Almudena Talavera Blanco

Teacher of Spanish

Education

MA in Spanish Language and Literature - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) & MA in Linguistics - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) 

Bio

My first position after graduating in university began as an adventure at UWC Li Po Chun teaching Spanish A and French ab. Twenty two years ago, the UWC movement became my vocation, my life and who I am. Those incredible two years of discovery in Hong Kong took me to the Spanish A/B/ab and French B/ab teacher position at UWC Atlantic in Wales, where I am still the Spanish teacher. Then, this year, I have the unique opportunity to also join UWC Dilijan to teach Spanish A. On the side, I kept busy as an IBO examiner and workshop leader for Spanish B.

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?

Teaching, the classroom, the continuous feedback of young people in a journey of discovery and the thousands of different paths that they take.

Which teaching method you prefer and why? 

My class has to be dynamic, small and lively where we learn by interaction and respect, by listening and questioning.

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?

Find your Spanish personality, explore a new side of yourself 

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?

Life brings you different people at different moments.

What is your life motto?

Don't limit yourself by labeling who you are.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
My daughters, travelling and my home.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Read, run and gardening