Hola! My name is Adriana
and I am from Buenos Aires,
Argentina - country of the tango, Che Guevara and Evita. I
have lived in Wellington since 2002 and despite the wind, I
love this city.
I have an IT degree and a specialisation in ELE
(Teaching Spanish as a Second Language)
. In Argentina,
Spanish is our first language.
I have experience teaching not only Spanish, but also
other subjects to adults and children
. I am passionate
about teaching and my style focuses on every day, useful
communication. My students quickly learn to speak some
Having learnt English as a second language, I know about
the frustration of learning formal grammar
, but being
left not knowing how to communicate in the supermarket.
This definitively will not happen to you at Viva
When I am not looking for new material or getting my class
material ready, I enjoy reading Argentine newspapers on the
internet and listening to Latin American music.
My husband Carlos
is helping me at VIVA SPANISH. He
has worked for different international companies and ran
his own training company in Buenos Aires. He has taught at
the Argentine University of Business and at New Zealand
International Campus, Upper Hutt. Today he has an
administrative position at the Embassy of Spain in
He has a National Certificate in Adult Education and has
also attended a seminar on Teaching Spanish as a Second
Carlos was the president of the Spanish and Latin
American Club of Wellington
(2005 - 2007), plays tennis
and like me, is fan of Boca Juniors, the famous football
team from Argentina.
We are both proud members of the Spanish Teachers’
Association New Zealand Aotearoa (STANZA), New Zealand
Association of Language Teachers (NZALT) and the Asociacion
Argentina de Docentes de Español (Argentine Association of
We are excited with the increasing number of students since
launching in February 2006 and to be able to offer
Wellingtonians the opportunity to learn our language in
a practical, cost effective and supportive environment
designed to give you practical communication skills, with
an emphasis on being able to speak some useful Spanish.
Basic structures are built up so you can take your learning
to any level.
All courses include:
“We facilitate the learning of Spanish language to
motivated people in a supportive, practical and
- Classroom activities
Teacher-student and student-student classroom activities
with plenty of speaking practice.
- Living Spanish:
Video lessons, live listening and role plays are used to
stimulate language comprehension. Small number of
students per class – no more than 10 –
facilitates opportunities of talking, asking question to
our Latin American teachers and better learning.
- Teaching Materials:
Different courses use different materials, but in all of
them we emphasise the use of “authentic material
“. By this we mean recent Spanish books and
magazines, booklets, brochures, newspapers,
advertisements, popular songs, videos from TV programmes,
as well as the usual teaching tools.
We are facilitators
. We will help
you to learn from native teachers by providing tools,
materials and a comfortable environment.
If you are motivated
to make the
first step, we are ready to teach you at your speed. Our
courses are for people from all walks of life and you do
not need experience learning Spanish, or any other
language. Attitude is everything.
We will support
your learning. You can trust us and rely on us to help you.
Learning a language is about communication. This means
being able to talk to the taxi driver, answer the phone and
ask for directions in the street. Being ready for everyday,
practical situations makes a real difference.
We are committed to protect your investment by providing a
and reliable service.