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Dr. Larbi Oukada
Chair and Professor
120 Terrell Hall
CBX 046

Oukada imageProfessor Larbi Oukada, a native of Casablanca, Morocco, is the chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures at Georgia College.  Professor Oukada received a Ph.D. in linguistics from Louisiana State University.  His research and publications have focused on French phonology, methods of teaching second languages, and the notion of curricular responsiveness. Professor Oukada co-authored with the late Mike Oates of Iowa a first-year French program entitled Entre amis, now in its 6th edition, adopted by over 350 colleges and universities.  He has also led a team to write a second-year program entitled Controverses, based on compelling and controversial social issues.  When he is not teaching, writing or attending a meeting, you are likely to find him running.  As a former Olympic athlete for Morocco, he has not relinquished his craze for jogging.

Rebecca Balmes
Administrative Assistant
113 Terrell Hall
CBX 046

Rebecca BalmesMrs. Balmes joined the MLC staff in 2014. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Georgia College from 2005. She has worked as a legal assistant at National Geographic and homeschooled her four children. In her spare time she enjoys creating and studying art, gaming, reading, singing and learning.



Mr. Juan Antonio Alcarria
Lecturer of Spanish and Italian
104 Terrell Hall

Alcarria Juan Fall  DSCMr. Alcarria, a native of Spain, joined the faculty at GC in 2000. During his time at GC, he has coordinated the operation of the language laboratory and led study abroad trips to Spain and Italy.  Mr. Alcarria speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Catalan, French and Dutch.  Of these languages, he has taught English, Italian and Spanish.  Mr. Alcarria holds a Master in English Education and Instructional Technology from Georgia College and is ABD in Estudios Hispanicos Avanzados from Universidad de Valencia.  His research interests include Learning Autonomy and teaching/learning methods and techniques that lead language students to the development of a higher degree of learner autonomy.  He is also interested in the use of technology in second language teaching and learning, student motivation and achievement, and in the role of culture in second language teaching and learning.

Dr. Myron Avila
Associate Professor of Spanish

123 Terrell Hall


Dr. Avila is a native of Guatemala; he has lived in the U.S. since he was 18 years old and calls California his adoptive home.  He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine.  Dr. Avila speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.  He teaches courses in Spanish culture and language.  His research interests include Latin American Literature, with an emphasis in Central American narrative — especially that region’s contemporary novel.  Also among his interests are women’s literature, Luso-Brazilian literature, and literature in translation.  In his spare time, Dr. Avila enjoys traveling, creative writing, and exploring and enjoying nature.

Dr. Louis Bourne
Professor of Spanish
105 Terrell Hall


Dr. Bourne, born in Richmond, Virginia, lived in Alexandria, Virginia for 21 years, interrupted by a year and a half stay in New Delhi where his father was an U.S. Information Agency officer, and Mussoorie, India, where he attended primary school. The family then went to Cairo, Egypt for half of a year. He attended the University of North Carolina, received his B.A. in English and Latin with honors in English, then moved to Hollins College, Virginia where he finished his M.A. in English with a thesis on four of Conrad's novels. He lived in Oxford, England for three years to finish his B.A. in English language and literature at Oxford University. He then moved to Madrid, Spain for 32 years to teach English.  He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at New York University in Madrid (thesis on the divine in Ruben Dario's poetry). After a year teaching Spanish at UNC Wilmington, he came to Milledgeville, Georgia in 2001 to teach all levels of Spanish at GC.  He still spends part of summer and Christmas in Madrid. His interests include writing poetry in English and Spanish, translating it, usually from Spanish to English, and publishing essays on South American modernist poets, postwar Spanish poetry and the novel.


Dr. Aurora Castillo
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director of the MLC Language Laboratory
111 Terrell Hall


Dr. Castillo, a Colombian native, joined the GC faculty in August 2007. She came to the United States to study English at West Virginia University.  She moved to Milledgeville after living in West Virginia for eight years.  She holds an M.A. in Spanish, an M.A. in Secondary Education, and an Ed.D. in Technology Education from West Virginia University.  Her research interests focus on Instructional Technologies in Foreign Languages, Technology Education, and Foreign Language Methodology.  She has been working on the application of authentic activities through Instructional Technologies in Foreign Language teaching and learning.  Most recently, Dr. Castillo has used new teaching approaches such as implementing virtual conferencing with students in her native country, Colombia, and virtual worlds in her Spanish classes.  At the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, she was distinguished with the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology for her work with virtual worlds.

Dr. David de Posada
Professor of French and Spanish

102 Terrell Hall

David Portrait CDavid de Posada joined the GC faculty in 2008 as Associate Professor (French and Spanish) and the Coordinator of the Spanish Program. He earned his Ph.D. in French Literature with a minor in contemporary Spanish Peninsular Women Writers and U.S. Latino Writers from The Florida State University. He also holds graduate degrees from Florida International University (M.S., Modern Language Education) and from the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France (D.E.A., French Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies).

His research interests include poetry of the French Renaissance, poetry of Diaspora and exile, French and Spanish pedagogy and U.S. Latino writers of Caribbean descent. His most recent articles explore the postmodernist rhetoric of exile and the diasporic experience in the works of Cuban-American writer, Roberto G. Fernández. His current research focuses on the poetics of exile and disconnectivity in the Roman sonnets of Joachim DuBellay. 

Dr. de Posada is the faculty advisor to Kappa Psi, the GC chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.


Dr. Hedwig Fraunhofer
Professor of French and German
109 Terrell Hall

Dr. Fraunhofer, a native of Germany, holds a Staatsexamen (double graduate degree) in French and English Literature and Linguistics from the Universität Regensburg in Germany.  She also holds an M.A and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon.  Her teaching and research interests include gender and sexuality studies, drama, theories of fascism, and modern European literature, philosophy and culture.  She has published on the dramatic work of Brecht, Strindberg and Sartre; the French philosopher Michel Foucault; the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School; and the work of the contemporary Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann.

Dr. Mariana Stoyanova
Lecturer of Spanish
115 Terrell Hall

Mariana Stoyanova

Dr. Mariana Stoyanova, a native of Bulgaria, holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages with specialization in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Georgia. She also holds a Master of Hispanic Studies from Auburn University.   Dr. Stoyanova’s research interests include second language acquisition, figurative language, semantics and pragmatics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading Sci-fi and learning new languages. 

Dr. Darren Haney
Temporary Lecturer of Spanish
110 Terrell Hall


Mr. Anisio Martins dos Santos
Instructor of German and Spanish

124 Terrell Hall

Mr. Martins dos Santos was born in Brazil and moved to India while working as a technical interpreter for a Brazilian/German company.  He later moved to Germany to attend university.  He lived in Europe for 8 years and then moved to the U.S.  He is currently ABD for his Doctorate in Spanish linguistics from Universitat Paderborn, Germany.  His research interests include Second Language Acquisition and teaching methodology.  In his free time, Mr. Santos enjoys music, art, history and photography.

Dr. Roger Noel
Professor Emeritus of French

Dr. Noel is a native of Belgium where he lived until 1965.  At that time, he came to the U.S. as an exchange student to the University of Missouri-Columbia (1965-1966) and then to Indiana University-Bloomington (1966-1967).  He then taught at SHAPE in Casteau, Belgium (1967-1968), served in the Army (1968-1969), and taught at the University of Liege (1969-1970).  After marriage, he commuted between Liege, Landstuhl and Babenhausen, Germany where his wife worked as a civilian for the U.S. Armed Forces before returning to the U.S in 1970. He next taught at the University of Missouri in St. Louis (1970-1986) and later at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois (1986-December 1991), before moving to Milledgeville to assume the chairmanship of the Department of Modern Languages. His research interests include translation and interpretation, Medieval literature (Joufroi de Poitiers), and word elements from Latin and Greek in English. 

Mrs. Marlene McMichael
Senior Lecturer of Spanish
217 Terrell Hall
roldancropMrs. McMichael is a native of Mexico. She moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan to pursue a Master of Arts in Spanish from Western Michigan University, where she was distinguished with the Award of "Graduate Teaching Effectiveness." She joined the GC faculty in August of 2008. Mrs. McMichael plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics.  Her interests include neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition.  In her free time, she enjoys doing community service, traveling, photography, films and dance.

Dr. Peggy Schaller Elliott  
Associate Professor of French
Coordinator of the French
112 Terrell Hall


schallerDr. Schaller Elliott holds a Master of Arts degree in French literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University, with specialization in French Literature and Moral Philosophy of the Enlightenment. She is currently Coordinator of the French Program for the department. Prior to teaching at GC, she worked as an international corporate real estate executive. She also lived in Normandy, France, for ten years where she taught Business English at the Ecole Suprieure de Commerce du Havre and the Ecole de la Marine Marchande.

Dr. Schaller Elliott's research interests include French women writers, Enlightenment pedagogy and religion, and French literature of the "Entre-deux-guerres." Her publications range from articles on Marcel Proust and theater to more recent publications focusing on Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, eighteenth-century French woman author, educator, feminist and moral philosopher.

Dr. Schaller Elliott is the faculty advisor to the GC chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society.  


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