Meet the teacher


Introduction

I am María, a Spanish as a Foreign language teacher (ELE) born in 1980 in a small city in the north of Spain, Burgos.

Since I was a child my dream was to be a teacher and to learn new languages in order to travel the world. I am very lucky because I am living my dream.

I have a lot of experience teaching in different European countries where I could develop my passion which is teaching Spanish and sharing the Spanish culture.

I always loved learning new languages and experiencing new cultures. My years learning foreign languages and living as an expatriate in different countries help me understand what my students go through when trying to learn Spanish. After few years teaching French and English I discovered my true path: spread my own language and culture, the reason why I started my career as a foreign language teacher training with Instituto Cervantes (Dublin).

I have taught Spanish to students of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, at all levels. I love teaching Spanish and I notice repeatedly that my own learning continues as each day I find new ways to approach the different learning styles of my students.

Certification

  • Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language, by Instituto Cervantes, Dublin (Ireland). 2011.
  • DELE Examiner, Instituto Cervantes, Dublin.

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Academic Career

  • Degree in Arts (Languages) by University of Burgos (Spain).
  • Masters in Scenery Arts by University of Burgos

Experience

Founder and Spanish teacher at Online Spanish Tutor having taught hundreds of happy students (Testimonials).

Publications

  • Ortega, Maria, Lobato, María Luisa (dir.) ​No puede ser, ed. de María Ortega; Kassel, Reichenberger, Colección Ediciones Críticas, vol. V.
  • Ortega, María. “De hombres celosos y mujeres industriosas: de Lope a Moreto (desarrollo de un tema cervantino)”. 777-786. (Sobre No puede ser de Moreto y su fuente directa, El mayor imposible de Lope, a través de El celoso extremeño de Cervantes).
  • Ortega, María. “Recepción y difusión de No puede ser en Europa: Traducciones y adaptaciones de una comedia moretiana”. En: Del verbo al espejo (ver Misceláneos general).

Teaching method

  • I offer comprehensive Spanish language courses aimed at developing the students’ ability to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish.
  • I use the communicative method (focuses on a language as a medium of communication; recognizing that all communication has a social purpose – learner has something to say or find out) and the task-based language learning (focuses on the use of authentic language and on asking students to do meaningful tasks using the target language. Such tasks can include visiting a doctor, conducting an interview, or calling customer service for help).
  • All my lessons are a combination of the 4 abilities no matter which level you are at: reading, writing, listening and speaking from the beginning!

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