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. Dianne Guenin-Lelle (dgueninlelle@albion.edu), for German, Dr. Perry Myers (pmyers@albion.edu), and for Spanish, Dr. Kalen Oswald (koswald@albion.edu).

To Apply, Click Here. (This will bring you to the Albion College Human Resources Webpage. Click on the box that says Search for Available Jobs)

2021 - 2022 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

2020 - 2021 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

  • France: Alexandre Delangle
  • Mexico: Samuel Neri Castañeda

2019 - 2020 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

2018 - 2019 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

2017 - 2018 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

  • French:  Radouane Ziani
  • Spanish:  Nuria Cerón Pimpinela
  • Spanish:  Mariela Jimenez Chaves
  • German:  Kevin J. McDonald

2016 - 2017 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

2015 - 2016 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

2014 - 2015 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

2013 - 2014 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

  • French:  Bouchra Ben Hami
  • Spanish:  Luis Cádenas López
  • Spanish:  Marisol Mora Villar
  • German:  Anna Schwabe

2012 - 2013 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

  • German: Judith Gerards
  • Japanese: Mai Maehara
  • French: Jennifer Perenchio
  • Spanish: Maria Pérez-Huete
  • Spanish: Zamia Leticia Rodriguez Meneses

2011 - 2012 Native Speaker Teaching Assistants Toggle Accordion

2010 - 2011 Native Speakers Toggle Accordion

2009 - 2010 Native Speakers Toggle Accordion

  • Catherine Ehm
  • Fanny Aponte Sliva
  • Paul Vargas
  • Thomas Boykin