The Department of Modern Languages is committed to preparing all University of Akron students to succeed in the global economy and to become productive and engaged global citizens. Our students achieve linguistic competencies and multicultural literacies, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and connect with diverse local, national, and international communities.
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Peru Peace Corp Video
Chelsea Wolpert, a 2013 graduate of UA with a major in Spanish, shows scenes of the town in which she lives as a Peace Corps volunteer. See her video on the Career page.
This graduate makes a difference, one country at a time
Meet Jessica Custer. She once thought she'd be balancing bottom lines, not building toilets. But the business skills she gained here are making a difference in the world's poorest communities. And she's grateful for her Akron Experience.
On Friday evening (11/8), French major, Jean-Pierre Iskandar, gave a presentation about Lebanon where he grew up speaking both French and Arabic. The event, attended by students and the community francophiles, gave an opportunity to discover the rich history and beauty of the country. Jean-Pierre delighted all with stories, photos, videos and also with samplings of delicious traditional dishes. Merci Jean-Pierre!
Graduate Success Story
Brad Ayers, a 1999 graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature is an Independent Educational Representative. He works with K-12 Educators in Northern and Central Ohio to help them find learning resources in the areas of English Language Arts, World Languages, ESL, Math along with some other areas. Currently, he represents Mondo Publishing, Perfection Learning, Continental and Santillana USA. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Jackson High School Academy of Global Studies.
French Immersion Retreat
The 10th Annual French Immersion Weekend Retreat, sponsored by The Ohio Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), for current and future French teachers, took place on September 20-22, 2013 at Mohican State Park and attracted a record number of participants—over 30—from all over the state. The UA was represented by a team of five members: Drs. Susan Colville-Hall and Maria Adamowicz-Hariasz; our graduate Teaching Assistant, Nils Dafniet; Licensure/Master degree candidate Abbey Jones; and an undergraduate French major, Evan Faidley. Speaking French, networking and sharing ideas, hiking and playing “pétanque,” eating, singing by the fire and laughing—what a great occasion to meet old and new francophiles!
UA on Display
Eihab Abousena, Amanda Ritchie, Kirsten Polen di Campi, Yan Li and Alejandra Zanetta promoted the department and its programs during the UA on Display event that took place last Saturday, September 21st from 3:30 to 5:00 at the Field House. Prospective students visited the campus and explored the different academic options that UA has to offer.
Bierce Library Language Tutoring
Tutoring by appointment only: 330-972-6552
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