Peer Language Advising

Language Advising sessions will be offered online during the fall semester. Find the schedule below.

Language Advisers (LAs) is a group of Occidental College undergraduate students and Visiting Language Assistants who work closely with Oxy students pursuing the study of language.

 

LAs can help you:

  • Practice verbal language skills;
  • Practice pronunciation;
  • Discuss readings for better comprehension;
  • Discuss cultural, social or political issues relevant to the language of study;
  • Find and view current language materials in social media and other sources;
  • Work on particular needs by reviewing quizzes and exams;
  • Prepare for cultural events, karaoke performances, and open mics.

Drop-in Hours

Select the language to access the schedule and links to join drop-in hours.

If you are located outside the Pacific timezone and need help outside of these hours, contact mcifuentes@oxy.edu.

Arabic

Jacob Knight

Arabic Language Adviser Jacob KnightHello everyone (مرحاباً بكم), my name is Jacob Knight and I am a senior DWA major and History minor. As of this year, I am the Arabic peer advisor and I have office hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I know this is a difficult time to study a language as challenging as Arabic so if any of you have any questions, need help, or just want to talk about the language/region, I'd be glad to help. Lastly, a fun fact about myself is that I have heterochromia iridium, which means I have two different color eyes. 

Drop-in Hours:

Mondays 5:30-6:30pm PST

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm PST

Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm PST

Access the Arabic virtual room with Jacob. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Chinese

Zhuoheng Li

Chinese Language Adviser Lee LiHi! I’m Lee, I am the Chinese Peer Language advisor this semester. I am an Oxy Junior, DWA/Eastern Asian Studies major! I was born and raised in Chengdu, China: where pandas and Mapo Tofu are from. This semester I would like to work with you to improve your Chinese language skill in all aspects. Want to ask some general questions? Come to me! Want to have some Chinese conversations? Do you have specific questions about your homework? Just come to my drop-in hours!

Drop-in Hours:

Mondays 6-7pm PST

Tuesdays 8-9pm PST

Thursdays 8-9pm PST

Access the Chinese virtual room with Lee. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

French

Mathilde Venet

French Language Adviser Mathilde VenetHi everyone! My name is Mathilde Venet and I’m a Senior DWA major here at Oxy. I’m the French peer language advisor this year and I’m available three times a week for any help with readings or classwork, for questions, or simply to have a conversation! 

Drop-in Hours:

Tuesdays 5-6pm PST

Thursdays 5-6pm PST

Fridays 12-1pm PST

Access the French virtual room with MathildeNote: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Japanese

Sungsang Huh

Japanese Language Adviser Sungsang HuhMy name is Sung Sang Huh, and I am a sophomore majoring in biology. I am the Japanese Language Advisor this fall semester, and I hope I can be helpful in answering questions you had in class or providing a space where you can apply your knowledge to enhance speaking skills. An interesting fact about me is that I am culturally Japanese, and I would be happy to talk about Japanese pop culture, traditions, or anything you find interesting about Japan. I look forward to seeing you!

Drop-in Hours

Mondays 7-8pm PST

Tuesdays 7-8pm PST

Thursdays 7-8pm PST

Access the Japanese virtual room with SungsangNote: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Russian

Audrey Lilly

Russian Language Adviser Audrey LillyПривет! My name is Audrey. I am the Russian Language advisor! I have been studying the Russian-language for about 5 years now. I am a senior who is majoring in Group Language (Spanish & Russian) and Diplomacy & World Affairs. I am also minoring in Religious Studies. Come visit me Tuesdays or Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 if you wanna chat, read, or write in Russian! I can teach you the basics or we can do more advanced things as well. 

Drop-in Hours

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm PST

Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm PST

Access the Russian virtual room with Audrey. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Spanish

Noah Yee Yick

Spanish Language Adviser Noah Yee YickWhat’s up! I am Noah, a junior at Oxy double-majoring in Diplomacy & World Affairs and Spanish Studies (or maybe Group Language). I love everything about the Spanish language, from grammar and pronunciation to literature and linguistics. I am here to help with any of the above, and anything regarding Spanish as a whole. ¡Te invito a hablar conmigo!

Drop-in Hours:

Mondays 12-1pm PST

Tuesdays 12-1pm PST

Wednesdays 12-1pm PST

Access the Spanish virtual room with Noah. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Sofie Brown

Spanish Language Adviser Sofie Brown¡Hola! My name is Sofie and I’m a senior Spanish major and history minor from Davis, California. In my free time, I enjoy listening to Reik and Jesse & Joy, watching Todo Noticias and Selling Sunset, and drinking boba (especially Brown Sugar Boba with 100% sugar). As a Language Advisor, I am very excited for the opportunity to meet more of the Oxy community as well as aid in anything related to Spanish! Please drop-in to say hi or practice Spanish speaking skills, review grammar, and get writing support!

Drop-in Hours:

Tuesdays 8-9pm PST

Thursdays 8-9pm PST

Fridays 12-1pm PST

Access the Spanish virtual room with Sofie. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Lana Parke-Reimer

Spanish Language Adviser Lana Parke-ReimerHello! My name is Lana and I am a Spanish and Cognitive Science double major with a Linguistics minor. I am in my junior year and I tutor Spanish. I have been studying Spanish for 8 years and have had the opportunity to put myself in various immersive environments. I also love learning new languages and going back to being a beginner (I am currently learning Korean). I'd love to guide you with your Spanish homework or essays, whatever level it is, or just have a conversation. I also want to help you find ways to make language learning fun. I look forward to seeing you! 

Drop-in Hours

Mondays 6-7pm PST

Tuesdays 6-7pm PST

Wednesdays 6-7pm PST

Access the Spanish virtual room with Lana. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Greek

Mate Major

Greek Language Adviser Matt MajorHi! My name is Mate Major, I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, and I am currently a junior here at Oxy, majoring in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture. My emphasis is on the classics, which means I am studying Ancient Greek and Latin for the most part. I am hoping to go into education once I am done with my studies. I prefer spending my free time outdoors on hikes or at the beach, reading, or something equally riveting. I encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions about Ancient Greek specifically, or anything language advising or CSLC related. I look forward to meeting and working with you guys!

Drop-in Hours: 

Mondays 7:30-8:30 pm PST

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm PST

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm PST

Access the Greek virtual room with Matt. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Latin

Joelle Floyd

Latin Language Adviser Joelle FloydHi my name is Joelle Floyd I am a Senior Cognitive Science major and Classics minor from New York City. I am also a member of the track team here at Oxy. This year I am the Latin Language Peer Advisor! I have been studying latin for over 7 years and look forward to working with you this year! Come see me with any questions about Latin! 

Drop-in Hours:

Mondays 7:15-8:15pm PST

Wednesdays 1-2pm PST AND  7:15-8:15pm PST

Access the Latin virtual room with Joelle. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

German

Anne Werum

German Language Adviser Anne WerumHi, I'm Anne and I'm the German Language Advisor. I'm a Junior Biology Major and I'm considering Vet School after Oxy. I was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Stuttgart, Germany when I was one year old. I grew up and went to school in Stuttgart before coming to Oxy. If you want help with grammar/vocab, just want to talk and work on speaking/pronunciation, or learn about some cultural differences, I'm always happy to help. If you're thinking of studying abroad here, I could share some things to do in Freiburg and Berlin. Also, my tiny fluff-ball of a dog will probably be hanging out during my advising hours, so come by if you want to meet him!

Drop-in Hours:

Tuesdays 12:30pm PST

Wednesdays 12-1pm PST

Thursdays 9-10am PST (Note: this drop-in hour is in the morning)

Access the German virtual room with Anne. Note: You must be logged in with your oxy.edu account in order to access the Zoom link and password.

Questions about the program? Email Yovanna Cifuentes-Goodbody at mcifuentes@oxy.edu.

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*This page was last updated on August 25, 2020.