Language Tutoring

FALL 2022

Tutoring on global languages (for current students) is available at all three USF campuses. Please refer to your campus to learn more about how you can attend 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!

USF sarasota-manatee CAMPUS

Tutoring on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus is offered through Learning Support Services. More information about the services offered is available on the Sarasota-Manatee Campus website. Once you are ready to schedule an appointment, please access the scheduler.

USF St. Petersburg Campus

French and Spanish tutoring on the St. Petersburg campus is offered, in-person, through the Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center. Please refer to the website for more information.

 USF Tampa Campus

FALL 2022

WLE Tutoring Policy

You can work with a tutor for a 30-minute block of time. If there are no other students waiting to be tutored, then a tutor can work with you for up to 60 minutes. However, this is up to the tutor’s discretion as the regular tutoring time for all students is 30 minutes. Please be aware that at busy times, tutors may need to work with multiple students at once. At these peak times, it is up to the tutor’s discretion how all waiting students will be tutored.

Information for Students

Tutoring is provided in a hybrid mode in the Fall 2022 semester. In-person tutoring takes place Monday through Thursday in Cooper Hall (CPR) 467, and online tutoring is provided via MS-Teams Monday through Friday. We encourage students to plan their tutoring sessions in advance and recommend that students follow these steps:

  1. Review the WLE Tutoring Policy. Please note that by receiving tutoring, you agree to abide by the WLE Tutoring policy, which is in place to ensure that we can fairly serve as many students as possible.
  2. Check the tutoring schedule to determine tutors’ availability and schedule an appointment. Online tutoring is by appointment only but walk-ins are welcome for in-person tutoring. You can learn more about the tutors from their bios below.
  3. Visit our Bookings page (down below) to schedule an appointment. Appointments cannot be scheduled less than 24 hours in advance.

    Schedule A Virtual Tutoring Appointment

    a)  When scheduling your appointment, please include your name, U-number, Class/Instructor and any details regarding your learning/tutoring needs in the "Notes" section.
    b)  You will receive a confirmation email and an invitation to add the appointment to your calendar. Please notify your tutor in advance if the appointment needs to be changed or cancelled.
    c)  Your tutor will coordinate with you for your virtual tutoring session. Any questions should be directed to the tutor via email.
  4. Be sure to bring necessary learning materials (e.g., textbook) to the tutoring session.
  5. Tutoring in CPR 467 will end at 4:30pm on 10/19 and 11/23, 2022. There is no in-person tutoring on Thursday, 11/3, 2022.

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

Fall 2022 Schedule

*While all Spanish tutors work with students at the beginning level, Joshua prefers to tutor students at advanced levels, and Melody prefers to help with writing and Spanish linguistics .

Language Tutor In-Person Virtual
Spanish Larry Grullon-Polanco Monday
(3pm - 5pm)
(11:30am - 2:30pm)
(8am - 1pm)
Spanish Kofi Martin Monday
(2pm - 4:50pm)
(3pm - 4:50pm)
(10am - 3pm)
Spanish Joshua Nusekabel

(12:30pm - 3pm)
(12:30pm - 3pm)

(11am - 12:30pm)
(1pm - 3pm)
(3:30pm - 5pm)
Spanish Melody Marr Tuesday
(2:30pm - 4:50pm)
(10am - 12:30pm)
(11:50am - 4:50pm)
Chinese Aubri Cherub Monday
(9am - 11:30am)
(9am - 11:30am)
(9am - 2pm)
Arabic Fatimah Aloufi Monday
(2pm - 4pm)
(2pm - 4pm)
(9am - 3pm)
French Lucy Agbo Monday
(11:30am - 2pm)
(10am - 12:30pm)
(10am - 11am)
(10am - 1pm)
(1pm - 2pm)
French & Linguistics Sarah Rahman Tuesday
(9am - noon)
(noon - 3pm)
(9am - noon)
(noon - 3pm)
(10am - 1pm)
Linguistics Firoz Ahmed Wednesday
(2:30pm - 4:30pm)
(11am - 1pm)
(9am - 3pm)
Linguistics Madisyn Mitchell Wednesday
(9am - 12:30pm)
(9am - 10:30am)
(9am - noon)
(11:30am - 1:30pm)

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

Aubri Cherub - Chinese

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Aubri is currently obtaining her M.A. in Applied Linguistics at The University of South Florida and is the beginner and intermediate Chinese tutor for the Department of World Languages.

Aubri has been learning Chinese since 2018, when she attended a cultural exchange in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China. Last Spring, she taught English to schoolchildren as a Fulbright ambassador in Taiwan.

In addition to language tutoring, Aubri can recommend helpful study material from books, TV shows, and apps that have worked for her as well as a multitude of resources for students who want to use their Chinese language skills for real-world application.

Email: cherub@usf.edu

Larry Grullon-Polanco - 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


Madisyn Mitchell - Linguistics

madisyn mitchell

Hello! My name is Madisyn, and I am recent graduate from the University of South Florida with my bachelors in World Languages and Cultures, concentration in Applied Linguistics. I loved linguistics so much so that I decided to pursue graduate study in the field, which led me to where I am now – a master’s student studying Applied Linguistics, as well as Teaching English as a Second Language!

I completed my undergraduate thesis studying TikTok and its ability to foster communal space through the mode of sound, specifically focusing on the LGBTQ+ community’s presence on the platform. My interests primarily revolve around multimodal analyses, meta-discourse on social media platforms, and second language acquisition/teaching in online platforms!

I’m from Pensacola, Florida, which is a part of Northwest Florida. I enjoy reading, playing with my two cats, Archie and Gus, spending time with friends, thrifting, buying plants, and doing arts and crafts.

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 and Linguistics

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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


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.