Language Assistants and Mentors

For Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

The Asian Studies Department has an array of language resources useful to students learning languages. These include the Chinese Floor Living-Learning Community, as well as the Language Assistants and Mentors who support language learning through weekly interactive activities and cultural events. The weekly Language Table is a shared meal which provides opportunities to informally practice speaking a range of with the Language Assistants, faculty members, and students. The Q&A sessions with the Language Mentor offer more support around the concepts of learning the language.

Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the Chinese Floor by contacting Residential Life.

Language Table and Q&A hours

Lea Sleiman, Mentor in Arabic

Lea Sleiman, Arabic Language Assistant and Mentor

Hi, my name is Lea Sleiman and I will be your Arabic Language Assistant and Mentor this year. I am a rising junior majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. I am from Beirut, Lebanon, and I am very excited to be assisting you this year!

Minxi Duan, Language Assistant for Chinese

Minxi Duan, Language Assistant for Chinese

Hi everyone! My name is Minxi Duan(Heidy). I am a junior double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. I love traveling and dancing. It is a great pleasure to be one of the Chinese Language Assistants this year. I am incredibly excited to work with everyone and I look forward to helping you with learning Chinese!

Amy Wang, Language Assistant and Mentor for Chinese

Amy Shiying Wang, Language Assistant and Mentor for Chinese

ni hao! My name is Amy Shiying Wang. I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Computer Science. I love traveling and learning about different cultures. It is my pleasure to be your LA and mentor this semester. I cannot wait to learn more about your stories. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. Let's make the most out of this year! Cheers!

Language assistant Xinyue Wang

Xinyue Wang, Language Assistant in Chinese
Hello, my name is Xinyue Wang and I am a junior who is studying biochemistry. I am from Beijing, China. I enjoy spending time with my Christian ministry and my friends on campus. I really like learning different languages and I know how hard it can be when you start off. Due to my previous experiences receiving great tutoring, I look forward to helping a new group of people learning Chinese.

Echo Wei, Language Assistant for Chinese

Echo Wei, Language Assistant for Chinese

Hi everyone! My name is Echo Wei. I am a senior double majoring in Economics and Mathematics. I was born in Guangzhou, China so I am able to speak Mandarin and Cantonese. At the age of 16, I moved to Florida, United States. I play basketball for almost 10 years now and in my spare time, I enjoy watching Netflix. It's really exciting to be one of the Chinese Language Assistants this year, and I look forward to helping you with learning Chinese!

Kiely Quinn, Language Assistant for Japanese

Kiely Quinn, Language Assistant for Japanese

Hi, my name is Kiely Quinn (カイリークイン)I'm class of 2021 with a double major in East Asian Studies and Film Studies. I began studying Japanese in sophomore year, and studied abroad in Kyoto in the spring of my junior year. In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family. Learning Japanese has helped me build connections with so many people that I never would've met otherwise. I am excited to help you all on your language learning journeys!

Aya Sakonju, Language Assistant for Japanese

Aya Sakonju, Language Assistant for Japanese

Hi! My name is Aya and I'm class of 2022 with an East Asian Studies major. I'm Japanese-Vietnamese but grew up only speaking English. I have family in Japan and Vietnam which exposed me to both cultures but it wasn't until my freshman year of college when I decided to formally learn Japanese. I've come to love learning the language and I hope I can share that passion with the underclassmen. Aside from Japanese, I love spending time with animals, getting off-campus/working out with friends, and painting with watercolor.

Kay Tsukamoto, Language Assistant for Japanese

Kay Tsukamoto, Language Assistant for Japanese

こんにちは!My name is Kay Tsukamoto 塚本慧 (つかもと けい) (she/her), I am a sophomore double majoring in East Asian Studies and Music. I have been studying Mandarin, Italian, and Korean. Learning new languages can be fun, so I hope I can help you enjoy learning Japanese. Please let me know if you have any questions, I will be happy to help. どうぞよろしく!

Yuming Wang, Japanese Language Assistant

Yuming Wang, Language Assistant for Japanese

Hello, my name is Yuming Wang, and I am class of 2022. I was born in Nanjing, China and moved to Japan when I was eight. I'm a member of the ice hockey team, and I enjoy painting and watching anime in my spare time. As a language assistant, I hope to share my experience in Japan and make the learning process more enjoyable for everyone. Please feel free to talk to me outside of the review session or language table! I'm looking forward to learning Japanese with you all!

Hyeonji (Chloe) Choi, Korean Language Assistant

Hyeonji (Chloe) Choi, Korean Language Assistant

Hello, my name is Chloe Choi and I am a senior at Mount Holyoke College. I double major in French and Economics and I was born in Seoul, South Korea. A little fun fact about me is that I used to live in Seoul, Paris, and London! I am looking forward to being your language assistant for this semester! Welcome!

Clare Heywood, Mentor in Korean

Clare Ysabella Heywood, Korean Language Mentor

Hi, everyone! My name is Clare Heywood, but in Korean class I normally go by 수정 (Soojung). I am an East Asian studies major, here at Mount Holyoke College in the class of 2021. I love all things music, art history, poetry, and, of course, anything related to the Korean language! I’m incredibly excited to work with everyone this year and support everyone however they may need.

Schedule:
Tuesdays 8:10-9:10 pm
Thursdays 4-5 pm