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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.
WLL Scholarship Reception 2013
Congratulations to: (Front Row) Claudia Beltran, Afton Barkes, (Beatriz) Leslie Davis (Back Row) Jamie Lundergreen, Scott Watford, Marcus Youngberg
Contemporary Mexican Culture Course
Moot Court Day
Karen Wadley's Latin Students "defending" and "prosecuting" translations of Latin sentences in Moot Court, and receiving a taste of Roman culture and politics!
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, Basque Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Latin Language and Literature, as well as language instruction in Arabic, and Korean.
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
Apr 02 2014
Click here to download a complete list of April’s Cultural Events in Boise!
Apr 02 2014
April 7th-12th, 2014 Mexico Week offers a weeklong examination of our neighbor to the south
Mar 27 2014
Professors Nere Lete and Kelly Arispe Bring Distinguished Basque Professors to Boise State for a Special Event
Professor of Basque Nere Lete and professor of Spanish Kelly Arispe, from the Department of World Languages, teamed
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