The mission of the College of Staten Island's Modern Languages Media Center is to support and promote the study and instruction of foreign langauges, literatures and cultures through the integration of instructional technology for both student and faculty use.

If there are any announcements pertaining to the lab such as early closure, tutoring cancelations, etc., it will be posted here:

Feb 13 (Mon) — College is closed. No classes.

Feb 15 (Wed) — Classes follow a Monday schedule.

Feb 20 (Mon) — College is closed. No classes.

April 10 — 18 (Mon — Tue) — Spring recess. No classes.

Apr 20 (Thur) — Classes follow a Monday schedule.

May 18 (Thur) — Last day of classes.

May 29 (Mon) — College is closed. Memorial Day.

The Media Center is open throughout the week with the exception of Saturday and Sunday. We are typically open from morning to evening but please do keep in mind that summer and winter hours may vary. Please view the hours below for our times.

Semester MLMC Daily Hours
Monday 9 AM — 8 PM
Tuesday 9 AM — 8 PM
Wednesday 9 AM — 8 PM
Thursday 9 AM — 8 PM
Friday 9 AM — 5 PM
Intersession MLMC Daily Hours
Monday 10 AM — 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10 AM — 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10 AM — 5:00 PM
Thursday 10 AM — 5:00 PM
Friday 10 AM — 5:00 PM

The Media Center offers plenty of support to students enrolled in language courses. One of the many resouces that is offered is free tutoring. Tutoring runs throughout the day at different times and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students do not need to make an appointment to meet with our tutors but will instead, need to have their Cuny First / Empl ID on hand for signing in. To see the days and times that tutors are available, please click on the link below to view and/or download the schedule.

Tutoring Schedule

The Tutoring Schedule is finalized and good throughout the academic semester. To view the tutoring schedule, please click the button below.

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Tutoring Schedule — Intersession

The summer/winter schedule will reflect tutoring hours for the current intersession. To view the tutoring schedule, please click the button below.

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The Foreign Language Requirement at CSI is proficiency based. This means that students have to reach a certain level of competency in a language. Many majors require students to attain an intermediate level of proficiency. For a beginning language learner, this will require three sequential semesters of a foreign language (112, 114, 213).

Students who have previously studied a language or are heritage speakers may be “fast-tracked” and placed directly in 114 or 213-- or the equivalent heritage speakers courses (119, 219)-- reducing the number of semesters of language study required. Students who have experience with a language should take the placement exam in 2S-114 in order to know what level course to begin their studies at CSI.

For more information regarding the Foreign Language Requirement at CSI, please visit the main department FAQ page at: FAQ Page

To view the available dates for the Fast Track Language Placement Exam, please click on the following link: Examination Dates

The Media Center also provides our language students support with their online homework portion. 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.

A tutor is capable of assisting students with any corrections to their online homework but only after an attempt has been made by the student beforehand. In addition, tutors assigned for upper level courses can assist with essay corrections, but only after the essay has been first corrected by their professors.

Materials such as textbooks, workbooks, DVDs, Webcams are available to all students enrolled in a language course. In order to check out these materials, a proper picture ID must be presented and held onto by our lab staff until the materials have been checked back in. The materials themselves can not leave the center but can be utilized for however long while in the lab.

The Media Center strictly follows the rules set forth by the College of Staten Island and the Department of World Languages. We expect all students to adhere to the following:

These are some applications and resources that we have used which could enhance your productivity and or language skills:

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Duolingo

Duolingo is one of the most useful language learning tools you can find. Not only is it very easy to use, it is also completely free of charge. The site allows you to learn simple words as you progress to more advanced terms. The way the language is taught by the site keeps you engaging in more and more practice as there is a reward system. The knowledge you can gain from this site is invaluable. Duolingo can also be downloaded as an application on Android and iPhone devices. This makes it easy for users to learn the language on the go anywhere. All you need is 20 minutes of language learning per day and before you know it, you learned an new language. Duolingo also allows you to read various articles to challenge your knowledge of the language. By reading the articles and challenging yourself, you become better and more proficient in the language. Duolingo is extremely user friendly and is constantly being updated with great features. This tool is definitely a must use for those who seek to learn a language. Students can use to supplement their language course and help boost their performance.

Reviewer: Peter

Date reviewed: Jan. 20, 2016

Youtube: How To Use Duolingo

Duolingo Website

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Free Rice

Free Rice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supported by the United Nations World Food Programme. The mission behind the website is to help end world hunger by providing starving nations with rice. The game is unique in a sense that it is based around answering questions to improve one’s own knowledge. The questions are multiple choice and for each question that is answered right, Freerice will donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. As the user progresses, the questions becoming more and more challenging. This is a way for the user to see the game as a challenge but to also gain something out of it as well as helping people all over the world.

Reviewer: Melvin

Date reviewed: Jan. 20, 2016

Youtube: How To Use Free Rice

FreeRice Website

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HelloTalk

HelloTalk is a free application that is available on both the Apple App Store and the Googleplay Store. The basis behind the app is to allow users to register and sign up and communicate with people throughout the world. The user must set their native language and then the set the language they are interested in learning. This will allow the application to focus and display people in that region or language so the user can easily select people they are interested in communicating with. The search section can also be broken down by gender, age, online status, language level, etc. which ensures that the user can find someone to speak with. Some of the key features of this application are the ability to translate text right within the app. This is extremely beneficial, especially for users that just starting out in a new language and do not have a strong sense of grammar or vocabulary.

Another feature, is to be able to correct a users’ sentence within the chat. The user can click on the sentence in question, type the correct sentence structure, and the app will display the wrong sentence and the corrected sentence that way the person can see the difference between the two. This helps the user learn from their mistakes in real time. There are bunch of amazing features in the app such as being able to send voice recordings and having a group chat and is a great tool to use for people that want to practice their new language with natives.

Reviewer: Melvin

Date reviewed: Jan. 20, 2016

Youtube: How To Use HelloTalk

HelloTalk Website

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Slack

Slack is an app that combines the usefulness of text messaging and email in one application. Slack allows you to share documents with other users. Users can access these documents at anytime. You are also able to create multiple group chats called channels. These group chats can be can be used to discuss a specific topic or for socializing purposes. Slack’s features allow it to be a great candidate for a work place corresponding tool. You may use slack as you would any other messaging application, but the application shines when it comes to chatting with multiple groups and when sharing documents as well as media content. Slack can be installed on PC, Mac, iPhone and Android devices which makes it very convenient for all users.

Reviewer: Melvin

Date reviewed: Jan. 20, 2016

Youtube: How To Use Slack

Slack Website

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WeSpeke

Wespeke is another great tool for learning language. It allows you to connect with individuals around the world and practice a language together. This tool takes on the form of social media site but for language learning. You can seek to learn a language or be a teacher. It is free to use and very user friendly. WeSpeke is a great way to meet individuals with similar interests from around the world. There are video and audio chat features as well as text chats so you can practice writing. Wespeke can also be downloaded as an App on your Android and iPhone devices. The application version of Wespeke allows you to chat with individuals on the go since you can video chat from the application as well. Teachers and students alike will find this extremely useful in their language learning endeavor.

Reviewer: Peter

Date reviewed: Jan. 20, 2016

Youtube: How To Use WeSpeke

WeSpeke Website

Address: 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, New York, 10314

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