Rosa-Maria Cives-Enriquez is a language and intercultural awareness trainer. She discusses her journey as a professional linguist; for the version in her native Spanish, see The Linguist 56,1. 

As far as I can remember, languages have always featured in my life; I was raised in an immersive bilingual (Spanish/English) environment. My biggest inspiration was a fantastic teacher, Elena, who ignited my passion for contemporary Spanish culture at primary school; my parents encouraged and supported my immersion in ‘all things Spanish’ with yearly trips to Spain to visit family.

I always wanted to use my language fluency to forge my career and, as a post-graduate linguist, I began work as a Spanish and French teacher and lecturer in Higher Education. Later in my professional journey, I began to deliver Language and Intercultural Awareness training to corporate clients. At London Probation Trust (as L&D Advisor) I was involved in the design and roll-out of the London-wide ‘Diversity In Action’ training.

I love developing bespoke training solutions and this has led to publications and conference presentations on ‘Developing Materials for Language Teaching’. I find meeting targets while working across cultures and languages immensely rewarding, particularly the challenge of changing an individual’s mindset from ‘can’t’ to ‘can’ when it comes to learning a language with increased confidence and enjoyment.

In my spare time, I like to keep fit and spend quality time with my family and friends. Art is my second passion, and I have had the honour of working and exhibiting my artwork alongside an international group of artists in London and donating sale proceeds to the mental health charity YoungMinds.

I write contemporary poetry and my collection of poems, Crack On, was published by Austin Macauley in April 2016.