• Languages and Cultures

Languages & Cultures

  • Languages & Cultures

    The Department of Languages and Cultures offers courses and activities for students in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). As a part of language acquisition, we place a particular emphasis on helping students gain advanced oral proficiency in these languages while developing a concern for, awareness of, and appreciation of the diversity of local, international, and global cultures. We prepare students to excel as teachers of foreign and second languages and foster their study of linguistics and language acquisition. All of our course offerings are at the undergraduate level, except for TESL where students can gain a Master’s Degree. Language acquisition is a crucial part of a liberal education, enriching the intellectual and social lives of individuals.

    Students are highly encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities offered through the department, including international exchange programs in China and Spain. Our faculty lead short-term study abroad trips to help students have immersive cultural experiences while developing advanced fluency and cultural competence. In the past these programs have taken students to China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Spain, Japan and Mexico over Spring Break or during the summer. The department also sponsors Chinese, Japanese and Spanish language clubs providing students with extracurricular activities that promote cultural awareness, community service, and interaction with native speakers.



  • Sign up for Spanish 101 – Summer of 2015

    This summer a section of Spanish 101 will be offered from May 20 to June 16. It will be held Monday – Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This course can be used to fulfill LASC Category 8. No textbook will be required for this course. For more information, contact John Hall, MA 279F, […]

    International film series viewing party Feb. 6

    The Spanish Department and The Film Loop are sponsoring the international film series to the students from MSUM and the community. We will screen AMORES PERROS, a horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life’s harsh realities, all in the name of love. Amores Perros has 18 nominations […]

    Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

    Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live. Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. State Representative Ben Lien, a 2008 MSUM political science graduate, will deliver the commencement address. His district, 4A, is comprised of the […]

    Graduate student in Teaching English as a Second Language presents at annual conference.

    Kathrina O’Connell, a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language student, presented at the annual Minnesota English Learner Education (MELEd) Conference in Bloomington, MN on November 15. O’Connell’s talk, titled “Language Analysis of Leveled Readers” had an attendance of 80 people, many of whom had to stand for the whole presentation, reports […]

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