About Lara's Spanish Hub

Learn about our teachers and
our style of teaching

Lara Orlando - Founder and Main Teacher

¡Hola!

I’ve been a language teacher for over 15 years, and have taught in Argentina, the UK, China and Australia. I did a combined English/Spanish Translation and Teaching degree  (Argentina) and have a Diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language. After working as a teacher and coordinator of many schools over the years, I decided to finally put my passion for teaching Spanish into my own school, and Lara’s Spanish Hub was born.

I love to inspire students and to get them speaking Spanish from day one. One of the most rewarding things for me as a teacher is to see my students make connections and friends within the classroom and to see them having fun while learning about Spanish and Latin American cultures.  I also love organising social events to connect students to the Spanish speaking world.

I have a passion (should I say obsession? :)) for creating – and incorporating – fun materials, games and activities to do in class – having a good time while learning is so important! So what are our classes like? Full of talking, laughing and trying out new ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. As I always say, no class is complete without a game!

I look forward to meeting you all soon!

¡Hasta pronto!

Lara

Natalia Leiva - Teacher

¡Hola gente! ¡Mucho gusto!

I am Natalia, a very enthusiastic and energetic Spanish Teacher who loves sharing her passion for Latin-American culture and Spanish language.

I have been teaching Spanish for nearly 4 years, not only to adults but also to adolescents and young kids. And back in Argentina, I was teaching English to non-native speakers for almost 8 years. By teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds and learning styles, I have honed my communication, creativity, and motivational skills. Additionally, my inherent passion for the Spanish language and culture has fostered exciting and engaging classes.

Teaching has been my passion since my early days, I come from a family full of teachers; my grandmother, great aunt, my three aunties, and my mother are teachers as well, so it runs through our blood. I love to encourage students to have a meaningful and fun learning process through different kinds of activities, games, and cultural events. Fun is a must in my classes!

I can’t wait to meet you and have a great time together!

¡Hasta pronto!

Natalia

Leonardo Hernández - Teacher

¿Cómo están?

 Nice to meet you! I am Leonardo, a Colombian Spanish and Literature teacher that moved to Australia about 4 years ago.

 One of my biggest passions is to teach. I have taught Spanish to kids, adolescents and adults in Colombia and Australia, as well as drama, another true love of mine.

 I love teaching and I truly believe education empowers people to build new worlds.

 I always try to make classes as fun and meaningful as possible. I like to innovate with participating activities so everyone is engaged and relaxed in class. Who would have thought that learning and having fun is possible at the same time. My experience from the theatre world has given me lots of amazing games to practise and I love combining the best of both worlds to help you learn Spanish.

This is an invitation to one of the worlds that I love. Welcome to my world: welcome to the Spanish world!

 ¡Chao y hasta pronto!

 Leo

Paula Santacruz - Teacher

Hola ¿Cómo están?

I am Paula Andrea, a qualified Spanish Teacher from Colombia. I have been working as a Spanish teacher over the last seven years in Colombia, United Kingdom and Australia. 

I have worked with people of all ages and cultures. With that experience I have learned how to create unique experiences to teach and engage with different people and ability levels. This has helped me to interact with my students and put them in “real” situations where they have many options to solve, navigate or deal with each situation.

In every class, my main goal is that each of my students feel confident in expressing their ideas, opinions and experiences in Spanish. So I try  to create meaningful and creative lessons where my students reach their potential.

If you want to know more, come and join us in our Spanish lessons!

¡Nos vemos muy pronto! 

Paula

Caro Ramirez - Teacher

¡Hola!

This is Carolina Ramirez, a Primary School teacher from the lovely city of Bogotá, Colombia.

I have different passions in life, and one of them is to teach. I have had the pleasure of teaching children in their first years of education and young adults. The most grateful experience is to see the excitement and interest they put into learning new things throughout games.

Moving to Australia, having the chance to learn a new language, and seeing many people interested in learning about the hispanic culture inspired me to come back to my passion.

My major objective is to promote the idea that the best learning experience is the one where fond memories are made. I want every student not only to learn, but to relish every class and to take joy in the learning process.

I would be thrilled to help kids and adults in this pathway to learn Spanish, which will open them to a new culture, friends and even projects of traveling in the future to Spanish speaking countries. I will make sure every class is different and unique and to cater to each person’s best learning approach. I am looking forward to seeing you all in class!

Caro

Our Teaching Method: The Communicative Approach

Our method is based on the communicative approach. We do not just want you to know Spanish, we want you to use it! The main focus of Lara’s Spanish Hub is to improve your communication skills. Our teaching style is highly interactive and dynamic and we focus on developing the student’s abilities to speak and understand spoken Spanish, since we know their ultimate goal is to be able to have a conversation in Spanish.

It sometimes happens that people study a foreign language for many years and yet they are not able to use the language at all. In most cases this is a consequence of a traditional approach to language teaching, which emphasises grammar and written skills.

On the contrary, the Communicative Approach believes that language is about communicating rather than just grammar. This allows us to bring real communication situations into the classroom. You’ll participate in many situational activities, which are well planned and structured but also leave room for being spontaneous and for improvising (and making mistakes 🙂 ) so that you can practise Spanish in normal life situations.

Our lessons are carefully resourced and planned, and we have a passion for incorporating the most creative and innovative materials and activities to ensure our students have fun while learning. While we adopt the most effective language teaching methodologies, we also take into account our students’ different learning styles and needs.

Finally, we follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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