Loyola University Chicago

Language Learning Resource Center

Language Coaches

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


I am a junior majoring in psychology.  I am joining the LLRC as an outstanding Arabic language coach helping students work on oral language skills, in both Formal and Levantine Arabic,  and authentic cultural interactions. I was born and raised in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Due to the war, I moved to Illinois where my mother originally lived. I still visit Syria almost every year during winter break. I love visiting Syria to refresh my mind and rejuvenate into a new mindset to start with in next semesters. In my free time, I like to read books, draw, and write. I am very passionate about learning new languages. I am a native Arabic speaker, fluent in English and working on learning Spanish. I genuinely believe that languages are the key to learn about new cultures. Please stop by to have a conversation with me and help me learn about your culture too.
Sign up with an appointment with me at this link
Tuesday 12:30-3:30pm
Thursday 1:30-3:30pm





你好! My name is Anran and I am a junior majoring in Computer Science. I was born and raised in Beijing, China and I came to Chicago about two years ago to study. My hobbies include sketching, gaming, and cooking. Feel free to talk to me about anything, whether it’s questions from class or how your day has been, I’d be happy to chat with you. I look forward to meeting you!
Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this link
Thursday 12:30-3:00pm
Friday 2:00-3:30pm

Xiaolin Sun
Hello! I am Xiaolin Sun an international graduate student majoring in Digital Humanities, holding a BA in Art Design Theory. I was born and raised in China. During my undergraduate, I spent my spare time visiting as many cities as I could. I would like to share these experiences with you. I also have experience teaching Chinese. I can assist with your oral presentations and provide support with your grammar and writing.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at xsun@luc.edu. Hope to meet you soon.  Sign up for an appointment at this link during my working hours: 
Monday 1:30-3:30pm Wednesday 1:30-3:30pm




My name is Stephanie and I am a native French speaker. I am a junior at Loyola, majoring in French. I was born in Saudi Arabia and raised there until I turned 6 when my family decided to move to Gabon. I lived there until I turned 10. I finally went to France to complete middle school and high school in Chambéry, Savoie. I have a two-year degree from the University of Toulon where I studied law, and a diplôme universitaire from the Journalism School of Marseille. I moved to New York City in 2006 to follow my passion in journalism as a freelance writer. I especially enjoy talking about food and travel.
Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this link
Tuesday 1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday 9:00-10:00am
Thursday 1:00-2:00pm
Friday  9:00-10:00am

Bonjour! My name is Alexandre and I am native French speaker. I grew up in Singapore where I attended the Lycée Français de Singapour. I moved to Toulouse, France, at the age of 16 where I completed my National French Baccalaureate in Economics and Social Sciences. I then attended the Toulouse School of Economics for a year before returning to Singapore for National Service. Upon completing my National Service, I enrolled at LUC to study Criminal Justice & Criminology and Political Science. I would be delighted to meet with you to speak French: simple conversation, literature, culture, or my favorite, the French cuisine. Strengthen your French while having fun! À bientôt!
Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this link.
Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm & Thursday 4:00-6:00pm   





Hallo! My name is Clara and I grew up in Erlangen, a small college town near Nuremberg in Bavaria. I lived there for 16 years before moving to Evanston, IL, to attend high school. I am currently a Sophomore at Loyola and I study Environmental Science. I have a very special connection to Germany and I love meeting people who study German and are interested in the country. I believe an important part of learning a language is practicing skills acquired in class and I cannot wait to get to know you in person through speaking German. I enjoy being in nature, making music, and meeting friends. I am both a language coach and a German tutor (through CTAE). Coaching focuses on conversation, anything you would like to talk about. This could include current activities, future plans, past adventures, but we can also make up stories and get very creative. (Tutoring tends to deal more with language patterns, grammar and specific concepts from class.) Please schedule a conversation with me on this link 
Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm Thursday 1:00-3:00pm


Jean-Luc Putter

Ciao a tutti! My name is Jean-Luc Putter, and I am a final semester senior here at Loyola studying Software Engineering and International Studies. Growing up I lived in Rome, Chicago, and Sydney. I was born in the US, but my mother is Italian and as such I’ve spoken the language since a very young age. I would love to be able to help you learn Italian and teach you about the culture, this will in turn help me as well as I don’t get to speak Italian very much when I am in Chicago. I hope you come by to learn one of the world’s most beautiful languages!

Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this link.

Monday 2:00-4:00pm

Wednesday 11:30-1:30pm




こんにちは!My name is Tiana Sakurako Thompson. I am a junior here at Loyola double majoring in Dance and English. I grew up approximately an hour and a half away from Tokyo, in a small city called Yokosuka. I am a United States and Japan dual citizen, and I grew up speaking Japanese with my mom, her side of the family, and my sister! I would love to have a conversation with you!! Email me at tthompson11@luc.edu with questions or if you can't meet during my scheduled hours. Looking forward to seeing you all!
Sign up to speak with me during my scheduled times at the following link.
My hours are:
Monday 9:00-11:00am Tuesday 8:30-9:30am, 11:30am-12:30pm



Hi everyone! My name is Veronika Jakubiec, and I am sophomore majoring in International Business. I was born and raised in Krakow, Poland and moved to United States just a year ago. I am delighted to be a Polish coach because it brings me closer to home. If you want to know more about this beautiful country, traditions and culture come talk to me! I will help you with speaking and tricky Polish grammar. I would love to get to know all of you, so please stop by!  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at vjakubiec@luc.edu. Do zobaczenia!
Sign up with an appointment with me at this link
My hours are Tuesday 11:30am-1:30pm Wednesday 04:30-6:30pm


Elizaveta Agarkova
Привет! My name is Elizaveta Agarkova. I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States when I was 13. Even though I quickly achieved proficiency in English, I cherished the knowledge of my native Russian, and will gladly assist you in learning it. Whether you need to practice your pronunciation, edit a paper, navigate your way through the tough Russian grammar or discuss your love of Dostoevsky - I am here for you! I am always down to discuss Russian literature and culture, and, if you are interested, I can tell you about Baltic cultures as well, since a large part of my childhood was spent in Estonia. I have previously tutored Russian students in English, and am excited to tutor American students in Russian. I am looking forward to meeting all of you! До скорой встречи! Sign up for an appointment with me at this link
Wednesday 5:00-7:00pm Thursday 5:00-7:00pm


Hi! My name is Ximena Aranda Mejia Galan, and I was born in Mexico City, Mexico. However due to my dad's job, a lawyer, we moved when I was eleven to Caracas, Venezuela. I am a senior student in Quinlan School of Business, studying Economics and Business Management. I love learning new languages and getting exposed to new cultures, especially their gastronomy! Thank you so much, I look forward to speaking with you!
Sign up with me for an appointment at the following link
My times available are Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm Thursday 9:00-11:00am


¡Hola, amigos Ramblers! My name is Carlos Bueso. I am a freshman majoring in Computer Science and minoring in finance. Born and raised in Mexico City, I moved to Chicago to attend Loyola. My goal is to one day have my own company researching cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence. I love getting to know people and their aspirations. We can talk about Mexican culture & life, science, videogames, or anything you want! Hope to meet you all soon. Go 'Blers!

Sign up with me for an appointment at the following link.

Monday 1:30-3:30pm

Wednesday 1:30-3:30pm