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Tutoring and Conversation

The Center for World Languages and Cultures offers peer tutoring for DU students seeking extra help with language courses, conversation practice in a foreign language, or language proficiency exam preparation. Tutoring is held at the Language Center in the Academic Commons. We are located on the main floor, south of the Math Center and east of the Writing Center

Language Tutoring

We also offer review sessions for some languages in preparation for finals, as well as ad hoc proficiency exam preparation sessions. Tutoring is offered quarterly beginning week 2, Monday through Friday. We do not offer tutoring hours during finals or over the summer, winter, or spring breaks. Our current tutoring schedule is below. Tutoring is free to all DU students and is first come, first served on a drop-in basis. The CWLC currently has language coaches in Arabic, Chinese, English (as a second language) French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Please see the CWLC Tutoring Policies and Procedures for details.

Tutoring Schedule

Fall Quarter 2016

Tutoring starts the week of September 19, 2016.

Fall Language Center tutoring schedule

Schedule Revision:  Beginning Week 7 Russian hours will be Mondays 1-4pm and Thursdays 11am-2pm.

Please note tutoring hours may change throughout the quarter. Though we do our best to cover all advertised tutoring hours, on occasion a language coach may be absent or unavailable. Please check our website for the most up to date information.

Meet Our Language Coaches

Arabic

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Dareen Elkhairi

Alsalam Alaikum! My name is Dareen. I am a sophomore student at the Daniel's College of Business, a Resident Assistant in Centennial Towers, and an Ethics Boot Camp Leader for the Ethics Boot Camp in DU. I am originally from Jordan, but I have lived my past eight years in Dubai, U.A.E. Living in Jordan and the U.A.E. has allowed me to master all the different dialects of Arabic, but I speak the Levantine dialect. I am genuinely interested about different languages and cultures, and I try to learn Spanish/French during my leisure time. I look forward to getting to know you and working to improve your language skills.

Chinese

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Kayla Bloomquist

Hello, my name is Kayla Blomquist. I am very excited to join the CWLC this year as an ESL and Chinese language coach. I am currently a senior majoring in International Studies and Public Policy, and minoring in Chinese. I have volunteered as an English teacher in Shenyang, China, interned for the US Department of State in Chengdu, China, and studied abroad in Beijing. Outside of academics, I am a competitive ice dancer and the president of the DU Figure Skating Team, and also love to travel, snowboard, teach ice skating, and hike.

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Xinyi Liu

Ni Hao! My name is Xinyi and I come from Hunan, China. I am currently a second year master student at DU majoring in Communication Studies. I am very excited to be part of the CWLC team! I love learning new language and culture and I am aware that learning a new language can be both fun and challenging, but I am here to help you! Traveling is a huge component in my life and I have been studying abroad in France during summer. I've been learning French for 4 years as well, so I absolutely know what it feels like to learn a new language.

English

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Kayla Bloomquist

Hello, my name is Kayla Blomquist. I am very excited to join the CWLC this year as an ESL and Chinese language coach. I am currently a senior majoring in International Studies and Public Policy, and minoring in Chinese. I have volunteered as an English teacher in Shenyang, China, interned for the US Department of State in Chengdu, China, and studied abroad in Beijing. Outside of academics, I am a competitive ice dancer and the president of the DU Figure Skating Team, and also love to travel, snowboard, teach ice skating, and hike.

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Katie Smedema

Hello! My name is Katie and I am a native English speaker, born in Indianapolis. I am a second year master’s student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies where I am focusing on the Middle East with specific attention to refugees and human trafficking. I taught English at a refugee resettlement organization in Indianapolis, tutored in English during my undergraduate studies, and taught for half a year in Thailand.

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Rachel Swank

My name is Rachel and I am a third-year undergraduate student from Wichita, Kansas. I am excited to be joining the CWLC team this fall as an ESL and Spanish language coach. This past school year, I volunteered with the Littleton Immigrant Resources Center as a Language Partner and am excited to continue helping individuals improve their English. I also have a passion for the Spanish language and culture and had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for 4 weeks this past summer.

French

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Oriana Edman

Hi,I am Oriana Edman, I am a sophomore student at the university of Denver where I am pursuing a major in environmental science with minors in French and Spanish. And I am excited to be tutoring German and French at the CWLC this year. I grew up in the German part of Switzerland, speaking both German and English. Additionally I have been studying French since grade school, and have since fallen in love with the French language and culture a passion that I am looking forward to sharing with others.

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Andrea Gerdes

My name is Andrea Gerdes, and I tutor in French at the Center for World Languages and Cultures. I am a junior at the Daniels College of Business majoring in French Literature and Finance with a minor in Leadership. I have been studying French for nine years now after I fell in love with the language in middle school. I visited France for the first time in 2012 after I finished high school. I returned last year to study abroad for a semester at the University of Lille in Lille, France. Every day I miss the incredible food, my fantastic French friends, and the opportunity to speak French non-stop.

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Xinyi Liu

Ni Hao! My name is Xinyi and I come from Hunan, China. I am currently a second year master student at DU majoring in Communication Studies. I am very excited to be part of the CWLC team! I love learning new language and culture and I am aware that learning a new language can be both fun and challenging, but I am here to help you! Traveling is a huge component in my life and I have been studying abroad in France during summer. I've been learning French for 4 years as well, so I absolutely know what it feels like to learn a new language.

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Audrey Zurcher 

Bonjour! My name is Audrey. I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in International Studies and French, with a minor in Art. I love to travel and learn about other cultures. I have studied the French language for over sixteen years.

German

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Oriana Edman

Hi,I am Oriana Edman, I am a sophomore student at the university of Denver where I am pursuing a major in environmental science with minors in French and Spanish. And I am excited to be tutoring German and French at the CWLC this year. I grew up in the German part of Switzerland, speaking both German and English. Additionally I have been studying French since grade school, and have since fallen in love with the French language and culture a passion that I am looking forward to sharing with others.

Italian

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Sophia Duncan

Sophie spent six months studying abroad in Milan, Italy, during her sophomore year of high school. She’s majoring in Economics, Geography, and Italian. She plays on the DU Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team, eats bagels habitually, and loves drinking coffee.

Japanese

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Yuka Kubota

Kon nichi wa! My name is Yuka, and I’m an BM undergrad student majoring in Violin Performance. I was born and raised in the states with English, but my parents only speak Japanese to me, so I’m fluent in both languages. In addition, I’m currently studying Korean and Icelandic. I find these two languages really interesting, but I’m not too proficient in either just yet (^_^;). Anyways, I’m super passionate about helping others learn Japanese and I’m excited to start doing so at the CWLC! If anyone has any questions, don’t hesitate to ask right away. Dewa, yoroshiku!

Russian

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Ayesha Hamza

Привет! My name is Ayesha, I’m a second year graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies specializing in International Security and Russian Regional Studies. I am originally from Columbus, OH and graduated from The Ohio State University with a double major in International Studies and Russian. I’ve studied Russian for nearly five years in and participated in the CLS Program in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia this summer where I was able to further develop my Russian language skills in a demanding, immersive environment. I have also done graduate research on Russian politics and foreign policy, and have studied Russia history and culture for the past few years. My two favorite things in life are traveling and reading. I am excited to be a language coach with the CWLC this year, and look forward to conversing in Russian!

Spanish

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Andrea Martires Abelenda

¡Hola a todos! My name is Andrea and I will be working at the CWLC this year! I was born in Uruguay and lived there until I started college, making Spanish my mother tongue. My language background also includes English, French, Portuguese, and Italian. I love different cultures and languages, and this together with my vast travelling exposure to more than 25 countries, has led me to better comprehend the diversities that this world holds even when talking about the Spanish language alone. I am currently doing my Master’s degree at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with focuses in International Law and Human Rights, Conflict and Development, and International Political Economy. My hobbies include dancing, working out, and meeting new people! I look forward to sharing my language and culture with all of you!

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Meghan McDonald

¡Hola! My name is Meghan. I am a second-year grad student studying Global Affairs & Translation. I started learning Spanish in high school, continued through college, lived abroad in Spain for two years and continue to learn more every day. I have a BA in linguistics, a TESL certification, and an absolute love of languages, which I could not be happier to share!

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Natalie Southwick

¡Hola! I'm Natalie. I'm a second-year graduate student in International Human Rights at the Korbel School. I've been studying Spanish since high school and spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires as an undergrad. I lived in Bogotá from 2012-2015, so I'm fluent in Spanish, with some bonus Colombian slang. I'm obsessed with Colombia and love telling everyone I meet how it's the best place in the world. I've also traveled to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru, Ecuador and Cuba, and just got back from a summer in Rio, so I'm an experienced portuñol speaker as well!

If you are looking for help in a language we do not offer, please contact us. We may be able to provide you with a list of outside tutors.