The Native Speaker Teaching Assistant Program


Every academic year the Modern Languages and Cultures Department invites a French, Spanish, and German speaker to live and work with us at Albion College. Native Speaker Teaching Assistants (NSTAs) are university students in their early twenties from French, Spanish, or German-speaking countries that spend one academic year at Albion College as a special non-degree student.  Our first Japanese NSTA joined us in 2011. Native Speakers live along with language students in the I-Space in Fiske House to encourage and give residents more opportunities to use their target language.

The native speakers are a vital component to the Modern Languages and Cultures Department as well as to the I-Space. Due to their role in the separtment and in the I-Space, native speakers hold a special position of respect at Albion College. While attending classes, they lead weekly language tutorials to help students work on their conversational skills and grammar. They conduct weekly evening cultural activities in each particular language house in I-Space. They observe and assist professors in the classroom. Their company and leadership are welcomed at the weekly language tables in Upper Baldwin. NSTAs plan at least one “mega” cultural language event. These events combine fun and social activities with educating the campus about the food, traditions, history and geographic regions associated with their language. In addition, as members of the I-Space Council, native speakers help to decide which campus community events, such as Briton Bash and Homecoming, I-Space will participate in and help to organize and rally support for it.

For more information about the Native Speaker Teaching Assistant Program, please contact for French, Dr. Emmanuel Yewah, for German, Dr. Perry Myers, and for Spanish, Dr. Kalen Oswald.

2016 - 2017 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants:2016-17
French: pdfNaomi Bonté
Spanish: pdfBlanca Estepa
Spanish: pdfJaqueline Ramirez
German: pdfAnna Lisa

2015 - 2016 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants:
French:     pdfMarie Chambon
Spanish:   pdfBlanca Estepa Bernabeu
Spanish:   pdfLaura Cristina Murillo-Quesada
German:  
pdfLisa Schmidtfall

2014 - 2015 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants:2015-2016 NSTAs
French:  pdfClementine Boyer
Spanish: pdf Meztli Ziara Cammacho Barreto
Spanish:  pdfCristina Ybarra Garcia
Gernam:  pdfAnna Rogovska

2013 - 2014 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants:NSTAs 13-14
French:  Bouchra Ben Hami
Spanish:  Luis Cádenas López
Spanish:  Marisol Mora Villar
Gernam:  Anna Schwabe

2012 - 2013 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants:
German: Judith Gerards
Japanese: Mai Maehara
French: Jennifer Perenchio
Spanish: Maria Pérez-Huete
Spanish: Zamia Leticia Rodriguez Meneses

2011 - 2012 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants:
Spanish (Mario Carillo Anguiano)
French (Morgane Chatagner)
Spanish (Perla Garcia Frutis)
Japanese (Miku Hamakawa)
German (Stefan Keutgen)

2010 - 2011 Native Speakers: 
Mario Carillo Anguiano, Morgane Chatagner, Esther Christ, Perla Garcia Frutis

2009 - 2010 Native Speakers:
Catherine Ehm, Fanny Aponte Sliva, Paul Vargas, Thomas Boykin