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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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Recent Headlines

10/30/2018
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. 

10/30/2018
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.

10/09/2018
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.

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

10/09/2018
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.

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“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.

09/27/2018
UA Grad Wesley Spencer Continues His Chinese Study in China

Wesley SpencerWesley Spencer ’15 has been accepted, with a full scholarship, into the doctoral program at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. It is considered one of the country’s top five universities. He will study Chinese language and literature.

Spencer, from Leetonia, Ohio, began his first Chinese language classes in 2012 in our Department of Modern Languages with an instructor provided by our Confucius Institute. A Williams Honors Scholar, Spencer went on to minor in Chinese and graduated with a degree in public relations.

In 2014, Spencer received a full scholarship (tuition, room, meals, health insurance and airfare) from the Confucius Institute to study at Henan University, China. He earned a master’s degree in Chinese International Education in 2018.