English as an Additional Language Co-ordinator (EALCo)
Passionate about languages and linguistics, Maite coordinates the provision for students with English as an Additional Language.
She is enthusiastic about the importance of creating learning spaces where students can discuss, experiment, and interact while they develop their linguistic skills. Her goal is to enhance students’ language skills while creating long-lasting experiences that can promote tolerance, respect, and cultural understanding.
Living in a UWC and studying the International Baccalaureate in English can feel daunting for students whose native language is not English, especially for those with a low level of proficiency in English. Her job as the EAL teacher is to support students who are non native speakers of English in accessing the IB curriculum, as well as their co-curricular programme and social life. Maite graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and did her PGCE with QTS, but she also worked as Cognitive Neuroscience of Language researcher.
Maite is also a UWC alumna (UWC Mahindra 2011). This experience meant a profound personal transformation which later influenced deeply her teaching skills. Since then, she has dedicated her life to teaching, linguistics, and to understanding language acquisition from multiple perspectives.