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


2020-2021 FLTA Cohort

  • Ayumi Arima

    Japanese FLTA

    Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

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    Ayumi Arima is a Japanese language FLTA at the College of East Asian Studies. She was born in Ishikawa, Japan and graduated from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. She is studying to be a Japanese teacher. She enjoys being able to teach students who are interested in her language and want to learn about her culture. She is also interested in learn about different cultures. A notable experience for her as a Japanese teacher was moving to Ecuador to teach Japanese for two years. Ayumi spends her free time watching mystery/suspense dramas on Netflix, planning future trips, and playing her flute. 

  • Tushar Banekar

    Hindi-Urdu FLTA

    Kolkata, India

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    Tushar Banekar is an Assistant Professor in English with six years of experience. Previously, worked as a Teaching Assistant, Consultant & Language Trainer and Soft Skills Trainer. In his professional career, he has worked with students from various social-cultural-linguistic backgrounds training them in English language proficiency, phonetics, communication skills, soft-skills and personality development. Tushar has submitted his doctoral thesis titled “Body, Pain and Art: A Study of the Lives of Potraj and Jogata” at The English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad (India). He is interested in Gender Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Cultural Studies, Folk Studies, Feminism and ESL Studies. Tushar feels inspired by Mrs. Sunita (mother) and Mrs. Zinnia (wife). In his free time, Tushar likes to hike, write poetry, cook, watch movies, and spend time with his newborn daughter, Daisy. Tushar expresses a great sense of gratitude for being selected as an FLTA for teaching Hindi at Wesleyan University. 

  • Kalilou Barry

    French FLTA

    Lyon, France

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    Originally from Mali in West Africa, Kalilou began his higher education in Algeria before leaving for France, first in Poitiers, then in Lyon where he currently lives. Kalilou is doing a PhD in American studies at the Université Paris-Est Créteil on labor and migration in the United States. He is particularly interested in the dynamics and forms of mobilization and organization of West African low-wage immigrant workers in New York and Baltimore. An avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club, Kalilou enjoys playing soccer and cooking new recipes found on the internet in his spare time. He speaks French, English, Fulani and Bamanakan (the last two are his native languages).
  • Yassine Ben Abou

    Arabic FLTA

    Tangier, Morocco

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    Yassine BEN ABOU is a Moroccan EFL teacher. He lives in Tangier, a beautiful city in the North of Morocco. He has been teaching English for six years. Yassine holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in Media Studies. Yassine speaks several languages (Arabic, French, English, and a little Spanish). Outside of the classroom, he likes to volunteer, cook, and learn new languages. Yassine believes that building relationships is the key to success. 
  • So Shin Choi

    Korean FLTA

    Seoul, Republic of Korea

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    So Shin Choi is the new FLTA for Korean Language at Wesleyan University this fall semester. She grew up in Seoul Korea and lived in the United States during her child years in Michigan and Minnesota. She is a graduate student studying English Education at Korea University in Korea. Before going to graduate school, she worked for BNP Paribas Seoul Branch but her love for education made her decide to study for Graduate school. Her interests are cooking international dishes, visiting oriental markets, and playing ‘Danso’ (which is a Korean traditional instrument made with bamboo). She is a native in Korean and speaks a little of Malay and tries her best in English. She is always open to everyone and expects to make good and fun experiences with everyone here at Wesleyan. 감사합니다.

  • Tommaso Garagnani

    Italian FLTA

    Faenza, Italy

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    Tommaso Garagnani is the Italian Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the 2020-2021 academic year. Joining us virtually from Frenza, Italy, Tommaso is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Specialized Translation. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation from the Università di Bologna with a thesis titled “Children’s Literature, Political Satire, and LGBTQ+ Rights: My Translation of a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.” A full-time cat dad by vocation, Tomasso spends his free time lifting weights at the gym, and picking up the electric guitar and getting frustrated because he can only play the solo to “Stairway to Heaven” at half speed.

  • Lucía Guerrero

    Spanish FLTA

    Bogotá, Colombia

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    Lucía is a Spanish Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Bogotá, Colombia. She recently finished her MA in Cultural Studies after pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. Keen on interdisciplinarity, her research interests focus on disability studies as well as social studies of science and medicine. In her free time, she's either color-coding her schedule or laughing at her own (often not very funny) jokes. 

  • Marta Mangana Ríos

    Spanish FLTA

    Vigo, Spain

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    Marta is one of the Spanish Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2020-2021 academic year. She was born in Galicia, in the north of Spain, where she spends her summers with her friends and family by the sea. She just graduated with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has started specializing in Digital Marketing since she believes it is very relevant in this new communication era. A notable experience for her has been traveling to the UK and Scotland to study and work. In her free time, Marta enjoys traveling and meeting new cultures and ways of thinking, that is why she decided to join Wesleyan University. Before the pandemic, she used to visit museums and attend concerts and other artistic events in order to discover new music and artists.

  • Marcos Rodríguez Labella

    Spanish FLTA

    Madrid, Spain

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    Marcos is one of the Spanish Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2020-2021 academic year. Joining us virtually from Madrid, Spain, Marcos is about to finish his BA in International Relations at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Two years ago, he moved to Great Britain as a part of an exchange program (called Erasmus+), and he was studied 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 in development. In his free time, Marcos loves fashion (shopping is a sort 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.
  • Zhenyao Yang

    Chinese FLTA

    Shanxi, China

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    Zhenyao is our Chinese Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the 2020-2021 academic year. Originally from Shanxi, China, Zhenyao earned a master's in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. A fun fact about her is that she was an FLTA last year, so she is the only returning FLTA and the only one to be located in Middletown, CT this semeter!
  • Clara Ziegelmeyer

    French FLTA

    Paris, France

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    Clara is one of the French Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2020-2021 academic year. She was born in Bordeaux, and currently teaches from Paris, France. She studied in Tours before achieving the first year of her master's degree in translation at the University of Paris, both in English and Spanish, before taking a gap year to become an FTLA. 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, and cooking more food that she can eat, to the delight of her friends who get their share out of it.