Gaby Portilla

Gabriela Portilla
Spanish Alive Director

  • Mexico City
  • +52 5586-7217



I started working as a Spanish Teacher at AT&T Mexico in 1995 teaching Spanish as a foreign language to CEO's, executives and families. Simultaneously, I taught at other companies such as Wal-Mart México, Kmart, Lufthansa, Laurate University, Micheal Page amoung others. In 2005 I started working as a Spanish teacher at CEPE-UNAM (Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros, Polanco-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) teaching from level one to advanced as well as giving conversation classes and different workshops, especially those realated to Mexican films. I have participated as an examinator of the CELA exam (Certificado de Español como Lengua Adicional), UNAM. In 2009 I started teaching students from abroad at the MBA program at IPADE (Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas). In 2012 I was co-author of the Spanish text book “Tengo algo que contarte” UNAM, to improve past narrations for Intermediate level students. One year later I worked again as co-author of the Spanish text book “Español para la vida cotidiana” UNAM, for students of Basic level. In 2007 I worked as an examinator for the ECELE exam (Examen de Certificación de Español como Lengua Extranjera) at CENEVAL (Centro Nacional de Evaluación) based on the evaluation of oral skills of all the Spanish levels. In November 2013 I was invited by CENEVAL as an active member of the Technical Council for the Certification of Spanish as a Foreign Language. September I was invited by UNAM to give the course “Introducción a la interculturalidad,” subject which is part of DIPELE. Diplomado Inicial para Profesores de Español como Lengua Extranjera. This year I have been working with UNAM, Universidad de Salamanca and Instituto Cervantes on a project call SIELE, Sistema de Español como Lengua Extranjera, an international certification exam all over the world, participating on the creation of items. During the last three years I have worked with DGEE, Dirección General de Evaluación Educativa, validating items for entrance exams to college. Last year I started working as a Spanish and Phonetic teacher for international actors at the Musical: Lion King in Mexico City. Since 1995 until today I've been constantly teaching Spanish as a foreing language.



Expert course for validating SIELE exams.


Masters Degree on Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. Madrid.

Feb 04- Jan 05

Spanish Teaching Training Course . DFPEL.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México CEPE.

June 2004

Methodology for training teachers of Spanish as a Foreign language.
Universidad de Granada, España.

April 2003-July 2003

Course for Training Teachers for the professional use of Spanish for Business.
Universidad La Rioja, España.

September 2002

Course on Initiating Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo España.


Bachelors Degree on Pedagogy.
Universidad Panamericana, México.


2015 - Today

Creating items for SIELE, UNAM, Instituto Cervantes and Universidad de Salamanca.

2013 - Today

Validating items for entrance exams to college.

September 2014 - Today

Diplomado de preparación para profesores. Introducción a la Interculturalidad.
Professor at UNAM course on line, DIPELE.

May 2015

Teaching Spanish and Phonetics to international artists at The Lion King México.

March 2015 - Today

Teaching Azam Ahmed, Director.
The New York Times Mexico.

2007 - Today

Examinator of oral skills for ECELE exam- CENEVAL.

March 7 - May 27, 2013

Basic Spanish course for Chinese students.
Huawei México.

May 2014 - Today

British Embassy.

Jan 2012 - Today

British Council México.

Jan 2009 - Today

Coordinator of the Spanish lessons for the Student's Exchange Program.
IPADE. Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas.

2013 - 2012

Co-author Spanish text books:

  • “Español para la vida cotidiana”
  • “Tengo algo que contarte”

2007 - Today

Planning and development of conversation and Mexican films workshops.
UNAM - CEPE, Polanco.

Nov. 2007 - July 2008

Finland Embassy.

Oct. 2007 - Dec. 2009

Japan Embassy.

Jan. 2005 - Today

Centro de enseñanza para extranjeros UNAM. Beginners-Advanced courses.
UNAM - CEPE, Polanco.

Nov. 2003 - March 2007

Laureate Education.

Dec. 2004 - 2006

Banco Mundial.

Jan. 2006 – Dec. 2006

Alianza Francesa.


Ability to communicate with people from different cultures:

  • Understand and adapt teaching methods for people from different cultures and different learning speed and abilities.
  • Recognize the must important difficulties in Spanish learning in Spanish learners.
  • Summarize and construct clearly and easily important grammar rules and uses.
  • Integrate good learning groups.
  • Create and facilitate motivating and interesting learning activities.
  • Share the most important aspects in my own culture.


  • Basic level: Italian
  • Advanced level: English
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