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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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Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages

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

304 Olin Hall | (330) 972-7487



Call 330-972-6552 for an appointment


Gavin DeMali

Beginning I and II-

Intermediate I and II

Tuesday 11:00:-1:00, 3:00-6:00

Wednesday 3:00-5:00

Thursday 3:00-6:00

Friday 11:00-1:00


Sondos Mishal

Beginning I and II-

Intermediate I and II

Tuesday 1:00-4:00

Wednesday 10:00-11:30, 1:30-3:30

Thursday 10:00-11:30


Yousef Saleh

Beginning I

Tuesday 5:00-6:00

Wednesday 1:00-4:00

Thursday 4:00-6:00



Eleanor Nielsen

Beginning I

Tuesday 12:00-1:00

Wednesday 10:00-11:30, 4:00-5:00

Thursday 12:00-1:00



Vincent Pham

Beginning I and II -

Intermediate I and II

Tuesday 1:00-2:00

Wednesday 2:30-5:30

Thursday 1:00-5:00

David Rozmajzl

Beginning I and II -

Intermediate I and II

Tuesday 12:00-3:00

Wednesday 10:00-2:00

Thursday 2:00-6:00

Recent Headlines

Certificate of Beginning Medical Spanish students use their Spanish skills in the Dominican Republic

Health care providers and graduates from the Certificate of Beginning Medical Spanish taught by the Spanish section in the Modern Languages Department on site at Akron Children’s Hospital (Mary Ciesa, Parisa Talea and Acen Oloya) reach out to show us how they are now putting to good use their Spanish at the El Valle School in the Dominican Republic.

Spanish Med Professionals in Dom Rep

Department of Modern Languages and the Williams Honors College Discuss European Policies towards Immigration

We are bringing to campus Dr. Marcin Gonda from the University of Lodz, Poland to give a talk entitled “European policies toward immigration at the time of refugee crisis.” This is a very relevant and important topic and we would love to have you attend. The talk will take place this Thursday November 1st at 4:15 in the Williams Honors College, Common Room.  Refreshments will be provided after the talk. 

Join Us to Talk about Teaching English Abroad

Mary Frances Litzler, a Modern Languages’ Spanish and French Instructor, will be one of the presenters at next week’s International Education Week.  On November 8 in the Student Union #316, she will be discussing teaching English overseas.  Join us to find out more about this exciting opportunity. For more information about International Education week click here.

Congratulations to Allie Stanley, UA's 2018 Homecoming Queen

Allie Stanley is a senior with dual majors — Biomedical Engineering and Spanish. She was nominated by the University Ambassadors. Stanley has been a member of numerous student organizations on campus, including Delta Gamma Fraternity, Society of Women Engineers, Dance Marathon and Tau Beta Pi. She has served as a New Roo Weekend Leader, resident assistant and undergraduate research assistant. She was also a participant in the DISSTA Study Abroad Program in Spain. Stanley believes she was nominated to represent the University because of her commitment and passion demonstrated for our institution over the past four years. As the 2018 Homecoming Queen, she will continue to engage others in order to help provide them with unmatched on-campus experiences.

allie stanley queen

Interim President Dr. John Green, Allie Stanley, Joseph Paolucci  and Zippy

Latino Health Summit Fall 2018

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the University will host the 2018 Ohio Latino Health Summit in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

health summit 2018

“Emerging and Converging Health Issues in Ohio: Demographics, Epidemiology and Access” is the theme for the day. The summit will be open to all faculty and students as well as to members of the community. There will be a variety of speakers and panel participants, and some students from Northeast Ohio Medical Center NEOMED. Undergraduate students from the Certificate of Spanish for the Health Professions will be participating.

Dr. Courtney Benjamin will be talking about the Certificate of Advanced Spanish for the Health Professions and First Responders. She will discuss how the curriculum helps students connect with the local Hispanic community. Corinne Plas, a current UA student studying Social Work, and Christine Rizkala, a 2018 UA graduate and current NEOMED student, will share their personal experiences.

Dr. Parizad Dejbord will be talking about the Certificate of Beginning Medical Spanish at Akron Children’s Hospital and will moderate the panel on the Certificate of Advanced Spanish for the Health Professions and First Responders.

Click here for the agenda.