Teaching Assistant Programs

October to May

Teaching Assistant Programs


October to May


The Teaching Assistant Program TAP5C* covers the needs and demands of today’s educational world. Many Spanish education centers have started to implement bilingual and multilingual programs for their students. Additionally, more and more graduates are choosing to come to Spain in order to improve their Spanish and develop themselves professionally.

TAP5C matches teaching assistants with schools in Andalucía and advises them on ways to promote the school’s bilingual program. SIGE helps schools make the most of their time with the teaching assistant.

The Teaching Assistant Program is not a job, but rather should be considered as an experience in a primary or secondary school. The participant will not sign a work contract. Instead, an agreement is made with schools supported by public funds. Therefore the participant will receive a Student Visa and will not require a Work Visa. The participant will be at their school for 12 hours and week and will be given a monthly stipend of 700€ that will cover living expenses.

All Program prices include a non-refundable fee of €150.

What's Included

  • Documents needed to obtain a Student Visa
  • A teaching assistant position in Andalucía
  • Airport pickup and transportation to accommodation provided during orientation
  • Orientation
  • 2 Field trips
  • Health insurance & 24/7 assistance
  • Opportunity to practice speaking with local students
  • Support from SIGE throughout the duration of the program
  • Certificate for successfully completing the school year.

Dates & Duration

  • September: The teaching assistant will have orientation with SIGE at the end of September.
  • October 1st to May 31st: They will join and be a part of school life. The program lasts 8 months during which they work 12 hours a week, usually 3 hours a day, 4 days a week.
  • Vacation days: They are entitled to the school vacation days.


Orientation covers information about the Spanish educational system and methodology, information about getting a cell phone, finding housing, opening a bank account, insurance coverage, etc.

The Assistant's Task

The Teaching Assistant’s primary responsibility is to support the teacher working in the bilingual program.  They are not responsible for a class, although they will lead different tasks and activities that support the teacher.  The teaching assistant will have these objectives:

  • Develop material and school activities for the bilingual program.
  • Improve all aspects of the foreign language in the classroom, with a primary focus on speaking.
  • Provide phonetic and grammatical correction.
  • Collaborate with the teacher to make educational material.
  • Teach students and teachers about the culture of teaching assistant’s home country.
  • Carry out the activities the school has established for the program.
  • The students will always be accompanied by the teacher in the classroom. The classroom teacher is responsible for the group.
  • If there is any academic or disciplinary problem, it should be communicated to the classroom teacher or school principal.
  • During the first week, the teaching assistant will adapt by observing and actively participating in their assigned classes. The supervising teacher will provide the teaching assistant with information regarding the schedule, classroom organization, norms, etc.
  • The teaching assistant will collaborate with the classroom teacher in educational activities that are innovative, creative and recreational, and cannot go against the organization of the program without the consent of the classroom teacher.

Functions of the Supervising Teacher

The functions of the supervising teacher are the following:

  • Inform the teaching assistant of the organizational aspects, schedule, routines, etc. of the school.
  • Help the teaching assistant be a part of the educational community.
  • Introduce the teaching assistant to the educational and methodological aspects of the program as it pertains to the classroom and group.
  • Give instructions about future activities and dates so the teaching assistant can plan and prepare accordingly.
  • Important: The teaching assistant will not be responsible for the supervision of the students and will always be accompanied by the classroom teacher.


Sevilla, Andalucía

Sevilla’s monuments symbolize the city’s authenticity and its devotion to preserving its history.  Sevilla has hosted a plethora of cultures, which is evident in the Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architecture located throughout the city. Tourists are particularly lured in to view the majestic Cathedral of St. Mary: the largest medieval and Gothic cathedral. The city’s intimate ambiance is visible on Sunday afternoons as many family and friends feast outside at tapas bars while enjoying the year-round sunshine. Sevilla’s arguably most famous events occur in the spring; Semana Santa and Feria.  Semana Santa is a religious week in which the city exhibits extravagant church activities, and the streets are flooded with people. During one week in the month of April, the city is consumed by the Feria. The Feria is a recreation of a smaller city with an atmosphere that is similar to U.S. state fairs. However, Sevilla’s culture and tradition is much more present in the Feria’s dancing, singing, eating, and drinking.

The 5 C's

* TAP5C · Teaching Assistants Pioneering the 5 C’s

Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities

Standards for Foreign Language Education & Learning

(Adapted from the National Standards for Foreign Language Education)


Communicate in Languages other than Spanish
  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.


Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.


Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
  • Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  • Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.


Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
  • Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.


Participate in multilingual communities at home & around the world
  • Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.