
I also dedicate a great deal of time to preparing, explaining and correcting all the possible practical exams that you might be faced with in the different communities and regions.
Naturally, I deal with the design and defence of the didactic programme, as well as the production, design and presentation of teaching units.
I am a very demanding ‘preparador’, but I feel that if you are serious about your preparation then you need someone who takes things seriously. I pride myself on my work capacity, even though at times it can be quite difficult to keep up with everything! I have had no complaints yet, though!
My rates are, as far as I know, probably the lowest in the country. I do not charge any sort of ‘matrícula’ and all the information, material, correcting, replying to your emails and solving your doubts is included in the monthly charge. Apart from access to this web-page, we have our own ‘closed’ Facebook Group page, as well as WhatsApp groups, and I am constant contact with all my students.
Should you require any further information for the 2018/2019 course you can contact me
- by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
- by phone (or WhatsApp) on (00 34) 620 33 73 71
Be quick, though, because I already have quite a few potential students signed up! Next year’s course starts in September (although I only charge half a month!).
For the academic year 2018-2019 I will only be offering the ‘online’ option.
After much soul-searching, I have decided to close the school down for the moment. The main reason for this is that for 2019 the only community which will definitely be offering places is the Comunidad Valenciana (although it certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see other regions or communities repeating next year).
I am not prepared to pay so much money (rent, retentions, electricity, phone, Internet connection and more) if I do not set foot in the school until October 2019. I have therefore spoken to the landlord and notified him of my decision to leave the premises.
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the ‘temario’ for 2020 onwards. PP have a ‘borrador’ of 75 new themes, but it remains to be seen whether the new government will introduce this, continue with the old one, or produce a ‘temario’ of their own. If things do change, then I will need to dedicate an incredible amount of time next year to preparing all the new themes.
I could possibly have prepared Magisterio students for their Primaria oposición in 2019, but you will understand that I cannot afford to take such a risk if I then need to produce 75 new themes for Secundaria. If I cannot dedicate enough time to Primaria students then I prefer to leave.
I finished this year’s course at the end of May, and – to be honest – I am mentally and physically exhausted. I really need a break, something which I have not had the opportunity of taking since summer 2014.
Anyway, if you are interested in the online preparation I hope to hear from you!