Language Assistants and Mentor

The Italian Studies Department has an array of language resources useful to students learning Italian. These include the Italian Floor Living Learning Community, as well as the Language Assistants and the Language Mentor 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 Italian 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 Italian Floor by contacting Residential Life.

Language Table and Q&A hours

Rachael Amoruso, Language Assistant for Italian

Rachael Amoruso, Language Assistant and Mentor for Italian

Ciao! Mi chiamo Rachael! I'm a senior majoring in English and Italian, with hopes to go into literary translation someday. I love learning Italian at Mount Holyoke, it's brought me to the best community on campus. I'm really excited to be the Language Assistant this semester because the LA I had for my 101 class became a great friend and shaped my experience completely. I hope incoming students will fall in love with the language as I did, and I look forward to meeting everyone soon!

Giselle Cabrera, Language Assistant for Italian

Giselle Cabrera, Language Assistant for Italian

Ciao! Mi chiamo GIselle! I'm a senior, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Italian. The Italian department at Mount Holyoke is one of the best because they have wonderful professors and a strong community. I'm excited to be the Language Assistant for the 101 class once again. I hope that students fall in love with the language and feel supported. I can’t wait to meet everyone!!!

Maya Krantz

Maya Krantz, Language Assistant for Italian

Ciao! My name is Maya and I am a sophomore. This year I will be the Language Assistant working on the Italian floor. The Italian department is one of my absolute favorite parts of Mount Holyoke, and I am so happy to be involved in such a friendly and welcoming community. I hope to share my love for all things Italian with many other students over the coming year!