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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 2017

Tutoring starts the week of September 18, 2017.

Fall 2017 Tutor Schedule

*Schedule updated 10/30/17

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 junior 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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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.

 

Bonnie Yao

Hongyue (Bonnie) Yao

Kee how!! My name is Hongyue (Bonnie) Yao. So glad to goin CWLC this quarter! I am a graduate student, a Teach Assistant for the finance department, a Research Assistant for the management department, a Daniels Student Ambassador, and a graduate admission counselor in DU. My major is  Applied Quantitative Finance. As a language tutor, I want you to experience the transformative power of language study. You will discover new cultures, new modes of thinking, new ways of being yourself, and have a lot of fun along the way. Join us!

 

 

English

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Aditi Machado

Salut! My name is Aditi Machado and I'm a PhD candidate in the English department at DU. I tutor in French and English. I love talking about languages (I'm the poetry editor for a journal of translation called Asymptote) and am fascinated by how they shape the way we think about the world. I keep trying to learn new languages (or old ones, like Latin and Old English) even though it's hard. They break my mind open. So do movies. I think subtitlers are contemporary heroes of cultural exchange.

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Ally Malecha

Bonjour! My name is Ally and I am a senior double majoring in French and Biochemistry. I studied abroad last fall in Paris, where I worked a full time internship in public health. I love the French language and culture, and I am always willing to chat about French food or music.  In my free time, I like to learn other languages, as I believe language is one of the most powerful tools for human connection. I'm excited to be a language coach in the CWLC this year and look forward to sharing my passion with others!

 

Sydney_DonatoLeach

Sydney Donati-Leach

Hello, my name is Sydney Donati-Leach. I am thrilled to be an ESL and French language coach this year at the CWLC. I am currently a senior majoring in Economics and Public Policy, and minoring in French.  I have interned at a refugee asylum in Strasbourg, France where I tutored refugees in English and French. I also studied abroad in Rennes, France where I completed courses such as Economics and International Studies alongside the French university students.  When I am not doing school work, I love volunteering and I am the president of the community service fraternity on campus. I also created a program at DU called "Tandem" where students can meet with other bilingual peers to speak in different languages.

 

Jordan Parry

Jordan A. Parry

¡Hola! My name is Jordan, and I am very excited to be joining the CWLC as a Spanish and ESL tutor. I am originally from Denver, and I am thrilled to be working on my Master's Degree here in my hometown. I graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education and Spanish, along with a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. I then taught Spanish and ESL for two years here in the U.S. before I moved to Cusco, Peru in 2014. Since then, I have been working as the Academic Director of a large intercultural institute in Latin America, teaching both English and Spanish, training new teachers, and working on curriculum development, all while traveling between Peru, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

I am now a second-year graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, working toward my M.A. in International Administration, with concentrations in both Finance and Statistical Analysis. I love languages and language-learning, and I'm excited to see you in the CWLC this year!

French

Aditi_Machado

Aditi Machado

Salut! My name is Aditi Machado and I'm a PhD candidate in the English department at DU. I tutor in French and English. I love talking about languages (I'm the poetry editor for a journal of translation called Asymptote) and am fascinated by how they shape the way we think about the world. I keep trying to learn new languages (or old ones, like Latin and Old English) even though it's hard. They break my mind open. So do movies. I think subtitlers are contemporary heroes of cultural exchange.

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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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Samantha Bloch

Hola! Salut! Hallo!

I am Samantha Bloch and I am an International Business Transactions LLM candidate at the Sturm College of Law. I am originally German/Colombian and spent my childhood and teenage years between both countries. I moved to Paris when I was 19 years old and studied at the Sorbonne French language and civilization before starting law school at that same university. I graduated with a double Bachelor's degree in Law and Economics and a Master's degree in International Economic Law and did a one-year vocational training in German law. I have had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant at the Sorbonne, a lawyer at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and as a legal consultant in international bribery matters at the OECD in Paris. I have also had the chance to live one year in Togo, Africa. About one and a half years ago I moved to Colorado with my husband and my two children Mateo and Mila. I enjoy running and volunteering for non-for-profits organizations that are involved with refugees, human trafficking and poverty alleviation.

Foreign languages, cultures and cuisine is something I am passionate about. I have not only lived in 6 different countries in 4 continents but have also traveled in 23 countries. I will be tutoring in German, French and Spanish and I really look forward to helping you and sharing my experiences and passions with you!

 

 Ally_Malecha

Ally Malecha

Bonjour! My name is Ally and I am a senior double majoring in French and Biochemistry. I studied abroad last fall in Paris, where I worked a full time internship in public health. I love the French language and culture, and I am always willing to chat about French food or music.  In my free time, I like to learn other languages, as I believe language is one of the most powerful tools for human connection. I'm excited to be a language coach in the CWLC this year and look forward to sharing my passion with others!

 

Sydney_DonatoLeach

Sydney Donati-Leach

Hello, my name is Sydney Donati-Leach. I am thrilled to be an ESL and French language coach this year at the CWLC. I am currently a senior majoring in Economics and Public Policy, and minoring in French.  I have interned at a refugee asylum in Strasbourg, France where I tutored refugees in English and French. I also studied abroad in Rennes, France where I completed courses such as Economics and International Studies alongside the French university students.  When I am not doing school work, I love volunteering and I am the president of the community service fraternity on campus. I also created a program at DU called "Tandem" where students can meet with other bilingual peers to speak in different languages.

German

Samantha_Bloch

Samantha Bloch

Hola! Salut! Hallo!

I am Samantha Bloch and I am an International Business Transactions LLM candidate at the Sturm College of Law. I am originally German/Colombian and spent my childhood and teenage years between both countries. I moved to Paris when I was 19 years old and studied at the Sorbonne French language and civilization before starting law school at that same university. I graduated with a double Bachelor's degree in Law and Economics and a Master's degree in International Economic Law and did a one-year vocational training in German law. I have had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant at the Sorbonne, a lawyer at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and as a legal consultant in international bribery matters at the OECD in Paris. I have also had the chance to live one year in Togo, Africa. About one and a half years ago I moved to Colorado with my husband and my two children Mateo and Mila. I enjoy running and volunteering for non-for-profits organizations that are involved with refugees, human trafficking and poverty alleviation.

Foreign languages, cultures and cuisine is something I am passionate about. I have not only lived in 6 different countries in 4 continents but have also traveled in 23 countries. I will be tutoring in German, French and Spanish and I really look forward to helping you and sharing my experiences and passions with you!

 

Chiara Zanin

Chiara Zanin

Hello! Buongiorno! Hallo! My name is Chiara, I am originally from Italy (I was born close to the beautiful Romeo and Juliet's city, Verona) and I am very happy to be joining the CWLC as an Italian and German tutor. I am an LL.M. International Student at the Sturm College of Law. I am truly passionate for languages and different cultures. In fact, I could use those passion and interest also for my work. I have been working as an Associate Attorney at Law in Switzerland with international clients, and have loved every moment of that. So far I have experienced that in order to really communicate with people from different countries it is important to study the language together with the culture. It is fascinating how the same message has to be expressed using different words and/or nuances in order to reach the target.
Before working I earned my J.D. from the University of Trento (Bachelor and Master Degree in Law), Italy, with a major in Transnational, Comparative and European Law. I also studied as a Scholarship holder in Germany at the Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Münster.
I am studying English myself, so I am totally understanding all students learning foreign languages.
I'm excited to see you in the CWLC this year!

Italian

Chiara Zanin

Chiara Zanin

Hello! Buongiorno! Hallo! My name is Chiara, I am originally from Italy (I was born close to the beautiful Romeo and Juliet's city, Verona) and I am very happy to be joining the CWLC as an Italian and German tutor. I am an LL.M. International Student at the Sturm College of Law. I am truly passionate for languages and different cultures. In fact, I could use those passion and interest also for my work. I have been working as an Associate Attorney at Law in Switzerland with international clients, and have loved every moment of that. So far I have experienced that in order to really communicate with people from different countries it is important to study the language together with the culture. It is fascinating how the same message has to be expressed using different words and/or nuances in order to reach the target.
Before working I earned my J.D. from the University of Trento (Bachelor and Master Degree in Law), Italy, with a major in Transnational, Comparative and European Law. I also studied as a Scholarship holder in Germany at the Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Münster.
I am studying English myself, so I am totally understanding all students learning foreign languages.
I'm excited to see you in the CWLC this year!

Japanese

 

Russian

 

Spanish

Samantha_Bloch

Samantha Bloch

Hola! Salut! Hallo!

I am Samantha Bloch and I am an International Business Transactions LLM candidate at the Sturm College of Law. I am originally German/Colombian and spent my childhood and teenage years between both countries. I moved to Paris when I was 19 years old and studied at the Sorbonne French language and civilization before starting law school at that same university. I graduated with a double Bachelor's degree in Law and Economics and a Master's degree in International Economic Law and did a one-year vocational training in German law. I have had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant at the Sorbonne, a lawyer at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and as a legal consultant in international bribery matters at the OECD in Paris. I have also had the chance to live one year in Togo, Africa. About one and a half years ago I moved to Colorado with my husband and my two children Mateo and Mila. I enjoy running and volunteering for non-for-profits organizations that are involved with refugees, human trafficking and poverty alleviation.

Foreign languages, cultures and cuisine is something I am passionate about. I have not only lived in 6 different countries in 4 continents but have also traveled in 23 countries. I will be tutoring in German, French and Spanish and I really look forward to helping you and sharing my experiences and passions with you!

Edwin_Bustinza

Edwin Bustinza

Edwin is an L.L.M Candidate from Sturm College of Law, University of Denver. He is a lawyer from the University of Lima (Magna cum laude). Since 2012, he is a legal counsel of Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A.

Edwin specializes in mining, environmental, corporate law, and foreign investments related matters.  He has served as in-house counsel to recognized international mining companies. Edwin has studied in Peru, Australia, and now the U.S.

 

Jordan Parry

Jordan A. Parry

¡Hola! My name is Jordan, and I am very excited to be joining the CWLC as a Spanish and ESL tutor. I am originally from Denver, and I am thrilled to be working on my Master's Degree here in my hometown. I graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education and Spanish, along with a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. I then taught Spanish and ESL for two years here in the U.S. before I moved to Cusco, Peru in 2014. Since then, I have been working as the Academic Director of a large intercultural institute in Latin America, teaching both English and Spanish, training new teachers, and working on curriculum development, all while traveling between Peru, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

I am now a second-year graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, working toward my M.A. in International Administration, with concentrations in both Finance and Statistical Analysis. I love languages and language-learning, and I'm excited to see you in the CWLC this year!

 

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.