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. 

Ricardo Sebastián Del Yesso is the FLTA for the Spanish program at Pacific University.

Spanish Program Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

Ricardo Sebastián Del Yesso¡Hola a todos!

I’m Ricardo Sebastián Del Yesso and I’m the Spanish Teaching Assistant at Pacific University from the FLTA Fulbright Program. Although my first name is Ricardo, I go by Sebastián. My family, my friends and everyone that knows me calls me “Sebas”. So feel free to do the same!

I have a bachelor’s degree in English Teaching. I studied at Instituto Superior Josefina Contte de Lenguas Extranjeras y Bellas Artes, also known as just “Josefina Contte” in my city.

I grew up in Corrientes, a beautiful city located on the riverside/eastern shore of the Paraná river in the North-east of Argentina. The city has a population of almost 400.000 people and it was settle in 1588 making it one of the oldest cities in the north-east of Argentina. If you ever come to Corrientes you will be captivated by its charming people, landscape and music. We have a phrase for every time we talk about my city: “Corrientes tiene payé” which means “Corrientes has magic” and “Mi Corrientes porá” which means “My beautiful Corrientes”. As you noticed, in Corrientes we also have native words that we use along Spanish such as “Payé” and “Porá”. This is due to the existence of some people with Guaraní heritage who keep the language alive; and as this used to be their territory, their influence in the language is very strong and people that don’t know anything of Guaraní language, still use it in their speech.

Back at home, I was teaching at primary school (kids from 9 to 12 years old) and the previous year I was teaching at secondary school (teenagers from 12 to 18 years old). I really like teaching and the feeling of watching people grow and learn more and more.

I’m passionate about learning languages and mostly the culture related to it. I love learning about new things and people. I’ve studied French for more than 4 years, some months of Portuguese, and I would love to learn even more languages (Japanese and Italian are my next objective). Once I’m back in Argentina I plan to continuing my studies and get a Master’s degree in Linguistics or Phonetics.

I’m a fan of teaching and learning by having fun and in zero-pressure contexts. I think that the best way of leaning something is by enjoying it and having fun with it. I like using games, music, jokes, funny videos, acting out activities, etc. I really enjoy watching people focusing on the task rather than asking themselves “is this how I say it?”, the use of the language comes more natural this way.

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 absolutely miss Pacific, the professors, the students, my friends and everyone I met during my staying here in Oregon. This place has become my second home and its people my second family.

Sebas | FLTA for the Spanish Program