Who we are


Elisa Legon, PhD, a native Spanish speaker, has been writing professionally in, translating, and teaching Spanish for over twenty years. She has a bachelor degree in Economics from Stanford University and a doctorate degree in Theatre History and Theory, with a specialization in South American theatre, from the Graduate Center of City University of New York.


She has written articles in Spanish and English on various topics of Latin American culture and current events for academic journals and theatre festival programs. Some of Dr. Legon's former and current corporate and institutional clients are Amnesty International USA, American Express, Linklaters LLP, Paolantonio y Legón Abogados, TeatroStageFest, Martin E Segal Theatre Center, Organizing New York, and Boom Arts. She has also provided translation services to many professionals and scholars. Her co-translation of the play La omisión de la familia Coleman is available in print. 

She has taught courses in Spanish-English translation, communication, public speech, dramatic literature, and writing at many higher-education institutions, such as Union Theological Seminary (affiliated to Columbia University), Baruch College, New York College of Technology, and LaGuardia Community College. Her work includes running workshops on pedagogy and faculty certification as well as collaborating in Hispanic-culture course development. She has passed the CSET Spanish Exams I, II, and III: these are the exams for credentialed school teachers to verify proficiency in grammar, linguistics, and culture. 

Elisa loves to travel. Her most recent trip was to New Zealand, where she climbed volcanoes, swam in pristine (but freezing) waters, rowed down the Whanganui River, and listened to the most beautiful birds. Her future plans include trips to the Balkans, the Iberian Peninsula, and Kyrgyzstan. She also enjoys hiking with her dog Jackson. 




What we do

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Noe Valley Spanish offers companies and individuals an array of services that support the development of business and personal relations with Latin American cultures. 

Spanish classes are a good option for clients who wish to enhance their relationship with Latin America and Spain, due to business projects, travel needs, personal ties, or a plain desire to learn about a different culture. From beginner to advanced levels, our courses and private instruction meet the concrete needs of the clients. The goal may be a general knowledge of the language or to hone skills needed for specific ventures.


For example, we offered an intensive "refresher" course for an New York attorney who would be marrying her Peruvian fiancé and wanted to be able to speak to her in-laws with ease and say her wedding vows in Spanish. We met with her for a few sessions to practice her grammar and diction. Similarly, we helped a San Francisco bride-to-be learn Spanish to communicate fluently with her Argentine in-law relatives. A few health professionals took classes on medical Spanish to talk to patients. A couple of teachers who work with Spanish-speaking students wanted to enhance their language skills to communicate better with students and their families. Another student met with us just a few times to review some grammar concepts and practice her oral proficiency before taking an exam to work at the State Department. We have worked with children ages 5-18 for exam preparation or consistent help with their school work.

Noe Valley Spanish can be your valuable resource in developing good language skills.