My name is Dylan Gates. I live and work in Granada, a magical and timeless city in the south of Spain. Like many guiris (non-Spaniards of northern European descent), I make a living here in the English language teaching industry.

Having started teaching English in 1996, you could call me relatively experienced. Having a Trinity TESOL certificate, a DELTA diploma, and an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT makes me more qualified than many of my peers. Although I’d still like to be an astronaut, football player or actor in 1970s cop movies, I’m happy and fulfilled (spiritually if not always financially) working in ELT.

The Spanish are (unfairly) derided for being poor at languages and lag behind other European nations in their English speaking competence. That means there is a huge market for English language teachers here.

So, what I do is train people how to become English language teachers to Spanish speakers. We offer a 4 week full-time or longer part-time course to enable you to learn basic teaching skills and the fundamental features of the English language (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) that you need to teach to the locals.

If pushed, I would describe myself as an unplugged teacher, which means I use minimal resources, use conversation as the engine of the lesson, and attempt to work with the language produced by the learner (emergent language). That doesn’t mean I’m adverse to using technology in the class; far from it, the digital revolution has transformed second language acquisition. However, learners do really benefit from focused and targeted speaking practice with a trained, engaged and supportive teacher which is why I limit my use of materials in class. After all, the learners are always your best resource as a teacher and their imagination is infinite.

If you are interested in taking my TEFL course in Granada, please send me a message:


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    1. Are you English? It is extremely hard! Consider phrasal verbs, prepositional usage and illogical spelling. For Hispanophones it is arduous and difficult.

      1. Hi Felipe. I am English and I agree that our language can be difficult. However, English is far easier than Spanish in terms of conjugating verbs and we don’t use (or need to use) the subjunctive as much. In other words, all languages seem to be challenging but in different ways.

        Thanks for your comment.

  1. Hello,

    How do you become a teacher trainer? Is there a recognized path of qualifications/experience?



    Nice Blog btw.

    1. Cheers Mark. To get into teacher training, it helps if you have a post-TEFL qualification such as the DELTA. If you do, I think it’s a matter of applying for any training posts out there and going where the work is. Another possibility might be seeing if any TEFL training centres near you need experienced teachers to observe trainees. This might help you get your foot in the door and you won’t necessarily need more than an initial TEFL cert.

  2. Hi Dylan. I really enjoyed your book (bought on Amazon the other day) – it was especially helpful to have a guide to the kind of questions potential TEFLers should be asking. I was so impressed I went to the school you recommended, intending to enroll, and asked a few questions as advised. However I’m afraid the (online) chat offered on the site wasn’t able to give me the answers I was looking for or you recommended. Are you able to offer some kind of contact details please? I can give you a transcript of the conversation. Thanks! Georgia

  3. Hi Dylan, please can I ask you a few questions about the course you’re associated with? I’m considering it having read (and been very impressed by) your book, which I bought from Amazon last week. I asked an online advisor on the website a few of the questions about the course you recommended. As I was unable to get the answers I required and you advised should be provided, please can I ask you? I can happily provide you with the transcript of the conversation if you’d like?

    Many thanks in advance,


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