My name is Cristina Blanco. I majored in Spanish Linguistics and Literature and in Child Education. I have a master´s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (my thesis research was completed in Japan with a focus on: Culture and Communication: A Few Cultural Differences between Spain and Japan) as well as other master´s degree in Management of social services centres.
My professional experience is linked with teaching, starting at the International Trade Institute in Hsinchu, Taiwan, a centre for post graduate work recognized by the Ministry of Economics of Taiwan. In addition, I taught Spanish at Kobe Gaidai University, Japan. I was hired by the Real Academia Española de Lengua and work on a group project to update the electronic card-index system of the Dictionary on Spanish Language History. Since 1998 I taught at Alcalingua and IUIEN (now Instituto Benjamin Franklin) in Alcalá de Henares where I became a language teacher for the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) program. In fall 2004, I became the Assistant Resident Director and in fall 2005 I was promoted to Resident Director for the CIEE program. But in 2014, CIEE closed the program due to a global reorganization of the company, when a new president arrived.
For 6 months, due to an increase in production, I worked at the Benjamin Franklin Institute as co-coordinator of the "Teach and Learn" program. And after that, I had been working 2 years at Alcalingua-Universidad de Alcalá.
I am also the author of books -Comunicación No Verbal and Prisma B1 (manual intermedio de enseñanza de ELE)-, and I have written articles on ELE in various magazines and journals.
I love to read, go to the cinema, DIY. I have a green thumb, enjoy travel, I am a vegetarian, a non-smoker, and I am thrilled about soccer (especially when my favourite team wins a game). I am happily married without children, and I only disagree with my husband on grammar issues who also is a language teacher to foreign students.