Professional Portfolio
Personal Information 
 Lorena Castro

Work Experience
March 2008 - September 2012

Teacher of Health and Safety at Work at Escola de Formacio Sindical, Barcelona. As part of a group of
teachers designing new courses and upgrading existing training materials, I was able to develop strong
team-working skills as well as planning and organization skills.

September 2004 - June 2005 
English Activities S.L

Teacher of English in After-school club in Bogatell School and School La Salle Horta for English Activities, Barcelona. Responsible for
planning engaging sessions for young learners (10-11 years old).

October 2004 - March 2008 

Call Centre Operator at Transcom Worldwide Spain, Barcelona. Developed
communication skills and problem-solving skills as I worked for a customer
service department of an important telecommunication services company.

Education and Training
August 2012

Information and Communications Technologies in Spanish as a Foreign Language classes:
Communication and methodologies in virtual environments. 
Instituto Cervantes & UIMP (Universidad Menendez Pelayo in Santander) 

Summary of the course

Workshops to bring social media into “Spanish as a foreign language” class 
May- July 2012
Course: Teachers of Spanish as a foreign language (120 hours) 

January 2010

Eurotrainers Level1: 
Understanding how a multicultural group work in terms of: culture, relationships or group

February 2011

Eurotrainers Level 2: Portfolio as a learning tool, planning a training program, designing a
training course, organising a  training session, evaluation methods and strategies.

Training diary
March - October 2009
Master's Degree in Occupational Health and Safety: speciality in Industrial Hygiene 
2008- March 2009
Master's Degree in Occupational Health and Safety: speciality in Security at work 

Master's Degree in Occupational Health and Safety: speciality in Ergonomics and Applied

September 2000 - June 2005
English Degree in Universidad de Barcelona. Already interested in Spanish, I
studied these additional studies at the University:

Introduction to Hispanic American Literature
Medieval Spanish Literature
Spanish Lexicology
Spanish I, II and III 
Spanish in America 
Introduction to Spanish Literature 
Analysis of Spanish as a Second Language
Class Samples
¡Basta Ya!
Level: B1
Objetive: Expressing wishes, complaints, needs and propose solutions.

photocopies    blackboard
Buenas noticias 
Level: B1 
Objective: writing news.

photocopies  blackboard  grid
Mi barrio ideal
Level: A1 
Objectives: Describing a neighbourhood. (Ser, estar, hay, ninguno/a).

photocopies    blackboard   grid
Fiesta de fin de curso
Level: A1
Objective: preparing a party for the last day of
course.  (pronombres de OD)

grid      blackboard    photocopies

Spanish and Catalan (Mother tongues)
English (English Degree)
French B1
Japanese (A1)
I have experience in course design. I have also worked with the communicative
approach as well as popular education (Paulo Freire).
I have also experience with the portfolio as a learning tool.

I usually work with MAC and Windows. I also work with office (open office) Vyew
and Edmodo (Secure Social Network for teachers and students). I'm regular user
of Facebook and Twitter.
Other Skills
Eugenia Alonso Arija, International House Barcelona 
Girona 19th to 22nd September 2012
El XXIII Congreso Internacional ASELE: Multilingüismo y enseñanza de ELE en contextos multiculturales

October 2012 - January 2013

Teacher of Spanish to immigrants at AMICS (Multicultural association), Badalona. (99 hours)
Responsible for planning and delivering Spanish classes to immigrants from Pakistan, Morocco and

October 2012 - January 2013

Teacher of Spanish to immigrants at USOC (Trade Union), Barcelona. (66 hours) Responsible for
planning and delivering Spanish classes to immigrants from Pakistan, Morocco and India.

Barcelona 21st and 22nd December 2012
XXI Encuentro Práctico de Profesores ELE.

4º Encuentro Comunidad Todoele 
November 2012
“¡Quiero que mis alumnos hablen! Recursos para potenciar la expresión oral en la clase de ELE ” by  
Isabel Ibarra García
Sept 2006 - June 2008
Tutor of English and Spanish for Talenta and Educa System, Barcelona where I was
responsible for planning all the one-to-one training sessions.
February 2013 - October 2014

Volunteer in Learning and development department. Helping to develop a learning development plan
for  volunteers in Circle Support, London. (12 hours per week)
February 2013 - January 2014

Volunteer at the Conversation Club of Instituto Cervantes, London.
April 2013- June 2013

PTTL: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector is the entry requirement for teachers in
Adult, Further and Community Education contexts. It introduces the major areas of
professional practice in a series of practical workshop sessions, linked to written
My students
"I had previously taken some lessons in Spanish a few years ago and was looking to
pick-up where I left off. Lorena's classes are engaging, concise, she takes great
consideration into how I want to learn (particularly as I'm very busy) and also sensitive to
the fact I do find learning a language a challenge. However, after having now completed
a few lessons over Skype (which is incredibly convenient for me), I now feel I'm on the
way to acquiring a second language." Simon - London
'I had two lessons with Lorena to help me for a final year Spanish
oral exam: she was fantastic, super friendly, and really engaged
with my topic, which meant that she was able to help me practice
my presentation, as well as create a good debate afterwards. A
great experience which definitely made me better prepared on the
day of the exam!' 
Sophie, Spanish and French undergraduate, UCL 
May 2013 - August 2014

Teacher of Spanish. One to one online classes via Skype. 
May 2013 - May 2014

ESOL teacher for union members. Level Entry 1, students mostly from Colombia, Peru, Portugal or
Circle Support
"Lorena is a very effective and hard working teacher. I really enjoy learning
Spanish with her. She prepares each lesson carefully, with interesting and
creative tasks (e.g. making online surveys?!) which are really fun. I am an
experienced secondary school teacher, and I have been impressed by Lorena
because she uses many of the teaching strategies that we learn about and use at
work. She is quick to decipher which level to pitch the lessons at and I feel that I
am steadily making progress. Using Skype for lessons has also worked out much
better than I thought it would!" 
Louise - London
Jan Robinson, City and Islington College
III Encuentro para profesores de centros universitarios y de centros de formadores ELE. 
21st June 2013

August 2013 - August 2014

Teacher of Spanish. One to one and group classes.
Different levels from beginners to advanced. 
"I have been having Spanish lessons with Lorena for a little over 2 months now
for anywhere between 1 hour and 90 mins per week. Learning languages has
always been difficult for me but Lorena is a fantastic teacher. The most
impressive and useful aspect is the variety of techniques that Lorena uses to not
only help me learn but also to make it fun. Embracing technology as part of her
courses is another aspect that I find extremely effective - this way I find that I can
learn at my own pace wherever I happen to be.
I would highly recommend Lorena to anyone who wants to learn Spanish. I had
no previous knowledge of the Spanish language at all and within a few lessons I
feel like I have learned so much. I find Lorena to be very patient, professional
and engaging in the way she teaches. I'm looking forward to continuing my
lessons with her"

Rob - London
Quizzes I have created for my students...
September 2013 - October 2013

Commonwealth Education Trust
Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction
With John MacBeath
October 2013 - November 2013

Commonwealth Education Trust
Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2: Being a teacher 
With John MacBeath and Dennis Francis
MoLaCo 2013: Modern Language Conference
17th November 2013

November 2013 - End December 2013

Commonwealth Education Trust
Foundations of Teaching for Learning 3: Learners and Learning 
With John MacBeath and George Oduro
10th February - 23rd February 2014
International House:
 Spanish for specific purposes
With Antonio Orta
May 2014 - June 2014

Commonwealth Education Trust
Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4: Curriculum
With John MacBeath and George Oduro
May 2014 - June 2014

English teacher for speakers of other languages. Level Entry 1, students mostly from Romania, and
May 2014 - November 2014

Teacher of Spanish. Group classes for beginners.
October 2014 - August 2016

Volunteering Officer. Responsible of advertising volunteering positions, recruiting volunteers
and training for the volunteers (Volunteer induction, Personal Safety, Presentation Skills.)
October 2014 - August 2016  (Self-employed)

Language tutor, providing 1-2-1 classes (online and in-house) of Spanish, ESOL and Catalan.
August 2016 - Ongoing

Responsible of Español con Lorena an online language school which provides Spanish
classes adapted to the needs and interests of the students. Providing courses for all
different levels.
Neil Willington, Centra Care & Support
December 2016 - April 2017
Teacher of English and Spanish for Japanese students at Onna Village Fureai Experience
Learning Center. Two beginners groups. Responsible for creating the materials, delivering
the classes and giving support to the students. 
Lorena is a cheerful teacher who has a wealth of knowledge and experience about language education.
She will consult with you about your learning way or frequency depending on your language level and skills,
and will suggest you the best method with various topics and references in your course.
Each lesson is held in a relaxed atmosphere using handouts of education materials or internet articles as necessary.
She loves Japanese culture and wishes to know more about Okinawa, so you can exchange each other's interest.
Wataru - Japan
Sept 2017 - Oct 2017

Course: DELE examiner (A1-A2)