Rosa
About me:
  1. Where were you born and how has your city influenced you?
    I am from Madrid. I believe that it is very important to remember the city which you grew up in as it forms part of your character. When I was young, in spite of living in a big city I could still play in the street, and at the same time enjoy the city’s atmosphere. Madrid, was and still is a lot more open than Salamanca. I believe that I have a lot more tolerant mentality because of this.
  2. Have you always lived in Salamanca?
    When I finished university and my PhD, I moved to Santander, where I lived for 2 years. I moved to Salamanca in 1995 when I fell in love. Both my Mum´s family and all of my husband´s family live here. At the beginning, moving was a bit difficult but now I have adapted well and I like the change of scene.
  3. What are you hobbies?
    I am up for new things and am active in my free time. I travel when I can, I study English, I do pilates and other sports and sometimes I go to the theatre with my friends.
  4. What did you study at University?
    I did Spanish Philology at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. The university had a very more open and experimental approach to grammar and literature. I have found I learn best by reflection rather rote memory and my experience at university was thus an important and exciting time for me.
  5. What is your favourite memory?
    It has to be the birth of my children; all my family memories are very important to me!

About my job:
  1. Where have you worked?
    I began working with American students in California on an exchange but the first work I truly did was a summer course in Santander organised by the University of Menédez Pelayo. When I moved to Salamanca, I worked at another school before I came to ISLA.
  2. What is the most important thing for you in your job?
    I think it is important that, especially in this line of work, the atmosphere is relaxed. I have seen many students that are unable to work under pressure and that when they are relaxed, they are more confident and surprise themselves as they progress. ISLA is like a family and we try to make our students feel at home.
  3. What do you specifically enjoy teaching?
    I love teaching the past tenses and the subjunctive. I know that these are the things that students find the most difficult but I love showing them that it isn´t as hard as they think and watching them understand it.
  4. Why did you decide to become a Spanish teacher?
    I believe that working with people of different ages, cultures, customs etc. makes us much more cultured, open and tolerant people. It is one of the things that I like most about my job.