Language Tutoring

Linguistics Tutoring




Spring 2023

Tutoring on global languages is available for current undergraduate USF students from all three campuses. See below to learn more about how you can attend or schedule a language tutoring session. 

Additionally, check out the virtual foreign exchange program between students of the Italian program at USF and students from the University of Naples L'Orientale, Italy.

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*The last day of in-person tutoring for the semester will be Thursday, April 27.th
From (Mon) May 1st through (Thurs) May 4,th only virtual tutoring appointments will be offered. If you book an IN-PERSON appointment on these dates, please keep an eye on your email for a message from your tutor with the Teams meeting link for the virtual tutoring session.

*There is no Language Tutoring offered during the Summer. Language Tutoring will recommence at the beginning of the Fall 2023 semester.

WLE Tutoring Policy

Ttutoring appointments are 30-minutes each. If there are no following appointments or students waiting to be tutored, then a tutor can work with you for a max of 60 minutes at their discretion. By receiving tutoring, you agree to abide by the WLE Tutoring policy.

WLE Tutoring Mode

For the Spring 2023 semester, tutoring is offered both in-person and virtually. USF St. Petersburg and USF Tampa offer in-person tutoring.

  • Virtual tutoring is offered to all 3 campuses (USFT, USFSP, USFSM) by appointment only. Virtual tutoring is provided via Microsoft Teams (which you must have downloaded before your appointment). Students from USFSM (and students studying French at USFSP) are highly encouraged to take advantage of our virtual tutoring sessions.
  • For In-person tutoring at USF Tampa: appointments are highly encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Please note however that appointments take priority and, thus, walk-ins are not guaranteed tutoring aid. Tutoring takes place in our Language Lab, which is located at CPR (Cooper Hall) room 467. We encourage all students to plan their tutoring sessions in advance. You can learn more about our tutors from their bios down below.
  • USF St. Petersburg also offers in-person tutoring through the Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center. The Spring 2023 tutoring schedule shows that tutoring is being offered for Spanish I & II. All in-person tutoring is drop-in based (no appointment necessary). Students can just stop by the front desk in DAV 107 when a tutor is scheduled. The Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center is a separate office from the USF World Languages department, so please go to their page for more information on their policies and procedures.

Appointment Information

  1. When scheduling your appointment, please include your name, U-number, Class/Instructor and any details regarding your learning/tutoring needs in the "Notes" section.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email and an invitation to add the appointment to your calendar. If you have a virtual appointment, your Teams meeting link should be included in your confirmation email. 
  3. Please notify your tutor in advance if the appointment needs to be changed or canceled. Any questions should be directed to the tutor via email.
  4. Be on time to the appointment and be sure to bring necessary learning materials (e.g., textbook) to the tutoring session.

* Appointments cannot be scheduled less than 24 hours or more than 21 days in advance

Tutoring services are offered for free during the Fall and Spring semesters. The schedule will be posted at the beginning each semester.

Spring 2023 Schedule

Language Tutor In-Person (Tampa) Virtual
Arabic Fatimah Aloufi Monday 
(1pm - 3pm)
(1pm - 3pm)
(9am - 3pm)
Chinese & Spanish Larry Grullon-Polanco Thursday
(10am - 12:30pm)
(9am - 1:30pm)
(9am - 12pm)
French Lucy Agbo Tuesday:
(10am - 12:30pm)
(10am - 11am)
(11:30am - 2pm)
(1pm - 2pm)
(10am - 1pm)
French Sarah Rahman Monday
(2:30pm - 4:45pm)

(2pm - 4pm)
(9am - 10:30am)
(9am - 1pm)

German & Spanish Allison Martinson Monday
(12pm - 2pm)
(12pm - 2pm)
(12pm - 3pm)
(10am - 3pm)
Japanese Maria Vargas
(prefers to tutor Japanese 1 and 2, but can assist with higher levels if needed)
(1pm - 3:30pm) 
(9am - 11:30am)
(1pm - 3:30pm)
(9am - 11:30am) 
Linguistics Firoz Ahmed Wednesday
(1:30pm  - 4:30pm)
(9am - 12pm)
(2:30pm - 4:30pm)
(10am - 12pm)
Linguistics Madge Mitchell Thursday
(10:30am - 1:30pm)
(10:30am - 3pm)
(2:30pm - 5pm)
Spanish Kofi Martin



(9am - 11am)
(2:45pm - 4:45pm)
(9am - 10am)
(3:45pm - 4:45pm)

Spanish Melody Marr Tuesday
(11:30am - 2:30pm)
(12pm - 2:30pm)
(11:30am - 1:30pm)
(12pm - 2:30pm) 
Spanish Joshua Nusekabel Tuesday
(2:30pm - 4:45pm)
(1:15pm - 4:45pm)
(12pm - 4:45pm)
(1pm - 5pm) 

Meet Your Tutors

Lucy Agbo - French

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Hello, my name is Lucy Agbo I hold a degree in French from Benue State University, Nigeria. 

Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of South Florida. 

Back home, I was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Abuja Business School, Nigeria. I have been teaching French since I graduated from the University in 2016, so I help my students develop their French proficiency while improving their reading, writing and listening skills. 

I like reading, watching movies and meeting new people. I am a language enthusiast, having grown up in a society that speaks over 500 languages. 

I love teaching and look forward to working with students as part of the Department of World Language's tutoring program. 

Email: agbo@usf.edu

Firoz Ahmed - Linguistics

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Hello, my name is Firoz. I’m currently doing my second Masters in Linguistics: English as a Second Language at the Department of World Languages, University of South Florida.

Before this, I was working as an ‘Assistant Professor’ at the Department of English, Comilla University, Bangladesh since July 01, 2016. I joined there as a ‘Lecturer’ on July 01, 2013 and I'm currently on Study Leave. I also worked as an ‘Assistant Lecturer’ at the Department of English, Gono University, Bangladesh from November 03, 2012, to June 27, 2013.

Earlier, I completed both MA and BA in English (Hons.) from the Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh in the respective year of 2011 & 2010. I enjoy teaching and believe that it is a two-way process where both teachers and learners can create a learning-friendly setting to bring out the best possible outcomes of the knowledge.

In my teaching career, I've handled courses like: Reading, Listening, Writing, English Language Teaching, Teaching ESL/EFL Skills, Sociolinguistics, and Psycholinguistics. Moreover, I have several published research works. My interest is to work on Multilingualism, Methods of ESL, Writing, Reading, TESOL, and Digital Literacy

Email: fahmed305@usf.edu

Fatimah Aloufi - Arabic

Hi! My name is Fatimah Aloufi, and I am very excited to start my first semester pursuing a Master’s degree in Linguistics: English as a Second Language at the Department of World Languages, University of South Florida.

I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. I’ve been teaching for over seven years, primarily teaching English in rural schools. Teaching and learning languages are the challenging environment I enjoy the most, and that’s why I am so excited to work as a tutor for the Arabic language in The Department of World Languages. I am happy to support your education while continuing to add to my experience.

I have a few interests, but lately, I’ve been volunteering with Health Volunteering back home, an organization that the Saudi Ministry of Health launched in 2019. Also, I enjoy reading novels and watching documentaries in my leisure time. If you require further information about learning Arabic, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Email address: aloufi1@usf.edu

Larry Grullon-Polanco - Chinese & Spanish

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Hello, my name is Larry. I am a master's student in the Linguistics: English as a Second Language program. My bachelor’s degree is in music education from Florida State University. I have taught choir and guitar from elementary school to high school and used to volunteer with the Hispanic Services Council teaching English through music.

I was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan and I have always been surrounded by second language learners and users. I really feel for how difficult and rewarding learning a second language can be. Outside of school I like to take care of my plants and constantly buy books which only occasionally get read.

Email: grullonpolanco@usf.edu

Melody Marr - Spanish


Melody Marr is a Spanish tutor. She is a student in the Applied Linguistics TESOL program. She holds a BA from Hendrix College in Spanish and Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Literature and Philology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Prior to her time at USF, she worked as a cryptolinguist for the US Army and studied Arabic at their Defense Language Institute. She has most recently worked with Pre-k and Elementary aged students and is looking forward to working with adults again!

Melody’s interest is in teaching as social justice–ensuring equitable access to education, without barriers, across socioeconomic, racial, cultural, language, disability, and identity differences. Her favorite author in this field is Sonia Nieto. As for Spanish writing, her favorite poem is Tú me quieres blanca by Alfonsina Storni.

 Email: melodymarr@usf.edu

Kofi Martin - Spanish

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Kofi Martin (pursuing his MA in Linguistics) has been teaching English and Spanish to a variety of age/proficiency levels for over a decade. Originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas, Martin has taught in Bogota, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Barcelona, Spain and, most recently - for the last 4, COVID-altered, and digital learning enhanced years, has taught elementary music after having served as a bilingual assistant and children’s bilingual education advocate for Pinellas County Schools.

In his free time, Kofi is concurrently pursuing an MA in Instrumental Performance - Clarinet at USF. His research interests include children’s literacy, dual-language instruction, lavender linguistics, and identity performance.

He is specifically interested in ways to support literacy in all spaces while attempting to infuse musical aspects in his own style of delivering content whilst being cognizant of the theories pertaining to “presence” as subliminal political act in the academy.

Email: kofim@usf.edu

Allison Martinson - Spanish and German 

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Hi! My name is Alli (she/her) and I am in the World Languages M.A. program: Teaching English as a second language. I recently graduated from USF with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics. I have been learning languages for almost 10 years; language learning and teaching are my passions in life! I have been studying Spanish since middle school (8+ years) and I have taken many college level Spanish classes.

I feel comfortable tutoring beginner to intermediate levels of Spanish. I have conversational skills in German, as I have traveled there a few times and have many German friends! I would love to tutor you if you are in German 1 or 2. As a second language learner, I understand the struggles of language learning and have discovered strategies that have helped me, and that can hopefully help you too! I hope we can work together to help you succeed in your language endeavors!

Email: martinson@usf.edu

Madge Mitchell - Linguistics

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Hi! My name is Madge, and I’m a student in the M.A. Linguistics / Teaching English as a Second Language program. I attended USF for my undergraduate degree as well, where I was a linguistics major too!

Most of my work is within sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis, but I’m a big fan of all sorts of linguistics research (not a huge fan of phonetics but I enjoy using the IPA). Whether you’re interested in bouncing some ideas around about potential linguistics research, practicing IPA, trying to better understand semantics, or more… I can help out!

Email: mmmitchell1@usf.edu

Joshua Nusekabel - Spanish


Greetings to all! My name is Josh, and I love studying languages and methods of language teaching. I recently graduated from USF with a B.A. in World Languages with concentrations in Spanish and Linguistics, as well as a B.A. in Psychology. Now, I am staying at USF to pursue a master’s degree in Linguistics, focusing on English as a Second Language. 

I have lived in Tampa my whole life, and I am a strong supporter of the Cuban sandwich. At home, I have three pet birds, and I keep three Smoothie King gift cards with me almost everywhere I go. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano and repeatedly losing against computers in chess. 

I also love Spanish, and I love helping my fellow students on their Spanish learning journeys! If you have any questions about Spanish grammar and vocabulary, or if you want to know about good learning resources, or even if you just want to practice your conversation skills in a judgment-free zone, I would be very happy to help! 

Email: jnusekabel@usf.edu 

Sarah Rahman - French

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Hello, my name is Sarah. Having graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.A. in English and Linguistics, along with a minor in French, I am currently pursuing a M.A. in Applied Linguistics here at USF.

I call Dubai, U.A.E., home but I’m excited to be here at Tampa. In my free time I like reading and exploring new spots around town. Having grown up speaking both Bengali and English, I have a deep appreciation for languages and language learning.

I love working with students, and I’m looking forward to teaching French and Linguistics. I’m open to questions, so feel free to reach out with any queries you have!

Email: rahmans@usf.edu

Maria Vargas - Japanese

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Hello! My name is Maria and I am a recent graduate from USF receiving a Bachelor's in World Languages and Cultures with a concentration in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and a minor in Linguistics. I am currently pursuing my master's in Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language. 

I’m from Haines City, Florida. Being bilingual (growing up speaking both Spanish and English), I have a deep appreciation for languages and language learning. I started learning Japanese during my undergraudate studies. Besides Japanese, there are other languages I want to learn in the near future, like French, Italian, and Portuguese. In my free time I enjoy dancing, watching movies, building puzzles and trying new food spots. 

As a language learner myself, I want to be an aid to help students on their journey to improving their Japanese! I can recommend helpful study material from books and apps that have worked for me. If you have any questions about grammar and vocabulary, or just want to practice your conversation skills, please feel free to reach out.

My strengths are Japanese 1 and 2, but I can assist with higher levels, too.

Email: mivargas@usf.edu


Italian Tandem Project

The Italian program at the University of South Florida is delighted to announce Tandem Project (Progetto Tandem), a great opportunity to engage in an online exchange between students of the Italian program at USF and Italian students from the University of Naples L'Orientale!

The Tandem Project was established in 2021 through a collaboration between Prof. Patrizia La Trecchia, head of the Italian Program at the University of South Florida, and Prof. Giuseppe Balirano, the President of the University of Naples L'Orientale Language Center (CLAOR Centro Linguistico di Ateneo Università L'Orientale) in Italy. 

We encourage our students of Italian to take advantage of it! If you would like to participate in the exchange program, please:

  1. Scan the QR code with your phone's camara app to be directed to the Google Doc sign-up sheet (active since Feb, 2022).
  2. Add your name and email to get signed up!

For more information on the Project Tandem collaboration between the USF Italian Program and the University of Naples L'Orientale Language Center, please visit their Progetto Tandem page.

Feed Your Mind- Virutal Italian Exchange

Our enrolled students with the Italian Program at USF can also reach out directly to Feed Your Mind Associazione Culturale mentioning that they are students of Italian at USF.

Students can contact them directly @FeedYourMindAssociazioneCulturale on Facebook, @feedyourmindac on Instagram, WhatsApp +39-333-581-2876, or email info.feedyourmind@gmail.com.

Please share with them which class you are taking (Italian I, Italian II, Italian III, Italian Conversation, etc.) and the name of your professor. Feed Your Mind is located in Pompei and they are going to match you with their Italian students who are learning English!