I have been teaching since January 2011 and I have been a Spanish teacher in Liverpool for Cactus since 2012. I teach Italian at the Cactus centre in Leeds.
I moved to the UK in January 2011.
I was born in Vitoria, in the Basque Country in Spain. The city along with Bilbao and San Sebastian is famous for its gastronomy and for its pintxos, similar to tapas but usually superior in intricacy and delicacy. Another good part of our culture is wine as the land is part of the Rioja wine producers. Life in the Basque Country involves good friends, good food and good wine. There is a reason why the region has the highest concentration of Michelin star restaurants in Spain!
I have a degree in Art History and a degree in Fine Arts. I also have a teaching qualification for teaching in high schools, complemented by a course for teaching Spanish to non-native speakers from the Cervantes Institute. Apart from working for Cactus I have also worked for several schools and sixth forms and I performed as an A-level examiner. I am also a tutor, teaching both face-to-face and online, for companies and casual learners. Among my former students are doctors, business women/men, A-level students, pensioners, cabin crew, teachers, travellers. I have also worked for the British Army teaching military officers intensive courses besides recently teaching in different Adult Education Centres for Liverpool City Council.
I am a curious learner and love learning new things. That passion for learning is why I qualified and worked for years as an art restorer and as an art teacher before moving to the UK and since then, along with my teaching, I have qualified and worked as a pastry chef.
Apart from Spanish and English I also speak Basque (Euskera), the language from my region, completely different to Spanish and a real challenge to learn. I am also in the process of learning Italian.
I never considered myself to have a natural ability to learn languages and I struggled to learn English at school. However, now that I speak fluent English I realise that it was not me but the methodology that was the problem. The most important thing that I have learned as a teacher is to keep the teaching flexible and remember that no one is the exact same and that we all have different ways to learn. The process of learning needs to be enjoyable.
Looking forward to meeting you soon,