The mission of the College of Staten Island’s Modern Languages Media Center is to support and promote the study and instruction of foreign languages, literatures and cultures through the integration of instructional technology for both student and faculty use.
The Media Center also provides our language students support with their online homework. If there is an issue that is out of our hands, the center staff will be able to direct our students to the appropriate support channel.
A tutor is capable of assisting students with any corrections to their online homework but only after an attempt has been made by the student beforehand. In addition, tutors assigned for upper level courses can assist with essay corrections, but only after the essay has been first corrected by their professors.
Materials such as textbooks, workbooks, DVDs, Webcams are available to all students enrolled in a language course. In order to check out these materials, a proper picture ID must be presented and held onto by our lab staff until the materials have been checked back in. The materials themselves cannot leave the center but can be utilized for however long while in the lab.
Valeria Belmonti, Director
Valeria received an M.A. in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University concentrating her studies in Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Her thesis surveyed the use of web and mobile technology to enhance the teaching of intercultural competence within undergraduate language education, particularly through the use of telecollaboration. She has presented telecollaboration projects, models and frameworks at numerous national and international conferences, and she has directed the design and pilot of telecollaboration projects at the Center for Integrated Language Communities, one of the National Language Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education through Title IV grants. She holds various ACTFL certifications and has also completed coursework at the Intercultural Communication Institute of America (ICI). At CSI, she is also one of the Instructional Technologists for the Online Learning Team.
Melvin Dejesus, College Lab Technician
I have worked at the Media Center for a long time and started here as a workstudy. I enjoy learning new languages and interacting with people from all over the world. I can speak some Spanish and Japanese, which helped me while I lived in Tokyo.
Michelle | College Assistant
My name is Michelle and I have been residing in the United States for 5 years. As an immigrant, I understand the importance of learning a new language and culture. I believe being multicultural brings value and creates connections for both countries. Working at the Modern Languages Media Center has given me the opportunity to not only practice my own English, but also share my experiences, culture and language with other students. I am studying two majors, Computer Science and Spanish, currently at CSI. I consider myself an educated bilingual immigrant that looks forward to being an asset to both this country and my own.
Nestor | Federal Workstudy
Hi, my name is Nestor. I am a current student at CSI. My major is medical technology. I've been so fascinated about learning math and science since I was a kid. I also was involved in 3 sports back in my teenage years but I'm still active even through busy days. As a Workstudy at the Modern Languages Media Center, I see many students coming, eager to learn different languages and that makes me want to work as hard as them to achieve a successful future.
Nicole | Federal Workstudy
Hi! My name is Nicole. This is my third year at CSI. I am double majoring in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology. I am currently learning Spanish and would love to coninue learning languages for the rest of my life, becoming fluent in as many as I can. The Media Center has been a great resource for me in my time so far at CSI and now, as a Workstudy, I love welcoming everyone who wants to learn and do his or her best.
Breanna | American Sign Language Tutor:
Hello, my name is Breanna and I am currently an undergrad at CSI where I am majoring in English and 7-12 Education. Along with my major, I have two minors, one in writing and the other in American Sign Language. When I was a child, my sister gave me a sign language book and this was my first encounter with ASL. Since having that book, I have fallen in love with the language and I practice it every chance I get. Since I have minored in ASL, becoming a tutor is a great opportunity for me to continue to learn more about the language while also helping students to grow their knowledge and providing support when possible.
Brianna | Italian Tutor:
Hi my name is Brianna. I am currently an undergrad at CSI and my Major is Italian and Mechanical Engineering. The first time I was exposed to the Italian language was when I studied it in high school for the first time. I instantly fell in love with the language and I would constantly listen to the music, watch movies and YouTube videos. I even practiced with who ever I could when an opportunity presented itself. Over the summer, a few family members and I were fortunate enough to go to Italy for 9 days and it was beautiful! I hope by being an Italian Major and studying the language further, it will allow me plenty of opportunities to see the world and explore further the Italian culture.
Daniele | Italian Tutor:
Hello, I am from Italy, where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Florence, a Master's Degree in Chinese Studies at the University of Venice, and the DILS Certificate from Perugia University. I started my career in Italy where I worked as an Italian teacher for private and public schools as well as working as a translator. In 2012, I moved to Beijing, China where I worked as an Italian teacher and translator for several universities and collaborated with private companies as well. In China, I also created a channel on Chinese platforms about Italian culture and language. I am now teaching and tutoring Italian at CSI for the Fall 2019 semester. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and painting.
Dowllah | Arabic Tutor:
My name is Dowllah Mohamed and I'm from Yemen. I'm very passionate about the Arabic language and its complex yet subtle grammar is fascinating to me. Also, I'm a SLS major and I'm minoring in Arabic, therefore, becoming an Arabic tutor is a great opportunity for me. One thing I hope to do one day is become an Arabic professor which is a climb from where I am today, but like the great Arabic poet Abu Qasim Al-shabi said, "Whoever fears climbing mountings lives forever between ditches."
Elsa | Spanish Tutor:
My name is Elsa and my major is Spanish. During my free time, I like to participate with my family in social activities in my community. I am very glad for the opportunity to share my Spanish knowledge with all of you during this semester.
Herman | French Tutor:
Hello, my name is Herman. I am currently in my sophomore year. I took French for the first ime in my first semester of college to fulfill the required credits. Ever since then, I have been in love with the language. Before I knew it, I found myself minoring in French and eventually became a French tutor. I hope that I can use my knowledge in French to help others who are struggling with it, and hopefully, make French as fun as possible for whoever decides to start learning the language.
Karolina | Spanish Tutor:
¡Hola! My name is Karolina and I am currently in the Spanish education program (7-12). I've been working at the Modern Languages Media Center as a Spanish tutor for a while now and it has been a rewarding experience. I'm so happy to be part of this center because I enjoy assisting students with understanding not only the language but also discussing the culture and sharing my own experiences. This opportunity is giving me the experience for my future professional career as a Spanish teacher in addition to learning valuable skills from my interactions with other students, espeically those interested in learning other languages.
Katina | American Sign Language Tutor (2001-2019)
The Modern Languages Media Center and the College of Staten Island has been a second home for me. I have been a tutor since 2001. Since being a tutor, it allowed me to go from a student teacher, teacher assistant to finally an adjunct instructor for the American Sign Language program at CSI. I have been fluent in ASL for over 20 years and hope that my experience and knowledge of ASL/Deaf culture will help students have a better understanding of the language.
Lamarana | French Tutor:
Biography: Salut! My name is Lamarana and I am from Guinea. My major at CSI is Psychology and I am also doing a Minor in French. I like to travel and play volleyball. French is my native language and I love to share my knowledge of the langauge with other students.
Lie | Chinese Tutor:
Biography: My name is Lie Liu and I am from a beautiful city called PanJin which is located in the North of China. I got my Bachelor’s Degree as well in China. My major at CSI is Education. I am the Chinese tutor at the Modern Languages Media Center and I love this job because it allows me to interact and help people when they need the support.
Being a student learner at the tutoring center has been a great experience. The tutors are friendly and very helpful in any subject language that you need assistance with. My skills have greatly sharpened from coming to the tutoring center and I’m very grateful of the help I received. I have been a student of Italian language and received my minor. I still continue to go to the center for new languages. I always enjoy coming for tutoring and other helpful tools to practice language. -Nazar, Student of Italian, SP2017
I am a senior at the College of Staten Island. I have been going to the Language tutoring Lab for French since the fall of 2015. The tutors I worked with have always been helpful and obligated by personal will to want to see me succeed. Whenever I feel apprehension with any area in French, I can go to the tutor and receive mentoring/tutoring in ways that to improve my general French. The tutor encourages me to strive limitlessly and the educational relationship we have had helped me to achieve all "A"s in my French courses thus far. -Ikim, Student of French, SP2017
If it wasn't for The Modern Languages Media Center's tutoring, I would have been behind in my Spanish classes. Learning a new language at an older age is always a challenge. Therefore, I took advantage of this facility the minute I found out I had to fulfil a foreign language requirement for my degree. I was always ahead of my peers and always ready to participate. For that reason, I always stood out and exceled in all my exams and assignments. -Tugba, Student of Spanish, SP2017
I went to the Modern Languages Media Center many times because I needed help with Spanish. The language tutoring center is a great place for people who need help with languages and the tutors there are amazing because they help you so that you can do well in all of your language classes. I received help in Spanish from Spanish tutors who want you to do well in classes and are willing to help if necessary. -Bella, Student of Spanish, SP2017
The MLMC has helped me a lot during the semester. When I came here the first day, I did not know anything about the new language. Then the tutor came and helped me out and because of her help, I was able to pass with a good grade in my class. I was also able to become friends with the tutor while studying and practicing. Overall, I had a great semester and hope to have a better one next time.-Mohammad, Student of Chinese, SP2017
The MLMC has helped me out a lot this semester, more than what a typical tutoring center has done for me. YingJin has helped me out a lot from basic sentences, stroke order and pronunciation which in return helped me to achieve the highest grade overall that I could within the class.-Demetry, Student of Chinese, SP2017