About our school                                                   

The Santa Cruz Language Institute strives to teach languages for communication, and give language students access to the communities of the world.

Our language school goal is to bring an excellent learning environment to our community, as well as to help each and every person in Santa Cruz develop their language speaking potential and become a citizen of the world. We have the experience required to help people from all walks of life learn the languages they need and love.

In our classes, we create a casual and fun environment that fits the Santa Cruz lifestyle. Working in small groups, we cover both speaking proficiency and grammar with equal emphasis.

The Santa Cruz Language Institute is committed to help students, professionals, companies and organizations to bridge linguistic gaps, build and expand their network, and integrate in the communities they work.

The Santa Cruz Language Institute has a special interest in helping students develop their natural ability to learn languages, and become multicultural while being engaged.

About us

Ariel Pérez

Ariel is a Lecturer of Spanish at UCSC, and has taught at Stanford University and the Defense Language Institute. He is also a certified Oral Proficiency Interview tester for ACTFL and DLI. His experience ranges from curriculum development, test development, and computer-assisted teaching, to teaching adults and young adults in the classroom. He holds a Masters in Teaching Foreign Languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS.) He likes to play chess, watch fútbol, go rowing at the gym; and when he grows up he wants to be an artist.

Michelle Barbosa

Michelle is a Spanish language consultant and teacher with vast experience teaching Spanish to children and adults. She has been teaching Spanish as a second language for 20 years. In Córdoba, Argentina, she founded A.P.I.E., a Spanish teacher’s cooperative association for international students. In  San Diego, California, she taught at the Berlitz Institute and also collaborated with Julia Burnier’s Sing ‘n Speak Spanish® program. She has a B.A. in Profesorado de Español from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, and an A.A. in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from SDCC, US. She is also fluent in English, Portuguese,  French and some Italian. She loves traveling and discovering new cultures.  She enjoys singing,  playing guitar and quena and also practices competitive chess.

Nadia R.

Nadia is a licentiate in Psychopedagogy from Universidad del Salvador, Bs As, Argentina. She became a teacher in 2005, also with experience in non-formal education since 2001. She taught in schools, high schools, colleges, institutes and also imparted private English and Spanish as a second language (in Argentina, Costa Rica, and Mexico). Her degree allows her to identify, among other things, learning styles so she can adapt her classes to each student´s needs. She has studied English from an early age. In 2001, she obtained the New Oxford Institute E.L.T. Lower Certificate in La Plata, Buenos Aires. She has been traveling across Latin America for the last 6 years sharing educational activities and music. She plays different musical instruments and sings Latinoamerican folk and rock.

Jennifer A.

Jennifer is a German teacher, cultural scientist and has a PhD in philosophy from the North German University in Hildesheim. She has been teaching  German and English in private institutes in the South of Mexico, and also online in Europe and the US for the past two years. Teaching her mother tongue is her huge passion. Her teaching experiences started almost ten years ago in German public schools and at the University while doing her PhD. Besides German, English and Spanish, she speaks Italian and French. She adores learning new languages,  discovering and sharing new learning methods. In her free time, she practices Tai Chi.

Mónica L.

Mónica is from Las Maravillas, Chiapas, a Tsotsil native community. She is an English, Spanish and Tsotsil teacher. During her B.A. she was an exchange student at the University of New Mexico and Oklahoma State University. She also took a language and culture intensive course in CLLC in Toronto. She taught in kindergartens, elementary schools, and has been teaching Spanish to foreign students for the past 4 years in SCLC, Chiapas. Nowadays, she is studying a Master´s degree in Cultural Studies in Tuxtla Gutiérrez University, focusing on the historical, linguistic and social environment of her community. She enjoys teaching, listening to music and watching movies.