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Pleased to Meet You…Luz Navas

02 September 2014

This week we spoke to Luz Navas, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, to find out a bit more about her.

  • Pleased to Meet You...Luz Navas

How long have you been at BISS Puxi? I’ve been here for a year now. I joined BISS Puxi last August.

What do you enjoy most about working here? The students. Seeing young people from all over the world work together and develop strong friendships is inspiring. They are also very enthusiastic and they really love to learn. It has been amazing to see how much progress they have made this year and I look forward to seeing them go even further next year!

What do you enjoy most about teaching Spanish? The flexibility. When you teach a language, you can cover lots of different topics and themes, which makes it easier to personalise the learning. Simple things that the students enjoy, such as songs, games or even talking about the world cup can develop essential linguistic skills. I think I am very lucky to teach a subject for which communication and interaction are so important.

Who is your favourite Spanish language author? I really like Carlos Ruiz Zafón, probably because I used to read his youth stories when I was growing up, but I also love Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende. Their work is easy to relate to and appealing to people of all ages, which means I can share them with my students.  

What do you enjoy doing in Shanghai at the weekend? Going out and finding out about new places. Shanghai is big, vibrant and an exciting melting pot of old and new. Whether I want to spend the day out at the park, the museum or shopping or enjoy the evening in town with friends, there is always something exciting to do and I absolutely love that.

Where are you from and what do you miss most about home? I come from the countryside in the south of Spain (not near the coast though). Sometimes I miss the peace and quiet, the huge plains of vineyards and the way life runs at the slowest pace ever. Of course, more than anything, I miss my friends and family. I always look forward to seeing them during the holidays.