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German Club Raises the Berlin Wall
To commemorate the 25th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German club at Boise State University has raised a mock Berlin wall on campus to educate students who have no living memory of the Berlin Wall or of the Cold War. The wall will be demolished with sledgehammers at the end of the week.
Dr. Adrian Kane Authors New Book: “Central American Avant-Garde Narrative”
“Central American Avant-Garde Narrative is an exemplary work of literary criticism that re-envisions the canon of Central American literature and is destined to set a new standard for ethical, comprehensive research.” — Steven White, Lewis Professor of Modern Languages, St. Lawrence University
Upper-Division Spanish Students Reflection Videos & ePortfolios
All students enrolled in an upper-division Spanish course are asked to create an end of semester reflection video, focusing on their personal growth, learning goals for the future, and connections between courses. Click the link for a showcase of some of the best video and ePortfolios we've received so far!
Spanish Major Jamie Lundergreen Named 2014 Boise State Top Ten Scholar
Congratulations to Spanish major Jamie Lundergreen on being named a 2014 Boise State Top Ten Scholar!
Raúl Zurita Visits Adrian Kane’s Spanish 404 Class
On April 16th Chilean poet Raúl Zurita visited Professor Adrian Kane's Spanish 404 class for a poetry reading and discussion with students. Zurita has received the Chilean National Prize for Literature, a scholarship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and he has held poetry readings at numerous American universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and University of California-Berkeley.
iPads Now Available for Checkout!
We are excited to announce that World Languages students now have access to 30 iPad Minis for use in completing classwork, projects, and research. These devices are loaded with a variety of apps and digital content to aid in the creation of language projects and reviewing information such as eTextbooks and news articles.
Basque Studies Program Featured on Extepare.net
Professor Nere Lete's weekend workshop and special guest lecturers in Professor Kelly Arispe's courses were recently featured on Extepare.net!
Germany in Europe 2014
Christine Erhart, a sophomore elementary education major enrolled in professor Becca Sibrian’s German 102 course, hands out notepads from the German Embassy during Boise State’s third annual German Language Week. Students participated in a variety of contests, from essays to visual art, sidewalk chalk to a weeklong Schnitzeljagd (scavenger hunt), as part of the event, sponsored by the German Embassy and the German Information Center in Washington, D.C.
China Night 2014
Campus and community members gathered in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom to celebrate the Chinese “Year of the Horse” during the annual China Night event. Photo by Wankun Sirichotiyakul.
Spanish Program Hosts “iNoche”
The Spanish Program officially launched its mProgram Aug. 28 at “iNoche” (iNight) to more than 150 upper-division Spanish students. iNoche was an orientation night where students were encouraged to bring their iPads and learn by doing.
The study of languages gives students a sound foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates with language backgrounds possess a resource for continuing intellectual growth and personal fulfillment, a passport for moving easily within the world community and its diverse cultures, and a practical tool for earning a living. Programs in the Department of World Languages concentrate on the acquisition of language and knowledge of the cultures that the language expresses.
The department offers baccalaureate degrees and minors in French, German, and Spanish; minors in American Sign Language, Arabic Studies, Basque Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Latin, as well as language instruction in Bosnian, Korean and Portuguese.
Special encouragement is given to students who wish to pursue a minor emphasis in a world language to support a major taken outside the department. With the changing population of the United States and the growing interdependence of the international community, career opportunities are expanding rapidly for graduates who know a second language. Second language competency has become highly desirable in teaching, government, social services, diplomacy, law, medicine, mass communications, science, technology, international trade, and marketing. The programs in world languages have the latitude and flexibility to fit nearly any career goal.
The Department of World Languages encourages students who wish to acquire proficiency at a “professional” or “near-native” level to spend time in a region whose language they are studying. Programs available through the Office of International Learning Opportunities give students a chance to master a language and learn more about culture and customs, often while studying at foreign universities and living with local families.
News & Events
Nov 14 2014
Heike Henderson, professor of German and associate chair of the Department of World Languages, recently
Nov 14 2014
Jason Herbeck in the Department of World Languages recently presented a paper titled “One Island Indivisible? Identifying
Nov 06 2014
Robyn Whitmore and Tim Johnson, both Basque 201 students, teamed up to create and perform the
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Nov 12 2014
Spanish Game Day Several Spanish teachers and certified court interpreters ...