Language teacher

The power of being open

Bauhaus University, Weimar | Spanish on the rocks | 2001

In my job interview at the University of Kiel the last question was: "is there anything else that you would like to tell us about yourself?" I had not prepared an answer for that and I just said the first thing that came to my mind: "yes. I am an open book, both professionally and personally". Until that moment I had not realized that some of my most significant experiences in the classroom were a consequence of that attribute. Being open is powerful. Beside my role as a teacher, I never forget that I am interacting with human beings, and this is what makes this job so complex and rewarding. Being open means acknowledging failure, it means disclosure and it also means sharing life experiences that could be necessary to complement some point of the lesson. Being open can also mean to finish the lesson with a reflective comment about it and this is specially important when you have prospective teachers in front of you. The ability to be reflective does not only have be learned from the books or practiced as a written assignment. The students have to see it in their teachers and mentors.

Courses taught

This list shows the courses I have taught since 2001, some of them in repeated occasions. Looking back at my professional experience, I identify three distinct areas: a) my work as a freelance Spanish teacher, mainly at private language schools, Universities and the Instituto Cervantes, b) my work as Spanish teacher at the University of Bremen, where I started shifting my work towards language teacher initial education, and c) my current work at the University of Kiel, where I combine Spanish language courses with educational projects developed for prospective Spanish teachers.

Kiel, Germany | In action | 2018

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany | 10.2015 until present

  • Fachdidaktisches Hauptseminar Spanisch “La competencia interaccional en el aula de E/LE: las instrucciones y las explicaciones gramaticales”, 5 credits, graduate-level. Summer 2018.
  • Redacción, CEFR C1 level, 2,5 credits, graduate-level. Winter 2016; Summer 2017; Winter 2017; Summer 2018.
  • Español para romanistas (Beisprache Mittelkurs), CEFR A2 level, 2,5 credits, undergraduate-level. Summer 2018.
  • Fachdidaktisches Hauptseminar Spanisch “El discurso del aula: las instrucciones”, 5 credits, graduate-level. Winter 2016; Winter 2017.
  • Español para romanistas (Beisprache Unterkurs), CEFR A1 level, 2,5 credits, undergraduate-level. Winter 2015; Winter 2017.
  • Proseminar zur Kultur- und Landeswissenschaft Spanisch, 5 credits, undergraduate-level. Winter 2017.
  • Fachdidaktisches Hauptseminar Spanisch “La competencia interaccional en el aula de E/LE”, 5 credits, graduate-level. Summer 2017.
  • Qualifikations-Sprachkurs Spanisch, CEFR C1 level, 2,5 credits, graduate-level. Summer 2017.
  • Trainingskurs Spanisch II, CEFR B1 level, undergraduate-level. Summer 2017.
  • Redacción, CEFR B2 level, 2,5 credits, undergraduate-level. Winter 2015; Winter 2016.
  • Redacción, CEFR B1 level, 2,5 credits, undergraduate-level. Winter 2016
  • Traducción alemán-español (Mittelkurs), 2,5 credits, undergraduate-level. Winter 2015; Summer 2016
  • Traducción alemán-español (Oberkurs), 2,5 credits, undergraduate-level. Summer 2016

Universität Bremen, Germany | 10.2012 - 02.2016

  • El discurso del docente de español, CEFR C1 level, 2 credits, graduate-level. Summer 2014; Winter 2014; Winter 2015.
  • Gramática en contexto (II), CEFR B2 level, 2 credits, undergraduate-level. Summer 2013; Summer 2014.
  • Comunicación escrita (I), CEFR B1 level, 2 credits, undergraduate-level. Summer 2013; Summer 2014.
  • Comunicación escrita (II), CEFR B2 level, 2 credits, undergraduate-level. Summer 2013; Summer 2014.
  • Comunicación oral, CEFR B2 level, 2 credits, undergraduate-level. Winter 2012; Winter 2013.
  • Gramática en contexto (I), CEFR B1 level, 2 credits, undergraduate-level. Winter 2012; Winter 2013.
  • Técnicas de aprendizaje autónomo, CEFR B2 level, 1 credit, undergraduate-level. Winter 2012; Winter 2013.

International School of Management, Germany | 08.31.-09.11.2015

Curso intensivo de español, CEFR A1 level, undergraduate-level, 80 hours.

Instituto Cervantes Hamburg, Germany | 07.2015

Curso general de español, CEFR A2 level, adult learners, 25 hours.

Instituto Cervantes (IC) Bremen, Germany | 10.2005 - 06.2012

  • Curso general de español, CEFR A1 level, adult learners, 30 hours.
  • Curso general de español, CEFR A2 level, adult learners, 30 hours.
  • Curso general de español, CEFR B1 level, adult learners, 30 hours.
  • Curso general de español, CEFR B2 level, adult learners, 30 hours.
  • Curso preparatorio DELE, CEFR B1 level, adult learners, 30 hours.
  • Clases privadas, CEFR B1-B2 level, adult learners.
  • Español para los negocios (en compañía), CEFR B1-B2 level, adult learners.

Gesamtschule Obervieland | 09/2005 - 07/2006 (cooperation with IC)

Curso de español para escolares, CEFR A1 level, sixth, seventh and eighth grade. 415 hours.

Jacobs University (cooperation with IC)

Curso general de español, CEFR A1 level (A1.1/A1.2), undergraduate-level, 35 hours each.

Universität Bremen (cooperation with IC)

  • Curso general de español, CEFR A1 level, undergraduate-level, 45 hours.
  • Curso general de español, CEFR A2 level, undergraduate-level, 45 hours.
  • Curso general de español, CEFR B1 level, undergraduate-level, 45 hours.
  • Técnicas de comunicación y portfolio, CEFR C1 level, undergraduate-level.

Interfacultair Centrum voor Toegepaste Linguistiek. Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium | 07.2005

Curso intensivo de español, CEFR A2 level, undergraduate-level, 90 hours.

Español a la medida. Cologne, Germany | 09.2002 – 12.2004

Clases privadas, CEFR A1-B2 level, adult learners.

Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany | 03. 2000- 08.2004

  • Intensivkurs Spanisch (Europäische Sommerakademie), CEFR A1 level, undergraduate-level. Summer 2004, 100 hours.
  • Intensivkurs Spanisch (Europäische Sommerakademie), CEFR A1 level, undergraduate-level. Summer 2003, 100 hours.
  • Intensivkurs Spanisch (Europäische Sommerakademie), CEFR A2 level, undergraduate-level. Summer 2002, 100 hours.
  • Intensivkurs Spanisch (Europäische Sommerakademie), CEFR A2 level, undergraduate-level. Summer 2001, 100 hours.
  • Intensivkurs Spanisch (Europäische Sommerakademie), CEFR A1 level, undergraduate-level. Summer 2000, 100 hours.
  • Curso general de español, CEFR A1 level, undergraduate-level, 60 hours.
  • Curso general de español, CEFR A2 level, undergraduate-level, 60 hours.
  • Curso intensivo de español, CEFR A1 level, undergraduate-level, 60 hours.
  • Spanischmodule Wasser und Umwelt, Co-design of two modules of Spanish for specific purposes for engineers.

Escuela Oficial de Idiomas. Barcelona, Spain | 05.2002 (cooperation with the University of Barcelona)

Curso general de español, CEFR B1 level, adult learners, 24 hours. Internship within the Master of Spanish as a foreign Language program.

Universität Erfurt, Germany | 2000-2001

  • Lengua española y gramática II, CEFR A2 level, undergraduate-level. 60 hours.
  • Curso básico de español, CEFR A1 level, undergraduate-level. 60 hours.
  • Lengua española y gramática II, CEFR A2 level, undergraduate-level. 30 hours.
  • Curso preparatorio intensivo, CEFR B1 level, undergraduate-level. 25 hours.

Volkshochschule Erfurt, Germany | 2001

  • Curso general de español, CEFR A1 level, adult learners, three editions, 30 hours each.
  • Curso general de español, CEFR A2 level, adult learners, three editions, 30 hours each.