Spanish National Adviser


Cristóbal Gutiérrez Carrera

P: 04 802 5665 Ext 217
M: 027 557 3482

Cristóbal Gutiérrez Carrera is the National Language Adviser for Spanish and is also the education attaché at the Embassy of Spain in Wellington. As the Spanish National Adviser in New Zealand, he is part of ILEP’s advisory team and therefore linked to the New Zealand Ministry of Education. He has been the head of the international programmes unit at the Spanish Ministry of Education, and has worked as a language teacher, a teacher trainer and a language adviser in Spain, Canada, Belgium and Portugal.

Cristóbal’s role is to support the promotion and development of Spanish language education in New Zealand. In particular his focus is on:

  • offering workshops, courses and meetings focusing on teaching materials, resources and pedagogy that promote intercultural communicative language teaching in Spanish
  • supporting schools with advice and guidance on establishing and sustaining Spanish language programmes
  • providing information on networking opportunities for teachers of Spanish
  • providing advice and guidance on immersion opportunities, scholarships and professional learning opportunities both in New Zealand and Spain
  • providing opportunities for higher education students from both New Zealand and Spain to experience life and education in New Zealand or Spain working as an English or Spanish language assistant
  • participating in academic and cultural events

Professional Support for Teachers of Spanish

Teachers of Spanish in New Zealand may benefit from the professional support offered by the following organisations:

International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP)

ILEP supports schools and teachers to implement the Learning Languages curriculum area through the promotion of a five-stage professional learning pathway for schools and teachers in years 7-13. For more information about the professional support, professional learning and development opportunities and scholarship or immersion opportunities, contact the Spanish National Adviser.

Spanish Teachers’ Association New Zealand Aotearoa (STANZA)

STANZA is a subject association which provides support for teachers and students of Spanish in New Zealand.
For more information or to join STANZA, visit

ELENZA list serve

This email group for teachers of Spanish is an excellent source of information and resources. It is also the primary medium through which organisations advertise opportunities, scholarships, grants and other important information for teachers and students. To register, send an email to the Spanish National Adviser

New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)

NZALT is a professional network of language teachers with over 500 members. It runs a number of initiatives designed to support teachers in the classroom including competitions and professional development opportunities. For more information or to join NZALT, visit

Embassy of Spain

For more information from the Office of Education of the Embassy of Spain, visit

Resources and support for establishing and sustaining Spanish Language Programmes

Spanish National Adviser

The Spanish National Adviser provides teachers with information on teaching resources and sustaining Spanish language programmes.
For more information on resources, contact Cristóbal Gutiérrez Carrera by phone (04 802 5665 ext 217) or email.

Spanish Resource Centre  

This library of teaching materials, readers, textbooks, dictionaries, CDs and DVDs located at the ILEP office in Auckland. Teachers of Spanish are welcome to borrow books in person, via email or phone (09 623 8899 ext 46355). See the Spanish library page here.

TKI Learning Languages

The Learning Languages Community is a portal to professional learning opportunities, professional support for the New Zealand Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, resources and key links for language teachers. Learning Languages publishes regular newsletters to keep language teachers informed about important deadlines and events. For more information, visit

RedEle (red electrónica de didáctica del español como lengua extranjera)

RedEle is a public resource that the Ministry of Education of Spain offers to teachers interested in teaching and learning Spanish worldwide.
For more information, visit

Immersion and Scholarship Opportunities

The following immersion and scholarship opportunities are available to teachers of Spanish:

Scholarships at Spanish Universities

Spanish Immersion Programmes

A scholarship is currently available to New Zealand teachers of Spanish through ILEP to Salamanca, Spain. As part of the scholarship, teachers of Spanish participate in a two-week course on language enrichment, methodology, culture and special topics at a Spanish University. Contact the Spanish National Adviser for more information. 

Find out about the Salamanca Programme here.

English Language Assistantships in Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Education offers positions to New Zealanders to work as English Language Assistants for a school year. Read more here.

Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards
AFS Intercultural Programmes provides teachers with an opportunity to undertake long or short term immersion experiences in Spanish-speaking countries.
For more information, visit