My name is Virginia and I am a fully qualified language teacher with over 16 years of experience. I grew up in Mendoza, Argentina, by the beautiful Andes mountain range. I graduated as an English Teacher and worked in primary and secondary schools and private language institutions in my home town.
I came to the UK and taught Spanish from complete beginners to A-levels at a comprehensive secondary school in Reading for six years. I was then privileged to become the Head of Spanish at a private boarding school in Oxford where I really enjoyed my teaching experience. Eight years later I got married and started developing my vision of Joyful Spanish.
Joyful Spanish is about bringing joy into learning, getting together, exploring the wonders of the Spanish speaking world, sharing our views and above all – enjoying the experience!
“An exemplary language teacher
Virginia is an exemplary language teacher. Only a true teacher can make you banish all your inhibitions and just have a go without fear of 'making a mistake' or 'getting it wrong.' She is constantly encouraging and enthusiastic whilst setting high expectations and enabling you to do your best.
In her lessons I feel like I can speak Spanish even though I don't know much!!
Virginia also plans her lessons meticulously with a perfect mix of speaking and listening, reading, grammar and writing tasks, games, paired activities, discussion, film clips, songs, and insights into culture of the Spanish speaking world. There is always lots to discover and lots to learn, and she is also very considerate of your interests and personalises the lessons just for you. For example, one week I walked a little part of the Camino di Santiago trail in Spain and the following lesson she had created a whole session based on the history of the trail!
Isabella M, Oxford
“Enthusiastic and knows how to motivate
Virginia is an excellent tutor. She is friendly and supportive as well as patient and knowledgeable.
Her knowledge of Spanish grammar and cultural nuances is great not just because she is a native speaker but she can articulate her knowledge well.
She is very enthusiastic and knows how to motivate her students. She makes sure to check we understand the material and takes the time to answer all of the questions. The lessons usually go by quickly with a nice balance of grammar and conversation.
Thank you, Virginia!
Iris K, Oxford
“A new World of Language Learning
“A brilliant teacher
Virginia is a brilliant teacher. The lessons were always well paced, interesting and carefully targeted at my level. She has a library of suitable material: exercises, games, stories and video clips which she could draw on. She was also able to recommend good books and websites for me to work on out of class. I was happy with the progress I made with her help.