Teaching English in Puerto Rico – San Juan

Published: 06 September, 2015  |  Last updated: 11 October, 2016

Teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Report submitted on 26 August, 2015 by Kathy.

Teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Our Education Department web page: www.de.gobierno.pr.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, full time special education teachers.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
– BA in ESL
– GPA 3.00 or higher
– Teacher’s license or certificate
– Some experience on the field may be required

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Experience, Masters Degree and other certifications like Special Education.

What are the levels of payment?
US$1,750 monthly

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
30 hours per week.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to San Juan, Puerto Rico to teach English?
To be bilingual (Spanish/English).

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
You will be helping a lot of kids who need the right teacher to teach them a language that most of them don’t want to learn. They need English class to be fun and exciting.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Some of the children don’t want to learn the language and sometimes there is no support from the parents.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
getting:
1.resources
2.support from parents
3.students interest

 

Living in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Puerto Rico?
U.S. citizenship or Working visa

What is the cost of living like in Puerto Rico?
US$600 to US$1,000 a month (one person)

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
– You can rent an apartment in the nearest area
www.clasificadosonline.com

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
We have a nice weather. You can go to the beach all year long, because it is a tropical island. You can also go around the island in a day. There is a lot of beautiful places to visit, like the rainforests, beaches, rivers, caves, etc. Our capital is rich in history, Spaniard architecture and good gastronomy. You can also take a cruise from the capital city.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Like any other cities, there might be some car traffic at peak hours, some homeless people asking for money on the streets, some criminality and a lot of people in the same place. But if you are in the other cities, you may get a different story.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to San Juan, Puerto Rico to live?
Don’t be scared. Do not follow the news, they always emphasize on the negative aspects. And try to live in the southern, west or east area. I’ll assure you will have a peaceful time in those areas. And if you come to the city or metro area, make sure you are full of patience and love to give.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
Bring all the technological resources and material you can get. Kids are very technological these days.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave San Juan, Puerto Rico?
If I leave, I’ll miss the beaches and rivers. They are so beautiful. And I’ll also miss the warmth and festiveness of the people. You can find a party or festival every week.

Other comments:
It is a little bit challenging. There are a lot of students with special needs. But once you get to know your students and their work style, it’s a different story.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Kathy

Nationality: Puerto Rican

Students I’ve taught in Puerto Rico: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years).

Where I teach: A school in San Juan.  Teaching for 1 year.

How I found my current job: www.clasificadosonline.com

My school facilities: Very good – We have teaching resources, wifi access, library, common room, patio, cafeteria and books. But I find the classrooms a little bit small.

Teacher support at my school: Lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training
.

 

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Teaching English in Puerto Rico – San Juan

Published: 29 September, 2014  |  Last updated: 29 September, 2014

Teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico

 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Report submitted on 29 September, 2014 by Mery.

Teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
First, you take PCMAS teacher’s Test you make an application for your teachers license and wait in a turn list for the Department of Education to call you for an evaluation meeting.  Private Schools only want your license and academics credits. After you summit everything they call you for evaluation meeting.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at state schools, teaching at community centers, etc..

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
The minimum teaching requirements for getting an ESL from fourth to sixth grades is 128 credits in BA. and to be HQT in the specialization are 54 credits.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Only 18 credits in methodology in the area to specialise and a test evaluation.

What are the levels of payment?
The level of payments are US$1,700 with BA. and US$1,850 with MA.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
70 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
The normal arrangement for holidays are 12 holidays a year.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to San Juan, Puerto Rico to teach English?
speak only in English. Students in Puerto Rico understand the grammar and reading but don’t speak the language with fluency because they don’t have a daily conversational practice.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Many people from Puerto Rico Travel to the U.S. and stay there for vacation or work for one or two years.  When they come back they have improved their language and practice.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Some oppositions and political groups think that English couldn’t be official language of this country so when the Department of Education tried to implement a pilot project to develop and enrich the language many opposed it. I think English is an universal language like Spanish and if many people in Europe speak it we have the right to decide how many languages we want to speak. Teachers are not well paid.  Before I got this job I worked in two part time jobs. Now, because I am a transition teacher and not a permanent, I only have vacation and holidays days pay.

Also, I can tell you now because I will begin next Monday – last week I had to paint and decorate my own classroom with my money. The principal told me “This will be your classroom to do your work”. It was very depressing to receive my children with dirty walls and floor.  They have never had an English teacher until now.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
We continue to have challenge students not the more than we hope achieve our goals.

 

Living in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Puerto Rico?
Yes. You can work with passport permission from the Department of State.

What is the cost of living like in Puerto Rico?
The cost of living is very high to compares to what you earn. You earn less than your daily necessities so teachers need to have two or thee part time jobs to have life quality.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Well, the land where I live is mine and my house too. My country is beautiful.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
The cost of live is too high. The increase in crime and drugs doesn’t let me go to a weekend place to have fun because you think something will happened but there are many places that continue to be good.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to San Juan, Puerto Rico to live?
Look for a place to live with access control and comes with the mentality for the pay and the high cost of life.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
Get information about the place and school where you will apply to. Don’t forget to teach you customs and traditions from your own country.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave San Juan, Puerto Rico?
My traditions, the food and the nature and ecology of my country.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Mery

Nationality: Puerto Rican

Students I’ve taught in Puerto Rico: Elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults.

Where I teach: SEPA an Addiction Program in Hogar Crea, Rio Piedras, P.R.  Teaching for 14 years.  The SEPA Program is a Project from The Dept. of Education. Teachers assist like tutors for the equivalent test for middle and high school Program.

My school facilities: Adequate – I give an F for the school library. The school doesn’t have a librarian or adequate textbooks for grades.  Classrooms don’t have air conditioners and I have the smoke from Kentucky Fried Chicken near my classroom. Image the class at eleven o’clock!

Teacher support at my school: training / workshops, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.

 

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