Students in Saint Louis University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures don’t just study language; beyond linguistic and intercultural competence, they gain an appreciation for art, politics, people and cultures around the world.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has developed comprehensive curricula that fit easily into the study of humanities, as well as the social and natural sciences. And, if you pursue a double major in a modern or classical language, you will find you are better prepared for employment in a number of rewarding careers.
Why Study Languages?
Studying languages can help you gain a broader understanding both yourself and the customs of others, an exceedingly important virtue in today's increasingly globalized world. In addition, language study helps develop analytical and synthetic reasoning, and provides a better understanding of your first language and of language in general.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures held its annual graduate and undergraduate symposium on Saturday, April 6th, 2019.
Each year this event provides students with the opportunity to present their own research in a variety of topics in languages, literatures, and cultures. Students shared projects regarding diverse themes in language and culture in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
The seventeen panels ranged in topics such as experience with service learning and volunteering, translation, pedagogy, politics, history, immigration, and cultural comparisons in media, recycling, and religion.
The morning started with breakfast and opening remarks by Associate Professor of French, Dr. Pascale Perraudin, continued with morning panel sessions, followed with a break for lunch, and wrapped up with afternoon sessions.
The acrobatic salsa dance team Sazón kicked the afternoon off in spicy spirit. Much like the topics represented in the student presentations, this team of talented dancers represent cultures from around the world including Chile, Iraq, México, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States, Venezuela. Complete with bright lights, and popular Latin jams, the dancers swirled across the floor, flipped and dipped, and created an unforgettable, savory experience which was just the perfect spice for a day celebrating culture.
In total, sixty-one students presented their research. This spring the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department congratulates 114 undergraduates graduating with a major or minor in language, and Latin American Studies, as well as three M.A. Spanish Graduates. Congratulations!
Joan Hart-Hasler, Ph.D., has been chosen by a committee of faculty, students and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2019 Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
Since she became a full-time NTT assistant professor in our department, Hart-Hasler has taught a graduate course in Latin every semester: spring, summer, and fall. In this time, she has taught 12 different graduate-level Latin courses, including courses on Cicero, Lucretius, Livy, Gregory the Great, and the Church Fathers. She will be recognized for this honor at the annual Spring Faculty and Staff Assembly on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
On Saturday, March 2, 2019, the Language Resource Center held a professional development event open to the community called “New Trends in the Dynamic Language Classroom.”
Thirty-three attendees from 15 different area universities and high schools spent the day collaborating, networking, and gaining more insight into pedagogical practices in the language classroom. Presentations were given by SLU faculty members Sheri Anderson-Gutiérrez, Simone Bregni, Sydney Norton, Amy Wright, Jerry Edris, and Dan Nickolai. The presentations explored a wide range of topics, including titles such as "Corrective Feedback in the Language Classroom," "Creating a Foreign-Language Newspaper through Collaboration and Community-Based Learning," and "Hybrid Course Design: Flipping the Classroom in Content Courses."
More than 50 participants joined this event, including instructors, students from three levels of the Chinese program, and Chinese international students. A student from CHIN 3020 sang two Chinese folk songs, and then participants played a game to enhance their understanding of the traditions surrounding Chinese New Year.
The Chinese Language Partner Party, which is held once each semester, is a volunteer outreach activity designed to build cross-cultural relationships and support Chinese language students by pairing them with Chinese international students. Through their shared language, participants engage with one another in culturally immersive events.
During his sabbatical in spring 2018, Italian professor Simone Bregni, Ph.D. traveled to Asti, Italy, where he continued conducting research on video game-based learning (VGBL); coordinating contact with colleagues in the field who are interested and willing to cooperate on research projects; writing invited articles and chapter contributions; and delivering a series of invited lectures and workshops based on his research, expertise and teaching practices at academic institutions in Spain, Italy and Austria.
Above: Simone Bregni delivering the workshop "(E-)Life is (not) Strange: Using Video Games in Foreign/Second Language Acquisition" to an audience of professors, instructors and MA students in Spanish and ESL at the New York University Campus in Madrid.
Both his workshop and presentation formats were created with the assistance of the Saint Louis University Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. Some of Bregni's research was founded by the James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, which he received in fall 2017 for developing and teaching “Intensive Italian for Gamers.” The course, which applies game-based learning and digital media to second/foreign language acquisition, will be offered again at SLU in spring 2019.
On February 12, 2018, members of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, gathered to celebrate Mardi Gras.
The event included French crêpes, Louisiana "King Cake", a Mardi Gras favorite, and authentic French macarons. Students discovered the cultural links that tie these delicious creations to French and Francophone traditions.