About us

We are the missing step between
you and finally speaking a second language

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You may have taken Spanish in high school and never really learned to speak it. Or maybe you have been using language learning software or language apps but still don’t feel confident you’ll ever be fluent.

Something is missing, and you can feel it.

That’s where we come in.

We have created a learning method built on the conversation and process of learning, NOT on the content itself.

No more memorizing phrases or looking up conjugations.

How? We use short, real-time conversations to teach you a new language.

Just like when you learned your native language, you used small bits of real conversation with real speakers. We use this same learning method to teach you a new language — once and for all!

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Conversa Spanish Institute was founded in 2018 by Inés Ruiz and a team of experts in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.

As a former Cambridge University lecturer, she created one of the first online learning environments for the Spanish department.

Inés is dedicated to changing and transforming traditional learning environments to be more modern with a focus on mindful learning.

She has been featured on sites like Business Insider, CNBC, and Money Inc.

She has been touted as an inspirational and motivational teacher, having worked with hundreds of students at university level who love her logical, motivational and simple teaching style

Want to know more? You can check her interview for RTVE 

We are more than a language school

At Conversa Spanish Institute, we focus on your mindset and help you overcome negative beliefs. With our unique approach, you will develop good mindset principles to set you on the path to finally learn to speak Spanish — not just memorize the vocabulary words. By focusing on your motivation, confidence, and resilience, we set a solid foundation to help you learn to speak Spanish faster and more easily.
We are your unfair advantage to learning a new language.

Our Awesome Team

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Álvaro Sesmilo

Managing Director

Alvaro is graduate in Hispanic Philology and member of the research group on Linguistic Identity at the University of Alcalá. Restless and adventurous teacher with more than 15 years of experience teaching Spanish in Holland, Poland, Singapore, USA and Spain. He is the director of the International Master in teaching Spanish in multiple contexts at the European University Miguel de Cervantes and ELEInternacional.

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Elena Esteve

Director of Administration

Elena studied for a University Degree in Translation and Interpreting at Jaume I University. She holds a diploma in ELE and has a Master’s Degree in Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education, Upper Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Language Teaching. She has a broad experience as a language teacher.

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SGEMA Moncho

Head of administration and accommodation

Gema studied tourism. She has a passion for traveling and discovering new cultures. Throughout her professional career, she has collaborated with different educational centers welcoming students of different nationalities who come to Spain to learn the language. She is patient, hard-working and always willing to help.

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Francis adame

Academic and teacher coordinator

Francis is an ELE teacher. He graduated in Hispanic Philology and has a Master’s Degree in Advanced Hispanic Studies. With more than 10 years of experience, his teaching style is a student-centered communicative approach.

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Spatricia abril

Head of studies and teacher

Patricia is an ELE teacher and received her Master’s Degree in Spanish and English as Foreign Languages. She has taught in different countries such as India, Thailand and Oman. She likes to transmit her energy and passion for Spanish and its culture.

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SOlaya Fernández

online academic coordinator

Olaya has a Bachelor’s in Classical Philology and a Master’s in Secondary Education with a focus in Latin, Greek and Spanish. She’s been a specialist in teaching ESL to kids since 2012. Olaya started as a collaborator in ELEInternacional in 2017, creating content for the blog and hasn’t stopped working on it since. This year, she became an ELEInternacional online teaching consultant for kids.

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Pilar Hernández

academic adviser

Pilar has been teaching Spanish for 16 years. She has a degree in Hispanic philology and specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. She is currently a content creator and Spanish teacher.

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Scristina bolívar

Activities Coordinator

Cristina is from Venezuela and has lived in Spain for almost a decade. She is an enthusiastic, motivated, and very energetic person. She loves social media and connecting with people through fun experiences.

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SAndrea Storey

Language and teaching support

Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education and Linguistics from Southern Illinois University. As a university student, she was a research assistant and helped restructure the Spanish Education degree program. Currently, she is a freelance translator and Spanish teacher.