Hello! My name is Natalia!

Please let me introduce myself and tell you a bit about myself…

After 20 years of working as a Project Manager in the international sales department of a multinational company, I felt that I had to reinvent myself.

By the same time, as life is capricious and sometimes it turns unexpectedly, I met up again with an old flame who was living in the French-speaking area of Switzerland. I packed my bags and I moved!

As I had a strong backup in foreign languages and I’ve always wanted to do something related to it, I took a professional turn and I started to focus on teaching languages.

I must say that I feel really lucky as, since I was a teenager, I lived in different countries, where I had the chance to perfectly learn their language: the French-speaking area of Switzerland and Brasil.

As an anecdote, I remember with great tenderness that, when I was a child, I used to look at my French cousins with astonishment and admiration when they spoke in French. Then I tried to imitate them in front of a mirror, inventing the words and dreaming that someday I would also speak French. A few years later, I moved to Switzerland! 

But while preparing myself to teach Spanish as a foreign language, life surprised me again! We had our lovely daughter!

 For the first time in years, I felt that I was taking the right decisions!

 Obviously, I wanted to be fully involved in my child’s education and spend as much time as possible with her. And teaching languages perfectly fitted with this.

At this stage, I only had to complete my training and embark myself on my new professional career. I studied a master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and I did my internship at the Université de Lausanne.

Since then, I am fully dedicated to what I love most, raising my child, who is also lucky as she has the chance to be bilingual, and teaching languages!

Teacher’s Certification

 

  • Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language, by Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid).
  • Applied Linguistics of Spanish as a Foreign Language by Universidad Europea del Atlántico.
  • DELEExaminer, Instituto Cervantes.

Teaching methodology

I prefer to use a language teaching based on a communicative approach. The Communicative Language Teaching methodology has various characteristics that distinguish it from previous methods:

  • Understanding occurs through active student interaction in the foreign language.
  • Teaching occurs by using authentic Spanish texts.
  • Students not only learn the second language but they also learn strategies for understanding.
  • Importance is given to learners’ personal experiences and situations, which are considered as an invaluable contribution to the content of the lessons.
  • Using the new language in unrehearsed contexts creates learning opportunities outside the classroom.
  • All my lessons are a combination of the 4 abilities, reading, writing, listening and speaking.

From intermediate to advanced level

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