Spanish Department


ll our Spanish Language professors have earned the academic endorse of the University, which supports the quality of their formation and their specialization as Spanish teachers. Their main asset is their teaching vocation and their will to share the essence and richness of the Spanish language through an every-day, real and vivid experience.

Lydia García Martínez

. Head – Spanish Department.

Professor García Martínez is a graduate in Spanish Language and Literature of the Escuela de Estudios Superiores Acatlán (UNAM) and has a Master´s degree in Applied Linguistics of the Illinois State University (USA).
From 1992 to 1997 she was a Spanish and Mexican Literature of Preparatoria La Salle, at State of Mexico. In 1997, as a full-time teacher, she taught Spanish and Literature classes to foreign students at UNAM´s Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros (CEPE) Taxco. In 1999 she was invited to teach Spanish as a foreign language and to study her Masters degree in Applied Linguistics at Illinois State University (ISU), Bloomington, Normal, Illinois. In 2001 she finished her studies and came back to Mexico City to be part of the CEPE´s central school as part of the Spanish as a second language teaching staff.
From 2002 to 2010 she was commissioned to work as a Spanish instructor to the Extension School of CEPE in the USA (EPESA) which is located in San Antonio, Texas. She has been working as a full-time teacher in CEPE-Taxco since 2013.

Sofía Bautista Martínez

. Spanish professor.

Professor Bautista Martínez is a graduate in Graphic Design of UNAM´s Acatlán Facultad de Estudios Superiores (FES). She got a Diploma in French Language teaching, at UNAM´s Centro de Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras (CELE), and a Diploma from a specialization course in Spanish as a Foreign Language at Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros  (CEPE), UNAM.
She has worked at several gobernmental Ministries such as Agricultura, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación; Escuela Superior de Turismo and Escuela Superior de Comercio y Administración of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional; as well as Universidad del Valle de México, Lomas Verdes campus; Colegio de Ciencias y Humanidades Azcapotzalco y UNAM´s FES Iztacala.
Her area of expertise is the elaboration of teaching materials to teach foreign students Spanish. She has been part of the teaching staff of CEPE-Taxco for more than eight years teaching Spanish at all levels (from basic to advanced) and she works at several materials preparation projects.

Ana Laura Burgos Cambray

.Spanish professor.

Professor Burgos Cambray is a BA graduate in Spanish of Escuela Particular Normal Superior del Estado (EPNSE). She worked for several years at Concordia Language Villages, in Bemidji, MN, USA, where she taught Spanish to children, adolescents and adults, as well as in the preparation of cultural programs of Hispanic countries.
She studied the Diplomado inicial for Spanish as a Second Language of CEPE-UNAM. Since 2013 she is part of the staff of CEPE, Taxco campus. She has teaches diverse Spanish courses, and she collaborates in material designing and preparation to teach Beginner´s levels Spanish.

José Carlos Escobar Hernández

. Spanish professor

Doctor Escobar Hernandez is a BA graduate in English Literature of Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (UNAM), a MA in Antropología Filosófica (Universidad del Tepeyac) and a PhD in Education (Instituto de Estudios Universitarios, Puebla).
He has been a copyeditor at Harper & Row Latinoamericana, México (1979-1982), a scriptwriter and producer of English courses at Unidad de Televisión Educativa, SEP (1983-1985). He was an English teacher at the Languages Department of Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Tlaxcala (1985-1987) and a Spanish teacher for foreign students since 1986 up to date. He was the Head of the Spanish department at UNAM´s Extension School in San Antonio, Texas (1988-1995) and Academic Secretary and founder of UNAM´s Extension School in Los Ángeles, California (2005-2009).
He is co-author of several textbooks of CEPE-UNAM and author of several materials intended for the development of reading comprehension, writing skills and vocabulary learning. His main lines of work and research are: traductology, lexicology, interculturality and compared linguistics.

Miriam Itzel Sánchez Menéndez

. Spanish professor.

Professor Sánchez Menéndez is a BA graduate in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature of UNAM´s Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. In December 2005 she graduated as a professor after studying the Diplomado en Enseñanza del Español como Segunda Lengua at UNAM´s Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros, Mexico City campus, an institution where she taught for two years. Since 2008 up to date she has been working at CEPE, UNAM, Taxco campus, where she teaches diverse Spanish courses and participates with other teachers in the preparation of a Manual of Advanced Spanish and activities to foster reading among children, adolescents and adults.