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) 

2022-2023 FLTA Cohort

  • Amira Ounis

    Arabic FLTA


    Read more about Amira Ounis
    Amira Ounis is a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Algeria. She graduated from the Teachers' High College in her hometown and she holds a Master degree in English, too. She has been a teacher of English at high school for five years. In this hitherto career, she built very good relations with her pupils. Amira spends her free time in going to the gym, cooking new healthy meals and feeding her curiosity by exploring and trying up new things. Thus, she is excited to share her culture and learn vigorously about others. Also, she is a big fan of nature, and she enjoys going hiking. She expects to live wonderful moments in the USA.
  • Priyanka Chakraborty

    Hindi-Urdu FLTA

    Kolkata, West Bengal, India

    Read more about Priyanka Chakraborty
    Priyanka Chakraborty, originally from Kolkata, has recently submitted her Ph.D thesis in Department of English, Banaras Hindu University. Her area of research is Tibetan Literature in English and Translation. She teaches English Literature in a BHU affiliated College and loves her job. She has a Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Pondicherry University, and another in Women and Gender Studies. Living in various cities, among diverse cultural and linguistic group has made her a language enthusiast and she loves to learn new language and explore new cultures. She is the recipient of best policy paper in university fo Tuscia, workshop on Migrants Policies in Europe. She was also selected for Asian Graduate Student Fellowship 2020 at National University of Singapore, the event got cancelled on account of the Covid pandemic. She loves human interactions, hanging out with friends, visiting museums and exploring new places. Most importantly she loves food- to eat, cook and study, new and diversified cuisine culture. She hopes to enjoy and celebrate the experiences of her journey as Hindi Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in Wesleyan University.
  • Sarah Gouverneur

    German FLTA

    Freiburg, Germany

    Read more about Sarah Gouverneur
    Sarah is a German Foreign Language Assistant from Trier, Germany‘s oldest city. Back home, she is a 4th semester Governance student at the University of Freiburg and will study at Wesleyan for the academic year 2022/23. She is primarily interested in the study of international relations and law. Sarah enjoys cooking (preferably with friends or for friends), playing tennis, running and chatting over coffee. On the weekends, she likes to resort to nature and do some hiking. Sarah is really looking forward to learning and living together with all students interested in the German language, culture and customs.
  • Clémence Gautier

    French FLTA

    Maisons-Alfort, Val de Marne, Île-de-France, France

    Read more about Clémence Gautier
    Clémence is studying languages because she would like to practice several languages each day in order to understand people and help them to understand each other. She likes to discover, explore and learn new things and share them with the others.
  • Romane Rousseau

    French FLTA

    Sallertaine, Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France

    Read more about Romane Rousseau
    Romane is one of the French Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2022-2023 academic year. She was born in Vendée, a region located on the west coast of France, but now lives in Paris. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English after completing a three-year program in a literary preparatory class in Nantes. She is now pursuing a master's degree in American Literature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her research project focuses on the literary expression of color in contemporary African American fiction, studying how Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Danzy Senna, and Percival Everett manage to revitalize blackness in their works. Her ultimate goal is to become an associate professor of English. Romane enjoys traveling and spends her free time thinking about her next adventure, attending concerts (she's been a Katy Perry and Lady Gaga fan since she came out of the womb) and watching TV shows. She is also a book lover and loves buying second hand books at flea markets.
  • Elena Rota

    Italian FLTA

    Bologna, Italy

    Read more about Elena Rota
    Elena Rota is the Italian Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the 2022-2023 academic year. Born and raised in Bologna, she graduated with a BA in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Bologna, studying English and French. She’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in Modern, Comparative and Postcolonial Literature and is studying to become an English teacher. Elena has many hobbies including Cinema, music and TV series. She’s also very fond of sports. Specifically, she’s a gym enthusiast, a former swimmer and a licensed lifeguard. She also loves skiing and spends all her Winter holidays in the Italian Alps. But her favourite subject to talk about and biggest passion is food, even if she’s not the best cook.
  • Alba Rubio Cortezón

    Spanish FLTA

    Madrid, Spain

    Read more about Alba Rubio Cortezón
    Alba is one of the Spanish Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2022-2023 academic year. She comes from Madrid, where she graduated with a bilingual bachelor degree in Psychology. This was entirely in alignment with her particular interests in the human mind, language, culture, society, education and of course, helping people. In addition, during her undergrad, she has worked mainly as an English and Dance teacher since she loves teaching, working with people (children above all), languages and dancing (she is an urban dancer too). This is why Alba's major goal is to make a career in the educational field. But what Alba loves the most is spending her time with her family and friends. Her motto is "no matter where but with whom".
  • Alejandra Martínez-Rico

    Spanish FLTA

    Bogotá D.C., Colombia

    Read more about Alejandra Martínez-Rico
    Alejandra Martínez-Rico is a Colombian political scientist, journalist, and self thought musician currently working on a research about the relationship between the alternative music and cumbia in Bogotá's music scene. She holds a master's degree in Digital Humanities and is currently finishing her master's thesis in Ethnomusicology. She's a language enthuasiast, a yoga practitioner, and an animal lover. In her free time, she loves trekking and sports.
  • Rachel Urbano Querol

    Spanish FLTA

    Madrid, Spain

    Read more about Rachel Urbano Querol
    Rachel is one of the Spanish Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2022-2023 academic year. Rachel just finished her BA in Clinical Psychology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Last year, she moved all the way to Southern California as part of an exchange program with the University of California San Diego (UCSD). This was not her first experience learning outside of her comfort zone. She also studied in England and worked in Morocco. She has always enjoyed learning a variety of languages before taking on an interest in Psychology. She used to study Modernic Languages, Culture and Communication in both French and Arabic. She served as a mentor as well for international students in Madrid for a couple of years. Rachel loves acroyoga, exploring new cultures as well as making new friends. She is always willing and excited to help others so don't hesitate to ask her about any concerns or questions you may have.
  • Kotoha Mori

    Japanese FLTA

    Kyoto, Japan

    Read more about Kotoha Mori
    Kotoha Mori is the Japanese Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the 2022-2023 academic year. Born and raised in Kyoto. She graduated with a BA in Foreign Studies from the University of Kansai Gaidai, studying English and Chinese. Kotoha enjoys traveling and learning new languages. She also love to eat. Her name is written with Chinese characters as 琴華.She expects to live wonderful moments in the US.
  • Taehui Ha

    Korean FLTA

    Seoul, South Korea

    Read more about Taehui Ha
    Taehui is a Korean Foreign Language Assistant from Seoul, the capital of South Korea. She is in her Master’s degree for Korean classical literature at the Korea University and will study at Wesleyan for the academic year 2022/23. She is primarily interested in the study of the global application of Korean classical literature. Taehui enjoys working out, playing badminton, and walking around new places. On the weekends, she likes having a chat over coffee, wrapping up a week and organizing for the next week. Taehui is really looking forward to learning in Wesleyan University with all students from various culture.
  • Yenyu Lin

    Chinese FLTA

    Tainan, Taiwan

    Read more about Yenyu Lin
    Yenyu is our Chinese Language Teaching Assistant for the 2022-2023 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 she developed her interest in teaching Chinese. After coming back to Taiwan, she taught English for one year and then continued her education in the U.S., majoring Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at University of Kentucky. She loves taking train trips, cooking international food, and learning new languages. A fun fact about her is that her name in Chinese 晏羽 means "a peaceful feather."