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.

In addition, this semester (Fall 2017) mentors will work specifically with students enrolled in Professor Carolyn Shread's First Year Seminar (FYS) The Work of Translation. Mentors will be trained to help students better understand and develop a cultural context for translation projects in their language of specialization.

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.

Mentor in Arabic — Nada Al Thawr
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Marhaba, My name is Nada and I am from Sana'a, Yemen. I am planning to double major in Computer Science and International Relations. I love spending my time eating food, watching "how I met your mother" and trying to play on the piano. A fun fact about my name is that my last name literally means "The Bull" in Arabic. So I am Nada The Bull. I am very fond of languages and love learning different words in every language! If you need help with Arabic come to the Q &A! 

Chinese Language Assistant and Tutor

Mentor in Chinese — Jiayu Wang
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I’m Jiayu Wang, a sophomore majoring in Politics and Economics. In my spare time, I love to watch TV shows, enjoy music and swim.

Mentor in Japanese — Honami Tanaka
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Mentor in Italian — Rumi Handen
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Mentor in French — Emma Taylor
Hours to be announced
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