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Language Houses

Haskell House and Elbert House

Haskell House (French)Elbert House (Italian & Arabic)Haskell House is the French Language immersion house, and Elbert House is the Italian and Arabic Languages immersion house. Each serves as a residence for 13 - 20 students interested in improving their understanding of both language and culture. The houses have a full kitchen and living room; in addition, Haskell House has a piano and fireplace. Events are organized by the Cultural Program Coordinators in liaison with the French, Italian & Arabic Department.

CPCs at GOGLanguage House Cultural Program Coordinators (CPCs) are staff members who live in a language house with 12-25 students. In addition to teaching adjunct language courses, CPCs strive to create a sense of community within their houses and provide an opportunity for the students living in the houses to be immersed in the language and culture. The CPCs plan cultural as well as community-building programs.

For more information in International programming, see the Colorado College International Education page.

Cultural Program Coordinators

Dario Sponchiado

Cultural Program Coordinator of the Italian Language HouseDario Sponchiado

Country of Origin: Italy

2014-2015 academic year

Milan State University, Masters program in Promotion and teaching of Italian language and culture for foreigners.
Master in Publishing and Editing, Institute Newpeople.Team in Milan.
Biotechnologies degree, Milan State University.

A Note from Dario:
Ciao everybody, I'm thrilled to be part of this crew!  I love to travel, learn new languages, teach Italian and share my culture!

Italian is the closest language to Latin which is a fundamental component of English.  So learning Italian means understanding better your language.

Any examples?
You are at the university, maybe you have joined a sorority or fraternity, you sing in a chorus as a soprano, or you chant an allegretto piece a cappella.  In a cafeteria you find some loquacious lunatic and you say: abracadabra!  I dig your personality, but bravo, I am incognito and gotta run home for my vespertine linguine.

Do you want to add Italian to your Curriculum Vitae? Carpe Diem!  Join Italian at CC. 


Contact Dario: 
Office:  Armstrong Hall Room 323, x6924 
Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 - 3:30 


Camille Cottereau

Cultural Program Coordinator of the French Language House

Country of Origin: FranceDiara

2014-2015 academic year

My name is Camille and I am 23. I was born in Tours, France, which is a small city not far away from Paris. I am interested in a lot of different things, such as sports, music, history... But above all, I love sharing with others. I am always eager to meet new people and learn about cultures that are different from mine. By being Cultural Program Coordinator here at Colorado College, I hope that I will be able to give people as much as they give me, and I look forward to helping you knowing more about the French culture and language. I am convinced that this year together is going to be very enriching!

Contact Camille: 
Office:  Armstrong Hall Room 324, x 6626 
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 2:00 - 3:00

Mohamad Aldarawany

FLTA for Arabic

Country of Origin: Egypt

2014-2015 academic yearMohamad

I'm Mohamad Aldarawany. I am Egyptian, but I was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and lived there for about 14 years. Jeddah is a coastal city on the Red Sea, it's one of the business centers in Saudi Arabia and therefore it attracts a lot of nationalities, so I was exposed to different nationalities and traditions from the beginning.

Then, I moved to Egypt to stay and continue my school. I got the license degree in education (English department). I studied applied translation in Ain Shams University for two years. I have been working as an English teacher since I graduated in 2008.

Also, I worked as a freelance translator for a short while; I was translating various English texts into Arabic.

My biggest interests are history, literature and writing. I think that the language is the core of any culture, so if you are keen on knowing about a new culture, the most direct way to a culture is to learn its language. Egypt contains the most Arabic-spoken population in the world. If you are interested in Arabic civilization in the medieval centuries, learn Arabic. If you want to know more about the distinctive Egyptian culture, you have to study Arabic.  I’m sure that this experience will be very fruitful in Colorado College.

Contact Mohamad: 
Office:  Armstrong Hall Room 323, x6924 
Office Hours: Monday & Thursday 1:45 - 2:45