Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) are non-degree seeking students who come to Wesleyan for one year to enhance our students' language learning experience. They are appointed through Wesleyan's language departments and work under the supervision of the language teaching faculty in those departments. We are extremely grateful to these visitors for their contribution to advancing the mission of the Fries Center for Global Studies (FCGS) in terms of language and intercultural learning. By bringing them together in a highly visible common space in Fisk, we hope to enhance their profile as a group and foster greater interaction between them and the Wesleyan student body. Further information can be found using the links below:

FLTA Handbook

Office of Graduate Student Services (OGSS) 

Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) 

Campus Resources


2021-2022 FLTA Cohort

  • Ayumi Arima

    Japanese FLTA

    Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

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    Ayumi Arima is a Japanese Foreign Language Teaching Assistant. She was born in Ishikawa, Japan and graduated from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. She had worked as a Japanese teacher in Ecuador for two years before Wesleyan. Ayumi spends her free time watching mystery/suspense dramas on Netflix, playing her flute, and drinking iced chocolate. She is always open to everyone and expects to make wonderful memories with everyone.

  • Saurabh Verma

    Hindi-Urdu FLTA

    Lakhimpur, Kheri, India

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    Mr. Saurabh earned his master’s degree in English literature from Central University of Haryana, India. For his master’s dissertation in the domain of British poetry and Greek mythology, titled “The Poetry of Myths We Live: A Study of the Art and Myths in Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients,” he was able to secure the highest marks. Mr. Saurabh has also been an active member of an NGO which aims at the education of underprivileged children.   Fostering his multilingual and multidialectal background in language, Mr. Saurabh has been exposed to several close dialects of standard Hindi and other foreign languages such as German and French. He aims to utilize his pre-existing language skills to address the nuances of language teaching and acquisition.   As a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Mr. Saurabh is teaching Hindi at Wesleyan University. He believes sternly in the idea of ‘the world is one family’ and creatively willing to fuse different cultures together to get the most out of it for the learning and teaching activities in academia. He plans to explore and implement his Fulbright experience further in the field of research and academic teaching. Mr. Saurabh loves to spend his free time in reading, writing poetry, cooking, and gardening.
  • Tamiris Hallez

    French FLTA

    Paris, France

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    Coming straight from Paris, Tamiris is going to be one of the French FLTAs for this academic year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English after spending a year on an Erasmus exchange at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Tamiris is now pursuing a master’s degree in English Literature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. Her research project focuses on nature and regionalism in Thomas Hardy and James Prior’s early novels. Half-French and half-Kazakh, Tamiris can also speak Russian. In her spare time, she is either drawing, listening to music or watching a movie. She loves exchanging letters and postcards that she can then display on her wall next to (a lot of) pictures and posters. Tamiris has missed going to concerts (she plays the clarinet) and art exhibitions, but above all, traveling and meeting new people. Always eager for new experiences, she cannot wait to discover the buzzing campus life at Wesleyan.
  • Ji Seon Hyun

    Korean FLTA

    Seoul, South Korea

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    Jiseon is the Korean Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the 2021-2022 academic year. She graduated with a BA in English Language and Literature and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in English Education. Jiseon loves reading literary books while drinking coffee. She is excited to explore all the coffee shops in Middletown. She is excited to join the Wesleyan Family to teach Korean and the culture to students from all walks of life.
  • Elisa Santucci

    Italian FLTA

    Rome, Italy

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    Elisa Santucci is the Italian Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the 2021-2022 academic year. Originally from Rome, she graduated with a BA in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation from the University of Bologna, studying English and Russian. While working towards her degree, she spent several months in Russia to study and work. She’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in Italian Culture and Language for Foreigners and in the past year she has volunteered at the Italian language school for immigrants of her hometown. Elisa spends her free time either in the company of her friends and family, or watching (read: binge-watching) TV shows and movies, reading, and breaking down Italian stereotypes with her inability to cook anything other than plain pasta "in bianco".
  • Marta Mangana Ríos

    Spanish FLTA

    Vigo, Spain

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    I am Spanish FLTA that was born in Galicia, in the north of Spain, where I spend my summers with my friends and family by the sea. I have just graduated in Advertising and Public Relations by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. I also have started specializing in Digital Marketing since I believe is very relevant in this new communicational era. Besides, I moved to UK in several times to continue study and work. My first experience was working in Liverpool, where I could travel around England and visit many new and emblematic places for me. Afterwards, I was living in Scotland as well, where I totally fell in love with the landscape, nature and people. I really likes traveling and meet new cultures and ways of thinking, that is why I decided to join Wesleyan University. I love hanging out with her friends in her free time and, before the pandemic issue, I used to attend many concerts and reach new events in order to discover new music and artists. Moreover, I really enjoy going to museums and appreciate that art knowledge that I has learnt back in college.

  • Marcos Rodríguez Labella

    Spanish FLTA

    Madrid, Spain

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    Marcos is one of the Spanish Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2021-2022 academic year. Joining us, this time in person, from Madrid (Spain), Marcos has just finished his BA in International Relations at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Three years ago, he moved to Great Britain as a part of an exchange program (called Erasmus+), and he was studying at King's College London during the 2018-2019 academic year. His research interests focus on European Union's security studies as well as international cooperation to development. In his free time, Marcos loves fashion (shopping is a kind of "therapy" for him), and enjoying time with family and friends either having a drink or a good dinner. But undoubtedly, his passion is traveling, meeting new cultures and new people.
  • Yenyu Lin

    Chinese FLTA

    Tainan, Taiwan

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    Yenyu is our Chinese Language Teaching Assistant for the 2021-2022 academic year. She grew up in Taiwan and studied her undergrad there. During her undergrad, she spent a year in Czech Republic as an exchange student. It was that year where she traveled to a couple of European countries, visited different cultures, and met friends from around the world. After teaching English for one year in Taiwan. Yenyu continued her education in the U.S., majoring Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at University of Kentucky. She loves taking train trip, cooking international food, and learning new languages. A fun fact about her is that her name in Chinese 晏羽 means "a peaceful feather."
  • Clara Ziegelmeyer

    French FLTA

    Paris, France

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    Clara is one of the French Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2021-2022 academic year. She was born in Bordeaux, and currently studies in Paris, France. She studied in Tours before completing the first year of her master's degree in translation at the University of Paris, both in English and Spanish. Clara enjoys spending time outdoors, discovering new places, and visiting museums. She enjoys passionately discussing politics with friends and learning more about the world. She also likes spending time indoors, playing video games, reading, watching movies, while cuddling with her cat Yukiko, who lives with her on campus. Clara is a returning FTLA, as she already taught remotely last year!