GW Madrid

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María Ángeles Alonso Zarza PDh is a Spanish language professor and has been working for the GW Madrid since 1991 when she started as a postgraduate intern. She teaches one of the language courses for GW students and also teaches regular courses at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has extensive knowledge of the UAM.

She graduated from UAM and obtained her Masters specializing in teaching Spanish as a Second Language. Her doctorate is in Spanish Language and General Linguistics.Mª Ángeles Alonso speaks Serbian and has translated several publishednovels and articles from those languages into Spanish. She has lived in Hungary and in the former Yugoslavia, where she taught Spanish at Belgrade and Szeged Universities.

She is an avid reader and loves to cook -- especially pastries.


What do you enjoy most about your work?

“Trabajar con los estudiantes de GW en Madrid es siempre una experiencia gratificante y enriquecedora tanto profesional como personalmente.  Al principio de cada semestre se abre una nueva oportunidad de conocer a un grupo chicos y chicas interesados en descubrir y aprender todo lo relacionado con la cultura y la lengua española y, especialmente, con Madrid. Al final de cada semestre siempre nos queda el cariño y  el recuerdo de todos ellos y el convencimiento de que recordarán su paso por Madrid estará siempre en su corazón.” 

– María Ángeles Alonso Zarza, Interim Resident Director, GW Madrid 

GW Madrid Staff Testamonial

"Carmela and Maria Ángeles are super helpful - they plan all the excursions and group activities.  It's comforting to know that you have a GW resource center right on campus and a friendly face to talk to if need be.  Carmela even invites you to her home for a delicious lunch!" 

- Julia Simon, International Affairs

GW Madrid Staff Testamonial

"Carmela and Maria Ángeles have exceeded all of my expectations as directors. They are much more than directors; they have a unique and personal relationship with each student. They are always available and willing to help with any academic or personal matter. " 

- Sofia Skarlatos, History