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

Mentor in Italian — Rumi Handen

Rumi Handen, Mentor and Language Assistant for Italian
Thursdays 4-5 pm    room 6D LRC - Ciruti
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Ciao!My name is Rumi Handen, and I am a senior double majoring in Anthropology and Italian Studies.I fell in love with the language and culture three years ago and have since been furthering my knowledge on all things Italian.During my junior year, I worked as an Italian tutor and spent my spring semester in a full-immersion program in Bologna speaking, writing, and living as Italians do. I am thrilled to serve you as your language mentor.Please don't hesitate to stop by Q&A.I'm excited to help you on your linguistic journey!

Claudia Espinosa, Language Assistant for Italian

My name is Claudia, I am a Miami raised Cuban. At Mount Holyoke I have dedicated myself to the study of Romance Languages, specifically Spanish, my mothertongue, and Italian. I also have an interest in the field of art history and museum studies. I studied abroad Spring 2017 in Florence,Italy and continued on to Venice, Italy as an intern for Ca' Foscari University of Venice during the summer. In my free time I enjoy talking about the world and learning new things through endless google searches, book reads, and conversations. 

Marianna Maddock, Language Assistant for Italian

Ehilà! My name is Marianna, I’m Italian American who was born and raised in a little provincial town 30 minutes north of Rome. I’m an Economics major, a Global Business Nexus minor (and maybe something more in the making) and have studied abroad in Shanghai, China in the spring of my Junior Year. This past summer, I interned with CISabroad in their Italian headquarters in Rome as the Senior Site Director Assistant. Among the many interests of mine are sports, specifically soccer (I was the only girl in my province and region to play with a boys’ soccer club), reading British Classics, watching movies and travelling. Also, I’ve been studying Chinese since my first year here at Mount Holyoke College and Mulan was the main reason for my venturing into the Chinese language.