Cultural Speakers Series: Presentations for Language Classes

Every year, we sponsor speakers with experience in French- and Spanish-speaking countries to inspire language students in Oregon and Washington with fun, engaging stories of life abroad. Our presenters are either native speakers or have experience living and traveling abroad. They are excited to share their stories and insights with your students! Past topics have included Arab Youth Culture in France, Growing up in Costa Rica, Teen life in Spain, A French Exchange Student's perspective of the Northwest, and more. 

Presentations last between 15 and 90 minutes, depending on your schedule, and can be adapted to fit students’ interests, target language, and levels. To schedule a presentation for your classes, please contact Rebecca Gundle at or 503-274-1776.

2016/2017 Speakers for French and Spanish classes

Felle - Spanish Classes

Felle will delight your classes with Spanish music and lighthearted tales of her adventures abroad while living with a host family in Argentina, volunteering in Colombia, studying at a University in Spain, interning at a Spanish news broadcasting station, and conducting academic research in Cuba. In her interactive presentation, Felle brings her experiences to life to encourage your students to seek out cross cultural connections. 

Max - French Classes

Max will inspire your students with an engaging, thoughtful narrative of his adventures across France and the personal growth and lasting relationships he discovered along the way.  Max lived in Paris for over seven years where he attended l'Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle and taught French and English to students of all ages. His favorite experiences include biking across Burgundy and la Loire Valley, viewing the last leg of the Tour de France from his workplace at Les Champs Elysées, and participating in the grape harvest in the Champagne region. Max's presentation will get your students dreaming about their own journeys of self discovery. 

Grace - French, Japanese, and Chinese classes

Grace will offer your students a glimpse of what it means to become immersed in a new culture through her fun tales of her adventures abroad. Born in Taiwan, Grace has spent more than half of her life living and studying abroad all over the world. in Japan, Grace visited the temples and castles of Osaka, worked on an organic family farm in Nagano, and stayed with a Japanese host family in the countryside. Grace also had a chance to speak French while living with a host family in Senegal for a semester where she learned Senegalese dance moves, visited ancient mosques, and learned to tell jokes in Wolof, one of Senegal's many languages as she sought to become more fully immersed in her hosts' culture.