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Modern Languages Media Center

Fall 2022

Tutoring will resume on September 6, 2022 and the schedule is available here. We will offer a combination of online and in person tutoring. 

If you find the lab office closed, we will be able to address your inquiries via phone and via email. Please email Valeria.Belmonti AT or Melvin.Dejesus AT or leave a voicemail at 718-982-3711 ext. 1 or 2. Someone will respond to you in a timely manner during business hours.

The Fast Track Exams for Chinese Mandarin, French, Italian and Spanish are offered online on an ongoing basis. To sign up and for more information, check here

Our Services:

The Media Center provides language students technical support and tutoring 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. 

About Us

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.

  • Oumar | College Assistant


  • Onofrio | College Assistant


  • Brianna | College Assistant


Breanna | American Sign Language Tutor:
Biography:  Hi! My name is Breanna and I am an American Sign Language tutor. I am currently in the last semester of my Masters, with a focus on English. I first began tutoring at the lab when I was in my undergrad where I completed a minor in ASL. Since then, I have continued to tutor so I may continue to practice the language myself while aiding students who are struggling to understand the concepts. Through talking to the students about the language, explaining its language properties, and signing with them, I hope to help them grow and support them on their journey to learning American Sign Language.


Katina | American Sign Language Tutor (2001-2019)
Biography: 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.


Nowa | Arabic Tutor:
Biography: Hello, my name is Nowa and I am currently an undergrad student at CSI. My major is biology with a minor in Arabic, which I have already completed. Arabic is also my mother language and I had to study it up until my freshman year in high school. I had the opportunity to take two courses in CSI with Professor Hager and a course at Hunter college which helped me complete my minor. It is a honor to be an Arabic tutor and to share my knowledge and experiences with the language as well as assist our students with their own Arabic studies.


Stevie | Chinese Tutor:
Biography: Hi, my name is Stevie and I study music at CSI. Music and language share two concepts that are the same which is emotion and expression. Learning Mandarin or any other language is not just about speaking the words like a robot, but being able to turn those words into various expressions, concepts, ideas, and forms of communication that bring people closer together. Those feelings added into words can make a big difference and being able to help students with their learning process will be tons of fun.


FenFen | Chinese Tutor:
Biography: Hi! My name is FenFen. I am currently an undergrad at CSI, and my major is Grade 1-6 Education with a Chinese Minor. Chinese is my native language, and I speak Mandarin and Cantonese. I also have experience teaching Chinese as a teacher assistant outside of school. Since I have an Education major with a Chinese Minor, I hope my knowledge and experience will help fellow students to understand Chinese better as well as enjoy learning the language.


Oumar | French Tutor:
Biography: My name is Oumar. I am from Burkina Faso in West Africa. French is my country official language. I am a French adjunct faculty and an undergrad in Computer Sciences (2nd degree). I like watching movies, sports and listening to music. My best experience at CSI started when I began to work at the language lab. As a former ESL students, the lab gave me the opportunity to share with my fellow students some of my knowledge in language learning and to provide them the best tips and practices to speak French.


Charbel | French Tutor:
Biography: Hello, my name is Charbel. I am of Lebanese origin, which is a very small country in the Middle East. I speak French, Arabic, and English. I will be one of the French tutors during this academic year. While I know how difficult learning a new language can be, I guarantee you it is not an impossible phenomenon. It does take hard work and dedication and I would be thrilled to assistance you in your French language journey.


Rim | French Tutor:
Biography: Hello, my name is Rim Yasmine. I am currently an undergraduate student at CSI and my major is international business. I grew up in Morocco and since our secondary language is French, I was always surrounded and exposed to the language from an early age. I am a person who is very passionate about languages and the fact that I speak 5 five languages (Arabic, French, Spanish and Turkish) testifies to this. I hope that by speaking French fluently and by mastering the rules of grammar I will be of help to you all.


Brianna | Italian Tutor:
Biography: 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.


Onofrio | Italian Tutor:
Biography: Ciao! My name is Onofrio. My major is Italian and I enjoy learning about all different types of languages when the opportunity presents itself. I lived in Italy until I was twelve, and speaking English and Italian has assisted me in becoming proficient in Spanish and Georgian. I know learning a language can be tough, which is why I aspire to facilitate the learning process, developing students' comprehension and use of the Italian language with fun and immersive methods.


Laura G. | Italian Tutor:
Biography: I was born and raised in Italy. I studied Computer Science in High School and Journalism at Università degli Studi di Palermo in Italy. After leaving, I was able to travel to various countries, experience different cultures, and the desire to spread Italian culture grew in me. Now, I am a senior at CSI, majoring in Italian Studies, and I can't wait to assist students taking Italian courses here as well as in the future, teach my language in schools.


Laura R. | Italian / Spanish Tutor:
Biography: Hi! My Name is Laura and I am majoring in Spanish 7-12. I was born and raised in Italy until the age of 15 and then moved to the US. My love for languages has helped me learn Spanish and English fluently. Also, in the past year, I was lucky enough to spend 10 days in Guatemala where I learned more about the culture and had the opportunity to experience new adventures. During the time I spent there, I realized how important languages are and I know they can sometimes be tricky to learn but with focus and dedication, being fluent in a language is attainable. This is also why I aspire to help make the process easier and more natural.


Angela | Spanish Tutor:
Biography: Hola!! My name is Angela, and I am currently an undergrad at CSI where I am majoring in Psychology and Spanish Education (7-12). I believe that it is never too late to learn a new language and if you try and practice every day you will be able to master and become fluent in the language that you want. I am here to help everyone who needs it and above all, to make them feel how wonderful it is to be able to communicate in more than one language.


Margarita | Spanish Tutor:
Biography: My name is Margarita, and I am from Ecuador. I transferred from the Universidad Estatal de Guayaquil and am currently studying in my fourth semester at the College of Staten Island. My major is Spanish because I aspire to teach and help others learn the Spanish language in the near future. I grew up reading the short stories, poetry, and novels from Spanish and Latin American authors and listening to pre-Colombian legends and myths that have shaped the identity of Latin American countries. People ought to learn how romantic, beautiful, and rich the Spanish language is. The great professors teaching BA in Spanish courses at the College of Staten Island are providing me with the necessary skills and techniques to teach Spanish and one day write a novel and a collection of short stories based on stories, legends, and experiences that I have been able to collect in my life. I enjoy the time I spend tutoring Spanish in the Modern Language Media Center because I love sharing my passion for my native language with students learning Spanish.


Susie | Spanish Tutor:
Biography: ¡Hola Estudiantes! My name is Susie. I am double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Spanish. I’ve been working in the Modern Languages Media Center since last semester and my goal is to be able to help students to understand Spanish. I was born and raised in the United States by 2 Mexican parents who have always spoken Spanish my entire life. It has inspired me to want to help others to learn or practice Spanish and be able to carry on the knowledge gained throughout their personal lives. I hope students will enjoy learning Spanish and not be afraid to visit our center for help.


Jazaira | Spanish Tutor:
Biography: My name is Jazaira, and I am currently a university student at CSI. I am specializing in Spanish and Education 7-12, as well as a minor in Psychology. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and our official language is Spanish. Besides being my mother tongue, I always looked for different approaches to instruct myself in the language which occurred while reading literary novels. This is when I ultimately fell in love with Spanish. Through its words, I could transport myself into various stories, visualize the worlds, scenes, people, conversations, experiences and it felt like I was there for real. I believe that being a tutor is an experience that, in addition to helping me in practice, helps me support students of the language and our community on this learning journey. #Permancéstunning


I enjoyed tutoring, as it was very helpful, and I was learning from it. I would go to class and not know anything, but then when I started tutoring,  we went over all my lessons and practiced everything, and I would understand it well. Every time I have a new lesson the next day I go to tutoring, because that is the only way I understand the work. I am not an Arabic speaker, so as a non-native learner, a new language is extremely difficult, but the tutor made it easier. Since it is one to one, it is a lot easier to ask questions, and go over things, as oppose to in class. N.I. - Student of Arabic


Learning a second language could be challenging. Attending Italian tutoring on a weekly basis has given me a great deal of confidence in completing my assignments, quizzes and class participation.  Thank you for all the hard work and dedication in tutoring Italian.  My appreciation for tutors is much greater than these words.  The whole entire Italian tutoring staff are AMAZING! The tutor I see in the morning especially has taught me in a way that made the information stick in my head.  She broke this up step-by-step.  I am forever thankful for her and the rest of the team.  With that being said, if you are struggling, tutoring is extremely helpful and I highly recommend it. Giovanna - Student of Italian


The CSI tutoring program is one of the best tutoring programs I have ever experienced.  The open scheduling concept is extremely innovative and offers the student maximum flexibility.  All of the tutoring instructors are enormously helpful and  very professional.  They are  all awesome!!  If you need to improve your grade or just get some extra help, you need to give the CSI tutoring center a try, you will not regret your experience. -Lee, Student of French


I attend Spanish tutoring, and the tutor has helped me improve with my class assignments. The tutor is kind, and patient with me. She explains the work in a way I can fully comprehend. I have improved so much . I received an A on my last Spanish test. She has also given me the motivation and confidence to never give up. I appreciate that she has a passion for what she does. -Cyrinthia, Student of Spanish


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


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

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

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

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


The MLMC has helped me out a lot this semester, more than what a typical tutoring center has done for me. The tutor 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