Who we are
It is a wholly independent private school run by a general manager and a director of studies and supported by an expert team in different fields; education, administration, marketing etc. etc. and it is not a franchise. Our expertise and skills are all resident
Over the course of the years Velvet School has become a point of reference not only in Bilbao but witing the province of Vizcaya.
The school is member of ACEIB and FECEI and is a University of Cambridge ESOL Authorised Centre.
What we do
Velvet School teaches English – and many more languages – to all age ranges from Younger Learners to adults in small homogeneous classes.
In our School our adults can take general English courses or a wide range of more specialised courses leading to international certifications.
We prepare our learners for an extensive range of examinations, which can be found in the section entitled “Certificaciones” The full range of study options is listed in the section called “Cursos” we also provide specific training for company, analyse their needs and fulfill them. Velvet School has a long-established and well founded learner-focused language education policy which is reflected in our Mission Statement below.
Our teaching team are experienced mother-tongue qualified teachers. We invest in, and train, our staff on a continuous basis. In this way our staff can enjoy employment with continuous professional development which, in turn, provides the learner with the certainty of effective quality teaching.
Mission Statement – our professional vision
Our Mission Statement
Our overall aim is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence and leader in the professional field that provides high quality and affordable English language educational services to a wide range learners of English for Speakers of Other Languages ESOL. Our teaching aims are to help our learners to develop mastery of practical language skills in a stimulating and supportive environment sensitive to their personal growth and to provide them with officially recognised certification of language proficiency.
Lo esencial en un curso es aprender y progresar a buen ritmo en todas las destrezas, pero además damos a nuestros alumnos la oportunidad de trabajar también la mecánica y técnica de los exámenes oficiales más reconocidos en todo el mundo.
Elaboramos los contenidos de cada curso para poder afrontar las diferentes pruebas del examen de certificación de Cambridge que corresponda, tanto escritas como orales, y con las mayores garantías de éxito. Nuestros cursos requieren compromiso y trabajo, y los profesores motivan a los alumnos con una gran variedad de actividades lingüísticas en clase.
Además de un seguimiento de los tests por destrezas y partes del examen, en todos los cursos se realiza un simulacro de examen “mock exam” para comprobar si tiene el nivel adecuado para presentarse al examen y tener una idea más real del resultado que cada alumno es capaz de obtener.
Where we are
You can find us only in the Basque Country. The contact details for our school are listed below:
Velvet School has been teaching English in Bilbao since 1988. The school is located on the first and Fourth floor of a modern building in Calle Simon Bolivar 7. It is a member of ACEIB And FECEI – Asocioción española di academias de idiomas, the Spanish quality association for language providers: designed to maintain educational standards by protecting both staff and students. It is an Authorised Centre of preparation for Cambridge ESOL.
Velvet School is an equal opportunities employer
Organisation of Academic Management
There is a Director of studies whose job is to coordinate teachers, and give them the support and provide specialist knowledge and support for specific subsets such as Young Learners, Adults, Examinations, Testing and Assessment, ICT, and so on.
Teaching staff are assigned a 1:1 link who acts as both a mentor and the first port of call for support and advice. Teachers and their assigned 1:1 link meet on a regular basis.
The Autonomous Region of Basque Country
Bilbao is the main city of the Autonomous Region of Basque Country. It has a population of about 500,000 and is situated on the Cantabrian coast about 80 miles from the France border. It also has the advantage of mountains within easy reach of the city. Swimming and skiing are therefore both easily available. Bilbao usually has comparatively mild winters punctuated by the famous “siri-miri”. Average summer temperatures are in the 25°-30°C range.
It’s a really warm and friendly town, a place to walk from home to work, a place where you can have a “pintxo” and a “zurito” with friends while meeting local people. Bilbao has an opera house, theatres among many other attractions but we should point out that the Guggenhem Museum is our most important and internationally renouned symbol.
Some interesting web sites you should have a look at you will surely be positively surprised.
The official website in English of the Autonomous Region of Basque Country can be found at:
The official website of the municipality (Ayuntamiento) of Bilbao can be found a list of events and cultural activities at:
Quality Certification, Syllabus FECEI
This is a professional organization which has three main areas of interest:
- A set of minimum working conditions for teachers working in Spain.
- The maintenance and enhancement of didactic standards within member schools and the encouragement of staff to acquire better professional qualifications.
- The operation of a “fair practices code” to protect both staff and students from the unscrupulous.
The Velvet School is member of FECEI. Further details can be found at www.fecei.org.
How to apply
Minimum requirements to apply for teaching positions at Velvet School should:
- Be native speakers of English or have native speaker competencies in all language skills and eligible for employment in Spain – i.e. EU nationals or holders of a “permiso de residencia por motivos de trabajo”.
- Have a degree.
- Have a qualification in teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language – Cambridge CELTA or a TESOL Certificate. Preference will be given to candidates who have a PGCE or DELTA.
- Have previous relevant experience of teaching EFL, including a period abroad. They should have already taught a range of levels and age groups – previous experience of teaching to Cambridge ESOL examinations and/or young learners is an advantage.
- Be enthusiastic and motivated.
Terms of appointment
Teachers appointed in Spain are employed on open-ended contracts with security of tenure (“Trabajador con contratos a tiempo indeterminato/fijo discontinuo”) as provided under the “Spain National Contract”.
Their principal duties are to teach English as a foreign language at all levels (A1 – C2) up to Cambridge ESOL Proficiency and sometimes beyond, to all ages from children to teenagers, from adult beginners groups to ESP groups and business courses.
Syllabuses are thought between commercial course materials and in-house syllabuses which are benchmarked as appropriate to the CEFR, and/or Cambridge ESOL exams, or which relate to examinations from other boards such as Trinity or IELTS. The school uses commercially published course books as “core materials” as well as specially prepared course materials for many of the adults’ courses and some of the children’s courses. The school has a Teachers’ Resource library which will give you an extra support for the preparation of your classes.
The school places considerable emphasis on continual staff training and development, particularly as it encourages staff to take up careers in EFL. CPD (Continuous Professional Development) is a cornerstone of the school’s ongoing training policy.
Teacher development is broadly and supported by 1 to 1 meetings with the Dos, Cambridge Esol exams workshops, motivation and class control seminars etc. inside and within our School.
- Send your CV to the address below. Your CV should include the contact details two referees – usually your most recent employer and a Director of Studies or teacher trainer who has observed your lessons. We will notify you before taking up references.
- Receipt of your CV will be acknowledged.
- If there is no suitable vacancy we will keep your CV on file for a year unless you inform us otherwise.
- If there is a vacancy which matches your teaching qualifications and experience the first part of the interview procedure will be by phone/skype and if this is satisfactory to both parties references will be taken up.
- Candidates who are shortlisted are invited to attend an interview in Bilbao or via Skype.
de aprobados en los exámenes de Cambridge cada año.
Work with us
If you are interested in being part of the Velvet team, complete the following form: