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Modern Languages

Target Language Experts

Students studying modern languages at Carthage begin their language instruction with courses taught by native speakers. Target Language Experts are young university graduates from around the world who are hired by the College to teach introductory language and advanced conversation courses.

Every year, new TLEs come to Carthage from China, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Spain. They bring with them their native language, new ideas for the classroom, and enthusiasm that motivates their students. While at Carthage, TLEs receive a stipend and room and board, and take classes that may lead toward a master’s degree in education.


Meet the current TLEs

Daniel Martin
Daniel Doncel Martin (Spain)
TLE: 2018-2020

“I grew up in Spain, speaking nothing but Spanish, but I learned English by reading comics, and I was like ‘Hey, I should do something with all this English I learned.’ So I graduated in English and now I’m doing something with all that English in the States: trying to make you feel the urge to use the Spanish that I manage to teach you for things you didn’t know you were able to do.”

Monica Ruiz

Monica Gonzalez Ruiz (Cuba)
TLE: 2018-2020

“My name is Monica. I was born in Placetas, a small but beautiful village in Cuba, however, I’ve been living in Madrid, Spain, for the past nine years. One of my dreams was to become a Spanish teacher so that is why I decided to study Spanish in the famous University of Salamanca. After I graduated this year, I decided to come to Carthage and finally make my dream come true while getting my Master of Education. I love to travel and learn about different cultures. I love music (I play the guitar) and dance, especially salsa and merengue. I also like sports such as football, baseball, soccer, and, of course, basketball. I’m also a huge NBA fan.”

Paula Ruiz Santamaria

Paula Ruiz Santamaria (Spain)
TLE: 2018-2020

“My life, generally, has always been marked by a passion for letters, literature, and communication, while never ignoring the real world and our human condition or, more importantly, the imperative to better know that condition so as to attend to it properly. I was born and raised in Bilbao, a medium-sized city up in the north of Spain. However, since I finished my bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2012, I’ve been living in different cities all over the world — always studying, working, and traveling. I began studies in Latin American literature at the University of Salamanca and completed a master’s degree in Spanish literature. After that, I decided to further introduce myself into the world of teaching so I completed another master’s degree focusing on the teaching of language and literature. After that, I taught Spanish as a second language in Barcelona, Marseille, and Toronto. I look forward to studying at Carthage, which is an opportunity of a lifetime. I find it to be an amazing way to develop myself and get in touch with another reality in order to grow as a human being. My next goal is to understand literary works and theories more thoroughly as well as people and cultures.”

Enrique Lozar

Enrique Sanchez de Lozar (Spain)
TLE: 2018-2020

“My name is Enrique, and I was born in the small city of Zamora in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. Since I was a kid, I have been interested in languages since my parents were languages teachers in high schools. By the time I got to college my decision was already made, so I studied English at the University of Salamanca, with the goal of becoming an English teacher in Spain. However, during my Erasmus year in Scotland, I helped a lot of British friends with their Spanish courses, and I realized that teaching Spanish could be another option for me. That is why after I finished my degree, I decided to come to Carthage College as a way to provide English speaker students with new ideas about Spanish culture and language. It is also a wonderful opportunity to improve my English knowledge and immerse myself in a new country.”

Ririco Yonekura

Ririko Yonekura (Japan)
TLE: 2018-2020

“Hello!こんにちは!I am Ririko Yonekura. My hometown is Tokyo, which is the most populous city in Japan. What image do you have about Japan? I came to Carthage College not only because I want to help you to learn Japanese, but also because I want to share Japanese culture with you. There are so many beautiful places in Japan other than Tokyo, many kinds of delicious foods, pop-cultures, and traditional cultures. I also want to get to know American culture, so it would be wonderful if we shared our own cultures and many other things in the classroom. I hope that you can find the joy of learning a new language by taking Japanese classes here at Carthage. I am looking forward to meeting all the people who are interested in anything about Japan.”

Patricia Haberkorn

Patricia Haberkorn (Germany)
TLE: 2018-2020

“My name is Patricia Haberkorn, and I am a German TLE at Carthage College. After graduating from Heidelberg University of Education in Germany, I am looking forward to teaching German as a foreign language and pursuing my master’s degree at this beautiful college right next to Lake Michigan. I like to share my knowledge about German language and culture, which is not restricted to Bratwurst, Lederhosen, and beer as some might assume. It is important to me that my students can study German in a safe learning environment and have the opportunity to talk and write about topics that are interesting and meaningful for them. I enjoy using creative, communicative, and diverse methods in my lessons because learning can and should be fun. If you are still not sure whether to study German or another language, then I would like to point out: You will be able to pronounce words such as Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, Weihnachtsschmuck, or Streichholzschächtelchen if you select German. I would be delighted to see you in one of my classes and to share my language and culture with you!”

Linda Moundene

Linda Silim Moundene (France)
TLE: 2019-2020

My name is Linda Silim Moundene. I lived in Cameroon before moving to France (Nantes), where I was working on cultural projects (exhibition, festival, concerts). When I heard about the TLE program, I was excited, because I wanted to see how French is taught in the US and how we can connect it to the French World. I hope that my students will have a nice time in classes, and discover the French and Francophone universe. I love to meet new people, read, watch movies, try new foods, dance and listen to music.

Luisina Zunino (Argentina)
TLE: 2019-2020

Hello! My name is Luisina Zunino. I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am 26 years old. I studied to become a teacher of English and I graduated in 2015. I have a small family and we are really close. I love traveling; I have been to different places around the world and I believe that experiencing other cultures is really interesting and fruitful. I also love reading and knowing a bit of everything. I’m an extrovert and I love talking with people. I always try to stay positive and smile. I love teaching and I’m happy to help whenever I’m needed. One thing I don’t like is people who are disrespectful.

Tanor Fall (Senegal)
TLE: 2019-2020

“I am Tanor Macodou Fall from Senegal. I earned a master’s degree in Banking and Finance and also a bachelor’s degree in English. I am very happy to be in this peaceful and awesome campus to share strong values and culture by teaching French as well. I like reading, soccer, billiards and I do have a special taste for new discoveries which is why traveling is my favorite hobby.”

Midori Iwamoto (Japan)
TLE: 2019-2020

Hello, my name is Midori! I was born in Japan, and grew up not just in Tokyo, but also in Indonesia (Jakarta) and the United States (California). I studied communication and English in college because I loved to meet and communicate with people from around the world. To that end I would love to share my experiences here at Carthage to help you learn about Japanese language and culture.

Pokemon, sushi, samurai, Dragon Ball, Nintendo, ninja…. Did you know all of these came from Japan? Maybe you did, but that’s not all there is. Japan is a very small country but it is full of amazing food, music, culture, nature and people. My goal as a Target Language Expert is not just to become a good Japanese teacher but also to introduce many fun and beautiful things about Japan. Please feel free to say hi to me if you’re interested in anything about Japan, and I would also love to hear about your country as well!”

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