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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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.
Global Village Festival
The Department was represented at the Second Global Village Festival in Lock 3 on September 14, 2013. Organized by, among others, the City of Akron, International Institute of Akron, and Akron International Friendship, the event’s purpose is to celebrate global diversity of the area and to unite people from all cultures. Jean-Pierre Iskandar, French major and Spanish minor, native speaker of Arabic, helped Maria Adamowicz-Hariasz to introduce basic phrases in French, Spanish and Arabic to the public visiting the venue’s “language tent.”
L’essentiel, c’est de participer…
On September 19, 2013, the French Section and French Honor Society (Pi Delta Phi) hosted a presentation, in French, by Cédric Chrisostome, volleyball player, coach and PE teacher from Paris, France, who this semester is exchanging best methods and practices as a volunteer coach for the UA women’s volleyball team.
His presentation, L’essentiel, c’est de participer…, used the famous adage by Pierre de Coubertin, the father of modern Olympics, to explore the differences in sport culture, and beyond, between the French and the Americans.
Bierce Library Language Tutoring
Tutoring by appointment only: 330-972-6552
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|Evan Faidley||M, W, F||open schedule||
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|Jean Pierre Iskander||M, Th||1:00-3:00||
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100 level students
|Ian Stranathan||M-Th||open schedule||100-200 level students|
|Jean Pierre Iskander||M, Th||1:00-3:00||100 level students|
|Rebecca Aronhalt||M-F||open schedule||200 level students|
|Sarah Hill||T||12:15-3:00||100 level students|
|Lisa Mickley||M, W||100 level students|
|Michael Sabo||M||12:00-2:00||100 level students|