Weekly Activities and Language Tables
Meet Laura and Blanca
Hola, I'm Laura Murillo from Costa Rica, I am a former student of Universidad Nacional in Heredia. I have a master degree in Education with a concentration in Teaching English as Foreign Language. I knew about the TA position because of a faculty member at Albion College in 2012. Two years ago, I came for the first time to United States for an academic internship and visited Albion College as part of the trip; on that visit, I knew more about the teaching assistant program and I decided that I wanted to participate in. Now, I am here and I am delighted to help students with their Spanish and experience things, but from the other side of the fence, as a Spanish native speaker.
Hola! My name is Blanca Estepa, I'm from Spain and I'm here as the Spanish TA for this academic school year. I'm working with the Spanish 201 students doing tutorials, language tables and weekly activities with Laura, the other Spanish TA. In Spain, I finished my Chemistry degree and now I'm doing chemistry research with Dr. Harris in his department. I'm so glad to be here not only because I teach students my language and culture but I also learn thing from the students. I'm leaning more about the English language from them and getting to know more about their customs and traditions.
As part of our intercultural experiences, we will share social and cultural aspects of our countries: Spain and Costa Rica. In our language tables and weekly activities, we will cook traditional dishes, talk about customs, learn about colloquial expressions, lifestyles, and among other. Though, this sharing time will also be a space for us to learn about the United States and to improve our proficiency in the English language as well. In sum, we want this experience to be worthwhile for all.
To learn more about Laura and Blanca or to get more information on the Native Speaker Teaching Assistant program, click here.