Language Peer Mentors and Student Liaisons

The Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies Department has a number of language resources helpful to students studying Spanish. This includes the Spanish Language Floor Living-Learning Community, as well as weekly conversations with peer language assistants in Spanish classes. The weekly Language Table offers further oppportunities to practice speaking spanish through lively dinner conversations. The Q&A Sessions with the language mentor offer additional support around the concepts of learning a language.

Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the Spanish Floor by contacting Residential Life.

Language Table and Q&A hours


Francesca Dell'Acqua '20, Mentor in Spanish
Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm and Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm in 6A Ciruti, Language Resource Center
Contact me

¡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! 

Emma Rubin

Emma N. Rubin '20, Language Assistant in Spanish

¡Hola! My name is Emma and I’m currently a sophomore studying Romance Languages, specifically Spanish and Catalan. I’m also planning on pursing a Nexus minor in Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse.  I’m from Louisville, Kentucky and have been studying Spanish for about six years. As a Language Assistant for the Spanish Living Learning Community, I've loved getting to know our residents so far. Whether through informal conversations, watching Spanish language movies or television, or learning about different cultural traditions.  I want to emphasize that language learning practice is not only fun, but can be both in and outside of the classroom.  All of our Spanish floor events are open to the public, so even if you’re not a resident I would love to see you stop by! 

Jody Phelps

Jody Phelps '18, Language Assistant in Spanish

Hola! My name is Jody and I am a senior here at MHC double majoring in Spanish and Geography. Within these fields, I am most interested in issues of immigration and borders. In my free time, I like to cook, play rugby and take Sporcle quizzes. I've been learning Spanish since middle school and studied abroad in Bolivia, so I feel that working as the TA for Spanish 209 helps me keep up my level of Spanish and interact with students. There is so much I can learn from being a TA and it is very rewarding knowing that the classes boost students confidence with their Spanish. Chau for now.

Gabby Cappelletti

Gabrielle Cappelletti '20, Language Assistant in Spanish

¡Saludos! I am currently a sophomore and recently declared a major in Romance Languages. My primary language is Spanish and my secondary is French. As one of the Language Assistants for the Spanish Living Learning Community, it is my job to work with the other LLC community leaders and the Spanish department to get residents involved and excited about our floor. We do this through facilitating engaging dialogues and informal activities conducted in Spanish. These weekly events are open to everyone with any background of Spanish because we want to facilitate learning and interest! I love meeting new people and discussing different languages and cultures. My goal is to create and participate in a thriving community based around a common love for the Spanish language, and I am excited to continue developing that! 

Lyuba Popadic '19, Language Assistant in Spanish