My name is Emma Keck and I’m originally from Norfolk, England. I moved to the U. S. A. when I was six and lived and studied there for many years. I studied Biology at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois and received my Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences in 1992. After graduating from university I returned back to the UK and found a wonderful job at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, Norfolk working with Dr. Enrico Coen and Dr. Rosemary Carpenter. I worked at the John Innes Centre for 8.5 years and this is where I met my future husband who was doing a post-doctoral stay at the centre. My husband is Spanish and works as a Lecturer at the University of Salamanca.
I have made Salamanca my home for the past 12 years and have worked at the University of Salamanca in various research groups. I also received a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Microbiology from the University of Salamanca. In 2009 my little son arrived and changed many aspects of my life. Doors related to teaching English to Spanish children began to open. Quickly I realized that I needed to pursue further education regarding teacher training and in October 2012 I began a course at the University of Salamanca called “Specialist in bilingual teaching programs in the English language in Infant, Primary and Secondary education“. Although I am not yet a qualified teacher the course has been very helpful and has allowed me to start teaching in a more confident way and has given me a better idea about the bilingual educational programs that are being established in schools in Salamanca. My goal is to participate in teaching Science through English to children either in a school or in a private centre and I hope to do this in an effective way drawing on my background in Biology and the life experiences that I have attained through living in three different countries.
I started to teach a small group of ten Spanish 5-year-olds in October 2012 in an after-school class. The purpose of this blog is to organize my thoughts and the materials used in class and to share my experiences with other ESL teachers.