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Spanish Language Residents and Language Assistants

2020-2021 Academic Year: Tamara Olivos

Tell us when and how you started studying foreign languages and what you like about learning languages.

I started learning English at a very young age. My dad encouraged my brother and I because he knew it would help us in the future. Later on, I became interested in French and studied it at the University. I continued learning French in Claremont until I discovered Portuguese. I'm currently trying really hard to improve my Portuguese because I think it's really fun and I'm very interested in Brazilian culture.

Tell us what you studied at university and what you might like to do one day.

I studied English language and Linguistics at the University of Chile. Last year I finished my Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Cal State University, Fullerton. I'm very passionate about teaching but I particularly enjoy teaching ESL to adults. I currently work with immigrant adults who are learning English to get better job opportunities and to help their children with school.

Tell us about a favorite food or dish from your region and why you think it is special.

Chile is located on the west side of the South American continent. We enjoy a big chunk of the Pacific Coast. Because of this, fresh seafood is a must when you visit. My personal favorites are fried fish with rice, and tomato salad. This dish always makes me feel at home. I also really love razor clams. You can find "machas a la parmesana" at most restaurants and they are served on their shell with melted parmesan cheese on top.

2020-2021 Academic Year: Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez

Tell us something special about your hometown

I have lived in quite a few neighbourhoods in Chile's capital city, Santiago. I would describe it as a very fast paced town filled with cultural centres, vibrant day and nightlife. Which is surrounded by natural areas where you can easily go and take a breather from day to day life. The municipality I currently live in is located in the southwest part of the city and it is known for being home to many of Santiago's historic monuments and cultural heritage.

Tell us when and how you started studying foreign languages and what you like about learning languages.

The first approach I had with formal foreign language learning was in middle school's English lessons. As I began studying more languages in high school and college, I realized how much of people's culture is embedded in their languages, and how helpful they are for you to broaden your horizons.

Tell us about a favorite activity that you pursue when you have free time.

In my free time, what I enjoy the most is dancing and doing sports. For the most part, I am more into peaceful settings, especially sharing time with my friends and loved ones at the same time.

Past Spanish Language Residents

  • 2019- : Katherine Pérez Gutiérrez
  • 2019-2020: Blanca Barranco Lafuente
  • 2017-2019: José Gómez Soria
  • 2017-2019: Hugo Briones Cáceres
  • 2015-2017: Joaquin Garcia de la Cruz
  • 2015-2017: Tamara Olivos Muñoz
  • 2014-2015: Rosina Desimone
  • 2013-2015: Isaac Gimenez-Garcia
  • 2013-2014: Leticia Garziglia
  • 2012-2013: Mariana Jaimes-Couoh
  • 2011-2013: Zeltia-Fucinos-Mosquera
  • 2011-2012: Mauricio Aldecosea-Blixen
  • 2009-2011: Juan Pedro Giner Martinez
  • 2007-2009: María Alejandre-Fariñas
  • 2005-2007: Ignacio Vega-Matilla
  • 2004-2005: Lorena Rodriguez-Ruiz
  • 2002-2004: Antonio Ramos-Alvarez
  • 2001-2002: Anna Cancho-Sanchez
  • 1999-2001: Roberto Blanco
  • 1997-1999: Magdalena Contardo
  • 1993-1995: Juan Carlos Martin
  • 1992-1993: Maria Elena Hernandez
  • 1991-1992: Maria Isabel Valdunciel-Garcia
  • 1990-1991: Miguel Santos de Vega
  • 1989-1990: Felipe Negritto-Cornejo
  • 1986-1989: Esther Checa-Garcia
  • 1984-1986: Gisela Delgado-Dorante
  • 1982-1984: Maria Donapetry
  • 1981-1982: Concepcion Recari-Grajeda
  • 1979-1981: Miguel Perea
  • 1976-1979: Francisco Cabello
  • 1975-1976: Monica Arguello
  • 1970-1975: Guillermo Odio
  • 1968-1970: Angela Rincon-Nunez
  • 1967-1968: Amparo Ocampo