Those of you who follow my blog know that I have recently completed a course to qualify as a language teacher. The director of the course suggested told me that they were always looking for Spanish teachers (I hope they might need people when language schools open again, fingers crossed!), and I’ve been trying to get organised since I completed the course.
Recently I shared the first video of a series I hope to create covering basic Spanish topics, and I have also added a page to my blog with a variety of resources for those interested in learning the language. I decided to share the page today here as a post (also because I’m reading a fairly long book, so I have no new review to share), with a link to the actual page, so you can check it regularly, as I intend to keep adding more videos and resources.
Here it is:
In case you don’t know me, I’m Olga and although I’m originally from Barcelona (Spain), I moved to the UK for work reasons (I was a doctor and wanted to specialise in psychiatry) in 1992 and spent there over 25 years. During those years I did plenty of things: I worked as a psychiatrist (in a variety of specialities, mostly forensic psychiatry), I studied (a BA and a PhD in American Literature, an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice), I wrote and published a number of books (in English and Spanish) and also translated the books of quite a few authors into Spanish and English.
A couple of years ago I returned to Barcelona to support my mother, started volunteering at a local radio station and for a couple of years taught English Composition online at the University of the People. That experience made me realise that I’d like to teach languages, and in March 2020 I completed a course and obtained the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. With the pedagogical insights gained from the course, and as a native speaker fluent in English, I thought I could help English speakers interested in improving their level of Spanish, especially those eager to become more fluent, to practise what they have learned and brush up on their studies, those working on presentations or specific projects they would like a hand with, and people who want to communicate with the locals in a variety of situations. If you think you might be interested in that, we can chat about it in more detail. Just get in touch with me.
I am preparing a series of short videos with some basic topics, and I’ll share the links here as they become available. You can also check the following resources if you are interested in learning Spanish.
Instituto Cervantes (Plenty of materials, from courses to articles on all kinds of topics. A well-known institution with offices all over the world.
RTVE (Radio Televisión Española):
Spanish Learning Lab:
El blog Para Aprender Español
Español para Inmigrantes
Doc Molly’s (Medical Spanish)
Video ele (A whole course based around videos)
Tu escuela de español (Elena Prieto offers regular videos in her YouTube channel. There is also a Premium option)
Tio Spanish (You can also test your level and that allows you to choose level appropriate activities).
RAE (Diccionario panhispánico de dudas). The RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua Española) is the official institution tasked with creating the official dictionary and revising and updating the grammar. There are many other options, including other kinds of dictionaries, available on their website:
This is a bilingual dictionary and you can choose the languages. You can also select and see the definitions rather than a translation. It’s from Collins, and it has the advantage that it gives you several options, like showing you the word as it is used in expressions and collocations, and examples of the words suggested used in a variety of sentences, so you can choose the most appropriate.
Many thanks, good luck, and keep learning!
And here is the link to the page, so you can bookmark it for future reference:
Thanks so much for reading and watching, and if you’re interested, remember to like, share, comment, and leave me suggestions for future videos as well. Ah, if you check the video, you’ll find a link to the presentation as well. ♥