Loyola University Chicago

Language Learning Resource Center

Language Coaches

Arabic  |  Chinese  French |  German   Italian  Japanese  |  Polish |  Russian  |  Spanish

American Sign Language (ASL)

Teresa Kraft
Hello! My name is Teresa Kraft and I'm a senior majoring in Environmental Studies, with minors in Sustainability Management and Spanish. I am a CODA (child of Deaf adults), which means that I grew up using American Sign Language at home with my family and going to many events with the Deaf community. I'm also currently working to become an ASL interpreter which has given me a new perspective on the foundations of ASL. Learning a new language can be intimidating, but I'm very excited to meet you and help you on your path to learning ASL! Sign up for an appointment with me at LLRC Appointment Center

Mondays: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wednesdays: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Thursdays: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Arabic

 Nasar Qureshi
My name is Nasar Qureshi and I am a senior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Biology and Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience. I also have minors in Arabic and Islamic Studies, having completed both programs last year. My love for Arabic stems from my rich connection with Islamic Studies, having memorized the Quran at a very young age and serving as a leader of many Islamic and humanitarian organizations. I studied the Arabic language under various scholars and institutions in Chicago and hope to further my connection with the language by studying abroad. As a non-native speaker, I understand the challenges of learning a new language and hope to aid students in improving their speaking, reading, and pronunciation abilities over the course of the year. In my free time, I enjoy visiting various restaurants in the Midwest, reading books, and playing sports.
 
Sign up with an appointment with me at this LLRC Appointment Center

 

Mondays: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Wednesdays 12:00pm-2:00pm

 
 

 

 Chinese

Zihan

Hello! My name is Zihan Zheng, you can call me David if you find out my name is hard to pronounce. It is my pleasure to work in LLRC as Chinese language coach. Chinese is a beautiful language. It is hard but very interesting! I would like to use all my knowledge to help you with Chinese. Not only the language, but also the culture. I grew up in China and I want to let people know more about China. Come and make an appointment with me! I can’t wait to see you guys!

 
Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this LLRC Appointment Center.

Tuesdays: 12:00pm-2:00 pm Wednesdays: 4:00pm-6:00 pm

French 

Agathe
Bonjour! My name is Agathe and I’m a sophomore studying Neuroscience (cognitive and behavioral) at Loyola. I was born in Paris and grew up in a French environment where we would only speak French. I learned English when I was three. I love music, poetry, going out with friends, and exploring the city. I would love to exchange with you on speaking French and French culture as well as being a part of your journey to learn french. Merci!
Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this LLRC Appointment Center
 

Mondays: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Tuesdays: 4:00-6:00pm

Wednesdays: 1:00pm-2:00pm

German 

Lukas
My name is Lukas and I'm a junior studying psychology. I lived my whole life in Germany before I moved to the US to go to Loyola. By moving for the first time to a completely different country, I've experienced that speaking to a native speaker is the best way to learn languages. No matter if you are just starting to learn German or have been practicing German for years. I'm excited to talk to you! Please schedule a conversation with me on this LLRC Appointment Center 

Mondays: 5:00pm-7:00pm Thursdays: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Italian 

Filippo
Hi everyone! My name is Filippo Chiaramondia and I am a junior majoring in Business Management and minor in Marketing, I also play Club Rugby here at Loyola. I was born and raised in Italy, Milan, I moved in the US at the age of 16 to continue my studies. I am glad to be able to help teaching Italian language and Italian culture, my parents are still leaving in Italy and I get the chance during school breaks to go back and visit them, I am very excited to be able to share with you my experiences. Learning a new language can be challenging but it is going definitely to help you in the future.

Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at LLRC Appointment Center.

Tuesdays: 10:00am-11:00am and 3:00pm-4pm

Thursdays: 10:00am-10:30am and  3:00pm-4:00pm 

Japanese 

Bronwyn
こんにちは。My name is Bronwyn, and I am a junior majoring in Social Work and minoring in Japanese. I first learned some Japanese when I was six years old, and really enjoy the language and culture. I hope you’ll stop by and talk to me in Japanese, whether you need help with classwork or just want to chat; I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Sign up to speak with me during my scheduled times at the following LLRC Appointment Center.

My hours are:

Tuesdays: 1:00pm to 2:00pm Thursdays: 1:00pm to 2:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm

Polish

Emily

Cześć. I am Emily Dlugopolski and am currently a senior majoring in Information Systems and a minor in Polish. I have grown up speaking Polish and from a young age I attended St. Blase Polish Language School in Summit. While attending Polish School, I attended through to high school where I also completed the maturity test known as Matura in Polish. I am looking forward to helping you learn more about the Polish language and culture that is very present throughout the city of Chicago. My hours of availability are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm or if those times do not work I am available for appointments when necessary. Do zobaczenia wkrótce.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Sign up with an appointment with me at this LLRC Appointment Center

Russian

Mary
Привет всем! My name is Mary or Masha (I don't have a preference) and I'm from the Chicagoland burbs. I am Ukrainian and my family is from Kyiv and Donbass; I grew up speaking Russian in a Soviet household. I thought everyone spoke a different language at home until I was about nine years old. I'm really excited to practice with you. I'm a Political Science major with Spanish and Mandarin minors (so trust me, I know how hard language study can be) graduating Fall 2023. I love to talk Russian and Ukrainian politics, but I promise we can stick to the fun stuff too. I have accumulated a lot of very good memes in Russian over the years. Don't hesitate to schedule a meeting with me! Improving your Russian ability is my number one priority. Надеюсь что скоро встретимся!
Sign up for an appointment with me at this LLRC Appointment Center

Mondays: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Tuesdays: 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Wednesdays: 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Spanish

Sebastian

!Hola! I'm Sebastian Villagran, a junior studying Finance at Loyola. I'm from Ecuador where I spoke Spanish for over 10 years. The classes offered, beautiful city, and the opportunity to meet new people is what brought me to Loyola. I aim to use my financial skills to help people grow as a financial planner through my career. We can talk about sports, my culture, travel, or anything you would like. I'm very excited to meet you and help you practice your Spanish during this semester!

Sign up with me for an appointment at the following LLRC Appointment Center

My times available are:
Mondays: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00pm-7:00pm