Our Project

The Mokovi platform is a space for you to learn Spanish with the help of a supportive community. Would you like to have a virtual conversation in Spanish with Raúl, the neighbor from Mexico who carries an altar down the street to celebrate Las Posadas? Or to spend time with Nora in her kitchen talking about her delicious empanadas? You don't need to personally know Raúl or Nora in order to be part of these conversations. With the help of native speakers living in the U.S., who have partnered with us to teach you Spanish, we are bringing all these conversations and stories to your home. You just need to relax and speak some Spanish!

We teach language and culture at the same time

Our Mokovi platform is a space for you to experience life in the Latino community. Each one of our stories is crafted with the goal of creating a new window from which you can explore the culture of Spanish-speakers. With your learning needs in mind, we create activities and tutorials that help you understand the main ideas of our stories while giving you the tools to start crafting similar stories from your own life in Spanish that you could share with native speakers.



¡Hola! I'm Valeria. Bienvenidos a Mokovi. For many years, students in my classes had been telling me the same thing: "I learn best when I am immersed in the Spanish language". Since not everybody can move to another country to learn a second language, I wanted to find a way to bring the Spanish immersion experience to learners in their own homes. I set out to create the online platform I wish my students could have used to support their Spanish learning when they were taking my classes.

I know first hand how difficult it can be to learn a second language. I came to the U.S. when I was twenty two years old and had to work hard to be able to communicate my ideas in English. It takes a lot of determination and perseverance to become fluent in a second language. This is why I believe that having a virtual tutor who keeps you motivated and gives you shortcuts to learning is the key to success. I would love to hear more about your language learning experiences. Contact me any time. I am here to help you!

Were you expecting a more formal introduction?

Here is a brief summary of Valeria's professional and educational background:

Valeria Elliott is a former lawyer and educator who uses video and multimedia to design authentic immersion programs for learning Spanish. Her innovative teaching methods and academic work in foreign language acquisition have been featured on T.V., radio and printed media. More recently, Valeria received the InnovateHer Award from the Small Business Association for her work building an educational platform that provides exceptional value to women and families. Valeria studied Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Salamanca in Spain and filmmaking at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Valeria's educational credentials also include a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, an LLM degree in American and Comparative Law from the University of Denver, and a Juris Doctor degree from Universidad Nacional del Litoral. In addition, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and University of Colorado. Valeria has been a speaker on issues of foreign language acquisition and cross-cultural skills at conferences in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia.

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We are invested in your success

Our platform was not created overnight. We spent months doing research to find the tools  that are most effective in creating an immersion experience for learners. We taught live classes for a year using our storytelling approach and we tested our final platform with focus groups, business organizations and schools. Our company was selected to participate in a very competitive business accelerator program and has recently received the Small Business Administration InnovateHER award in our region for most innovate business that improves the lives of women and families.

Carla-pelicula favorita from Mokovi on Vimeo.