I am very curious, self-taught and creative person. I love learning and teaching, and I am passionate about my work.
In my free time, I love travelling, reading good books, watching movies, cooking, hiking, playing table games and most of all, spending time 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, Portugal and the United States. 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 (both in face to face lessons and in online environments). 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, Hot Poatatoes and InDesign, as well as some LSM (like Moodle) and some tools 2.0 (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 extremely difficult explanations or 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. All materials are included. To begin, you just need a Skype account and an Internet connection. After some lessons, I send a full summary of the class with a few exercises and explanations, and well as some suggestions to practice or improve. Click here to watch a presentation video.
Spanish might be difficult language to learn but, if you are truly willing to learn, you will get to speak better than Spaniards do!