Jane Cronin has lived in Spain since 1988, moving from Asturias to San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia in 2001. She was the founder and director of Cronin School of Englishin Llanes, Asturias for 11 years, during which time she taught English as a foreign language at all levels.
She was the team leader for upper suite (advanced) UCLES oral examiners for the region of Asturias for three years and also worked as a regular teacher trainer for Longman and Oxford University Press.
Since 2002 Jane has worked as a Spanish teacher and produced two Spanish teaching DVDs, three CDs and a book about Spanish language and culture Going Native (2005). In September 2007 she opened a dedicated language school in San Pedro del Pinatar, teaching both Spanish and English and organizing cultural trips to northern Spain. In November 2007 Jane was nominated Company Woman of the Year 2007 by the business association Company Women. www.companywomen.org
Jane has worked with all forms of media on the Costa Blanca, including the writing and presentation of five series on local English television entitled Spanish lessons Sol Style. www.solproductions.tv, and a regular article in The Leader newspaper www.costablancaleader.com. She is a popular speaker at clubs for English speaking residents and was founder of the Crossroads Club in Orihuela Costa in 2003, of which she was president for three and a half years.
Jane was a founder member of Toastmasters International Levante in 2004 and was club president 2006/07. In November 2005 she won third prize in the prestigious Toastmasters International European Humorous Speech competition. www.toastmasters.org
From 2005 to 2010 Jane taught Survival Spanish to large audiences of English speaking residents in coordination with the town hall of Torrevieja, Alicante, and in San Pedro del Pinatar. In December 2007 Jane wrote and starred in her own stand-up comedy routine Not Mentioned in the Brochure – a hilarious look at ex-pat life in Spain, which culminated in a performance which filled the Virgen del Carmen cultural centre, Torrevieja in July 2008.
Jane currently teaches Spanish in Torrevieja and also works for the Universidad Popular in San Pedro del PInatar as a language teacher. As well as her teaching and her talks on the history of Spain entitled A Portrait of Spain, Jane writes a regular weekly article in the Round Town News www.roundtownnews.co.uk and Costa Blanca News. www.costa-news.com
She is founder and president of ADAPT (Association of English speakers of San Pedro del Pinatar) an association dedicated to the well-being of English speaking people and their integration into the local community. www.adaptsanpedro.eu As president of this association Jane has coordinated contacts between British and Spanish communities in projects as diverse as the Environment, Disabled Access and School Monitor programmes, amongst many others. In the summer of 2009 Jane was featured in the television programme No Me Llames Guiri on Murcia Canal 7. In March 2011 Jane was nominated Woman of the Year by the PSOE party of Orihuela Costa.
Her most recent publication has been the bilingual reading book Sid’s Adventures in Spain – Las Aventuras de Sid en España (2010) which combines her interest in the two languages with the humorous story of a retired Englishman who makes his life on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.