Language Mentors and Q&A

Most languages taught at Mount Holyoke College have mentors who offer weekly Language Q&A sessions in the Language Resource Center in Ciruti (Rooms 6A & 6D).

Mentors have met the language departments' criteria for language proficiency. They are trained at the start of each semester and continue to develop their language assistance skills through guided reflection, exploration, and study activities.

What is a Language Q&A?

Language mentors for each participating language hold weekly Question and Answer (Q&A) sessions.These are scheduled times, (typically one hour a day, two days a week,) when the mentors are available in the Language Resource Center (LRC).Students can drop by to ask questions or review aspects of the target language, such as grammatical concepts, pronunciation, or sentence structure.Faculty also encourage students to attend Q&A sessions to practice presentations, prepare for oral exams, or just have a casual conversation in the language.

  1. Who are the language mentors?
    Language mentors are students are selected by their language department to lead Q&A sessions. They are selected for their language proficiency, success in language learning and interpersonal and academic skills. To develop their skills in peer mentoring, language mentors participate in ongoing workshops and training activities.

  2. What type of questions can I ask?
    Questions about any aspect of the language or language learning process are welcome. Mentors are there to help answer questions on subjects like grammar, pronunciation and word usage. Further, the Q&A sessions are an opportunity for students to engage in casual conversation in the language being learned or to practice for a presentation or oral exam.

  3. Do I need an appointment?
    No appointments are needed. Just stop by during the scheduled hours listed.

  4. Can I bring in my homework assignment and have the mentor check it for me?
    No. Please keep in mind, mentors will neither correct assignments nor provide “answers” for you. However, they can help you understand the underlying concepts behind your questions and learn to identify and correct your own errors. Language mentors and all students must abide by the Mount Holyoke College Honor Code.

  5. Are mentors the same as tutors?
    Mentors are different from tutors. While both can support language learners throughout their study of a language, Q&A mentoring — done on a drop-in/first come, first served basis — is a far less intensive a level of support than tutoring, which involves a one-on-one relationship with a tutor who has been assigned to work with you on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. If you are struggling with your language class or are looking for more in-depth support, you may want to talk with your professor about whether a one-on-one tutor would be a good option for you.

Lea Sleiman

Mentor in Arabic

Lea Sleiman
Hi, my name is Lea Sleiman and I will be your Arabic Language Assistant and Mentor this year. I am a senior, double major in Mathematics and Data science. I’m from Beirut, Lebanon, and I am very excited to be assisting you this year!
Mondays 6-8 pm
Where: on Zoom and in-person in Ciruti 6D
For Zoom link, please email Lea Sleiman.

Yixuan Wang

Mentor in Chinese

Yixuan Wang 
Hi everyone! My name is Yixuan Wang. I’m from Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. My major is East Asian Studies, and I’m a junior this year. I will be the Chinese Language Mentor of 2021-2022 fall semester. My favorite food is omelet (with cheddar cheese!) and I keep a dog at home. I love reading, writing, and travelling especially road trip! 
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm on Zoom
For Zoom link please e-mail Lisha Xu 

Rachael Amoruso

Mentor in Italian

Rachael Amoruso 
Ciao! My name is Rachael (she/her), I am a senior studying English and Italian here at Mount Holyoke. The Italian Program is truly my favorite community on campus, so I am very happy to be working with you as the Language Mentor this semester. If you ever have questions or want to practice your conversation, please always feel welcome to come to the Q&A sessions. A presto!
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-7 pm on Zoom
For Zoom link please e-mail Morena Svaldi 

Hinako Yamaguchi

Mentor in Japanese

Hinako Yamaguchi 
Hi, my name is Hinako and I am a senior majoring in Religion and International Relations. I was born in New Zealand, but have lived in Japan for over 10 years. I look forward to studying Japanese with you all!
Mondays 6-7 pm & Wednesdays 8-9 pm on Zoom
For Zoom link please e-mail Naoko Nemoto 

Luisa Linares

Mentor in French

Luisa Linares 
Bonjour! Je m’appelle [my name is] Luisa Linares, and I am this year’s French Q&A mentor. I am a French major (Class of 2022) with a Gender Studies minor, as well as a Global Business Nexus. Some of my hobbies include cooking, working out, and googling funny cat videos! Seeing as this is my last year, I am thrilled to hold this position and be able to assist my fellow peers with their French. Swing by my zoom sessions on Tuesdays from 7-8 PM and Thursdays from 3-4PM, even if it is just to say "Salut" [hi]! À bientôtMerci!
Tuesdays 7-8 pm & Thursdays 5-6 pm on Zoom
For Zoom link please e-mail Anouk Alquier

Venesia Delancy

Mentor in Korean

Venesia Delancy  
Hello everyone! My name is Venesia and I'm a senior majoring in International Relations. I was born in Miami, Florida and am a part of MHC's Posse 9! In my free time I enjoy cooking new recipes, watching Netflix and dancing. I'm so excited to be your Korean Language Mentor this year, and I look forward to meeting you all!
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12-1 pm on Zoom
For Zoom link please e-mail Kyae-Sung Park 

Natacha Almanzar

Mentor in Spanish

Nathacha Almanzar 
Hey there! My name is Nathacha (she/they pronouns) and I am a senior graduating this fall! I am a Spanish major with a minor in Critical Social Thought and a focus in Black Latinx and Caribbean Studies. I was born and raised in New York City with familial roots in the Dominican Republic. You can typically find me listening, dancing, or singing to music and when I'm not living my life like a Broadway musical I am typically painting, knitting, or watching Netflix. Don't be surprised if I ask you for your horoscope sign!
Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm on Zoom
For Zoom link please e-mail Esther Castro 

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