Teaching English in Mexico: Cuautla Part 1

Larry M. Lynch
 


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Cuautla Jobs - First the “pay dirt"…

Being primarily a weekend “getaway" for affluent and middle-class Mexicans, foreign national tourists are in short supply. Cuautla’s charms was one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets. But the word is getting out. As a result, the English language teaching business is on the upswing, much to your benefit. These represent the larger options for a steady gig in town. More will be cropping up as the economy grows and more and more “touristas" invade the area with their “gringo dollars". Stay tuned…

English Center
Address: Catalan No. 2 Altos 107
Col. Centro Historico
Phone: 352 - 9989

Situated one short block from the Zocalo on Galeano, this is an aggressive school with three locations. One is in Cuautla, one in Atlixco and a third in Tehuacan. They boast certified instructors, so you’ll need TEFL certification to be a strong candidate. They also guarantee their teaching methods using Canadian, American and British teachers. Pay isn’t always the best, so negotiate hard before signing a contract. You’ll like it here though, both for the location and the students, who will be extremely curious about you. Take souvenirs, postcards, pictures and such to help with your English conversations and you’ll be a tremendous hit. It’ll also put you in good stead to know a bit about the area’s history. Residents are very proud of it.

Harmon Hall
Address: Reforma No. 36 (first floor)
Plaza Rosada
Col. Centro
Phone: 354 – 1102, 352 – 3302
Website: www.harmonhall.com

The ever-present, English-language teaching icon has one of its nearly 100 locations in Cuautla. This Mexico-wide institute is one of your best bets for employment if you’re long on desire but short on experience. They will evaluate and train you over a period of approximately one month or so, for which you won’t get paid. After the initial training and trial teaching period where you will first be an observer, then an ever-increasing teaching participant in class sessions, you can receive a full-time class schedule of your own. Salary varies, of course, but you can expect something in the neighborhood of 35 to 45 pesos per hour. Harmon Hall locations are individually owned and operated under strict franchise agreements. Contact them directly online to apply or inquire about the possibilities in Cuautla.

Ingles Individual
Address: Carrera Mexico – Cuernavaca No. 1561 – B
(next to the Los Arcos Cinemas)
Phone: 353 - 6880
Website: www.ingles–individual.com

Another established school with multiple offices all over Mexico. Well-prepared teachers with an enthusiastic, lively style should do just fine with the small groups and individual student classes taught here. Classes are primarily for adult and business groups, dynamics are an important factor in classes taught here. This institute has its own TV channel. There is also a multi-media room for the small group classes. Courses feature conversation skills. Salaries range at 35 to 40 pesos. More for special-interest or advanced English groups. This school charges students a set fee, and students take classes when they have an opening in their work schedule. This system is a bit unique for Mexico but seems to work well for them. Your salary will be based on your experience. They do prefer experienced English language teachers with a teaching degree. There is an ongoing need for experienced teachers. Check out their website for the latest details and to submit a CV.

Finally, be sure to check out my other articles in the two continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico. If you would like more information, have questions or comments, the author can be e-mailed; see address below.

Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: lynchlarrym@gmail.com

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