Who I am:
I am very curious, self-taught and creative person. I love learning and I love teaching, and I am passionate about my work. Check out my website to know more about me and my work. I speak Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.
In my free time, I love travelling, reading good books, watching movies, making picnics, cooking, hiking and playing table games with my family and friends. I was born in Málaga, but I’ve lived in Madrid for many years. I have travelled a lot, but not as much as I’d liked to, and I have also lived in the Netherlands and in the US. I speak Spanish (my mother tongue) and fluent English, French and Portuguese.
How I came here:
I have a bachelor degree on Spanish Philology (that is Linguistics and Spanish and Latin American Literature), and two masters degrees on Education and on Spanish as a Second Language (ELE). I studied in Madrid, at the University Complutense and University Autónoma.
I have worked for many years as a language teacher (for different companies and schools, in private lessons and also via Skype). As part of my job, I also write for several blogs and language magazines and publishers and sometimes I do proofreading in Spanish as well.
I am passionate about the Internet and cutting-edge technology, and that is why, throughout my career, I have introduced myself, mostly in a self-taught fashion, into the world of e learning. To do so, I have learned how to use different types of software, like Adobe Captivate, Prezi, and InDesign, as well as some LMS (like Moodle) and some tools (like blogs, wikis, Google Apps, podcasts and some others) that I enjoy introducing in my lessons in order to motivate my students and make them express themselves and start constructing their own learning.
How I work:
My lessons are based on the communicative approach, fully adapted to online learning. I normally use Spanish in my classes, with a very rare use of the students’ mother tongue (except for practical issues).
I try to emphasize the importance of communication (which must be our goal when leaning a foreign language), and that is why I do a lot of practise on oral skills. However, I am also aware of the different objectives people have when learning a language (work, travelling, academic language, university), so I always try to adapt myself to every student’s pace and need. I always offer a level test and a need analysis to my new students (though both of them are optional).
I have worked a lot to create my own materials, fully adapted to online learning, and I like to use them in my lessons, as well as some other materials and resources that I take from different books and sites. Spanish might be difficult language to learn but, if you are truly willing to learn, you will get to speak better than Spaniards do!