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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. 

Our enthusiastic and passionate faculty, staff and students look forward to helping you explore our world!

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DML Students at UASIS 2014
DML Students at UASIS 2014

Spanish majors Rebecca Aronhalt, Lacie Brubaker, Megan Hapanowicz along with graduate students Allison Dennison and Daniel Velazco presented their research on Spanish Cultural Studies at the 2014 UA Student Innovation Symposium on April 10, 2014. They were among the 250 U of A students who presented their research at UASIS! Their research presentations covered a wide range of topics from Spanish poetry and Propaganda from the Spanish Civil War to Medieval historical Poems and the Historical relation between Spain and Cataluña.

French Alum Presentation
French Alum Presentation

Sanja Drobniak, double major (French and Accounting), who graduated in 2012 and works now for RPM International Inc. as Staff Internal Auditor, came back on campus last Thursday (4/3/2014)to give a presentation, in French, about the highly successful  and  truly global company based in Medina, OH.  More and more companies are hiring graduates proficient in world languages and Sanja's French major was instrumental in landing her the position that requires frequent travels  to French-speaking countries (France, Belgium).  She takes advantage of her business trips to explore different cities and learn more about the culture and language she studied at the UA.

Confucius Institute offers scholarships for learning Chinese in China

The Confucius Institute is offering three scholarships for UA students and staff this year:

1) The CI scholarship for learning Chinese in China: http://cis.chinese.cn/.
2) The New Chinese Plan for study, learning, visiting, conference and publication: http://ccsp.chinese.cn/index.html.
3) The Chinese Government Scholarship for learning Chinese and Study in China: http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua.

For more information on how to apply for these scholarships, please contact The Confucius Institute at nee@uakron.edu or call CI offices at 330-972-2013.

National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Inductions
National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Inductions

During the Fall 2013 semester, Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, welcomed several new members. The following members were present for the induction ceremony and are pictured.  ¡Bienvenidos a Sigma Delta Pi!

First Row: Isabella Bartholomew (socia nueva), Lisa Nicol, Kalie Kormushoff (socia nueva), Brittany Lowe (socia nueva), Alyssa Petsche (socia nueva), Trista White (socia nueva), Kelly Somrak, Sarah Kent, Sara Auclair (secretaria)

Second Row: Rachel Neugenbauer (vicepresidenta), John Andrews (socio nuevo), Madison Littlejohn, Elizabeth Gates (presidenta),

Third Row: Michael Sabo (maestro de ceremonias), Geoffrey George (socio nuevo), Clinton Metzger, Maria Roth, Bradley Millard (tesorero), Brandyn Davis, Dr. Wyszynski (consejero)

ACTFL Honors

The Department of Modern Languages is pleased to announce that it was nationally recognized to be one of the top universities for preparing its students for oral proficiency in the language they study.  Frank B. Brooks, Associate Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, came to the university last semester to study our program due to the high scores our graduates receive on the national ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching Foreign Language) exit exam. 

Brooks writes, “The foreign language teacher education program at your university, which is collaboratively administered and taught by faculty in the College of Education and in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been identified, through recent research*, as one of the five top innovative and highly successful programs nationwide. […] These five programs were found to graduate between 88-100% of their teacher candidates who achieved the Oral Proficiency Standard of Advanced-Low or higher. This is no easy accomplishment.”

Spanish Community Health Fair
Spanish Community Health Fair

On March 9 of 2014, students from Spanish Conversation for the Health Professions class partnered with NEOMED physicians and medical students at St. Bernard's Church for a  Community Health Fair day. Many of these students are working towards The Advanced Certificate of Spanish for the Health Professionals and are acquiring the appropriate linguistic skills and cultural proficiency that will allow them to  interact effectively  with members of the Hispanic community in a medical setting. Hispanic community members were provided with various medical screenings, from diabetes testing to glaucoma, and were given explanations of their test results in their native language with the help of our students.  These future doctors and nurses will  certainly have an edge on the market, since their knowledge of medical Spanish and their cultural sensitivity will allow them to communicate effectively with the Hispanic patients they will serve!  Click here to view more photos of the event.

Bierce Library Language Tutoring

Tutoring by appointment only:  330-972-6552

Arkann Al-Khalilee    


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Evan Faidley   M 11-5

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Jean-Pierre Iskander M 11-12, 1-3

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Ian Stranathan TBA              101-202 students

Becca Aronhalt M 10-11, 12-5 101-202 students
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Mike Sabo M 1-5 101-202 students
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