I professori

Laura

Laura is an audacious Malagueña who has always liked challenges, languages and getting to know other cultures.

Since she was very young she liked to ask herself questions about everything around the world and that is why she graduated in Philosophy. While at university, she gave private lessons to teenagers and adults. She really enjoyed her role as a teacher, so after graduating, she decided to specialise in teaching.

When she finished her studies, she had the opportunity to collaborate with an association dedicated to teaching Spanish to migrants from many countries: Morocco, Ukraine, Senegal, Romania, Poland, Brazil, Russia and many more. Thanks to this enriching experience, Laura can boast of knowing many phrases and words in more than 8 languages.

There are times when she gets the language mixed up and laughs out loud by herself. Problems of being a polyglot!

Marina B

Marina is a cheerful and enthusiastic person. She is very outgoing and loves to share her free time with her family and friends.

Although she was born in Cordoba, she has always spent her summer holidays in Malaga, so she has a beautiful history with this city and always tells her students the funniest anecdotes she has experienced here.

She has always liked literature and Spanish grammar and syntax classes and loved to go to the blackboard to find the subject and predicate sentences. It was always clear to her that she wanted to study Hispanic Philology. That is why, after graduating and recalling the good memories she had of her teachers, she decided to do a postgraduate course to be able to teach and inspire her students as her teachers did with her.

She loves working at our school because there are students from many cultures and countries, as Marina says “I love that my class looks like the UN!

Marina F

Marina is a fun person with unstoppable energy. She transmits super good vibes to every person who crosses her path.

From a very young age she loved languages, she was convinced that she was going to be able to speak all the languages in the world when she grew up. Although she has not yet achieved her childhood goal, she can boast that she speaks perfect English and has worked in the UK for several years as a Spanish teacher.

During these years she realized that teaching Spanish was something she loved, she felt stronger and more energetic than ever when she was teaching and she couldn’t stop smiling. That is why, when she returned to Spain she decided to continue being a Spanish teacher and made a match with our school because she is as crazy about Spanish as we are.

She always laughs and says that the United Kingdom marked her because she takes advantage of any ray of sunshine to go to the beach or to the countryside to have a good picnic. Marina, being on the Costa del Sol you are going to have a picnic at home every day, if you provide the food, we’ll join you!

María

Maria is an outgoing and communicative person, so her classes tend to be fun and interactive.

She has always been passionate about the Spanish language, its origins, its variants and everything related with this language. This was her main motivation to obtain a degree in Hispanic Philology, which immersed her even more in the wonderful world of Spanish.

Now she dedicate herself to teaching and helping as many students as possible to make them know/discover this amazing language that she loves so much!

Desirée

Desirée has been interested in the world of language since she was a little girl until she discovered that she wanted to be a teacher.

She is passionate about the world of learning and culture, which is why she decided to dedicate herself to it. Her classes are always 50/50: the students learn from her as she learns from them. In this way, they manage to create a welcoming atmosphere in class, and above all, a lot of fun!

Also, she loves to travel and read, because there is no better way to take your mind to another place than with a good book!

L’ attenzione allo studente

 

Chris

My name is Chris and I’m the director and founder of AIL Málaga. I am from a small town near Manchester, but after more than 20 years in Spain, I feel more Spaniard than most. When I am not busy making sure that everything in the school is up to a top quality standard, my hobbies are relaxing with my family (I have a teenage daughter and a toddler son), eating Indian food, playing poker and running marathons. If you see me in the corridors please do introduce yourself, I would love to hear your story.

Teresa

Teresa is a cheerful and humorous person who spreads her good vibes wherever she goes.

She is a great lover of reading: from the classics to Isabel Allende’s mystery novels. In fact, she has always tried to instill this love of literature in her students.

She was a high school teacher for a long time and each academic year she showed her students that La Celestina and La Casa de Bernarda Alba were works that could be applied to today’s world and indeed contained a lot of gossip! She does not consider herself a typical teacher and firmly believes that when you teach dynamically and in a didactic way, you are able to truly reach more young people. This idea, among many others, was what led her to become Academic Coordinator and Director.

Although now she has not been teaching for some time, Teresa remembers many anecdotes from her teaching days and is always keen to support her colleagues with inspirational ideas to help our students learn Spanish in a fun and rapid way, so that they will always remember their stay at AIL Malaga as one of the best experiences of their lives.

Andrea

Hello, my name is Andrea and I am the Academic Director of AIL Malaga. Although I am from Alicante, I consider Malaga as my second home.

I love teaching because it gives you the opportunity to travel and learn other languages, and for me, working with people who share my passion is amazing. I also love Spanish.

This passion for Spanish led me to obtain my degree in Hispanic Philology, and then, having discovered a love for teaching, I obtained a Master’s degree in teacher training for Secondary School teachers, the Baccalaureate, a Professional Training and language teaching degree, and finally another Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.

I have been teaching and teaching this beautiful language to so many students since 2011 and I have been lucky enough to get to know a group of people here in Malaga who share my passions, goals and who have a very good vibe.

Silvia

Hi everyone, I´m Silvia! A native Madrileña (Madrid) with a heart from Malagueña. In my free time, I travel the world to discover its endless beauty. Malaga is my little piece of paradise to which I always come back with a sincere grin on my face. Here, a sun shines like nowhere else in the world!

I truly love relaxing on sandy beaches decorated by palm trees which reach the sky, taking a refreshing bath in the sealistening to the colourful parrots sing and letting the sun rays heat my body… It is what I missed the most when I was living in London – for 15 years! Nevertheless, it was a wonderful experience which taught me a lot about cultural wealth and its differences, letting me grow as a person. Immersion in a different culture and language made me a confident person, being able to speak English fluently with many new friends from all over the world.

After 10 years of work in various language schools, as an experienced worker I decided to join the AIL Malaga family. This school is very different from any I have ever seen in my life. The team is so close to students and is here to help them any time they need, and so am I. Together we create an environment which is student friendly and is a second home for us.

In the evenings I rediscover my passion of cooking using traditional Spanish cookbooks and exploring hidden, charming paths of Malaga on my electric scooter. Let´s have fun!

Gabriel

Gabriel is an Italian who fits many of the stereotypes: he loves pasta, wine and pizza and even owned a Vespa in his youth.

However, he admits that since arriving in Málaga and eating espeto, tortillitas de camarones and pestiños his heart has been divided. As well as being a true specialist in making pasta carbonara – don’t even think of telling him that carbonara has cream and mushrooms in it – he loves to spend his free time travelling and learning languages.

He speaks more than four languages and one of his dreams is to visit the places described in the classic novels he loves so much. In addition to all these hobbies, he spends his free time volunteering with animal shelters – he loves puppies!

If you come to Malaga and visit the Malagueta beach, it is very likely that you will find Gabriel playing volleyball. For him it is the best way to end the day and he defines it as his “guilty pleasure”.