Maria Lafuente is the founder and manager of our school. She was born in Barcelona (Spain) and has lived in Bristol since 2007. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and holds an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, a PCSE and a BA (Hons) in History. Maria has been teaching Spanish since 2008 in a wide range of learning environments, from the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter and UWE, to several language schools and international companies. She has also taught a great variety of private students and has helped students prepare for their GCSE, A Level and DELE exams. She has been a Spanish GCSE and A Level examiner at 3A Tutors Ltd, an independent exam centre in Bristol, since 2011. She has also worked as a DELE examiner at the University of Exeter (2016).
At Spanish Courses Bristol Maria manages the school, coordinates courses ensuring their content and materials are of high standard and is responsible for course enrollments. She also ensures that private students are matched with the best Spanish tutor to suit their needs. She will be very happy to answer any of your queries about the school.
Julia Berruezo was born and raised in Murcia, a shiny city in the southeast of Spain and she has always loved teaching languages. She studied a BA in Translation and Interpreting with Modern Languages at the University of Alicante and then studied a MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. She has taugh B2 and C1 Spanish courses at a Spanish Language School in Murcia and worked as a Spanish Language Assistant at the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol, where she led courses from Year 1 to Year 4. Then she worked in different Primary Schools around Bristol, while she was working as as a Spanish private tutor teaching a big variety of different levels. She is currently working as as a TA in a Secondary School in Bristol, mainly in the Spanish Department. She has also been a scout since she was a child and has continued doing volunteering job as a scout leader in the same scout group with different age range, which has brought her many benefits that she applies in her teaching. In her lessons, she likes to be proactive and make the student the center of attention, mainly by using learning-by-doing. She teaches Beginner and Elementary courses at Spanish Courses Bristol.
Ángela Albert is a Spanish tutor from Seville, a beautiful city in the western part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. After studying Journalism at the University of Seville, Angela then followed her interest in teaching and completed a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. She has been working as a private tutor for the last three years teaching the Spanish language at all levels and ages, both online and face to face. Angela likes to help students improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a personalised and dynamic style, and least not forgetting, to have fun! Angela has a huge passion for different cultures and languages, and loves to get her students immersed in the Spanish culture through music, films, literature, and interactive games so that her students enjoy learning whilst being themselves.
Carla Nubla comes from Tenerife, a very sunny Spanish island. She always loved to learn new languages so she studied Translation and Interpreting in Las Palmas. Following those instincts she has lived in France, Austria and England to immerse in the cultures she found interesting. She has been teaching group courses for adults and private students of different ages, she has worked as a TA in France and at the moment she works as a TA in England. Her passion for teaching her language led her to complete the MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. As a former language learner she likes to use her own experience to be able to understand better her students, she likes the courses to be dynamic and fun, always with the best interests of students.
Juan Antón was born in Seville but raised in Salamanca, a very beautiful and historical city in Western Spain. After finishing his degree in Primary Teaching, Juan started to work in a Spanish language school in Salamanca as a link between students and teachers, which motivated him to train and qualify as a Spanish Language Teacher at Instituto Cervantes. Later on, Juan moved to Sicily (Italy) to work in a primary and secondary school as a Spanish teacher. At the moment, Juan works as a Primary teacher in Bristol and teaches private Spanish classes at SCB. This background helps him to create dynamic and fun lessons with a wide range of activities.
Esther Blanco was born in Santander, a small city in the North of Spain. She holds a BA in Modern Languages and BA in Primary Education. She worked as a Spanish Language Teaching Assistant in a secondary school for 6 years, during which she taught Spanish to A-Level students and helped GCSE students prepare for their exams. Esther has also extensive experience teaching adult group courses and private lessons; at all levels, for all ages and both face-to-face and online. Esther loves teaching and she prepares her lessons using different materials and resources, focusing on her students’ needs and interests. Esther has also helped students prepare for their DELE exams.