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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do I need an appointment?
No appointments are needed. Just stop by during the scheduled hours listed.
- 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.
- 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 — Jasmine Fawzi
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5-6 pm in 6E Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Ahlan wa sahlan! My name is Jasmine Fawzi, and I am from Baghdad, Iraq. I am planning to major in Biology, and hope to pursue a career in Public Health. Apart from my academic responsibilities, I love meeting new people, learning about other cultures and languages, and being engaged with the MHC community. I am also passionate about travelling, the arts, and good food. I look forward to learning all about you and your eagerness to learn Arabic.
Mentor in Chinese — Jiayu Wang
Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm in 6A Ciruti & Thursdays 7:30-8:30 pm in 6D Ciruti, Language Resource Center
你好！My name is Jiayu Wang, a junior majoring in Politics and Economics.I was born and raised in Beijing, China.In my spare time, I love to watch TV shows, listen to music and go swimming. As a Chinese mentor, I’m very glad to help you learn Chinese and share the beauty of Chinese language with you.I will be available in person and also through google hangouts.
Mentor in Japanese — Honami Tanaka
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm both in 6D Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Hello, my name is Honami Tanaka, a sophomore from Fukuoka, Japan. I am planning to double major in psychology and chemistry.I like to read, sing, and ride horses.I am on the equestrian team, and I love to spend time with the horses at the equestrian center.Japanese is a beautiful language. I am glad that I get to share it with you!If you ever need help with Japanese, please feel free to stop by.
Mentor in Italian — Rumi Handen
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
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!
Mentor in French — Emma Taylor
Mondays from 5:30-6:30 pm & Tuesdays from 7-8 pm both in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
My name is Emma Taylor. I am split between two countries: America and France. I live in Beverly, Massachusetts but always spend my summers in Paris. I am thinking of majoring in Romance Languages and minoring in Art History. I love hiking, traveling, fashion, dark chocolate and reading.Come swing by the French Floor in the Delles and say "bonjour"!
Mentor in Spanish - Francesca Dell'Acqua
Mondays 7-8 pm in 6A Ciruti & Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm in 6D Ciruti, Language Resource Center
¡Hola a todos! My name is Francesca and I am a Sophomore at Mount Holyoke. I’m from Jersey City, New Jersey, and I intend to double major in International Relations and Environmental studies. When I have time off from my studies and work, I enjoy taking long walks, listening to music, shopping, and treating myself to a good adventure/action movie!I have a very good understanding of Spanish so feel free to come to the Q&A hours with any questions or issues!Last but not least, if you catch me strolling on Campus, I’d love to stop for a quick chat or to help out with any further questions from Q&A sessions.¡Nos vemos!