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.
Hours of Operation
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.
|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|
|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.
Fast Track Language Placement Exam Information
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.
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.
Rules and Regulations
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:
Signing In and Out
With the exceptions of oral exams, students are required to sign in and out at the login station using their Cuny First/Empl ID every time they visit the Media Center. A working SLAS account is required to loin and logout of the center computers. Students who do not have a SLAS account will not be able to use the lab.
Using the Computers
Computers are available for language-related work only. We reserve the right to ask students to leave if using computers for personal use or for work in other disciplines. Students will not destroy or mishandle our computers. All standard CUNY policies regarding the use of computers must be followed. It is students' responsibility to leave the computers exatly as found.
Using the Printer
All students using the lab computers share one printer. Only language related work can be printed from the lab printer. There is a 5—page print limit per job. If you need to print more than 5 pages, please ask a staff member for assistance before printing.
A library voice is expected by all students in the lab. Please don't let your noise level disturb others working in the lab. If someone's noise level is distrubing, please promptly contact the lab Directors or College Assistants. We reserve the right to ask students disturbing the activities of the lab to leave. REMEMBER: MANY STUDENTS COMPLETE ORAL RECORDINGS FROM THE LAB COMPUTERS. Also be advised to put your cell phone in silent mode and leave the room to answer cell phone calls. The lab is not a hangout space. For social gatherings, please use the lounge at the entrance of the building. We reseerve the right to ask students meeting at the lab for non-academic purposes to leave.
App Review Board & Recommendations
These are some applications and resources that we have used which could enhance your productivity and or language skills:
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