Foreign Language Teaching Assistant | Spanish

Pacific University has hosted Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) since 1994. Over the years, FLTAs have come from such countries as Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, Tunesia, and Uruguay.  FLTAs assist in language classes, tutor, facilitate language conversation tables, and organize cultural events on and off campus. They also make themselves available for public presentations about their cultures and enrich campus life with their international perspectives. 

Maria Luciana Mena Mauger is the FLTA for the Spanish program at Pacific University.

Spanish Program Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

Luchi¡Hola a todos!

My name is María Luciana Mena Mauger and I’m the Spanish Teaching Assistant at Pacific University. Although my first name is María, I go by Luciana. Everyone calls me either “Luchi” or “Luci”.

I have a bachelor’s degree in English teaching. I studied at Profesorado Superior de Lenguas Vivas in Salta, Argentina.

I grew up in Salta, a beautiful city located in the Lerma Valley of Argentina. It is the second most populated city and sits 1,152 metres (3780 feet) above sea level. Its motto is “Salta, tan linda que enamora (Salta. So beautiful, you’ll fall in love). If you ever come visit, I’m sure you’ll love it!

Back home, I am the head of the English department of a bilingual elementary school (San Isidro). I teach second grade and used to teach kindergarten students. I really enjoy working with children.

I’m passionate about learning languages and I am particularly interested in cultural differences among countries. I have studied French for a couple of years and in the future, I would like to learn other languages too. I plan to specialize in Linguistics and get a master’s degree once I return to Argentina.

I am a fan of neuroscience and am interested in the implications of the learning process. I have attended several courses and seminars on the matter, and I have read books of renowned writers and investigators, too. I am always looking forward to learning and sharing cutting edge information concerning education resources and methodologies.

I’m beyond grateful to Fulbright and Pacific University for giving me the opportunity to learn so many valuable skills and to meet such amazing people. Being an FLTA is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that enhanced my language knowledge, allowed me to learn about America’s culture and to share what I know.  

As a T.A. I help in some Spanish classes and I organize cultural activities (such as cultural nights, conversation tables, etc.). With these activities, I share my country’s culture and language through cooking, watching movies, dancing, singing, and speaking.

If you would like to learn more about my language or my culture, come and talk to me any time. I’m always glad to help. I love teaching and learning from you as well.

I will definitely miss my Pacific family when I go back home.


Luchi | FLTA for the Spanish Program