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Global Meet & Greet

Meet our department's wonderful faculty members and amazing TAs (Teaching Assistants)!


Abisola Akinbola- TA for French

Meet Abisola Akinbola, one of our wonderful TAs for French! Abisola is from Nigeria and speaks French, English, and Yoruba.

 Oksana Bomba - TA for Russian & Second Language Acquisition

Oksana Bomba is one of our wonderful TAs for Russian and Second Language Acquisition. Oksana is from Ukraine and speaks both Russian and Ukrainian. This interview was recorded in the Fall of 2021.

 Martin Lalande - TA for French

Meet Martin Lalande, one of our very kind TAs for French! Martin comes from Canada and talks about the cities you can visit. In the captions are quotes of Martin discussing his hometown's history (off-screen).

Shinsaku Maruyama - TA for Japanese

Meet Shinsaku Maruyama, one of our amazing Teaching Assistants (TA) for Japanese!

Beibei Ren - TA for Chinese

Beibei Ren is one of our amazing TAs for Chinese! Beibei is from Anhui, an Eastern China province.

 Anna Stepanyan - TA for German

Anna Stepanyan is a wonderful TA for our German courses. She comes from Armenia and speaks 5 different languages! In this video, Anna also teaches how to say "thank you" in Armenian.



Dr. Arbesú - Professor of Medieval & Golden Ages Spanish Literature

Meet Dr. Arbesú, part of our Spanish Faculty! Dr. Arbesú has a course on Medieval & Golden Ages in Spanish Literature. His book, "Libro de los gatos," was recently published by Cátedra

 Professor Hagihara- Associate Instructor of Japanese

Professor Hagihara (Brian Thompson) is an Associate Instructor for Japanese! He was born in Yokohama, Japan, but grew up here in Tampa, FL. 

 Dr. Kantzios- Associate Professor of Classical Greek and Dept. Chair

Meet Dr. Ippokratis Kantzios! Instructor of Classical (Ancient) Greek and Greek literature! Dr. Kantzios is also the current Chair of the USF Department of World Languages.

 Professor Paula-Davies: Senior Instructor of Portuguese and Spanish

Meet Professor Paula-Davies! She teaches both Portuguese and Spanish at USF. In this video she talks about some of her favorite things about Brazil.