All 12 of our teachers are full time, highly qualified and experienced professionals, in addition to all being native from Spanish speaking countries. All our teachers have specific qualifications for teaching Spanish as a foreign language (Español como Lengua Extranjera. E.L.E.) which ensures high quality teaching. At Spanish World HK you can be 100% sure that your teacher will be a real professional educator (not just a native speaker) who knows what is needed to help students to communicate in Spanish language.
✔ All full time native Hispanic teachers
✔ All with Certificate of “Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language”
✔ All with at least Bachelor degree of education related field
✔ 75% with Master Degree
✔ Over 50% are official examiners
Gonzalo created Spanish World HK in 2005 with a clear vision in mind: to bring quality Spanish communicative teaching to all people in Hong Kong.
From the beginning he realized that there was an unsatisfied demand for Spanish courses that could cater to all ages (kindergarten, kids, teens, adults) and needs (official exams, business, travelers, leisure…etc). To his understanding the key to satisfy this demand was to bring qualified and experienced Spanish teachers passionate about their work, and create specific curricula and programs for each learning need and age group.
"A language is a tool for communication and we believe in a communicative approach to the learning of Spanish. This means that to the maximum extent possible (not always easy in a non-immersion context such as Hong Kong) we make our students realize the need to speak Spanish from day one, even if they can only speak few words, thus minimizing the use of English or any other language in class. "
"Trial and error is the path to improve communication, and communication is the ultimate goal for learning any language. If you studied Spanish for 6 months but you cannot speak more than few words something went missing."
• Majoring in English Studies (University of La Laguna, Spain), with a Master Degree in Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (University of La Laguna, Spain)
• PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature (University of the Philippines)
• DELE Examiner in all levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 and DELE Escolar A1, A2 and B1
With over 15 years of teaching experience, Vanessa is a true expert on the E.L.E field (Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language) and she shares her love for her profession and her enthusiasm to educating and learning with both students and teachers alike.
She has worked at prestigious universities and dedicated centers such as the Cervantes Institute, HKU and others, always working on improving how Spanish language is taught throughout the world.
Majoring in English Studies (University of La Laguna, Spain), with a Master Degree in Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (University of La Laguna, Spain) and a PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature (University of the Philippines), besides her strong educational background on the field, she has both the qualifications and the experience to develop curricula, programs and adjust them to our students.
In her own words: “I see teaching as an opportunity to share in the learning journey of students. I employ a wide range of assessment and reporting methods that would show student’s achievements. Using the language as a tool to communicate is my philosophy, and everyone can make it happen”. “Learning Spanish as a foreign language gives you the opportunity to learn not only a language but also its culture and people.”
Kids Coordinator (for students aged from 3 to 10 years old)
From: Sevilla, Spain
• Master Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Pablo Olivine University;
• Bachelor Degree in Humanities, Pablo Olivine University;
• DELE Examiner A1, A2, B1, B2, Escolar A1.
Maria is our Kids' Coordinator, an enthusiastic and experienced native Spanish teacher with professional skills and rich experience providing students support as a teacher and trainer supervisor, in different areas as well as in many educational organisations. During the last five years Maria has specialised in teaching Spanish to young learners, as a Spanish teacher in a primary international school in Dublin, Ireland. Maria always says,
"I love teaching Spanish, when I go into a lesson I feel happy, I am teaching, but also sharing my language, my culture. I believe this energy and enthusiasm helps my students to appreciate and enjoy their Spanish learning process".
From: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
• Master's Degree Spanish Language and Literature: Research and professional applications, University of Jaen;
• Bachelor Degree in Teaching, Primary Education, University of La Laguna.
During the last four years as a Spanish teacher, Daniel has been working in different international schools and Spanish academies in Lithuania. He is a passionate Spanish Teacher excited for the opportunity to contribute to student progress and achievement and be committed to the best practice in teaching, learning and assessment. He has an experience and passion for delivering exciting and varied Spanish lessons. He delights in sharing his language and culture. What he likes most about his profession is having the opportunity to touch the lives of his students and contribute to making the future bright and productive.
From: Madrid, Spain
• Master Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, University Internacional of La Rioja; • Bachelor Degree in History, University of Alcala;
• DELE Examiner A1, A2, B1, B2, Escolar A1 and Escolar A2, B1.
Diego is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher. He has taught in different countries such as Spain, Vietnam and Poland as well as in different institutions, including Universities and Instituto Cervantes. He feels very motivated when others want to know his language and culture and that is why he loves teaching Spanish. He will help you without hesitation in that process. Diego is passionate about culture in many aspects like history, international relations or travel. In his classes, students learn while enjoying the process of learning and discovering both the language and the Hispanic culture. For him learning a language is "an inner journey, a discovery towards what we did not know before and that will undoubtedly lead us further than we ever dreamed".
From: Sevilla, Spain
• Master Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, University of Cadiz;
• Bachelor Degree in Spanish Philology, University of Sevilla;
• DELE Examiner A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, Escolar A1.
Eduardo has taught Spanish to students of all ages and levels in prestigious centers in Spain, Germany, Russia and Hong Kong. That includes Public elementary schools, Universities and the Institute Cervantes. Eduardo enjoys teaching Spanish because it is a great opportunity to travel and meet people from other cultures and exchange knowledge with people with different points of view. Eduardo shows great interest in all kinds of artistic expressions: literature, music, painting, theater, cinema, gastronomy and he always uses these as a tool to teach Spanish in class. And there is a very important point to note: He loves Dim Sum!
From: Cádiz, Spain
• Master degree in Hispanic Studies: Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language;
• Bachelor degree in Philosophy
Javier is a responsible and experienced native Spanish teacher. In his wide career, Javier has specialised in teaching adults. His true passion is teaching Spanish to young people, that’s why he holds a master degree in Teaching Spanish to Teenagers and Young Learners. Javier is also an Official Examiner of DELE Exams (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) and has completed many training courses related to language teaching.
He taught adults, teenager and young learners at the Cervantes Institute of Moscow from 2011 to 2017. He taught extensive and intensive general Spanish courses (from A1 to C1), DELE preparation courses (from A1 to B2) and conversation courses (B1, B2 and C1). During the last four years, he has specialized in teaching Spanish to young learners.
“When I teach Spanish, I like to help my students and learn from them. I also like to share my knowledge with them in a positive classroom environment, where teamwork and respect of the individual skills of each student, make us grow as students and as individuals."
From: Córdoba, Argentina
• Degree in Education; Methodology for Teaching Foreign Languages;
• Accreditation Examiner DELE exams Level A2 and B1.
"My name is Jorge, I was born in Argentina, obtained my degree in Primary School Education in 2004 and dedicated most of my career to teaching the Spanish language and culture to people from all ages and nationalities. The qualifications I hold in the area of teaching Spanish as a foreign language together with a solid educational foundation, passion for teaching and the experience I acquired over 11 years in different countries such as Argentina, Egypt, Turkey and currently Hong Kong, tutoring and mentoring students, would suggest I am suitable for helping students advance their understanding of Spanish language and culture. Moreover, while my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate people and educational abilities in reputed institutions as Cervantes, Berlitz, Montessori and other international schools, I am still training professionally to give the best of myself to each student."
From: Cádiz, Spain
• Master Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary Education, Post- Compulsory Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Languages, Spanish Language and Literacy, University of Málaga;
• Bachelor Degree in Journalism, University of Madrid;
• DELE Examiner A1, A2, Escolar A1.
When I was learning English in the UK, my love for teaching language has grown while witnessing how learning a second language can bring a positive and enduring impact on life. It is there to enhance the culture, understanding the values, norms and manners of others. People learn who they really are through the learning process and find out how others communicate and live."
"Teaching is a challenging career, nothing but rewarding. It requires the best of the teacher but also the aim of learning has to be intentional for the student. There is where the magic and the communication happens, teacher and student are sharing knowledge and both are learning about themselves and their cultures. Could any job be more exciting?”
From: Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
• Bachelor Degree in Pedagogy (education specialist), University of La Laguna;
• Spanish as a second language Certificate (ELE), University of Alfonso X El Sabio.
Marjori is passionate about teaching and a specialist in the field of Spanish as a second language. Since mastering a vast range of learning strategies, and more importantly adapting them to the diverse needs of her students, she has built her understanding and use of these skills, whilst always striving to develop her techniques further throughout her teaching career.
Marjori has been fortunate enough to have taught Spanish in some European countries to a wide range of students from different cultures.
She enjoys creating an engaging and inspiring learning environment for her students whilst expressing not only the language at a variety of levels but also an insight into the Spanish culture.
From: Ontoria, Spain
• Master Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary Education, Post-Compulsory Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Languages, Spanish Language and Literacy, University of Málaga;
• Bachelor Degree in Journalism, University of Madrid
• DELE Examiner A1, A2, Escolar A1.
Just before working at Spanish World Hong Kong, Pablo performed the University Master's Degree in Teacher Training for Secondary Compulsory Education and Language Teaching at the University of Málaga.
Pablo is also a business journalist with more than 8 years of experience in financial information and he currently works as freelance contributor in different media, such as “El País” or “Cinco Días”. Pablo is good at making use of daily situations and news articles in his teaching. Pablo is passionate about teaching languages and cultural exchange, as well as communication and information.
From: Granada, Spain
• Master Degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, University of Granada;
• Bachelor Degree in Spanish Philology, University of Granada;
• DELE Examiner A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, Escolar A1, Escolar A2/B1.
As a Spanish teacher, Rosa has had the opportunity to get to know the culture of different countries and share her own culture and language i.e. Spanish, with her worldwide students. For Rosa, teaching Spanish is an exchange of knowledge and culture, instead of just grammar and words. She has learned a lot from her students and she is still enjoying it everyday!