Spanish Tutor

Native Speaking Spanish Tutor

I am an enthusiastic, native-speaking Spanish tutor from Barcelona (Spain). I love teaching my language and chatting with students about the rich and varied culture of the different Spanish-speaking countries.

I have been teaching Spanish since 2008 and during this time I have had the opportunity to teach at the University of Bristol (currently and 2009-2012), the University of Exeter (2012-2017), the University of the West of England (2008-2011), several language schools (International House, Left Bank, Cactus, etc.), several international companies (Rolls-Royce, Telefonica O2, Bristol Water, Imperial Tobacco, etc) and private students. These jobs involved teaching undergraduate students learning Spanish as their main degree or as an optional module, adult students taking evening classes and business professionals attending corporate language lessons.

I currently work at the University of Bristol as a Spanish Language Tutor and also as a freelance tutor, organising and delivering my own group courses at the Tobacco Factory and at international companies. Despite being busy, I absolutely love my job and can’t stop organising more courses and events for my students!

My experience teaching students at all levels and ages, guiding them and supporting them in their learning journey is vast. I also have experience assessing students at university, for the official DELE Spanish exams and also being an interviewer for the GCSE and A Level speaking exams. This means I know these courses and exams really well and can help students prepare for their official exams.

My personal background includes extensive travelling around five continents, and living in English speaking countries like the UK and Australia for more than 10 years now. This has given me an excellent opportunity not only to improve my competence in English but also to learn a great deal about intercultural differences, communication and to understand how a language learner feels at different stages of their learning journey. For this reason, I take time to tailor my lessons to each group or individual so I can cater to their needs and make them feel relaxed, confident and happy to be in the class and to learn.

I prepare fun activities and always welcome questions, jokes and real interaction with and between students. This is why my students continue learning with me, year after year! ☺

Maria Lafuente Spanish Tutor Bristol

Some of my qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK.Qualified Examiner for the DELE exams (Instituto Cervantes, 2016)Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (ASPIRE, University of Exeter, 2014)

MA Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (University of Barcelona, 2011)

Certificate of Proficiency in English (University of Cambridge ESOL, 2009)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Course (UK-TEFL, 2008)

MPhil Geophysics Applied to Archaeology (University of Barcelona, 2007)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education – Spanish PGCE (University of Barcelona, 2004)

BA (Hons) History (University of Barcelona, 1999-2004)

In addition to my teaching experience, I am also a qualified translator.