All members of our experienced team of teachers are qualified to teach Spanish as a foreign language.
All of our teachers share three basic qualities: personal attention to each student, thorough preparation of the classes, and commitment to academic achievement.
The exchange of cultural experiences between students and teacher and the teachers’ total commitment to the school’s project have created a close-knit community within BCN Languages that works toward a common goal: helping the student to learn, accompany him or her and giving support along the learning path, and make the process enjoyable.
What does it mean for you to be a SFL (Spanish as a Foreign Language) teacher?
I’ve been working as a SFL teacher for more than 13 years and the experience has been very enriching for me. The contact with people and helping them day after day make you feel useful. You’re not just their language teacher; sometimes you become the person that students use as a benchmark to judge the country as a whole and that makes me feel very proud. It’s a job that brings you a fresh challenge every day.
Each person expects something different from you and success with one group does not guarantee success with another group. In addition to the classes, the outings and cultural visits in Barcelona enable you to show other sides to learning a language that they appreciate enormously and help them learn and gain a better understanding of Spanish and Spaniards. I think my job is fantastic!
Marta Soler has been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language for 14 years. She is from Barcelona and has been working in BCN Languages since 1999. She prepares for and examines the DELE Exams.
It’s wonderful being a SFL teacher; I am continually in contact with people from other countries. It’s a very rewarding job. We prepare the classes taking into account our students’ interests and needs. Each group is different so each class is different too. The experience is very enriching and it is always very rewarding to see how students progress and enjoy our culture.
The classroom is the place where we interact. As teachers, we teach Spanish but we also learn from our students, we learn about other cultures; being in our classroom, you get the feeling as if you are travelling to other countries. It’s a unique sensation!
Àngels Navarro has been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language for 9 years. She is from Barcelona and has been working in BCN Languages since 2007. She prepares for and examines the DELE Exams.
For me, being a SFL teacher is a journey I share with my students through the magic world of words and culture.
A journey in which we both learn! And as a teacher, I always ask myself: How can I make this journey something really special?
I only know one way: be more aware, empathise, continue with my own education, learn more about my language and how to teach it, open up, and continue to grow on all levels.
Learning a language and teaching it are the two sides of the same coin: an adventure to find out more about ourselves.
Chema Seglers has been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language for 4 years. He is from Barcelona and has been working in BCN Languages since 2011.
Every day I walk around with my eyes wide open so that I can learn as much as I can from my colleagues and the students. I still have a lot to learn. A lot to discover. New ways and solutions to hold the attention of a very demanding audience and make everything much more attractive: the class blog, the school’s website, the conversation classes, the culture classes … it doesn’t really matter what the project is … so long as you convey enthusiasm and get other people to respond … then they return the effort multiplied a thousand-fold.
A million-fold. That’s way it’s worth it.
I enjoy teaching, I enjoy sharing the magic of learning with my students, finding solutions to counteract the boredom and laziness they sometimes suffer from. I like to see how they strive to make that extra effort. As a teaching professional, it is a constant, lifelong challenge.
Maribel Janer has been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language for 4 years. She is from Mallorca and has been working in BCN Languages since 2011.
For me, being a SFL teacher is to have the opportunity every day to meet people from other countries and other cultures. Teaching a language is not only enriching but also the chance to share really interesting knowledge with people from around the world.
You teach and learn at the same time. It’s like going on a virtual trip at your job. That’s why it becomes more than just something you do.
Núria Aleixandre has been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language for 15 years. She is from Barcelona and has been working in BCN Languages since 2000. She prepares for and examines the DELE Exams.
To me, being a Spanish teacher is a continuous learning exchange. Every day as a teacher I learn aspects of different cultures thanks to my job which allows me to get to know people from all over the world. Due to constant communication with other teachers, there is a lot of professional development through the sharing of ideas, suggestions and opinions.
I find this very enriching.
At the same time it’s a job that obliges you to always keep yourself up-to-date in order not to come to a standstill in your classes regarding new technologies, interesting current pieces of news to use in class, new books, reference manuals and training courses. I love my job!
María Torres has been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language for 8 years. She is from Barcelona and has been working in BCN Languages since 2007. She prepares for and examines the DELE Exams.
For me being a Spanish as a foreign language teacher means constantly learning. It’s a profession in which you need to renovate and innovate as much in the preparation of classes and the material you use as in your own academic training, as it’s not just a matter of teaching grammar but of making the classroom a motivating place to learn and share many experiences. I also think that it’s a very human profession and that your colleagues are very important. I’ve learnt a lot from them too.
I like it a lot when you have a group of different nationalities because you don’t only learn language in class. There is a very nice cultural exchange and being present is very rewarding. On top of that, for me the figure of the Spanish language teacher is much more than being “the teacher”, you are the companion on a learning process where every student has their own interests, rhythm and needs. All this makes you a better person and capable of empathising with people from all over the world, with their own cultures and traditions.
Cristina López has been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language since 2008. She is from Sevilla and has been working in BCN Languages since 2014.
For me being a teacher is an attitude: it’s wanting to help other people to learn. Some time ago I noticed I’m also a teacher outside the Spanish language classroom. A short time ago I realised that helping others gives sense to many of the things I do.
And without a shadow of doubt the best thing about being a teacher is connecting with the students. First because the class becomes an opportunity to share what each person knows and to learn with the others. Second because that connection allows us to relax and enjoy ourselves. One of the things that most cheers my day are the laughs and moments of complicity with my students. Is there by chance another job that gives you so many good moments? I don’t think so.
Cristina Martí has been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language since 2005. She is from Barcelona and has been working in BCN Languages since 2015.