At TANDEM, we as teachers have to work alongside the students for them to become independent learners, in order that they are the ones who direct their studies, they discover how they learn and, in short, are able to take control of their learning.
All the teachers with whom we work share the same aim: to help students acquire the necessary skills for them to deal with various situations in Spanish in their role as a social agent and as a cross-cultural speaker. In addition, we aim to encourage the learner to become more independent as they gradually take charge of their own learning.
We teach by sharing: experiences, ideas, cultures, behaviours etc.
Cristina Fernández Peñalver
A graduate in Spanish Literature from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is a teacher in the Spanish Department of TANDEM, Escuela Internacional. The Founder and vice-president of ASILIM (The Association for Immigrant Language Integration in Madrid). Both a teacher trainer for formal and volunteer teachers, specialized in the teaching of Spanish to immigrants. Co-author of “C de cultura”, published by Difusión, a frequent writer of articles on Spanish as a foreign language, guest speaker at Expolingua 2002 “El español como lengua de convivencia” (“Spanish as a language for living together”).
Natalia Blanco Jorge
Graduate in Humanities, from the Faculty of Philosophy and Fine Arts at the University of Alcalá de Henares (1998/2003), she has studied subjects related most specifically to linguistics, art and Spanish history.
Spanish teacher since 2003, teacher trainer for Spanish as a foreign language in various public and prívate schools. She is a guest speaker at courses, congresses and seminars related to the teaching of Spanish and other languages.
Ana María Sánchez García
Graduate in Spanish Literature from the Autónoma University of Madrid. Spanish teacher since 1980 and coordinator for Spanish courses in various institutions. Teacher trainer in public and private institutions. Guest speaker at various courses.
Graduate in Spanish Literature from the Autónoma University of Madrid. Spanish teacher in Dublin and Madrid. She has a Master´s degree in Training Teachers of Spanish from the University of Alcalá de Henares. She has worked at TANDEM since September, 2009, giving Spanish courses and as a teacher trainer.