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 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.
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.