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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. 

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Bienvenue - Bienvenidos - أهلا وسهلا - Willkommen - Benvenuto - ようこそ - 歡迎  

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Eta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honorary, inducted 17 new members during the 2017-2018 academic year.  The newest socios are:
Fall 2017:
Elizabeth Bark
Nancy Cabrera
Kelly Claridge
Kimberly Jones
Austin Ladany
Megan Lear
Corinne Plas
Kayla Pretzer
Benjamin Shaub
Morgan Suponcic
Emily Tully
Abigail  Watson
SDP 2017 Fall
Spring 2018:
Hannah Eberly
Lily Hunger
Dylon Kolbe
Anna Nyszczy
Arianna Williamson
SDP 2018 Spring

Recent Headlines

Health professions students to make cultural connections at Health Fair
Our students will use their Spanish language skills and cultural knowledge to assist Hispanic residents at health fair.
NEOMED and UA Collaborate at Hartville Migrant Center

NEOMED's Fall 2017 publication of Ignite Magazine explains how they worked with UA's Spanish for the Health Profession Students and Dr. Parizad Dejbord this past summer at the Hartville Migrant Center.  Read the article Planting Roots here.

Spanish Community Engagement Volunteer Work Summer 2017

During the summer months of June, July and August of 2017, students pursuing the Advanced Certificate for the Health Professions volunteered with the Hartville Migrant Medical Clinic. Students who had recently completed the certificate worked with current students and faculty to develop yoga classes for the migrant farmers to relieve back, neck, and knee pain. While the migrant farmers took yoga classes, some of our students stayed with the children, reading books and playing games in Spanish. Advanced Certificate students also shadowed doctors and nurse practitioners at the clinic. Students participated in hands-on activities (monitoring and testing pH levels, listening to heart beats, taking pulse, etc.) and practiced some interpreting. 

Teaching Spanish to Those in the Healthcare Field

Dr. Parizad Dejbord Sawan was interviewed on Argentinian television this past Spring.  She talks about the Diabetes camp that she visited in Medonza, Argentina and the relationship of that on-site visit to the Beginning Medical Spanish classes and certificate (at Akron Children's Hospital) as well as the Spanish for Health Professions program and certificate on campus. Please click CC to read the subtitles in English.

French Grads go far...bravo!

Annette Boulard-Fontaine (class of 2011) and Lindsay Powley (class of 2012) have put their French degrees to good use! Boulard-Fontaine, recently sworn in to the Ohio Bar Association, is employed in the field of international aviation contracts in Paris, where she resides. Powley, who also holds a Masters in Political Science, has been hired by a U.S. Government agency, after having worked at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.