Spanish Teachers

Dorian Fonseca

Teacher and Copy Editor

 Studies:

  • Bachelor Degree in Spanish Philology, Universidad de Costa Rica.

Languages: Advanced English

  • Background / Experience:
  • Proofreading (thesis, articles, 2008 – currently
  • Spanish teacher as a second language: Costa Rican Language Academy, 2008 – currently

Specialization:

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Medical Spanish
  • Legal Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history
  • Spanish for children

Skills:

  • Deep interest in cultural diversity and strong social commitment.  She integrates in her classes these topics through the analysis of the Latin American culture.
  • Sports and Latin American popular dancing passionate.
  • Great ability to work with children, teenagers and seniors.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic. Constantly searching for new materials and new ways to facilitate the students´ learning process.
  • Specialized materials designer for children and teenagers Spanish learners.

Marianela Ballar

Teacher

 Studies: 

  • Bachelor Degree in Spanish Philology, Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica.
  • Master Degree in Spanish as a Second Language (attending), Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Languages: English Intermediate, Mandarin Intermediate

Background / Experience:

  • Jury member for beginners test in Philology, UACA University, 2010
  • Currently, Spanish teacher as a second language: in several schools and Costa Rican Language Academy, since 2001

Specializations:

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Advanced grammar for high Spanish levels
  • Latin American and Costa Rican Literature
  • Medical Spanish
  • Costa Rican history and culture

Skills:

  • Deep interest in cultural diversity, Eastern Philosophy and veganism.
  • Knowledge in alternative medicine and martial arts.
  • Great ability to work with seniors and people with special needs.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic. . Constantly searching for new materials and new ways to facilitate the students´ learning process.

Abraham Calvo

Teacher and Copy Editor

Studies: 

  • Bachelor Degree in Spanish Philology, Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Languages: Advanced English

Background / Experience:

  • Proofreading (thesis, articles, advertisements), 2000 – Currently
  • Language and literature tutor, Universidad estatal a Distancia, 2000 al 2001
  • Spanish teacher as a second language, Costa Rican Language Academy, 2001 – currently

Specializations: 

  • Spanish at all levels.
  • Advanced grammar for high Spanish levels.
  • Latin American and Costa Rican Literature
  • Medical Spanish
  • Legal Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history
  • Business Spanish

Skills:

  • Linguistic researcher.
  • Deep interest in cultural diversity.
  • Highly interested in sports and encourages his students to get involved.
  • Text and materials designer for teaching Spanish as a second language.
  • Great ability to work with children, teenagers and seniors.

Ana Lorena Vásquez

Teacher

Studies: 

  • Spanish teacher as a second Language,  Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica
  • Librarian and Learning Resources Specialist, Universidad Estatal a Distancia.
  • Language: Intermediate English

Background / Experience:

  • Spanish teacher as a second Language: Costa Rican Language Academy, 2009 – currently

Specialization: 

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Medical Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history
  • Spanish for children

Skills:

  • Deep interest in cultural diversity.
  • Great ability to work with children, teenagers and seniors.
  • Very creative. Constantly searching for new materials and new ways to facilitate the students´ learning process.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic.

Gabriel Álvarez

Teacher

Studies: 

  • Spanish Philology, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Languages: Intermediate English

Background / Experience:

  • Spanish teacher as a second language, Costa Rican Language Academy,  2007 – currently

Specializations: 

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Medical Spanish
  • Legal Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history
  • Spanish for children and teenagers

Skills:

  • Deep interest in cultural diversity strong social commitment.
  • Active member of non-profit organizations that encourage leadership through the young population to positive strengthen and increase help in their communities.
  • Deep interest in history and arts.  Active participant in cultural activities.
  • Great ability to work with children, teenagers and seniors.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic.

Irán Barrantes

Teacher

Studies: 

  • Master in Education with Emphasis in University Education, Universidad Nacional.
  • Language: High Intermediate English

Background / Experience:

  • Currently, Spanish teacher as a second language: several schools and Costa Rican Language Academy, since 1994.
  • Spanish teacher at the University of Mississippi, Olemiss, 2007-2013
  • Post-degree professor at the Universidad Nacional, 2014-currently.

Specializations: 

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Medical Spanish
  • Legal Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history
  • Business Spanish
  • Spanish for teenagers

Skills:

  • Spanish Certified Evaluator A.C.T.F.L.
  • Deep interest in educational research and specialized reading methods.
  • Constantly, integrates in his classes his passion for Latin American cultural, political and economic topics.
  • Great ability to work with teenagers and seniors.
  • Dynamic, enthusiastic and patient.

Olga Zúñiga

Teacher and Painter

Studies: 

  • Bachelor in Political Science, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Master in Latin American Literature (attending), Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Languages: Advanced English, Basic Japanese

Background / Experience:

  • Spanish teacher as a second language  in several schools and in Costa Rican Language Academy,   1996 – currently

Specialization: 

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Advanced grammar for high Spanish levels.
  • Latin American and Costa Rican Literature
  • Costa Rican culture and history

Skills: 

  • Deep interest in cultural diversity.
  • Knowledge in Costa Rican and Latin America history and art.
  • Passionate analyst of Latin America cinema.
  • Great ability to work with seniors.
  • Classic music and speech verbalization formation.
  • Great interest in popular music and singing.

Stephanni Cruz

Teacher

Studies: 

  • English Bachelor, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Bachelor in Education (attending), Universidad Estatal a Distancia.
  • Languages: Advanced English

Background / Experience:

  • Spanish teacher as a second language, Costa Rican Language Academy, 2000 – currently.

Specialization: 

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Advanced grammar for high Spanish levels.
  • Medical Spanish
  • Legal Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history
  • Spanish for children

Skills:

  • Deep interest in cultural diversity
  • Great ability to work with teenagers and seniors.
  • Text and materials designer for teaching Spanish as a second language.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic.  Constantly searching for new materials and new ways to facilitate the students´ learning process.

Karla Rojas

Teacher

Studies:  

  • Spanish Philology, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Languages: Intermediate English

Background / Experience:

  • Spanish teacher as a second language, Costa Rican Language Academy, 2006 – currently

Specializations: 

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Medical Spanish
  • Legal Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history
  • Spanish for children

Skills:

  • Deep interest for diverse topics of the Latin America culture.
  • Great ability to work with children, teenagers and seniors.
  • Encourage learning through dynamic activities and teamwork.
  • Very creative, involves students´ interests and needs through original activities within the class.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic.

Ana Guiselle Rony

Teacher

Studies:

  • Spanish Philology, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Languages: Intermediate English

Background / Experience:

  • Spanish teacher as a second language: Costa Rican Language Academy, 2003 – currently

Specializations: 

  • Spanish at all levels
  • Medical Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history
  • Spanish for children, teenagers and seniors

Skills:

  • Deep interest in cultural diversity strong social commitment. She integrates in her classes these topics through the analysis of the Latin American culture.
  • Great ability to work with children, teenagers and seniors.
  • Very creative. Constantly, searching for new materials and new ways to facilitate the students´ learning process.
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic.

Mariana Zumbado

Academic Director
Teacher and professional dancer

Studies:  

  • Bachelor in Spanish Philology, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Professional Degree in Spanish Philology, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Master in Linguistics, Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Languages: Intermediate English

Background / Experience:

  • Text editor, 2000 – currently
  • Language and literature tutor, Universidad estatal a Distancia, 2001 to 2003.
  • Spanish teacher as a second language, Costa Rican Language Academy  2001 – currently
  • Delivery speaker for oral expression, strategies to class development and pragmatic analysis.

Specializations: 

  • Spanish at all levels.
  • Advanced grammar for high Spanish levels.
  • Latin American and Costa Rican Literature
  • Medical, legal and business Spanish
  • Costa Rican culture and history

Skills:

  • Linguistics researcher. Deep interest in pragmatism, Latin America literature and comparative grammar.
  • Researcher and activist of the indigenous and afro Costa Rican cultures.
  • Great analytical ability for multicultural related topics and language teaching. Deep interest in cultural diversity.
  • Highly interested in sports and encourages his students to get involved.
  • Text and material designer for learning Spanish as a second language.
  • Costa Rican folklore knowledge
  • Knowledge in modern and contemporary dance.
  • Great ability to work with seniors and people with special needs.

LEARN SPANISH & LEAVE A POSITIVE FOOTPRINT

CRLA students have the opportunity of contributing to make a tangible difference in our world and to leave something positive for future generations.