Solal BuvatFrench Tutor
My name is Solal Buvat and I'm studying philosophy and law in Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d'Ulm, and at the Université Paris-Nanterre. I'm this year's teaching assistant in French. While at Bard, I plan to take courses in philosophy, art history and literature.
I look forward to meeting you!
Sijie HeChinese Tutor
My name is He Sijie, from Sichuan, China. Currently, I am a master's student at Qingdao University in China. My major is teaching Chinese as a second language. I used to work as a Chinese teacher in Thailand for two years, and during that time, I was very happy. I enjoyed learning from my students. Although we have different cultures, I think exploring and understanding different cultures is a cool thing. I really look forward to seeing you all! Learn Chinese together and share each other's cultures!
¡Hola a todxs!
My name is Lucila Bretón and I am one of the 2023-2024 Spanish tutors. I come from Argentina. I grew up and have always lived in Santa Rosa, a small city, or “pueblo grande” (big town) as we call it here. Santa Rosa is the capital city of La Pampa province. It is located in the centre of the country, and the landscape here is quite flat, there are no mountains, no lakes, no seashore and almost no rivers. However, it is a nice place to live in and many foreigners affirm that you can witness the best sunsets here, which is probably true.
In the same city I was telling you about, I studied to become an English teacher at National University of La Pampa and I graduated last year but I’ve been teaching English as a Foreign Language since 2021 in different institutions. I consider myself passionate about learning, especially languages, although I haven’t had the chance to deeply study other languages yet, but I am planning to do so in the future.
During my leisure time, I love listening to music, or playing it. I’ve always loved everything related to music, I started learning to play the piano when I was in High School, and later on, I also learned how to play the guitar (just a bit). I also enjoy doing sports, especially track and field and skating. So, as you can see, I am a really active person who is always seeking to learn, discover and try new things.
I am looking forward to meeting you all and enjoy a great time together so that we can share Spanish and I can tell you more about my culture! Please, do not hesitate to contact me for anything you need.
¡Nos vemos pronto!
Salwa KaiyalArabic Tutor
My name is Salwa Kaiyal. I'm a Palestinian-Israeli citizen and a Fulbright grantee. I will be tutoring the Arabic language at Bard for the year 2023-2024.
Here's a glimpse of my background:
I received my bachelor's degree in Social Science from Bar-Ilan University in 2018, and my Master's degree in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation from the same institution in 2020. I'm a mediator, and over the past two and a half years, I have been working for an initiative that promotes Arab society's representation in the business sector alongside officials from global and the biggest companies and organizations as a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) advisor. I have also been working with talented individuals from diverse communities, helping to improve their experiences as candidates. I'm a social activist and volunteer as a mentor for students to find employment fields suitable for them after graduation.
I practice yoga, play tennis, I love nature, exploring new things and learning from the people around me.
I invite anyone interested in the Arabic language and culture to join me at the Arabic language table at Kline every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Looking forward to meeting all of you.
Tamara FritschGerman Tutor
Hallo!My name is Tamara (she/her). I am the German Language tutor for the academic year 2023/24. I grew up in a small, very idyllic village called “Hagenhausen” about 30km east of Nuremberg in Franconia, Germany. Even if I enjoyed growing up there (Nuremberg has a unique medieval flair) I have spent my last six years living and studying in Eichstaett, Bavaria. I have received an Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree there and recently graduated from my Teacher Training Studies for High School at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
I majored in English/American Studies and Geography, as well as Pedagogy. What I most enjoyed about my studies was the broad and diverse fields of Geography and English. I got to learn so much about different cultures, landscapes, language, and people and how spaces and places are shaped by all of these different factors. The various field trips in the alps with the Geography Department are some of my favorite memories. I’m also really passionate about American Literature and Culture and wrote my final thesis with the American Literature Department. When I finished my Fulbright I’d like to start teaching at German High Schools or pursue a PhD in American Literature.
I love reading and discovering new genres and authors, as well as writing texts myself. I always loved to listen to music and sang in a choir for over 12 years. I really enjoy being active and like hiking, swimming and dancing.
With all that being said, I really hope I can contribute to your academic development as the German Language Teaching Assistant at Bard in the Academic Year 2023/24. I am looking forward to meeting you all and hope I can learn about your culture while sharing the German language and culture with you. Ranging from Literature, Language, Music, Landscapes and Festivities we will have a lot to discover together in the coming year!
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out or just visit the German Language Table on Wednesdays from 1-2pm. Ich freue mich auf euch.
Tschüss, Servus und bis hoffentlich bald
Alhan Guarín López
¡Hola! Saludos desde Colombia.
I am Alhan Guarín López. My name was given to me by my mother, who worked with an Arab family and fell in love with the pronunciation of this name that means "melodies". Perhaps for this reason, I have developed a deep passion for all forms of music in any language, even though I am not particularly skilled at singing.
I have two undergraduate degrees: one in Environmental Administration from the Francisco José de Caldas District University and another in English Philology from the National University of Colombia, both of which I obtained in Bogotá, my hometown. Additionally, I have received formal training in teaching Spanish to foreigners at the Caro and Cuervo Institute. My love for languages and diverse cultures has driven me to learn some German, French, and Italian as well.
Looking ahead, I aspire to pursue a graduate degree, travel, and continue teaching. During my leisure time, I indulge in activities such as reading, cooking, watching series and movies, playing video games, and drawing.
I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity of sharing my culture and language with you at Bard!
Kiho HayashiJapanese Tutor
My name is Kiho. I’m from Japan and I am your Japanese tutor for 2023-2024! I grew up in a city with rice fields in Tochigi Prefecture which is about the same distance from Tokyo as from here to New York City. I spent my childhood in this city close to nature where local rice is used for school lunches. I love food. Recommendations for good restaurants are always welcome!
My major was Architecture and I just graduated from Kyoto Seika University last winter. My interest is the influence that space has on people and how to create a society that is comfortable for people to live in. I lived in Kyoto for four and a half years during my college years and a bit, so please let me know when you travel there! I can help you figure out seasonal events, recommendations of stores, and the best transportation to take.
Although I grew up in a city rich in nature, I like to stay home and mainly like to play video games. I started crocheting for the first time last year. On my phone, there are so many webtoon apps. If you are interested, please ask me.
I hope to see you at the Japanese table on Thursday from 1:30-2:30 pm!
For one-on-one peer tutoring, additional tutors are available through the learning commons. Students interested in receiving peer tutoring should visit or email the Bard Learning Commons to be paired with an available tutor.
Upcoming Tutoring Sessions
Each semester the Language Center hosts tutoring sessions in many languages and for many levels. See the Language Lab Calendar for a full schedule of this semesters sessions.
Japanese 300-Level TutoringFriday, December 8, 2023
Olin Language Center, Room 210 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST/GMT-5
Tutoring session for those who are studying Japanese language at the 300 level.