Spanish Language and Culture Foundation of Cartagena
Welcome to FUNCARELE, a school specializing in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, based in Cartagena.
We are an accredited Cervantes Institute Centre, where you will learn Spanish in an easy, pleasant and practical way, with the high standards of tuition that are to be expected. We are also an official exam centre for Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), the Spanish Citizenship Test (CCSE) and Trinity College London English exams.
You will have at your disposal unique facilities located in a privileged area of the historic centre of Cartagena. We carry out the bulk of our activities in two separate buildings: The Palacio Molina and the nearby Faculty of Business Studies. In addition, our Academic Coordinator is in charge of the Languages Department of the Cartagena Polytechnic University (UPCT), which is located on the University’s “Muralla del Mar” campus, ELDI building, 3rd floor. Moreover, the centre also has the full support of the Town Hall.
Here in Cartagena, mere metres from the Mediterranean, you can enjoy the wonderful cultural offerings, and the historical and maritime surroundings. You will also have at your disposal all the services offered by the University: its libraries, computer rooms, study areas and dining facilities, all in a lively university environment.
This magnificent 18th-19th century mansion serves as our administrative headquarters. It has 2 modern classrooms, a staff room, video library, cultural exhibition room and a library with over 500 books for studying Spanish.
Here, in the Palacio Molina, Alina and Mila of our administrative team are always on hand to take you through the registration process for our courses or exams. In addition, they will provide help finding suitable accommodation, recommend enjoyable activities, and deal with any queries that you may have.
Faculty of Business Studies
Built in the 18th century, the building originally served as a prison and later as a naval academy. Nowadays it forms part of the Cartagena Polytechnic University.
Here, we offer Spanish courses for school groups, summer courses, Trinity preparation courses, as well as carrying out official DELE, CCSE and TRINITY exams. Funcarele have two offices and 3 classrooms at their disposal in the faculty, with access to any additional rooms that may be required for our activities. Each classroom has plenty of natural light and is fully equipped with a projector, audio equipment, internet access, etc. In addition, our students have full use of the study and reading rooms, which offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean, as well as the library, dining room / cafeteria and a pleasant open-air courtyard.
Both buildings are fully accessible for people with limited mobility and are located within a five-minute walk of each other. View the map here.
We are very proud of our teaching staff, all of whom have been carefully selected based on their professionalism, experience, enthusiasm, empathy and vocation. Our regular team consists of 8 marvellous teachers, of which our Academic Coordinator and two other members of staff are also Spanish teachers at the Languages Department of the Cartagena Polytechnic University.
During peak times, we work with additional teachers according to the number of students. These are all native Spanish speakers with university degrees and extensive experience, who specialise in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.
Our teachers work together to continuously develop, plan and update the centre’s educational programme; in order to keep up-to-date with the latest teaching methods, they attend annual training courses, partake in observational classes, and analyse their students’ progress.
Each staff member has worked hard to design a programme that is both interesting and highly effective. Their dynamism, outgoing personalities and vocational motivation all mean that you will come to look on them not just as teachers, but also as friends, both during and after your studies in Cartagena.
MEET OUR TEAM
Juana Mari Belchí Martínez
Academic coordinator, spanish language teacher for Erasmus students
Hello! I’m Juana Mari. I have degrees in Geography and History and in English Language and Literature from the University of Murcia and I’m a specialist in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Since December 2009, I have been working as the Academic Coordinator for the Spanish Language and Culture Foundation of Cartagena (Funcarele). I have also taught Spanish and English at the Languages Department of the Cartagena Polytechnic University since September 1999 and am a DELE examiner of all levels. Most of the Spanish courses I teach are aimed at Erasmus students at the beginner (A1), elementary (A2), and intermediate (B1) levels.
As a specialist in English, I have carried out numerous tasks including training, translation and preparation of official exams. Furthermore, I have been the Academic Coordinator for the Trinity exams since 2010.
If you need to contact me, I can be found in the Department of International Relations on the Muralla del Mar campus (3rd floor of the ELDI building).
Rocío Martínez Torres
DELE examination coordinator and Spanish teacher
Hi, I’m Rocío, the longest serving Spanish teacher in Funcarele. Besides teaching, I am the DELE examination coordinator.
I graduated from the University of Granada with a degree in Slavonic Studies, later obtaining Qualified Teacher Status certification at the University of Murcia. Since then, I have completed many courses for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language, and continue to refresh my skills on a yearly basis.
I started my career as a Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher in 2000, and have worked in various official language schools and private centres, both in Spain and abroad. Since 2008, I have been working at FUNCARELE, where I teach Spanish language and culture classes at all levels, as well as being a DELE trainer and examiner, and providing teacher training. I actively participate in academic coordination, and I continue to train in my speciality. I also speak English and Russian.
Mónica Palacios Gutiérrez
Head of Studies, SIELE Coordinator and Spanish teacher
Hello! My name’s Monica and I’ve been providing classes with an “Argentinian touch” at Funcarele.
I’m a primary school teacher, a DELE examiner and hold a degree in Languages and Translation (Spanish and Portuguese).
With a career spanning 30 years, I have received training in 4 countries and taught 3 different languages (Spanish, Portuguese and English) at all levels of education, in both public and private institutions. I have also participated in government education commissions and been a member of Higher Education Assessment Tribunals.
In Funcarele I work as Head of Studies, SIELE Coordinator and Spanish teacher. I prepare and examinate students for DELE (all levels) and I also work as teacher of trainee and future teachers. I collaborate with the Administration of the CCSE exams. I keep on learning and enjoying my beautiful job.
Whether teaching my students, sharing ideas with them or learning from them, I can honestly say that I love my profession. I enjoy working in Funcarele as it enables me to discover new cultures and learn all about them thanks to my foreign students.
Clara Andreo Moreno
Hi, I’m Clara and I’ve just started at Funcarele. I graduated in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Murcia. I have specialised in the field of Spanish as a foreign language through a Master’s Degree in ELE Teacher Training and another Master’s Degree in Didactics of Spanish as a Foreign Language. I have taken numerous teacher training courses for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language from different institutions such as the Instituto Cervantes, language centres and different universities. I have DADIC accreditation from the Instituto Cervantes and I will soon be accredited as a DELE examiner.
I am in continuous training in the field of Spanish as a foreign language and I enjoy this profession more and more every day. I also speak English, French and a little Italian.
Marcela Benetó Ferrándiz
Spanish online teacher
Hi, I’m Marcela, a Spanish teacher and DELE examiner of all levels at Funcarele. I originally studied for a degree in Education, specialising in Spanish language and English, and I later obtained a Spanish Language and Literature degree from the National Distance Education University (UNED). I have also completed numerous training courses with various educational institutions in order to keep up-to-date with the latest methods and to continue developing my skills as a teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language.
In my 22 years of experience as a teacher, I have prepared ELE students of all levels. In addition, I have provided teacher training and worked as a DELE examiner in several countries. I have been with Funcarele since 2009 and am currently an examiner and in charge of teaching classes and preparing students for all levels of the DELE exam via Skype.
I love literature, learning languages, hiking and music.
Ladislao Ortiz Lázaro
Hi, I’m Ladislao Ortiz Lázaro. I graduated from the University of Murcia with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature, along with a Specialist Certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. Since 2001, I have been teaching Spanish in numerous institutions around the world, including the Cervantes Institute in Kuala Lumpur, various universities in Malaysia, Panama and the University of Murcia.
I currently teach Spanish via the Cervantes Institute’s online platform, AVE Global, as well as providing training for future teachers, and working as an official DELE examiner. My levels of experience and training are constantly growing, and I still have the same passion for my profession as the day I started, which allows me to help my students learn Spanish in the best possible way.
Cristina Giménez Devesa
Spanish teacher for Erasmus UPCT
Hello! I’m Cristina. I graduated from the University of Granada with a degree in Translation and Interpreting, later obtaining Qualified Teacher Status certification and a Diploma of Advanced Studies at the University of Murcia. I have done numerous courses on the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE), as well as others on the teaching of foreign languages in different educational institutions.
Since 2001, I have been a teacher in the Languages Department of the Cartagena Polytechnic University, where I have been teaching Spanish, Franch and Portuguese. In 2009 I started to collaborate at Funcarele teaching Spanish and participating in cultural activities and DELE exams.
Head of administration
Hi, my name’s Mila Batrak and I’ve been working as the Head of Administration of Funcarele since the project started in 2008. I have a degree in Tourism and another in Advertising and Public Relations, obtained from the universities of Cartagena and Murcia respectively.
I’m in charge of the day to day running of the school, organising activities and dealing with clients in Spanish, English and Russian.
Administration, customer service
Hi, I’m Alina. I’m from Romania and I originally came to Cartagena as part of the Erasmus programme whilst studying for a Master’s degree at the Faculty of Business Studies. After finishing an internship in the UPCT’s Department of International Relations, I made the decision to relocate permanently to this beautiful city which stole my heart the moment I first set foot in it.
I’m a very sociable and cheerful person who adapts easily to different environments and cultures. I’ve been working at Funcarele since 2016, providing customer service and carrying out administrative tasks. I love everything about my job, from the first contact I have with people interested in learning the Spanish language, to organising everything for the DELE, CCSE and Trinity College London exams.
Miguel Martínez Bernal
Hi, I’m Miguel Martínez, a Law graduate and president of Funcarele. I’m responsible for the management of the foundation’s administrative, economic, commercial, fiscal and legal dealings, as well as overseeing our staff. In addition, I’m president of the Chamber of Commerce of Cartagena and of the Permanent Consortium of the Menéndez Pelayo University in Cartagena (UIMP). I am also a lawyer and an associate professor at the Cartagena Polytechnic University (UPCT).
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