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.
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.
Fall 2019 Mentors
Mentor in Chinese: Xinran Zhen
Hi, my name is Xinran (Lucy) Zhen. My major is Math, and probably International Relation as the second major. I am from Beijing, China. I love watching movie, playing sports, and listening to music. I love learning languages and helping others do so. I'm looking forward to work with all of you this year.
Mentor in French: Emma Taylor
Bonjour, my name is Emma Taylor and I am a Romance Language major (French & Italian) and Art History minor, class of 2020. I love to hike, travel and spend time with friends. À bientôt!
Mentor in Italian: Natalie Kulak
Ciao! My name is Natalie Kulak, and I’m a junior from Upper Gwynedd, PA studying history, art history, and Italian. Music and creative arts are a big part of my life, and I play the bass guitar in the MHC Jazz Ensembles. I am so thrilled to be an Italian Language Mentor this year and hope to help other students learn to love this beautiful language and explore its culture, music, and of course, food!
Mentor in Japanese: Hinako Yamaguchi
Hi, my name is Hinako Yamaguchi (she/her) and I am a sophomore majoring in Religion. Although I was born in New Zealand, I have spent the last 10 years in Japan and adore the country and its culture. My hobbies include cooking and watching figure skating. I look forward to seeing you all!
Mentor in Korean: Yingke Yang
Hi, my name is Yingke Yang, a senior student majoring in East Asian Studies with focuses on both South Korea and Japan. I’m from China, and I have started to learn Korean language since I was in the middle school. During my junior year, I spent one semester studying in Yonsei University in South Korea, and the other in Sophia University in Japan. I love listening to music and watching Korean movies. As a Korean language mentor this year, I’m more than happy to share my experience, interest and knowledge of learning Korean. See you in Q&A session!
Mentor in Spanish: Emma Himmelberger
¡Hola! My name is Emma and I'm a senior from Wellesley, Massachusetts majoring in Spanish. For my junior year, I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain. I love spending time outdoors and exploring new places!
Mentor in Arabic: Jasmine Fawzi
Hi My name is Jasmine Fawzi, and I'm your Arabic mentor this year!
I am a junior double majoring in Biology and International Relations and am from Baghdad, Iraq.
I have been assisting the Arabic department for two years and love it! I am most familiar with the Iraqi, Levantine and Egyptian dialect, and welcome any questions, any time!