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About

BCN LIP (Language Immersion Programs) Language School is an academy founded by school director Sofia Pariente Buzón in 2008. Our name demonstrates the philosophy that we wish to impart, that our programs are based on real life learning in useful contexts.

Our Staff

Director

Born in Barcelona in 1974, Sofia Pariente Buzón traveled to the United States at the age of 17 to finish high school, and received a BA in English and Spanish Philology from the University of Barcelona in 1997. In 1998, she received a postgraduate degree in Postcolonial Literatures. And in 2001, she completed a course in Spanish as a foreign language for teachers at the International House. Since 2002, she has worked as an educator in different centers in Barcelona, and in 2008 founded BCNLIP. She has been the director and a teacher at the school since its inception.

If there is one unique difference between BCNLIP and other schools, it is that we treat our students in a very personal and real way. As director, I like to get to know all of the students personally and help them with everything they need. For this reason, I do my best to spend the majority of my time at our school meeting their needs and ensuring their satisfaction at all times. For me, among all of the duties involved in management, caring for the students is the most important part.

Management team

Carlos Puga
Carlos Puga Account Manager
Maria Selezneva
Maria Selezneva Administration and Reception
Ana Pérez Martínez
Ana Pérez Martínez
Oleg Garous
Oleg Garous

Our teachers

All of our teachers meet the following academic requirements:

Academic requirements

  • University degree in a humanities or language field, preferably Hispanic philology
  • Having completed an ELE course, or a language teaching course
  • Minimum of 2 years experience as a language teacher
  • Having mastered a foreign language
  • Publications related to teaching are valued
  • Interest in continued training is valued

Personal requirements

  • Dedication to teaching.
  • Responsibility and punctuality.
  • Motivation capacity.
  • Interest in other cultures.

Spanish Teachers

In order to provide our students with quality education, updated curriculum, and to enable learning in a way that is dynamic and interactive, our teaching team meets monthly to discuss the latest developments and coordinate the different school activities. Each teacher has an important role in this process:

Alejandro Danilo Saenz
Alejandro Danilo Saenz Updating and revising didactic material
Elisenda Torrell Cascallo
Elisenda Torrell Cascallo Teacher training and implementing new technologies
Maria Carmen Domingo Bernal
Maria Carmen Domingo Bernal Event coordination
Ines Cueva Marquez
Ines Cueva Marquez Level coordination and Activities/assignments of the month
Jordi Anglada Guinot
Jordi Anglada Guinot Internal assessment of methodologies
Maria Velazquez Prados
Maria Velazquez Prados Student of the Month
Andres Mercado
Andres Mercado Phonetic and Theatre workshops
Ricardo Gonzalez
Ricardo Gonzalez
Felipe Arellano
Felipe Arellano
Mar Ayala
Mar Ayala
Laura Comellas Velasco
Laura Comellas Velasco
Cesar Rojo
Cesar Rojo
Ana Pérez Martínez
Ana Pérez Martínez
Elena García Lorca
Elena García Lorca

Other Languages

Maria Selezneva
Maria Selezneva Russian, Chinese
Jordi Anglada Guinot
Jordi Anglada Guinot Portugese, Catalan
Elisenda Torrell Cascallo
Elisenda Torrell Cascallo Catalan
Jero Férec
Jero Férec
Liza Cox
Liza Cox
Alessandra Santagatti
Alessandra Santagatti
Alexandra Stoomer
Alexandra Stoomer
Glenn Messanger
Glenn Messanger

Our services

Virtual Tour & Gallery

Center equipped for handicapped students: entrance with ramp and bathroom with hand bar.
WiFi connection.
Delivery of diploma and certificate of achievement at the end of the course
Computers available for students and teachers.
Free cafeteria with coffee, teas, water, pastries, candies, and more, all day.
Air conditioning and heat.
Check-out service for books and films.
Free newspapers and magazines in various languages.
Airport pick-up.
Housing near the school and with host families.
Sandwiches
Monthly activities, such as festivals, nights out, and daytime excursions. Linguistic immersion activities integrated into the courses
Support for foreign students seeking official documentation, such as the NIE and student visas.
Free linguistics exchange service
Constant hours of public attention via a mobile phone and email.
Multilingual advice regarding different aspects of life in Barcelona: culture, activities, gastronomy, festivals…
8 classrooms, minimum 4 students — maximum 15 students

Our Students

Just as we are a language school situated in the most cosmopolitan and multicultural part of Barcelona, our students are of all nationalities, cultures, and ages. If you would like to know more about our open-minded environment and the openness that characterizes us, check out what our students think about our classes and hear about their experiences. All in all, they are the heroes!

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Who is Our Student of the Month?

Testimonials

Our Philosophy

Learning a language – means living it!

  1. We teach the four key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) but we place special importance on speaking. We ensure that our students are speaking from day one.
  2. We use a communicative method that is based on the task-based approach: we encourage our students to communicate in everyday situations where they have to practice what they have learned.
  3. We pay special attention to our activities and events. They are an important part of our educational ethos, reflecting the multicultural and diverse spirit of the school and presenting the perfect opportunity to practice speaking languages beyond the classroom. It is important that our students understand that the activities and events are not only for socialising, but are designed specially to help students live outside the school environment.
  4. We have regular assessments so that our students are motivated in class and are given a clear indication of their progress. We offer extra revision classes when we consider them necessary in order for students to keep up with their courses. Likewise, both our teachers and our school also undergo continuous assessment.
  5. Our school spirit is animated and innovative as we are constantly changing and adapting to embrace new technology, new forms of learning, the best materials, most original activities ...
  6. In order to encourage a good atmosphere in the classroom and to ensure a dynamic learning environment, we have created these rules of behaviour for the classroom. They are also a reflection of your own demands as students.

The 10 Commandments of BCNLIP

The 10 Commandments of BCNLIP
  1. Thou shalt not be late
  2. Thou shalt not use the mobile phone in class
  3. Thou shalt not take breaks in the middle of the class
  4. Thou shalt not speak thy native language
  5. Thou shalt respect thy teacher
  6. Thou shalt come to class prepared and respect your classmates
  7. Thou shalt take the level test
  8. Thou shalt do your homework
  9. Thou shalt come to class regularly
  10. Thou shalt contribute to the good atmosphere in class

Why BCNLIP? Only One Reason...

We can talk about our method, our teachers, our facilities, our location, our warm relationships with students, our effectiveness ... but we wouldn’t be saying anything different from other schools. Our commitment and dedication is absolute and we strive to achieve a dynamic and effective learning environment. But that's something you will see for yourself when you come to visit us.

However, there is one essential aspect which is rarely spoken about, not only for a school but for everything in life, the love and care we put in to everything we do. And this is something you notice the first moment you walk through the door of BCNLIP: a mix of professionalism and personality that makes us very different.

If you want to learn effectively in a warm and personal environment, BCNLIP is your language school.

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