The Languages & Cultures Department provides outstanding instruction in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). The curriculum is designed to develop language proficiency and to offer a comprehensive understanding of culture, civilizations, linguistics and literature that gives students a multi-faceted perspective into their chosen course of study. Courses are taught by dedicated faculty members who are well versed in foreign language pedagogy. Students are highly encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities offered through the department – including international exchange programs in China, Japan and Mexico and faculty-led educational trips, which have included trips to China, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The department also sponsors Chinese, Japanese and Spanish language clubs for students to further explore a new language and culture, participate in activities and events, interact with native speakers, and build a sense of community among those with similar interests. The comprehensive curriculum combined with the immersive study abroad learning experiences provides graduates of the program with an advanced fluency and understanding of language to excel in a variety of fields ranging from business and communications to education and government.
Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Languages and Cultures, has been invited to join the Grupo América Ecuador, a literary organization in Ecuador. She also recently presented a paper to this organization, based on a publication she has submitted to its journal. The organization is comprised of writers, intellectuals and diplomats in Ecuador.
Andrea Estling, Languages and Cultures, will be talking about Latinos in the USA based on the novel Casi una mujer (Almost a Woman) by Esmeralda Santiago today at 5 p.m. in MacLean 274. In the novel, the main character shows the process of transculturation, a process that ends with a hybrid identity. This can be [...]
Today from 3 – 5 p.m. in the lounge area by MacLean 273, the Department of Languages and Cultures will be having an Open House for anyone interested in a major or minor in Spanish, Teaching English as a Second Language, or East Asian studies. Cultural refreshments will be served.
Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Cultures, has published the following literary translation from Spanish into English: “It’s not Love that Dies” by Lucrecia Maldonado. K1N The Four Americas Rewritten. Issue 3. 2013.04. U of Ottawa. The translation can be found at the links below: http://k1nlitra.ca/k1n/index.php http://k1nlitra.ca/k1n/article.php?opt=7&i=NDg=&i2=NQ==