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Why us?-10 reasons to learn at Farolito Spanish Language School

  • At Farolito Spanish Language School we pride ourselves on being fully dedicated to the teaching and promotion of Spanish language and Hispanic-Latin American cultures.
  • All our teachers are experienced and qualified to deliver quality teaching to adults and/or children.
  • All our teachers are native speakers of Spanish: you will hear the language as spoken in their countries of origin.
  • Farolito’s classes are small/semi-pricate (Avarage 4/5 students), with plenty of opportunity for conversation and clarifying doubts. Your teacher gets to know you better and you progress more effectively in your learning.
  • We believe that communication is the key to learning and demonstrate it in our classes, whilst addressing all language competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing) for complete language literacy.
  • We use proven methods and textbooks successful worldwide; our levels are in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which ensures that outcomes are consistent.
  • Farolito offers levels from Beginners to Advanced Conversation: we are supportive throughout your learning experience from first steps to fluency.
  • We provide an exclusive learning site for Farolito Spanish Language School students with support material to advance your learning.
  • Our Farolito community is alive by our regular activities, events and forum for student’s exchange.
  • We provide a fun and friendly environment, you will learn with gusto! See students feedback



Eleonor Palacio
Managing Director

Born in Argentina, Eleonor graduated as a Literary Translator (Spanish -English) from the University of the National Social Museum (Buenos Aires), she holds a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics) from Monash University and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Education, Spanish and English as a Second Language).Eleonor is also a NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) Professional translator. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and she has completed a course in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from the Argentinean Association of Teachers of Spanish (AADE), and she is also accredited as a DELE examiner (levels A1-A2 and B1-B2). 

She moved to Australia in 2002 and she has since been teaching Spanish as a Second Language to adults, privately and at several Melbourne language centres.She has worked at a multilevel primary and middle years class at the Victorian School of Languages, at Secondary level at Methodist Ladies College and currently at Melbourne Girls Grammar School (Year 9 to VCE), she is also a VCE examiner for 2017.Eleonor opened Farolito Spanish Language School in 2007, delivering group classes at different locations and at Farolito’s own premises in South Yarra from 2011.

Interests: Eleonor is passionate about Latin American Literature and keeping up to date with new approaches to teaching and learning. She also enjoys dancing and, although not particularly gifted, she is currently trying her best as part of Murga Madre, a dance and song group based on the style performed in Buenos Aires during carnival.

From my own experience and current research, I understand what is involved in learning a second/foreign language. I ensure our classes at Farolito are interactive and fun, using audio, visual and tactile materials to stimulate the students’ learning while addressing all competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing) for comprehensive language literacy’.Languages: Spanish (Native), English (C2), Italian (B1).

Beatriz Pomes Jimenez

Bea Beatriz is an experienced Spanish as a second language educator, having worked as a private tutor and teacher for the University of Navarra, Spain, the Cervantes Institute in Utrecht, Holland and at Farolito Spanish Language School in Melbourne since 2013.

She holds a Degree in Humanities with specialisation in Literature from the Faculty of Language and Philosophy, University of Navarra, Spain and she has experience in the delivery of Spanish language courses to students of all levels, including the design and delivery of Spanish literature courses for advanced students at the Cervantes Institute in Utrecht, Holland.

Beatriz is a multi-skilled person whose love for literature is equal to her love for music; she is currently completing a PhD in music at Melbourne University with a thesis titled Study of Spanish nationalist repertoire for flute: Pablo Sarasate, a transcription, based on pieces by a composer form her home city, Pamplona. Check Bea’s musical talent here www.beatrizpomes.com.

Languages: Spanish (Native), French (C2), English (C1), German (B2), Dutch (B2).



Sandra Flores

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Sandra is from Lima, Perú. She arrived in Melbourne in 2014 and loves this vibrant multicultural city.

Sandra’s love for teaching started when she was very young, as an assistant to her mum. She had her first private student at the age of 12. She has been an English teacher for more than thirteen years and holds a TESOL Certificate. In Peru she taught in primary schools, NGOs and institutes. She has been tutoring Spanish for over three years, she started teaching in Cuzco with the NGO My Small Help.

Some of Sandra’s passions are French, sculpture, art history, conservation and taking her dog, Hugo, on long walks.

‘The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery’. ~ Mark van Doren

Languges: Spanish (Native), English (C1), French (A1)

Adrián Díez García

caracirculo-01 Adrián is originally from Valladolid in Spain but his passion to learn and teach languages has taken him around the world to teach kids, teenagers and adults. He has worked as a Spanish teacher in Italy, United Kingdom and now Australia.

Adrián is a certified Spanish teacher by the University of Rey Juan Carlos from Madrid and an accredited examiner of DELE (A1-A2). He is currently studying a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Universidad Europea del Atlántico.

In his free time, Adrián plays and coaches handball and soccer and enjoys making paellas!

Languages: Spanish (Native), English (C1), Italian (B2)

Valeria Palmieri

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She has worked as Spanish Language Tutor at the University of Cagliari for more than three years and has also participated as a DELE exam collaborator at the Cervantes Institute in Rome. Since coming to Melbourne in 2016, she has worked for different language centres teaching both in Spanish and Italian and is also currently teaching at the Italian Institute of Cultura.

Languages: Spanish (C2), Italian (Native), English (C1)




Mónica González
Teacher/ Admin Support

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Originally from Guatemala City, Monica has always had a great passion for languages. She moved to Melbourne to complete a Diploma of Translating and Interpreting (English/Spanish), followed by Bachelor of Arts with a major in Linguistics at Monash University, where she perfected her fluent French studying French literature and found a new love for Latin. She is currently also advancing her Italian.

Monica is also a NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) Professional Translator and Interpreter.

Languages: Spanish (Native), English (C2), French (C2), Italian (A2)


Diana Velásquez Peñalosa

 Diana_Velasquez_Peñalosa  Diana is from Colombia, where she worked as a kindergarten and primary school teacher for over six years. Diana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education majoring in Humanities and Languages (Libre University of Colombia), an Advanced Diploma of Interpreting in English-Spanish (Oxford College), a Certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and a Diploma in Children Services.

Diana has worked as a Spanish teacher for adults in several centres in Melbourne and joined Farolito’s Spanish-teaching experts in 2011.

‘In my classes I promote individual capacities through dynamic activities’.

Languages: Spanish (Native), English (C1), French (A1)

María Alejandra Valenzuela

Alejandra Maria Alejandra is a journalist from Chile, graduated in Social Communication from the Universidad de la Santísima Concepción, and with a Master in Social Communication (majoring in journalist direction and editing) from the Universidad Católica Pontificia de Chile, Santiago.  In her home country, Alejandra worked in several education projects, such as coordinating TV and radio production workshops for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, resulting in quality programs called Aquí yo hablo (Here I Speak), which at the same time served as the basis for her Masters thesis.

Maria Alejandra lived in Singapore for a year, were she delivered Spanish language classes and jewellery making workshops for English speakers. Since her arrival in Melbourne in 2011 Alejandra has been involved in Early Childhood Education by delivering workshops for children at local childcare centres, and as a Spanish teacher for adults at Box Hill Community Centre and the VSL (Victorian School of Languages) as well as being actively involved in the Spanish-speaking community in Melbourne.

Languages: Spanish (Native), English (B2)