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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Meet Our LLRC Language Tutors

Blake Nelson

Majors:  Construction Management and Spanish
Tutoring for: Spanish

“A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.”

–Cesar Chavez

Kelsi Detlaff

Major:  Fine Arts  Minor:  Chinese

Tutoring for: Chinese

Learning a foreign language is a great way to connect with new people, learn to see the world from new perspectives, and have fun. Studying a foreign language presents our minds with a unique challenge, and exposure to other cultures provides us an opportunity to experience something new and exciting, as well as to gain a better understanding of the people we share our lives and world with.

Mark Pearson

Major:  Economics, French; Minor:  Spanish

Tutoring for: French

Learning a foreign language opens doors to new opportunities, not only in one’s career but in an individual’s personal growth as well. Understanding the differences between cultures and having the capacity to relate to those different from yourself is an incredibly enriching skill. Personally speaking, I would have never made many lifelong friendships if it were not for my desire to learn languages. After all, you never know what’s out there until you explore it on your own.

Michael Webster

Major:  History; Minor:  German
Tutoring for: German

“Language is the road map of a culture.  It tells you where its people com from and where they are going.”  Rita Mae Brown

Alana Brunton

Major:  Criminal Justice; Japanese
Tutoring for: Japanese

Language is one of the main aspects of a country’s culture – art, literature, music and film.  I believe language is a large part of what it means to be human.

Japanese has two different alphabets and thousands of character.  I wanted to major in Japanese along with Criminal Justice, and continue to grow my language skills in order to use it in future careers as well as gain more appreciation for the language overall.

While you are learning languages, you are also learning cultures, too.  You will find new perspectives from other cultures and be able to see your culture, your language, and yourself objectively by learning languages.

Walker Brooks

Major:  Journalism; Spanish
Tutoring for: Spanish


Mengnan Shi

Tutoring for: Chinese