Welcome to Fall 2021

The virtual lab will be closed on September 15-16. For technical assistance on these days, please email Valeria.Belmonti@csi.cuny.edu and/or Melvin.Dejesus@csi.cuny.edu.

We are available at the Virtual Language Lab for immediate live assistance from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Fridays. During our regular hours, you can connect to one of our technicians for an audio/video chat from your computer or mobile device, or you can phone call our virtual Blackboard desk at  571-392-7650  (when prompted to enter a conference number enter the code 6360783997).  

The online tutoring schedule is available on the tutoring page. No appointment needed, first-come-first-serve.

The Fast Track exams for Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish continue to be offered online. Visit this page to register for an exam and learn more about the CSI Foreign Language requirement. 

 

Mission:

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.

Contact Information

Virtual Language Lab
Phone : 571-392-7650 (Code: 6360783997)

Lab Hours

Monday through Thursday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (8:00 PM through September 8)

Friday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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

Directors

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. 

Breanna | American Sign Language Tutor:
Biography: 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.

 

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.

 

Ting Ting | Chinese Tutor:
Biography: Ni hao, my name is Tingting. I am currently an undergrad at CSI and my Major is Fine Art and I am also doing a Minor in Chinese. Chinese is my native language and I enjoy helping people to learn Chinese. I understand the challenges of learning a new language, so I hope I make it relaxing and enjoyable.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Alison | Spanish Tutor:
Biography: ¡Hola! My name is Alison. I am currently an undergrad student at CSI with a major in Spanish and two minors, one in Disabilities studies and the other in Linguistics. As a child, I was taught Spanish first before learning english. I was able to speak, read and write it fluently. I became interested in Spanish because in the future I’d like to become a teacher. Now as a tutor, I enjoy helping students understand the language and practice it. I have learned so much and I’m still learning as a tutor in order to help as much as I can.

 

Elizabeth | Spanish Tutor:
Biography: Hola, my name is Elizabeth and I’m currently an undergrad at CSI. My major is Spanish 7-12 education with a minor in LACS. I was born in Queens, NY but I spent my childhood in Ecuador where half of my education was completed. As an adult, I pursued higher education and found my passion for teaching my mother language because of my first daughter. Since she was little, she was always asking to be taught new words in Spanish and through those interactions, she became comfortable with the language. She is now capable of speaking, writing and reading the it fluently. Through that experience, I knew someday I would like to become an educator. Becoming a tutor has opened a door for me towards that goal, because it gives me the ability to share my knowledge with students, help them understand the intricacies of Spanish and hopefully, give them the confidence to one day become just as fluent. In addition, working in the tutoring center will give me even more skills and experiences I may need for my future as an educator. “Remember it’s never too late.”

 

Karina | Spanish Tutor:
Biography: My name is Karina, and I was born in Mexico. I moved to New York City when I was just 18 years old. I am currently in my sixth semester at CSI. My goal is to finish my major in Spanish Education 7-12. Currently, I have completed a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and I am in the course of a minor in linguistics. As a native Spanish speaker, I know that it is not easy to learn a second language, in my case English, but I believe that learning more than one language is opening up the world to the cultures that the language represents. As a Spanish tutor, I do not share only my knowledge; I also share the cultural richness that Spanish brings since Spanish is spoken in 21 countries worldwide.

 

Tiffany | Spanish Tutor:
Biography: Hello, my name is Tiffany. I am a first-year MSW graduate student. I took Spanish at CSI while I was an undergrad and when I was in high school. I remembered Spanish being a fun subject which encouraged me to become a tutor. Although I am not fluent in Spanish, I want to show that learning the language can be fun. I hope with my current knowledge, I can help others who are struggling and those who are learning the language for the first time. 

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