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Esteban Gómez

“If you are born in Salamanca, there is a very good chance that someone in your family, or some of your family’s acquaintances work at the University of Salamanca. This is exactly my case. Because the university hosts a large number of international students, I was surrounded by students from all over the world and received fascinating gifts from their countries including a lot of T-shirts from their universities. Some international students stayed for so long that they began to seem like family.

In my early years at school, I was not the best student in English class. In fact, I remember struggling quite a bit. However, at some point something clicked and suddenly I started understanding the television series and movies I watched and the people speaking English in the street. It was the most rewarding feeling I ever felt. Since then, I have enjoyed every language I have studied including English, French, and German. Not only do I enjoy the sometimes difficult grammar all languages have, but the culture behind it. I also enjoy teaching my language to others and helping them learn to express their ideas, their feelings, or simply to be themselves in another language.”

Brief Biography

“I have enjoyed every language I have studied including English, French, and German. I also enjoy teaching my language to others and helping them learn to express their ideas, their feelings, or simply to be themselves in another language.”

Tell us about your hometown

“European Cultural Capital, UNESCO World Heritage City, Golden City, and University of Salamanca. Those are some of the main qualities that best describe the city where I am from, the Old City of Salamanca. This historical jewel is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula within the province of Castilla Leon. It is close to the border with Portugal and is only a couple of hours from the capital of Spain, Madrid.

The University of Salamanca was built by the Emperor Alfonso IX, and is one of the most important universities in Spain, dating back to 1218 which makes it the third oldest university in Europe. The city features a large number of sandstone buildings that emit a golden glow with the last rays of daylight. Therefore, it has been labeled “the golden city.” The main monuments in Salamanca are the old cathedral, as well as the big central square ‘Plaza Mayor’ which was built in the 18th century.

Today, apart from being a famous university town, Salamanca is a modern city that hosts many international conferences and important cultural events. Furthermore, the Spanish spoken in Salamanca is considered one of the purest in Spain, which also makes the city a popular destination for foreigners wishing to learn Spanish.”

Education and previous work experience

“I graduated in English studies from the University of Salamanca. During my last year of study, I received a scholarship to work in the department of quality and control at the university and assisted in grading English exams for beginning students of English as a foreign language. After graduating, I moved to the United Kingdom. First to London, where I worked at the King’s College School and later to Oxford at the Headington School. At both of these college preparatory schools I worked as a Spanish language assistant specializing in speaking skills.”

Why did you decide to become a TLE?

“I have been always very interested in the United States: the vastness of the country, the history, and culture. Coming from Europe, the United States is seen as a country of opportunity in every field for international students. The TLE program is the perfect chance to develop my wide range of interests in the country while teaching in higher education and earning a master’s degree in education at Carthage.”

Personal interests and accomplishments

“’Just a small town boy living in a crazy world’ (apologies to Journey). My personal interests are eclectic and vary widely. I like everything related to arts and humanities: languages, modern American poetry, acting, photography, painting, crafts, and tattoos. I am concerned about animal rights. Most of all I am very enthusiastic about traveling and exploring other countries, their cultures, and their art.”

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