About us

Raquel (left) and María (right)

Welcome to our blog! We are Raquel and María, Spanish (ELE) teachers from Madrid, with vast experience in classrooms within several European countries. We worked together at the prestigious Elemadrid School (Spanish Language School in Madrid) for several years. Our work and passion is teaching Spanish and sharing Spanish culture. We would like to present you with everything we have learned in order to create a platform of ideas, which resolves communicative difficulties for those who study Spanish. From questions pertaining to living in Spain to others about relating to Spaniards and their culture, we would like to be your guide.

Raquel’s bio

DSC_6568Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) Teacher, Raquel Alonso (Burgos, 1978), acquired her knowledge and experience in Spain and Italy. She discovered her calling for teaching during an internship part of her undergraduate degree in Social Work, by teaching workshops on job-search techniques. With that discovery, she decided to study linguistics and comparative literature and went to Italy to study Italian, French and Spanish from this perspective. She also started her career as a foreign language teacher training. For eight years she worked in different institutions, both public and private, while studying for a degree in Lingue e Letterature Straniere. Once back in Spain, she started a Masters in Teaching Spanish Language and ELE at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. She kept teaching Spanish Language to foreigners in Madrid where she met María Ballesteros and now they work together here in EBPAES.

María’s bio

MaríaSpanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) Teacher, Maria Ballesteros fell in love with her profession by studying other languages and experiencing their culture. She completed her studies in English Philology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, her hometown. Living in England and immersed in British culture, she discovered her true calling: to spread her own language and culture. Thus, she began to specialize in teaching ELE by conducting graduate studies as expert in the Spanish language in the integration of immigrants where she could implement her passion for social change and its effects on literature and linguistics. She is very interested in language for specific purposes like business or medicine. She has worked in different areas of language teaching, participated in the production of programs for different institutions, created handbooks, designed teaching materials and taught Spanish courses to different types of students and groups in England and Spain. After living in England, she settled in Madrid, where she continues to develop her personal and professional interests, which now EBPAES enjoys. She directs and develops this project with Raquel Alonso and currently lives between Spain and the U.S.

Sobre nosotras

¡Bienvenidos a nuestro blog! Somos Raquel y María, profesoras de ELE con amplia experiencia en aulas de español para extranjeros en diferentes países. Nos conocimos desarrollando un proyecto en una prestigiosa escuela de Madrid. Enseñar español y divulgar su cultura es, no solo nuestro trabajo, también nuestra pasión. Todos nuestros conocimientos, experiencia e inquietudes nos llevaron a crear una plataforma de ideas para resolver las dificultades comunicativas del estudiante de español. ¡Déjanos ser tu guía para aprender español y conocer nuestra cultura!

Über uns

Herzlich willkommen auf unserem Blog! Wir sind Raquel und María, Spanischlehrerinnen (ELE) aus Madrid. Durch langjährigen Sprachunterricht in verschiedenen Ländern Europas verfügen wir über breitgefächerte Erfahrungen. In Madrid haben wir an der renommierten Sprachschule “Elemadrid” mehrere Jahre zusammen gearbeitet. Die Vermittlung der spanischen Sprache und Kultur ist unsere Leidenschaft! Wir möchten unsere Erfahrungen und unser Wissen teilen und dir helfen, auf dieser Plattform dein Spanisch zu verbessern.

Su di noi

Benvenuti nel nostro Blog! Siamo Raquel e María, insegnanti madrelingue di Spagnolo come lingua straniera (ELE), entrambe di Madrid. Contiamo tutt’e due su una vasta esperienza d’insegnamento nelle aule di svariati paesi europei. Abbiamo inoltre lavorato insieme, per alcuni anni, alla prestigiosa scuola di spagnolo Elemadrid (Madrid). Insegnare la lingua spagnola e condividerne la cultura è il nostro lavoro e la nostra passione. Vogliamo mettere a vostra disposizione tutto quel che abbiamo imparato per creare una piattaforma di idee, volte a risolvere le difficoltà comunicative a cui va incontro lo studente di lingua spagnola. Dalle questioni attinenti la vita in Spagna a quelle sugli spagnoli e la loro cultura, siamo qui per essere la vostra guida.

A propos de nous

Bienvenus sur notre Blog! Nous sommes Raquel et María, professeurs d’espagnol langue étrangère. Nous avons une grande expérience de l’enseignement dans les classes de plusieurs pays européens où nous avons travaillé. Nous étions également toutes deux enseignantes à Elemadrid, une prestigieuse école d’espagnol à Madrid, depuis plusieurs années. Notre passion et notre métier sont l’enseignement de la langue et de la culture espagnoles. Nous voulons mettre à votre disposition tout notre savoir-faire et notre expérience, afin de de créer une plateforme d’idées qui permettra de résoudre toutes les difficultés de communication de ceux qui étudient l’espagnol. Nous souhaitons également vous éclairer pour toutes vos questions sur la vie en Espagne ou sur les Espagnols et leur culture.

О НАС

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Мы, Ракель и Мария – преподаватели испанского языка для иностранцев, реализуем свой проект на основе многолетнего опыта работы со студентами из разных стран мира, в том числе и с учащимися престижной школы “Elemadrid” в Мадриде. Обучение испанскому языку, испанской культуре не только наша любимая профессия, но и увлечение. Мы обладаем и хотим поделиться с вами уникальными методиками обучения, соответствующими самым высоким международным образовательным стандартам, что позволит быстро достичь продвинутого уровня знания языка и поможет узнать больше об Испании и жизни испанцев.

Om oss

Velkommen til bloggen vår! Vi er Raquel og María, spansklærere (ELE) fra Madrid, med stor erfaring fra klasserom i flere europeiske land. Vi jobbet sammen på den prestisjefylte Elemadrid-skolen (en spanskskole i Madrid) i flere år. Vår jobb og pasjon er å lære bort spansk og å dele spansk kultur. Vi vil gjerne gjøre alt det vi har lært tilgjengelig for dere for å skape en plattform av ideer, som løser kommunikasjonsvanskeligheter for dem som studerer spansk. Fra spørsmål om det å bo i Spania til det å forholde seg til spanjoler og deres kultur – vil vil gjerne være guidene dine.