The School

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We are a reference and recognized centre for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.


Santa Barbara Spanish School has been run by specialists in the field of education for 31 years.
With 2 years of experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language (ELE).

SANTA BARBARA is an independent and unique school, expert and innovative in the teaching of Spanish, run by specialists in the field of education. It is a project made possible by a great team. Our aim is to promote the learning of Spanish with a methodology centred on the student as an autonomous learner, oriented towards understanding and understanding between people from different countries and cultures.
We have presence of different nationalities in the centre such as French, Italian, German, Belgian, American, Chinese, etc….

SPANISH SCHOOL SANTA BARBARA listens to you, advises you, advises you and offers you a personalized and flexible solution for your needs. The type of course, accommodation, activities will be oriented to your objectives.


Innovation: requires continuous learning.

Leadership: we face the challenges and give them solutions.

Cooperativism: cooperation and team participation and transparent management.

Professional ethics: we work with respect, professionalism and integrity.

Tolerancia: ante la diversidad de opiniones, creencias y culturas.

Sensibility:immediate customer service.

Confianza: seguridad que ofrece el centro. The students are surrounded by the best professionals.

Empathy: solving students’ personal problems. Customized evaluations and follow-ups would be performed.

Tangibles: Classrooms perfectly equipped with new technologies and suitable to favour the learning of the students.


Learning at SANTA BARBARA SPANISH SCHOOL means living a stimulating, enriching and highly effective learning experience. SANTA BÁRBARA is recognized for her high quality of teaching, based on a communicative and humanistic approach. The main objective is to provide the student with the necessary strategies and knowledge to develop in a Hispanic environment in which different cultures converge. In order to achieve this goal, the teacher combines theory and practice, addressing all the pragmatic, linguistic and functional aspects of the spoken language, together with socio-cultural information, essential key to obtaining communicative competence. Grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, oral expression and interaction, and written expression and interaction are always integrated in order to bring the student closer to an authentic communicative environment.


  • We have a teaching plan to ensure adequate progress in student learning.

  • We have a team of qualified teachers.

  • We follow a methodology adapted to the needs of the students.

  • We carry out evaluations of programs and courses.

  • We promote the participation of your students in the exams to obtain the Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) in the centre itself or in the surrounding examination centres.

  • It guides its students on their progress in learning Spanish.

  • It has equipped classrooms and adequate teaching resources.

  • It has agile procedures to obtain the opinion of its users.
  • Handles complaints and claims from students.

  • Provides complete and detailed information about the courses and services offered.

  • truthful advertising of your offer.

The school is a 2 minute walk from Olavide Square and a 5 minute walk from the Iglesias metro station. Located in one of the most traditional districts of Madrid with a great gastronomic and commercial offer.  

Description of the centre

3 classrooms, 1 library, assembly hall, meeting room, teachers’ room, management office, gym, dance hall, cafeteria, 5 floors with 2 elevators and 1 freight elevator. Bathrooms on all floors with disabled access.


The team of SANTA BARBARA teachers is highly qualified, motivated, stable and works with enthusiasm and professionalism in teachingof Spanish. All our teachers are specialists in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and many of them are trained in Postgraduate>>Postgraduate>/strong>, Master and/or PhD of their specialization. In addition to their extensive experience, our teaching team is dynamic, open, outgoing, friendly and highly motivated, which makes the process teaching/learningespecially fun and attractive to students.



Francisca de Borja Pardo
Francisca de Borja Pardo
Degree in Philology Mioderna (Complutense University of Madrid). Doctorate courses at the University of Burgundy (Dijon). Assistant of Conversation courses 1994/95/95-1995/96 in the Lycée Le Castel and collège J.P Rameau .

Teacher of Spanish as a foreign language at Secondary Education and F.P. in Dijon (Burgundy) between 1996-2001.

Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language at Aula de Enlace from 2003-2005 alternating with teaching French as a Foreign Language at Colegio Santa Bárbara (Madrid).

English course at the University of Montreal (Canada) summer 2013

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María Sabas Elías
María Sabas Elías
María Sabas holds a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and a Master’s degree in teaching skills from the same university. He has also studied Journalism at the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao).

She has been teaching Spanish as a foreign language since 1986.

She has been Academic Coordinator at Ideal Education Group for the Enforex and Enfocamp brands.

María has been responsible for the DELE exam and the CCSE test for the Instituto Cervantes.

She has also been a tutor of the internship of the Masters of Spanish as a foreign language for the University of Alcalá de Henares and for the University Antonio de Nebrija.

She has been a linguistic proofreader for the Susaeta publishing house.

She teaches the Master’s Degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Comillas Foundation (University of Cantabria).

He has specialized in pronunciation in the teaching of Spanish, a subject on which he has given various courses and workshops and on which he has written several manuals.

She is co-author of the collection Nuevo Prisma at levels A2, B1 and B2, in the section of pronunciation and spelling, of the publishing house Edinumen, specialized in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.


José Ángel Díaz Blanco
José Ángel Díaz BlancoSPANISH TEACHER
Degree in Classical Philology.
Master’s degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language in professional fields.
Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Teacher of ELE for companies.
Pedro Moreno García
Pedro Moreno GarcíaSPANISH TEACHER
Degree in Hispanic Philology.
Audiovisual Communication Studies.
Doctorate courses in the History and Theory of Theatre programme.
Master of Literary Studies Courses.
José Antonio Soto Cruz
José Antonio Soto CruzSPANISH TEACHER
Degree in Hispanic Philology
Master in Spanish Literature.
Accreditation of DELE examiners: levels A1 and A2
Esteban Bayón Luengo
Esteban Bayón LuengoSPANISH TEACHER
Degree in Hispanic Philology.
Specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
Specialized in Spanish Language.
Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude.
Master’s Degree in Spanish Language Research.


Nina Revenga
Nina Revenga has a degree in Hispanic Philology from the UNED and in English Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has level C2 of English and B1 of Chinese. She is the Coordinator of the Santa Barbara Spanish School. Since 2003 she has been a teacher and tutor in the CES (Secondary Education) Santa Barbara Liaison Room.
Ivonne Gaztañaga
Ivonne Gaztañaga holds a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and a Master’s degree in teaching skills from the same university.
Along with teaching, cooking is his other great passion. She assures that this has been a genetic thing as her family has been dedicated to restoration generation after generation.
Paloma de Zulueta
Paloma de Zulueta has a degree in History (UAM) and postgraduate studies in Archaeology (DEA-UAM), History of Spanish Art (Master, UCM) and Classical Archaeology (CSIC-Rome), among others. He is currently teaching Geography and History in ESO and Art History in High School at CES Santa Bárbara (Madrid), since 2010.
José Manuel Pardo
José Manuel Pardo is a stage director. He studies at the School of Dramatic Arts and graduates from Darlington College with a Master’s degree. In 2004, he moved to the front of the Karpas Theatre. He then set up his own production company “De dos por dos” where he directed and produced the musicals “Alguien lo escribió por ti”. He has consolidated his career as a stage director with titles such as “The Other Side Of The Bed”, “I Eleanor of Aquitaine” and “Mom and Dad’s Things”.
Juan Díaz
Juan Díaz is a renowned Spanish actor. He has worked as an actor in Spanish films such as “La Buena Vida”, directed by David Trueba. “Ecstasy”, directed by Mariano Barroso. “Africa”, directed by Alfonso Hungary. “November”, directed by Achero Mañas. He has also worked on well-known Spanish television series such as “Cuéntame Cómo Pasó”, “La Que Se Avecina”, “Amar En Tiempos Revueltos”, “Los Misterios De Laura”, etc. In addition to performing in numerous plays.
Claudia Ferranti
Tourist guide with more than ten years of experience, pedagogical training and extensive knowledge of the historical and artistic heritage. Expert in the management and accompaniment of groups. Ability to adapt tourist visits to the knowledge, demands, concerns and ages of customers. Claudia has worked as an actress and presenter on Spanish and Italian television. She has trained in flamenco and contemporary dance.
Claudia Quintana
Graduate in Veterinary Medicine specialized in equids. He is a level III sports technician in horseback riding. He has the Certificate of Diploma in Horse Riding adapted for people with disabilities. She holds the First Certificate in English… She is the Director of the Escuela Hípica Baytar, in Madrid.

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