Language Mentors and Q&A - Spring 2019

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.
Photo of Lucy Rabinowitz

Mentor in Arabic: Lucy Rabinowitz '19

Tuesdays 3-4 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Wednesdays 5-6 pm in 6E Ciruti, Language Resource Center

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Ahlan! My name is Lucy, I'm a senior majoring in Art History and minoring in Arabic. I grew up in New York City. In my free time I love to draw and watch TV. I look forward to seeing you!


Mentor in Chinese: Qianzhen (Annie) Fu '19

Tuesdays 4:30–5:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Thursdays 7:30-8:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center

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Hi, my name is Qianzhen (Annie) Fu. My major is Art History, my minor Anthropology. I am from Chengdu, China. I love dancing and listening to music. I have studied abroad in Japan and Germany, and such international exposures made me realize the importance of cultural interactions. I feel driven by being able to help people with learning language.

Prune, the French Mentor

Mentor in French: Prune Houvion '19

Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Wednesdays 5-6 pm in 6D Ciruti, Language Resource Center

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Bonjour! My name is Prune and I am an exchange student from Sciences Po Paris. At MHC, I am taking math and gender studies classes and back home I am studying social sciences. I am looking forward to being the French Q&A mentor this semester!

Virginia Guerra

Mentor in Italian: Virginia Guerra '19 

Wednesdays 5–6 p.m. in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center

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My name is Virginia Guerra, I'm a senior, and I'm Cuban-American from Miami, FL. I'm majoring in International Relations and minoring in Italian Studies. On campus, I'm involved with La Unidad, the McCulloch Center, and work at the admissions office. On my free time, I like to go to the gym, listen to music, dance and practice my Italian by watching movies! I look forward to working with you! Ciao!

Hinako, Japanese Language Mentor

Mentor in Japanese: Hinako Yamaguchi

Mondays 6-7 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Wednesdays 7-8 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center

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Hi, I’m Hinako Yamaguchi, a first-year student. I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand but I spent the last 10 years in Yokohama, Japan. My hobby is to watch figure skating. I look forward to seeing you.

Jocelyn Furniss

Mentor in Spanish: Jocelyn Furniss '21 

Tuesdays 4:30–5:30 pm in 6D Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Wednesdays 4:30–5:30 pm in 6F Ciruti, Language Resource Center

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¡Hola! My name is Jocelyn (she/her) and I am so excited to meet everyone! I am a sophomore majoring in Spanish and Art History, with an interest in curatorial work.

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