Tutors and Translators

The Department of French and Italian does not coordinate tutoring, but we do provide the following list of endorsed tutors, most of whom are graduate students in our programs. Tutors set their own rates and coordinate their own meetings with students. The average rate is $20 per hour.

Several of the individuals below also have skills and experience in translation—see their individual descriptions of their qualifications. Translators may set their rates per hour or according to the number of words/pages translated.

This list is updated at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, and in mid-May for the summer.

Charlene Gilbertcg25
Native speakerYes
EducationBA English Studies (Université Montpellier III), MA English Linguistics (Université Paris Diderot), MA French Studies (University of Arizona) - currently PhD student in French Linguistics at Indiana University
Teaching experience3 years teaching experience at the University of Arizona (taught levels 101 through 302) and 2 years at Indiana University (levels 100 through 300)
Tutoring experienceHas been tutoring high school and college students in French for 6 years
Translating experienceTranslated a sociology article into French for publication, and proofread a novel for French publication
Cynthia Kankockanko
Native speakerNear Native (grew up and went to school in a French speaking country)
EducationMA, French, IU; MA French and Francophone World Studies, University of Iowa [UI] ) BA (double major - English and French, KNUST - Ghana)
Teaching experience4+ years teaching experience in IU French language program; 2 years teaching experience in University of Iowa language program
Tutoring experienceTutored graduate, undergraduate and high school students in French both at IU and UI. Tutored professionals who either love French or require it in their professions
Translating experienceTranslated legal and other texts for individuals
Special skillsFamiliar with difficulties encountered by students at various levels of the learning of French
William Lebbsblebbs
EducationCurrent PhD student in French Linguistics and Second Language Studies, IU; MA in French, emphasis in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, University of Arizona; BA in French, University of Arizona
Teaching experienceIndiana University: Associate Instructor of French, 1st semester (French 100); University of Arizona: Graduate Assistant Teacher, 1st to 4th semester (French 101 – 202) & Pronunciation and French Phonetics (French 301, typically taken in 5th semester).
Tutoring experienceTwo years of experience tutoring college-level French and 1 year of experience tutoring English
Special skillsSpecialization in teaching French as a Foreign Language and in Second Language Studies
Jade Liujadeliu
EducationCurrent graduate student in French/Francophone Studies; MA in French, UC Davis; MS in Food Science, UC Davis; BA in French and Anthropology, UC Berkeley, BS in Nutritional Sciences, UC Berkeley
Teaching experienceTaught French to elementary school children (2 years for a before-school program) and high school students (1 summer at an immersion summer camp); taught English to French speakers in France (1 year with TAPIF); TA'd food chemistry, clinical nutrition, enzymology, human evolutionary biology, and food, folklore, and health (2 years at UC Davis)
Tutoring experienceTutored middle school, high school, and college students in French (4 years); tutored French students in English (1 year)
Translating experienceTranslated food packaging and clinical trials for an organization aimed at reducing malnutrition in Haiti; took four translation courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level, in France and in the U.S.
Special skillsNative bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese; familiar with the biological and social sciences
Martin Maillotmmaillot
Native speakerYes
EducationMA in Translation Studies, (Angers, France), MA in French Linguistics, Indiana University
Teaching experienceAssociate Instructor of French since 2013 at Indiana University. IUHPFL instructor (summer 2014, 2015, 2017)
Tutoring experienceTutored both high school and college level students
Translating experienceMA in Translation (2011)
Special SkillsFrench vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation
Sabine Rèchesreche
Native speakerYes
EducationBA and Master’s Degree in Biological Studies (Université Grenoble Alpes), Master in School Teaching (Université Grenoble Alpes).
Teaching experience4 years teaching experience in France as a full-time school teacher. Taught French for non-native speakers’ children for 2 years in France.
Tutoring experienceTutored several students at multiple levels (elementary to high school) in French for 3 years in France.
Special skillsMedical - Biological knowledge.
Apoorva Sarmalasarmal
EducationCurrent MA student in French Linguistics; BA, French, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point + BS, Business Administration (double degree), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Teaching experience3 semesters teaching French courses at IU (F100,F150 and F200), currently teaching F150 for the second time
Tutoring experience2 years tutoring experience to undergraduates and high school students; 2 years experience tutoring French to middle school students in the New Delhi metropolis
Special skillsknowledge of specialized vocabulary in Business and Psychology; native speaker of Hindi, fluent speaker of Punjabi and Dogri; informed by Applied linguistics, and teaching pedagogy
Chase Tiffanycjtiffan
EducationB.A. Spanish & French Language and Literature (Minors in Music, Classics, and Linguistics) - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2017)
Teaching experience1 year of teaching French courses at IU (F100 and F150), including online courses
Tutoring experience2 Years of Undergraduate Spanish/French Tutoring, 2+ Years of Online French, Spanish, and English Tutoring, 1 Year of Graduate Spanish/French Tutoring
Translation experienceTranslation Intern for Spanish NGO Agua de Coco
Special skillsExperience Working with Cross-Language Tutoring/Translating (Spanish to French/French to Spanish), Knowledgeable of both Canadian French and Metropolitan French
Renata Uzzellrcuzzell
EducationCurrent PhD student in French Linguistics; MA, French Linguistics, IU; MA, French Language, Literature and Civilization, Middlebury College; BA, French, Wellesley College
Teaching experience4 years at IU teaching first- through third- year French courses (including F100, F150, F200, F250, F316) and French for Reading Knowledge (F491). 2 summers teaching French culture to high school students with IUHPFL. 4 years of introductory French for adults at the Alliance française de Philadelphie (F100-F150 equivalency)
Tutoring experienceHave tutored high school and adult learners of French, as well as middle school- and high school- learners of English
Translating experienceHave translated various legal documents from France and a variety of Francophone countries
Special skillsSpecialization in French Linguistics
Rosa Borgonovirosaborg
Native speakerYes
EducationMA at IU; two years advanced degree in Modern American and European Languages and Literature; first degree in Modern Languages and Cultures
Teaching experienceAI in IU Italian Language Program; also taught Italian as a foreign language and English language in the high school environment in Italy
Tutoring experienceTutored high school students in Italy
Translating experienceExperience with translations from English to Italian
Special skillsLiterature, music and Italian cuisine
Leonardo Cabrinilcabrini
Native speakerYes
EducationPhD Student in Italian Studies, IU Bloomington; MA Italian Studies, IU Bloomington; MA, Cinema Television and Multimedia Production (Bologna); BA Art Drama and Music (Bologna)
Teaching experienceThird year of Italian teaching as Associate Instructor and Graduate Assistant
Tutoring experienceTutored middle and high school students in Italy
Special skillsFamiliar with everyday language, literature and everything concerning Cinema, Television, Music, Art
Sara Dallavallesaradall
Native speakerYes
EducationPhD Candidate, Italian Studies, Indiana University; MA, Italian Studies, Indiana University; MA, English and Spanish Specialized Translation, IULM Milan, Italy; BA, Foreign Language and Culture (English and Spanish), University of Pavia, Italy
Teaching experience5 years of teaching experience at IU, taught all courses from M100 to M300 and GenEd, hybrid and online format, in Bloomington and abroad. Also taught English in Italy
Tutoring experienceTutored all Italian levels for the Italian Program at IU
Translating experienceTranslated literary and scientific texts from English and Spanish to Italian
Special skillsFamiliar with Italian pop culture, especially comics, films and TV shows, and music
Giorgio Losilosig
Native speakerYes
EducationMA student in Italian Literature at IU; MA student in Classics, Università Cattolica di Milano
Teaching experienceAI in IU Italian Language Program
Tutoring experienceStudents rep at Università Cattolica di Milano, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Translating experienceTranslated one essay and a chapter of a book for publication
Special skillsCritical Animal Studies, Ancient Philosophy
Francesca Grixonifgrixoni
Native speakerYes
EducationItalian High School Diploma, currently studying at University of Bologna majoring in Cultural and Linguistic Mediation, current exchange student at IU for Fall 2016
Tutoring experience2 years tutoring experience in Italy
Translating experienceTranslated some personal letters from Italian to English
Special skillsFamiliar with everyday language, literature and almost everything concerning pop culture
Pantalea Mazzitellopamazzi
Native speakerYes
Education1 year MA in Italian Literature at IU; PhD in Romance Philology and Italianistic Studies, Università di Parma; MA, Modern Philology, Università di Parma; BA, Modern Literature, Università di Parma
Teaching experiencetaught Italian as a foreign language in Italy, preparation for Italian proficiency test from beginners to advanced
Tutoring experiencetutored high school students in Italy
Translating experienceExperience with translations from English to Italian
Special skillsMiddle Age Literature, familiar with Italian popular traditions, dialects and Folklore
Michele R. McCaffreymmccaffrey
EducationMA Italian, Middlebury College; BA, Italian and MLS Indiana University Bloomington
Teaching experienceItalian 101 and 102 at Saint Michael's College 2017-18; as well as long-term substitute fall 2016. One semester at Community College of Vermont. Numerous short course intros to Italian for adults with Parks and Recreation in VT as well as with Life Long Learning Institute. Hundreds of research instruction sessions for various academic department classes at Saint Michael's as well as many years of teaching a for-credit research course
Tutoring experienceFree lance tutoring since the 1970s
Translating experience9 years translating written documents for US Government DOD
Special skillsOver three decades experience working with college students as librarian and teacher and adviser. Junior year at Universita di Bologna and Masters program year at Middlebury Firenze. Have traveled in many parts of Italia. Much patience. Excellent teaching reviews from students
Lino Mionilmioni
Native speakerYes
EducationBA in English and German 1997, BA in Italian and Portuguese 2000, MA in Linguistics 2003, MA in Italian 2005, Post Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Management 2012
Teaching experience3 years at Indiana University, 6 years at the University of Georgia, 2 years at Ohio State University
Tutoring experience2 semesters at the Rankin M. Smith, Sr. Student-Athlete Academic Center of the University of Georgia
Translating experienceSeveral years of translating experience from English to Italian
Special skillsItalian diction for singers, linguistics
Francesco Samarinifsamarin
Native speakerYes
EducationCurrently MA student in Italian Literature at IU, PhD in Italian Literature, Università Cattolica di Milano; MA, Modern Philology, Università Cattolica di Milano; BA, Modern Literature, Università Cattolica di Brescia
Teaching experienceAI in IU Italian Language Program; Teaching Assistant, Italian Literature, Università Cattolica di Milano, 2014-2016; Italian Assistant Teacher, Mercedes College (Perth, Australia), 2015
Tutoring experienceTutor for the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, Università Cattolica di Milano, 2016; experience tutoring College and University students in Italy and in Australia
Special skillsfamiliar with both pop culture and literature/art
Carlotta Vacchellicvacchel
Native speakerYes
EducationPhD Candidate, Italian, IU; MA, Italian, IU; Modern Philology (Literature, Theatre and Cinema), University of Pavia, Italy; BA, Italian Literature, University of Pavia, Italy
Teaching experienceIU Italian program, intermediate classes
Tutoring experienceTutored Humanities (especially Italian and Latin Literature and Language) in Italian high schools
Translating experienceTranslated literary and scientific texts for University of Pavia (Visual Art and Cinema department)
Special skillsDegree in Italy with a thesis on Italian Linguistics of Dialogue (BA level) and Italian Graphic Novel and Contemporary Illustrated book (MA level). Familiar with Contemporary Italian Novel and Graphic Novel.
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