BCN LIP (Language Immersion Programs) Language School is an academy founded by school director Sofia Pariente Buzón in 2008. Our name demonstrates the philosophy that we wish to impart, that our programs are based on real life learning in useful contexts.
Born in Barcelona in 1974, Sofia Pariente Buzón traveled to the United States at the age of 17 to finish high school, and received a BA in English and Spanish Philology from the University of Barcelona in 1997. In 1998, she received a postgraduate degree in Postcolonial Literatures. And in 2001, she completed a course in Spanish as a foreign language for teachers at the International House. Since 2002, she has worked as an educator in different centers in Barcelona, and in 2008 founded BCNLIP. She has been the director and a teacher at the school since its inception.
If there is one unique difference between BCNLIP and other schools, it is that we treat our students in a very personal and real way. As director, I like to get to know all of the students personally and help them with everything they need. For this reason, I do my best to spend the majority of my time at our school meeting their needs and ensuring their satisfaction at all times. For me, among all of the duties involved in management, caring for the students is the most important part.
Born in Mexico City, 1982. I have a degree in Finance from the Technology University of Mexico and a Cambridge International Business Diploma (in Spanish) from BEEI Barcelona. I have a Diploma in practical accounting adapted to NPGC from the Financial Studies Centre in Barcelona.
My experience as an acountant has been very varied and I have been able to work in different companies with various profiles. The most enlightening period was during the time following the 2008 crisis when my work required a lot of management and precision in the valuation of all financial information. One of my favourite phrases is a quote by Robert Kiyoshaki “Our most important asset is our mind”.
Bachelor’s degree in Sinology from the University of Chita, Russia in 2007. She lived 4 years in Harbin, where she worked as a translator while completing her Master. She started her career as a teacher in 2012 and since 2013 has formed part of the BCN LIP team.
Language is culture. I feel like a bridge connecting people. I like to help people bring the cultures of different countries alive. The nicest thing about being a teacher is to see the sincere smiles of children in the faces of adults, when they make a correct sentence in the language they are studying.
Born in 1982 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish Philology from the Pedagogical University of Saint Petersburg. Certified in Slavic Philology. She has been teaching since 2003. For 3 years, she taught Spanish as a foreign language at Estatal University of Saint Petersburg. Since 2006, she has worked at different language schools in Barcelona and since 2011 has been a part of the BCN LIP team, teaching Spanish for Russians and Russian.
I enjoy the interaction with the people and I have a true interest in them. The majority of our students are foreigners and for this reason I strive to have the most updated information related to new immigration laws of the Foreign Consulates. I do my best to convey trust and confidence, providing the necessary information and help when it is time to select a group or level and my background as a philologist helps me greatly with this.
The goal of my classes is to teach a “living” language and not the outdated constructions that are not used in the current version. Interesting, dynamic classes and a creative comfortable environment form part of the motivation for a student
Born in 1989 in St.Petersburg, Russia. She has a master degree in Public Relations and a bachelor degree in Linguistics. She has been working in Marketing and Public Relations since 2008. She has formed part of BCNLIP´s team in 2017.
Alejandro Danilo Saenz
Licenciado en Geografía, Diplomado en Geografía Humana, Máster en Ciencias Sociales, especialidad Geografía Cultural; Curso práctico de formación de Profesor de ELE (International House); Postgrado de Profesor de ELE. Más de 7 años como profesor de ELE, más de 4 años como profesor de Geografía, coautor de los libros “Todas las voces”, vol. I (B2) y vol. II (A1-A2), sobre cultura española y latinoamericana para estudiantes de español.
La enseñanza es un intercambio de experiencias, un constante aprendizaje tanto del alumno como del profesor.
Magdalena was born in Buenos Aires in 1995 and lived for a time in Houston Texas as a child. She graduated from the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires as a film director and then went on to study screenwriting and filmmaking in New York. She published her first series of young adult novels with Penguin Random House and she is currently working on their screen adaptations alongside international producers. She combines her literary work with audiovisual work, as a filmmaker and photographer at Bcnlip where she has been working since January 2020.
Communication has no borders and language ain’t enough to say everything, so art and idioms to at least try!
She was born in Bejaia, Algeria in 1990. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and English.
She worked in many companies as an administrator and her last experience was in a French company. What Sabrina is most passionate about in life are languages, so after the three official languages she spoke (Arabic, French and English) plus the two dialects of his country, she chose Barcelona as a destination to add Spanish to her collection of languages.
She’s pleased she met the world through different cultures and traditions through BCNLIP that she is very happy and proud to be part of this team since 2019.
Be patient, don’t give up, resist. Soon you will look back and say, “It’s over.” Because I know you can. You are strong, even if you think you are not, you are. And trust me, it is no coincidence that you are reading this!
De Río de Janeiro, Brazil al mundo, ha vivido en Estados Unidos, Argentina e Italia. Se graduó en Derecho por la Univesidad Federal Fluminense en 2016 y es miembro del Colegio de Abogados de Brasil. Tiene un Máster en Derechos Humanos y Democracia por la Università degli Studi di Padova y llegó a Barcelona en 2019 por una beca para estudiar un Máster en Relaciones Internacionales en la Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Tiene experiencia de trabajo en ONGs y de investigación sobre migración, refugiados y control de fronteras, principalmente en Europa y América Latina, con publicaciones en el European Consortium for Political Research. Le apasionan los idiomas y conocer nuevas culturas.
Nunca estarás seguro de lo que vendrá, sólo de que será fascinante.
Lidia studied Tourism and Hotel Management doing one exchange year in Cyprus. She worked mostly in Event Management and Business Education in Moscow since 2014. She moved to Barcelona in 2019 and joined BCNLIP team last year.
Let’s experience communication without borders and make bridges between people!
She was born in Elista (Russia) in 1993. At age 16 she went to South Korea (Seoul) to study Korean at Korea University. She graduated from Kyunghee University from Post Modern Music College where she studied modern singing. In 2018 she moved to Barcelona and studied Spanish at BCNLIP. He speaks Russian, English, Korean, and Spanish.
After so many years living abroad and meeting people from many countries, I understood that languages greatly affect our way of thinking and mentality. That is why knowledge of several languages helps us better understand each other not only verbally, but also spiritually.
Born in 1993 in Tangier Morocco, graduated in physical and energy sciences in Tetouan 2015. Higher degree in Guide, information and tourist assistance in Madrid / Starsburg 2017, followed by the higher degree in Management of tourist accommodation in 2019 in Madrid. He has always been passionate about being a teacher, teaching, explaining and helping students, that is why I have worked for years as Frances’s teacher. Speaking four languages (Arabic, French, Spanish and English), for him, communicating with students helps them to achieve their objectives easily. For Mohamed, learning a language is opening a new door on another culture and its experiences.
I have grown up in a different city, but fighting every day I have been able to fulfill my dreams, travel, and change my life. Yes, I have been able, you can also, step by step the impossible is achieved
Born in 1997, in Tetouan-Morocco. He has come to Spain to continue his higher degree studies in Hospitality and Tourism. He has started with BCNLIP as an agent, bringing students from the countries of the Arab world, to later become part of the school team.
Keeping in mind to reach the top, with very clear ideas, in this world no one fights alone.
I was born in 1967 in Russia, and I graduated as a mechanical engineer at St. Petersburg Technical University. I have extensive experience in engineering and management. In 2019, I came to Barcelona to learn Spanish at the BCNLIP school from level zero. And now I became a part of the work team. I really like the school, the team, and the principal.
I believe that our lives are shaped by the studies we receive and the experience we accumulate!
All of our teachers meet the following academic requirements:
- University degree in a humanities or language field, preferably Hispanic philology
- Having completed an ELE course, or a language teaching course
- Minimum of 2 years experience as a language teacher
- Having mastered a foreign language
- Publications related to teaching are valued
- Interest in continued training is valued
- Dedication to teaching.
- Responsibility and punctuality.
- Motivation capacity.
- Interest in other cultures.
In order to provide our students with quality education, updated curriculum, and to enable learning in a way that is dynamic and interactive, our teaching team meets monthly to discuss the latest developments and coordinate the different school activities. Each teacher has an important role in this process:
Maria Carmen Domingo Bernal
Born in 1973. Attended primary and secondary school at the Liceo Frances. Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona. She worked as a Spanish teacher in businesses and schools in Bolonia, Italy for 8 years. She has been teaching Spanish since 1998.
To teach is to learn, and I learn more every day.
Maria Velazquez Prados
Born in Granada, 1983. She has a degree in History of Art, a Masters degree in Cultural Management and completed postgraduate studies in Urban History. She retrained as a Spanish language teacher in 2010 when she discovered her passion for teaching Spanish, seeing it as a perfect opportunity to spread knowledge of Spanish culture. After completing her training to teach Spanish as a foreign language, she started working in Brighton (England) and later moved to Barcelona.
I’m interested in language teaching as a pretext to knowing a culture through its most valuable object: the word.
He has a degree in Philosophy and Science of Education, Spanish language teacher training from Calamo & Cran, a Masters degree in Spanish language teaching for Secondary School Education and is also an actor. He teaches Language and Literature at secondary school level. He has eight years of experience as a sports instructor and a music and theatre teacher and experience teaching children with learning difficulties. Another area of relevant experience is in the editorial sector. He has created content and worked as a reader, writing reports for publications.
I like to encourage and strengthen students abilities working towards specific objectives. I like to bring out the best in every student and turn learning into something enjoyable and rewarding.
César Rojo holds a PhD in Linguistics Communication and Multilingual Mediation (Pompeu Fabra University-UPF), a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and Technological Applications (UPF) and a Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Language and Literature (University of Veracruz-UV, Mexico). In addition to being a researcher in Linguistics, he has worked as palaeographer, proofreader, translator (English-Spanish), journalist and radio producer. He has published articles and reports in several magazines and newspapers in Mexico and Spain. He has taught Spanish as a second language in Mexico and recently in BCNLIP School in Barcelona.
Learning another language develops cognitive system, broadens memory, comprehension and enriches the cultural codes of a person
Elena García Lorca
Born in Granada. Holds a degree in Hispanic philology from the University of Granada. After working with different NGOs giving Spanish classes to immigrants, she realized that her passion was teaching Spanish to foreigners. Holds a Master in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in the University of Granada, and has worked as a Spanish teacher since 2013. In addition to BCNLIP, where she has worked since March 2016, she has worked in Enfórex Barcelona.
I love my work, where every day is a new experience. We use language as a pretext to embark on a continuous journey discovering different cultures.
Carlos Alberto Garzón
Born in Colombia in 1979. He graduated as a librarian in 2004 at the University of Antioquia, and worked in the Ministry of Culture of his country as a trainer for the development of reading and writing strategies for children and young people. Then he studied literature: Hispanic Philology and specialized in the editing and correction of written texts. In 2015 he completed a diploma in Creative Writing at Caro y Cuervo Institute in Bogotá, and is currently studying the Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in Professional Fields at the University of Barcelona.
To learn a language is to break a mental border, it is a way of making ourselves universal.
Valeria Dimaté Campos
Valeria graduated from the Literature Department at the National University of Colombia, where she got a master’s degree in Creative Writing. She has worked since 2007 in Bogotá, on the Colombian Pacific Coast and now in Barcelona as a teacher of reading and writing for children, youth and adults in libraries, schools, parks, marketplaces, prisons and hospitals. She is currently finishing the Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Spanish and Latin American Literature, and is doing a research in autobiographical and literary writing.
Learning and teaching a language which is a daily experience connected not only with a language: it is connected with relationships, solidarity, empathy and intelligence. It is amazing how teaching a language can be at the same time a cognitive exercise and open you mind to new worlds.
Miguel Cano Díaz
A Galician of 1986 vintage. Formed as a Translator and Conference Interpreter (Degree in Translation and Interpretating, Masters in Conference Interpreting) and a Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher almost by chance. He found his way by going the USA for 4 months for an Assistantship at Luna University and ended up doing a Master’s in Hispanic Literature and Pedagogy there, giving classes for 2 terms. He then came to Barcelona to do a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and has stayed here since.
Teaching your own language is something magical because while you’re sharing something very intimate, you’re learning a lot about it seeing it through different eyes, your learner’s eyes.
Bachelor in Psychology, Teacher of Spanish as a second language and English teacher for primary and secondary school children. Also during the summer she is director of nature camps in Alt Ampordà.
She discovered his passion for teaching Spanish when, at 25 years old, she went to Australia to learn English. It was a great challenge and she faced many difficulties; however, in the end, she was able to find reward in creating a link between her background in psychology and the challenge of learning a new language.
Empathy and direct contact with the language are the key to teaching and learning a language.
Carlos Hernández Martín
Nació en Barcelona en 1983. Interesado por las letras desde temprana edad, comienza a escribir a los trece años, hecho que le lleva a estudiar lengua y literatura, y a licenciarse en filología hispánica en la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Su pasión por la música y la comunicación le ofrecen una temporada en la radio, en un programa de música. Su afán creativo le guía por el camino de la producción y la traducción poética. Su interés por la enseñanza le coloca en el camino de la docencia de lenguas, tras su paso por International House, donde se certifica como profesor de ELE, para trabajar en academias de idiomas y empresas.
Considero que la lengua es el instrumento más veraz, cruel y diplomático que existe, porque refleja la realidad de la persona, y por tanto, de su entorno íntimo y del país o lugar al que pertenece: es el artificio más natural del que dispone la humanidad. Enseñarla requiere tanta curiosidad como respeto, además de amor por la docencia, que es una forma de generosidad, en la que todas las personas implicadas siempre pueden aprender.
Ferran Andreu, a native of Barcelona. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marketing and Management from the Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom and a Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Barcelona. Throughout his 14 years of professional experience abroad as an ELE teacher, he has collaborated with countless centers, including the following: the Cervantes Institute in Budapest, where he was an intern, the Cervantes Institute in Vienna, the IMC FH Krems, Austrian university and the CEU University of Budapest. In all these years, in addition to professional experiences, he has taken a large number of specific courses to maintain and improve his professional level, today he continues to learn in order to teach better.
I dedicate myself to this by vocation, I love my work. Learning a foreign language is opening a window to a new culture. Every language has more or less its logic, my job is to explain it to my students, the bad thing is that there are exceptions …
She has a degree in History from the University of Barcelona (UB) and an official Master’s degree in Construction and Representation of Cultural Identities, in the department of philology, linguistics, and literature of the University of Barcelona (UB). For many years he worked as a journalist specializing in the recovery of historical memory at MEMORA (Serveis Funeraris de Barcelona).
I sincerely think that there is nothing more healthy and enriching than learning a new language because it opens your mind and helps you to empathize with others, with human beings who speak, live, and feel differently. For all of this, being an ELE teacher is an exciting experience that fills me in every possible way.
A certified Spanish and Catalan teacher. As for his academic career, he holds a degree in Spanish Philology and has completed two master’s degrees related to the teaching of Spanish and pedagogy. In addition to the Master in Spanish Language and Literature, he holds another Master’s degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Barcelona. He grew up in a trilingual environment, since from an early age he communicated with his family members in his three languages: Spanish, Catalan, and Serbian. This linguistic and cultural diversity has influenced and defined his professional career. He is passionate about linguistics and is fluent in 7 languages. Regarding his professional experience, he has extensive experience of 6 years, both nationally and internationally, in the field of Spanish Language Teaching.
Based on my own perspective and personality, I consider it essential that teachers take an active, communicative and dynamic role in the classroom. I would highlight as a major achievement that my students in all the contexts in which I have worked have positively affected my involvement and dedication in the classroom, as well as the fact that I am multilingual which, without a doubt, is an advantage that facilitates the teaching-learning process.
Diego was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He grew up and lived in Barcelona from a very young age. He has a degree in Political Science and Administration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Paris Institute of Political Studies
(Sciences-Po). He has completed a Master’s degree in Literature, Art, and Thought at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (UPF). Since 2017 he has been studying a double doctorate in Humanities and Philosophy, at UPF and at the University of Paris 8 in France. Since he finished his secondary studies, he has given private classes in Spanish, French, and Catalan. He has also been working as a translator and proofreader for over twenty years in editorial work. Learning and teaching languages are two of his great passions. In addition to French, he has also studied English, Italian, and, more recently, German. He has attended different trainings on teaching Spanish as a foreign language in Barcelona, at International House, and at the Official School of Languages. He has also completed a training course for Spanish teachers at the Instituto Cervantes in Lisbon. She has been working at BCN Lip since November 2019.
To be able, above all, to treat what is alive as something alive. That is what for me, in essence, transmitting my mother tongue to students. To teach carefully, of course, the anatomy of the language, its grammar, the firm structure on which it sits. But only to, from there, better access its mutable, practical, and communicative dimension, that allows the student to understand and use language or words as a fabulous tool for immersion in culture.
Judith Benítez Ávila
He graduated in Arabic Studies from the University of Barcelona and later did a Master’s in Spanish as a Foreign Language. Since 2009 she has been linked to the world of education, she began to work as a teacher and monitor of school reinforcement activities in different educational centers. In 2013 she underwent her first experience as a Spanish teacher in Granada. Between 2017 and 2020 she was a Spanish teacher in Morocco.
When we really learn a language, something changes in us and we are able to empathize with its speakers and broaden our understanding of cultural aspects that we might not previously have been able to understand.
Elena Jrisoulas Lafuente
Elena was born in Barcelona and graduated in Hispanic Literature at the University of Barcelona. She has worked as a teacher of Spanish and Catalan in different schools across the city, some of them dedicated exclusively to the field of business. She also works as a translator and interpreter of modern Greek in the Courts of Barcelona.
Speak a new language and discover the world anew!
Ángel Alfonso Poza
Angel graduated in Sociology from the University of Barcelona. Following his graduation, he traveled to Japan to study Japanese at Ritsumeikan Universities and Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. Since 2006 he has combined Spanish teaching with Language learning in Barcelona, Japan, and Poland.. In 2016 he completed a Master’s in Peace and Social Conflict at the University of Otago, in New Zealand. He later completed his Doctorate in Japan.. In both cases, his studies have focused on the relationship between language and culture.
With new languages, you discover new worlds and cultures, not only on the outside but also within yourself. Languages are a process of discovery, a journey that allows us to grow and dream.
Rafa is from Córdoba and is obsessed with blogs, websites, YouTube channels, podcasts and all kinds of online Spanish learning materials. Rafa certified as an ELE teacher at International House in 2012 and holds a degree in Visual Communication from Northbrook College in England. Since 2012 he has worked as a Spanish teacher for companies such as the Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion, American Express, or AXA. He has been a teacher at Bcnlip since 2018.
The most important thing is the student, and learning to speak from the first minute. The classroom is the best place to make mistakes, to practice the language a lot, to explore, and to motivate you to continue learning. As a Spanish teacher, my job is not just to teach you grammar or help you speak better, my job is to help you fall in love with learning Spanish.
She graduated in Spanish Language and Literature at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she also completed a master’s degree in Spanish Language, Hispanic Literature, and Spanish for Foreigners. Over the course of her master’s degree, she worked as an ELE teacher via an internship at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, where she discovered her vocation for teaching Spanish. Now a resident of Barcelona for 6 years and counting, she has worked as an ELE teacher in a summer camp and later in different Spanish academies in Barcelona. She is currently a teacher at BCNLIP and is pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Girona, where she is researching colonial epic poetry in courtesan circles.
Teaching and learning a language is also about creating a bond between people, it is a bridge that unites you with different cultures, ideologies and different experiences, where teacher and student teach and learn at the same time. Being an ELE teacher is something exciting, it is an approach to a new world.
Juan Carlos Villar
Graduated in Geography and History, he also obtained the Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude. His interest in teaching languages led him to take the Master of Spanish for Foreigners and various courses related to teaching Spanish.
Russophile and Hispanic in equal parts, from an early age he became interested in Russian literature and as a result, he studied Russian language at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow.
On a professional level, he has worked as a tenured professor at the Federal University of Kazan and in academies and schools in Barcelona.
Speaking a second language allows us to develop a broader view of the world, and this is the ultimate passport to the discovery of other cultures and realities.
Dani studied Audiovisual Production in Mérida, Extremadura, following this, guided by his passion for literature and writing, began training as a creative writer at the Ateneu Barcelonés School of Writers where he specialized in novels, short stories, and poetry over the course of 3 years. He later trained as an ELE teacher and since then has taught Spanish as a foreign language in the Netherlands, Greece, and Spain. Dani began his teaching career in Athens, Greece where he lived for two years and taught both adults and children. He continued his career in Holland where he taught at a language academy for over three years. He is a lover of languages, audiovisual art, writing and literature. He has published two-course books for Spanish students and now, at BCNLIP, he has the opportunity to combine two of his great passions: creating audiovisual content and teaching Spanish.
I love that old saying that a person lives as many lives as languages speak. So I wonder, why live just one?
Marta Martínez Corpas
Since she was little she has always had a fascination for languages. This fascination led her to study Translation and Interpreting at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she discovered the beauty of Russian culture and language. In 2017 he received the TRK-III diploma from the University of Saint Petersburg. Despite obtaining the General Translation diploma at International House in 2018, he has always dedicated his professional life to teaching languages such as English, Russian and, especially, Spanish both in academies, public schools, and companies.
Teaching is pure magic. It is incredible how in a classroom borders and prejudices break down and a common goal is created: to learn and improve a language. I am passionate about being able to practice a profession that allows building bridges between hundreds of cultures.
Born in Barcelona, he graduated in history from the UB university, having already started his career in teaching second languages during his studies. Passionate about history, culture, and teaching, he pursued these aspects, researching and writing.
After two years residing in Madrid, during which he continued teaching foreign languages, he returned to Barcelona, beginning his career at BCNLIP, while completing his master’s degree ELE.
To learn and teach a language, we must have fun, be interested, and get excited. For this, we must use all the tools at our disposal, history, culture, humor … To undertake a journey beyond the classroom and textbooks.
He studied Romance Philology, Philosophy and graduated in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature at the UAB. He continued his training at the University of Salamanca in Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East. He has been a Spanish teacher for almost 10 years, a job that began as a distraction to escape the endless days of the library.
Learning a language is looking at the world with new eyes, it is knowing the expressive possibilities that allow us to understand more and better the reality that surrounds us and of which we are a part of.
She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona and Valencia and then studied Library Science at the UB. After years working in documentation centers, he realized that teaching was what he liked the most. She is also co-founder of a small social ecology publishing house, and participates in two cooperatives. He is currently finishing a master’s degree in Teaching Specialized in Philosophy at UNIR.
According to the RAE, vocation is: “Inclination to a state, a profession or a career. Call.” Well, that’s it. When I started teaching, I felt that everything fell into place and that I was where I needed to be.
Viviana Da Costa Da Silva
Se was born in Caracas and has lived in Venezuela, Portugal and since 2012 in Spain. Throughout that journey, she discovered that teaching her mother tongue and sharing different cultures is her passion. In 2020 she decided to officially train as a Spanish teacher and studied a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish for Foreigners at the Francisco de Vitoria University. She is also certified as a DELE examiner for A1, A2 and B1, B2 level students at the Instituto Cervantes.
Learning a second language allows you to understand the world from a different perspective.
Amaia Calzada Gorricho
Passionate about education, in 2010 she finished her teaching degree at the Public University of Navarra and since then she has not stopped teaching students of all ages, at the same time that she has dedicated herself to learning new languages. Currently, she is studying for a degree in Psychology and dedicates her free time to writing.
Learning a new language opens our minds to different ways of thinking, cultures, customs and traditions. Teaching a language is a global process that goes beyond the transmission of knowledge, because, as a teacher, it gives you the opportunity to connect with your students, accompany them in their learning, guide them in achieving their goals and, in ultimately, learn and grow with them.
Silvia Bedmar Pérez
She has a diploma in Social Work and a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She began teaching Spanish in different non-governmental organizations and, finally, decided to take the Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language to become a professional in this discipline that she admires so much. Currently, this is her main activity together with the investigation of orality in different cultures and historical periods.
Learning and teaching a new language allows us to open the doors to understanding between different ways of seeing and thinking, cultural exchange and the expansion of new ways of thinking. My task is to provide the necessary tools to make this happen.
Silvina Garrido Hermann
She graduated Journalism from the National University of La Plata (Argentina), where she also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication. In Spain, she received the title of Professor of Spanish for Foreigners at the Antonio de Nebrija University, where she is currently completing the Master’s Degree in Didactics of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Silvia is a DELE Accredited Examiner from the Cervantes Institute in Marrakech, a Teacher for Vocational Training for Occupation and an Announcer. She has worked since 2000 as a teacher of Corporate Communication, Communication Skills, Journalism, Speech, Literacy, Spanish as a Foreign Language and Mindfulness, and as a writer, editor, journalist and broadcaster. Passionate about Spanish and Latin American literature and, also, interested in personal growth and poetry, she has published a book where she brings both together. She is currently researching literacy, immigration and multiculturalism in Spain, in order to prepare her ELE Master’s Thesis.
Being a Spanish teacher includes, in addition to continuous training, many skills from other professions: entertainer, educator, actress, teacher, tour guide…speaker…designer, trainer, writer…, as Forges’ humorous cartoon says -based on an idea Lourdes Miquel and text by Nieves Alarcón-. For this reason, I enjoy this wonderful activity, by facilitating this teaching-learning process where the following are fundamentally present: language, social service, animation, culture and ICT.
Carmen Verdugo Caballano
She graduated in Spanish Language and Literature at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in June 2017 and in the summer of 2015 she took an introductory course in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Cervantes Institute. That same summer she began teaching ELE to young people and adults.
In 2017, Carmen began a master’s degree in Spanish Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid and spent four years working in the capital as an ELE teacher. In 2021 she decided to return to Barcelona and obtained a master’s degree in Teacher Training specializing in Catalan and Spanish language and literature.
For me, teaching Spanish is opening a window towards my culture, my country and towards myself; I could say that after each class I give my students a little piece of me and, of course, they give me a part of them. There is no better way to learn than teaching
Julia Rearte Gil
Born in Argentina, she graduated as a university degree teacher in Spanish and Literature. Since 2011 he began teaching Spanish for foreigners realizing that it was what he liked the most. She has lived and worked in Argentina, Australia, Uruguay, France and now in Spain. She enjoys challenges, which is why she is passionate about her work since bringing her language closer to other people is one of the personal satisfaction that most fulfills her.
The class is a perfect time to walk together with the student, not only in the learning process but also in the immersion experience.
Saúl Chaza Ibáñez
Saúl graduated in Humanities in Seville and completed a master’s degree in Comparative Literature at the Autònoma de Barcelona. In addition to being a Spanish teacher, he is an editorial editor and teaches storytelling at IED. He has published several books of poetry and is a music lover.
Learning a new language is like changing our perception or traveling to another dimension: it changes us and brings us closer to others
Es Doctor en Filosofía de la Universidad Católica de Río de Janeiro donde se especializó en lenguaje y comunicación investigando los mecanismos lingüísticos que nos permiten expresar emociones y actitudes por medio del lenguaje. Es Magíster en Lógica y Metafísica por la Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro y posee experiencia dando clases de idioma en España, Chile y Brasil. Actualmente es miembro de grupos de investigación académica en Europa y Brasil.
La única forma de entender a una sociedad y su cultura en profundidad es aprendiendo su lengua, pues en ella están codificados sus tesoros y misterios.
María José Figueroa
María José Figueroa was born in Santiago de Chile but at the age of 18 she moved to Madrid to study Hispanic Philology and Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid. After working as a private teacher of language and literature and taking an ELE course, she decided to take the Master in Spanish as a Second Language at the same university in 2015. When she finished it, she worked as a volunteer in an NGO giving Spanish classes to refugees. Interested in Asian culture, in 2017 she moved to China where she worked as a Spanish teacher at the Hebei University of Foreign Studies, and at the Guangdong University of Finance. In Guangzhou, in addition to her work at the university, she worked at a school giving private lessons to children and teenagers and as a DELE examiner in Hong Kong. In 2020 he returned to Spain and settled in Barcelona. During confinement, he continued to work online and in August 2021 María José joined BCNLIP.
For me, teaching Spanish is like taking a trip around the world with no destination or return. You don’t know what will happen or who you will meet but every day you will learn something new. It is a journey of self-knowledge, reflection and personal maturity. When you teach something you are leaving a part of yourself and enriching another. Through language and body expression we can learn so many things that go beyond the exchange of words, such as customs, traditions and culture. It is in this exchange between teacher and student where we can open our minds and learn a little more about the world here and there and about ourselves. A trip you never want to return from.
He has a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro where he specialized in language and communication, investigating the linguistic mechanisms that allow us to express emotions and attitudes through language. He has a Master’s degree in Logic and Metaphysics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and has experience teaching language in Spain, Chile and Brazil. He is currently a member of academic research groups in Europe and Brazil.
The only way to understand a society and its culture in depth is by learning its language, because its treasures and mysteries are codified in it.
Saúl Chaza Ibáñez
Saúl se licenció en Humanidades en Sevilla y cursó un máster en Literatura Comparada en la Autònoma de Barcelona. Además de profesor de español, es corrector editorial y enseña storytelling en IED. Ha publicado varios libros de poesía y es melómano.
Aprender una nueva lengua es como cambiar nuestra percepción o viajar a otra dimensión: nos cambia y nos acerca a los demás
Elisenda Torrell Cascallo
Bachelor’s degree in translation from Pompeu Fabra University in 2006. Certified in Pedagogical Aptitudes from the University of Barcelona in 2006. Postgraduate degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from International House in 2007. Master in Teacher Training for Teaching Second Languages from the University of Barcelona in 2010. She has been working as an ELE teacher for 8 years and has been teaching Spanish and Catalan at BCN LIP since 2011.
Bachelor’s degree in translation from Pompeu Fabra University in 2006. Certified in Pedagogical Aptitudes from the University of Barcelona in 2006. Postgraduate degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from International House in 2007. Master in Teacher Training for Teaching Second Languages from the University of Barcelona in 2010. She has been working as an ELE teacher for 8 years and has been teaching Spanish and Catalan at BCN LIP since 2011.
To teach a language is not only grammar, it’s to explain a culture, a way of understanding the world, and way to socialize, and I try to prepare my students so that they can integrate into our country with success.
Born in London (UK) he graduated in Modern Languages, Oxford University in 2015 and completed a Masters in Musical Performance at ESMUC (Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya) in 2017. He has worked with the British Council in Paris and has been working with BCNLIP since February 2017.
I work with my students to help them get closer to my language and cultural background in a way that is both friendly and dynamic.
A graduate in Philosophy from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, Éric has taught French to adults, adolescents and children both in schools and businesses since 1989. He’s worked in Bruxelles, Madrid, Amsterdam, Oaxaca (Mexico) and Barcelona. He’s also spent many years doing theatre and contemporary dance.
Teaching French is always exciting because to me it means sharing the intimacy of my mother tongue, all its cultural wealth and all the cultures that use French to communicate.
She is Italian, from Rome, and arrived in Barcelona in 2008 where she has dedicated her time to teaching her mother tongue amongst other things. She has a degree in Languages and Communication, and obtained a certificate in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language.. Sarah loves traveling and discovering other cultures. She undertook two volunteer experiences in Peru and in India, working with children and young adults. In addition, she lived in Lithuania for three months teaching at an Italian school. She currently works as a teacher at the Official School of Languages of Garraf, at the Italian Institute of Barcelona, in academies and civic centers in the city.
«Speak a new language so that the world is a new world.»
Gagandeep Singh was born in Amritsar Sahib, in the Punjab. There he studied computer science and worked in the family business. He has lived in Barcelona for 12 years. He is an intercultural mediator and works for various entities such as Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya. He is also a spokesman for the Sikh Community of Catalonia. He has written a book entitled “Those of five rivers in Catalonia” which aims to facilitate the learning of Catalan. He likes languages and that is why he speaks seven languages. For Gagandeep, his philosophy of life is based on the three fundamental pillars of Sikhism: Meditation, work and sharing.
When you speak to someone in a language they understand, you get it inside their head. But when you speak to people in their mother tongue, you reach their heart. Language is the identification of the people. When I arrived in Catalonia, at work I was always spoken to in Catalan and that is why I learned it. It opened a lot of doors for me and I got to know a lot of people.
She graduated in modern languages from the Open University in the UK. She has worked since 2009 as a German and English teacher. Later, she then graduated in Literature and History from the German University Fernuniversität Hagen, where she did a master’s degree. Verena is currently in a program of the Goethe Institut together with the universities of Jena and Munich, with the aim of perfecting innovative and current teaching methods.
Language helps us understand the world. And with each new language, the world becomes a bigger world. Knowledge opens doors and it gives a lot of joy to be able to help cross this threshold.
She was born and raised in Moscow. She fell in love with foreign languages thanks to reading, she wanted to know the meaning behind unknown words. Marina graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the Moscow State University, where she learned, with more or less success, a lot of languages. Apart from teaching language classes, she is also a translator.
What she likes most about her job as a teacher is spreading her enthusiasm, curiosity, and love for languages and cultures, as well as helping to break down stereotypes.
I trust in the force of the word and, therefore, I believe that languages are instruments of peace, why? Because studying a language is saying ‘I want to understand you and I want you to understand me’. Because studying a language is to create, or discover, a different own voice. And recognizing the right of others to see the world from another perspective. Because studying a language is reaching out to another.
Center equipped for handicapped students: entrance with ramp and bathroom with hand bar.
Delivery of diploma and certificate of achievement at the end of the course
Computers available for students and teachers.
Free cafeteria with coffee, teas, water, pastries, candies, and more, all day.
Air conditioning and heat.
Check-out service for books and films.
Free newspapers and magazines in various languages.
Housing near the school and with host families.
Monthly activities, such as festivals, nights out, and daytime excursions. Linguistic immersion activities integrated into the courses
Support for foreign students seeking official documentation, such as the NIE and student visas.
Free linguistics exchange service
Constant hours of public attention via a mobile phone and email.
Multilingual advice regarding different aspects of life in Barcelona: culture, activities, gastronomy, festivals…
8 classrooms, minimum 4 students — maximum 15 students
Just as we are a language school situated in the most cosmopolitan and multicultural part of Barcelona, our students are of all nationalities, cultures, and ages. If you would like to know more about our open-minded environment and the openness that characterizes us, check out what our students think about our classes and hear about their experiences. All in all, they are the heroes!
Learning a language – means living it!
- We teach the four key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) but we place special importance on speaking. We ensure that our students are speaking from day one.
- We use a communicative method that is based on the task-based approach: we encourage our students to communicate in everyday situations where they have to practice what they have learned.
- We pay special attention to our activities and events. They are an important part of our educational ethos, reflecting the multicultural and diverse spirit of the school and presenting the perfect opportunity to practice speaking languages beyond the classroom. It is important that our students understand that the activities and events are not only for socialising, but are designed specially to help students live outside the school environment.
- We have regular assessments so that our students are motivated in class and are given a clear indication of their progress. We offer extra revision classes when we consider them necessary in order for students to keep up with their courses. Likewise, both our teachers and our school also undergo continuous assessment.
- Our school spirit is animated and innovative as we are constantly changing and adapting to embrace new technology, new forms of learning, the best materials, most original activities …
- In order to encourage a good atmosphere in the classroom and to ensure a dynamic learning environment, we have created these rules of behaviour for the classroom. They are also a reflection of your own demands as students.
The 10 Commandments of BCNLIP
- Thou shalt not be late
- Thou shalt not use the mobile phone in class
- Thou shalt not take breaks in the middle of the class
- Thou shalt not speak thy native language
- Thou shalt respect thy teacher
- Thou shalt come to class prepared and respect your classmates
- Thou shalt take the level test
- Thou shalt do your homework
- Thou shalt come to class regularly
- Thou shalt contribute to the good atmosphere in class
Why BCNLIP? Only One Reason…
We can talk about our method, our teachers, our facilities, our location, our warm relationships with students, our effectiveness … but we wouldn’t be saying anything different from other schools. Our commitment and dedication is absolute and we strive to achieve a dynamic and effective learning environment. But that’s something you will see for yourself when you come to visit us.
However, there is one essential aspect which is rarely spoken about, not only for a school but for everything in life, the love and care we put in to everything we do. And this is something you notice the first moment you walk through the door of BCNLIP: a mix of professionalism and personality that makes us very different.
If you want to learn effectively in a warm and personal environment, BCNLIP is your language school.
Press about us
BCNLIP Language School has been accredited by Instituto Cervantes, the only International accreditation exclusively focused on teaching Spanish as a foreign language.