Language School

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Language School

The School

Lorca Institute wants to offer an innovative teaching of foreign languages with the most advanced approaches in communication, always focusing on the student as the centre of learning. We engage our students in real-life situations so they can directly use what they learned in class. With this methodology we want to enable the student for a real communication – oral or written- with other speakers of the language.

When you arrive at the school, the first thing we do is a level test (free and without compromise) to check your starting level. According to the result and taking into account your objectives and your availability we will recommend the group or groups that are most suitable for you.

At Lorca Institute we don’t like to “sit exams” in class. We want you to make the most of the time in the classroom speaking and interacting with your classmates and teachers. Therefore we offer the possibility to come to the school and do mock exams once a week. These will be corrected and given back in the regular class to guarantee exam success. These additional exam preparation hours are totally free.


"I was cold and I didn’t ask for fire, I was terribly thirsty and I didn’t ask for water: I asked for books, that is to say for horizons, that is to say for stairs to climb to the top of the spirit and the heart"
Federico García Lorca

More about the teachers

Lucía Vila has been a teacher for French and Spanish as a foreign language at Lorca for nearly 5 years now. She was born in France and came to Galicia at the age of 18 to study at university. As she is deeply in love with language teaching, after finishing her degree she decided to specialize in teaching French and Spanish as a foreign language as well as in translating and interpreting.

Eva-María Steinbach was born in Germany and fell in love with Galicia during a university exchange. She has got a degree in Spanish Philology and attended lessons on English Philology and German as a foreign language. She discovered her passion for language teaching being a volunteer in Nicaragua where she worked in an education Project. She completed her studies with a TESOL certificate from the Trinity College London and has been teaching and translating English and German since 2010.

Nuria Kolb is an English and German teacher at Lorca Institute. She was born in Berlin and she moved to Galicia short after her birth with her German parents who were in love with the Galician coast. She studied a degree in English language and literature and Modern languages and literature with a specialization in German language. Within her degree she studied two semesters in Ghent, Belgium, and participated in symposiums about German medieval literature in Porto (GLITEMA) right before living a year in her native city where she discovered that teaching could be a good way of cooperating in the improvement of intercultural communication. She came back to Compostela to study a Masters in Heritage Management, Museums and Art Market at the USC, which she finished in September 2017. Finally she can apply her knowledge from previous years starting her language teaching activity.

Angelo Buonanno was born in Benevento, Italy, graduated in Naples and is an expert in teaching Italian as a foreign language. He continued his training in France and obtained a PhD on Italian literature. He has been teaching Italian in several schools in Italy and France for nearly 10 years.

Loaira Martínez graduated in Portuguese Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She continued her education in teaching and book edition in Lisbon and was a cofounder of the cultural company Ciranda, à volta do português in which she worked as a book seller and an organiser for courses and cultural events, always related to the Portuguese language.

Nicolas Quentin Andre is a French teacher, who was born in Burgundy. He studied Spanish Language and Literature as well as History of Art in France. He decided to participate in the Erasmus programme in order to perfect his knowledge of the language and to become an insider in Spanish culture. After that experience he settled in Galicia permanently and has been working ever since as a French teacher sharing the French culture in his classes.

Manuela Santiago was born in Galicia and before finishing her degree in English Language and Literature, she went to Northern Ireland where she lived and worked for many years and was well integrated in the Irish culture. She obtained her CELTA certificate there, which proves that she is a professional English teacher and that her English level really is bilingual. When she came back to Galicia she decided to work as an English teacher especially for children and teenagers. This year she is part of the team at Lorca Institute contributing all her experience and knowledge.

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