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Welcome to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
Click to downwload the Profile of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
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Recent news:
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"Scholar brings English Literature to 21st Century." Article in Edwardsville's The Intelligencer about visit by scholar Yannick LeBoulicaut. Click here to read/download.

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French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi:

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Seated from left to right:  Emily Koester*, Moriah Shivers* Nicole Holmes*, Jenn
Turner*    * = inductee

Standing from left to right: current members Bri Matticks, president, D. Mann,
faculty moderator, Jordan Debo,  Julie Lisak
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"Committee Focuses on Italian Studies." Article in Edwardsville's The Intelligencer about support for Italian Studies at SIUE. Click here to read/download.

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"Turkish Language a Bridge to Understanding." Article in Edwardsville's The Intelligencer about Fulbright scholar Nazil Aggun's teaching of Turkish at SIUE. Click here to read/download.

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"SIUE EUE class assists Spanish speakers in the area." Article in Edwardsville's The Intelligencer about Carolina Rocha's service-learning course. Click here to read/download.

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"SIUE cooperates with Brazilian university, produces book on literary theory." Article in TWIC, the CAS Magazine. Click here to read/download.

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"Scholar introduces SIUE students to Yoruba." Article in Edwardsville's The Intelligencer about Yoruba language at SIUE. Click here to read/download.

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SIUE Alumnus, Prisoner in US Internment Camp speaks in Interdisciplinary Course. Article in The Alestle, SIUE's student newspaper. Click here to read/download.

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"Students learn more than Spanish in Spain." Article in Edwardsville's The Intelligencer about Study Abroad program to Seville, Spain. Click here to read/download.

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"Students gain teaching experience through SIUE Foreign Languages program." Article in TWIC, the CAS Magazine. Click here to read/download.

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"Sedycias' research unearths depth of Spanish playwright, earns Vanderbilt publication." Article in TWIC, the CAS Magazine. Click here to read/download.

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"High Aims for Hangzhou Study Abroad Program." Article in TWIC, the CAS Magazine. Click here to read/download.

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Summer 2013 Spanish Summer Camp!

Click HERE for information on the up-coming program.

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Students will engage in a wide range of exciting learning and recreational activities that will develop their communication skills in Spanish. Students will be immersed in the culture of Latin-America as well by making traditional crafts and food such as piñatas, pyramids, jewelry, figurines, and tortillas. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their computer and Spanish writing skills as they play games, learn about the culture and practice vocabulary in the Foreign Language Lab.
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"Critical languages enter campus dialect." Article in The Alestle, SIUE's student newspaper. Click here to read/download.
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"SIUE now offering Critical Languages." Article in TWIC, the CAS Magazine. Click here to read/download.
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"SIUE to Begin Brazilian Exchange Program." Article in TWIC, the CAS Magazine. Click here to read/download.
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"We No Longer Live in a One-Language World." Article in Edwardsville's The Intelligencer about Department Chair Joao Sedycias. Click here to read/download.
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"The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature welcomes Sedycias on board." Article in TWIC, the CAS Magazine. Cick here to read/download.
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SIUE College of Arts and Sciences 2012 Honors Day Award Recipients for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature:
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Front row, left to right: Arianna Gebauer, Emily Stahl and Nathan Thompson - Distinguished Student in Italian Language Honors Day Award; Stephanie Bloch and Kathleen Easlick-Hector R. Dominguez Award in Foreign Languages; Hannah White - German American Heritage Society Distinguished Student in German Language Award.
Back row, left to right: Laura Straube - Helen D. Goode Memorial Scholarship; Jennifer DeMarco, Italian American Club Outstanding Student in Italian Language Award; Malorie DeFrancesco - Italian Cultural Association of Southern Illinois Award; Song Lim and Morgan McDaniel - Outstanding Student in Chinese Award; Dr. Joao Sedycias, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
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"Mann Studies French and French Culture in the Modern World" - an article in the Intelligencer about Professor Debbie Mann. Click to download/read.
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SIUE student wins prestigious Gilman Scholarship. Read more here.
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[IMAGE: Phi Delta Phi Students] (Left) The Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society initiation ceremony was held on March 18, 2012. The department was represented by Foreign Languages Chair Dr. Joao Sedycias and faculty advisor Dr. Debbie Mann. Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the SIUE chapter, Zeta Delta: Audrey Townsend, Julie Lisak, Mandi Noel, Jessica Vysoky, Ghillean Graber, Brittany Schuchman, Olivia Rader, Mike Allen, Emily Callis, Laura Straube, Amanda Kingery. Not pictured: Noah Kuester, Adrienne Krikorian, Cade Bauer-Showers, Jordan DeBo.
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Kate Eckert, one of our students, wins prestigious international Fulbright award.
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Congrats also to our student Audrey Townsend who sent this in:
"I am honored to report that I have been accepted into the French graduate program at Florida State University, where I will be attending this fall after my graduation from SIUE this summer with a B.A. in French. Furthermore, I am delighted to accept FSU's offer of a graduate assistantship position, and am most eagerly anticipating working closely with the outstanding faculty and staff of the French department there.

I intend to obtain my PhD, focusing my studies on French literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. My experience with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature here at SIUE has been absolutely phenomenal, and the education and preparation for graduate work I have received here is second to none. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to study French here at SIUE and cannot wait to begin my graduate studies at Florida State this fall."
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[IMAGE: Picture of Student at Spanish Brown Bag Series](Left) Next Tuesday, April 3 at 3:30 pm., the II Spanish Majors/Minors Brown Bag Series will take place in the Plasma Room. This semester's presentation will feature one of our majors, Stephanie Bloch, who will be awarded this year with the Hector Dominguez Award. Her talk is entitled:

"Consejos para la investigación: cómo tener éxito en las clases de español avanzado."

Click here for the event poster. Refreshments will be served,
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Hannah White, a German major was recently featured in the Alestle. Check it out.

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Two Spanish Majors Attended Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference (Right)
Last week, the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference took place in St. Louis. Joshua Castillo and Kristina Becker, Spanish Majors and undergraduate research assistants (URCA) working with Dr. Rocha, attended the three panels of the section Children and Teenagers in Latin American Film. This proved to be an excellent opportunity for Joshua and Kristina to hear presentations about their topic of research and learn about professional conferences.
NEW: Check out this pedagogical and informative blog about the experiences of SIUE students in their study abroad program to Seville, Spain during summer 2011. 

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[IMAGE: Phi Delta Phi Students]Picture (Left) from the Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society initiation (SIUE is the Zeta Delta Chapter) on April 1, 2011. The student's names are (from left to right) Brynna Murphy, Samantha Perez-Gillan, Elvire Kinha, Debbie Mann, Katie Hasler, Cédric Andreani and Sadick Doubare.
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SIUE College of Arts and Sciences 2011 Honors Day Award Recipients for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature (Right)

From left ,J. Debbie Mann- professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, Amanda Anderson and Nathan Thompson-Distinguished Student in Italian Language Honors Day Award, James Whitfield- German American Heritage Society Distinguished Student in German Language Award, Adam Tiemann-German Cultural Society Outstanding Student in German Language Award, Kristina Becker-Helen D. Goode Memorial Scholarship, Kate Eckert-The Gladys Oney Griffen German Scholarship, and Matthew Stoecklin-Outstanding Student in Chinese Award. 

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A Story of Success
Gabrielle Williams, Spanish Education Major, is graduating in the Spring 2011. During her junior year, she had an URCA for the Spring 2011, a competitive research position that allowed her to be engaged in undergraduate research. Gabrielle worked under the supervision of Dr. C. Rocha analyzing the film María Full of Grace as part of her Senior Spanish Essay. Because of her solid performance and service, she received the Senior Essay Standout Award given by the Office of the Provost. In addition, Gabrielle presented at the Saint Louis Symposium of French and Spanish in 2010 and 2011. Gabrielle has been hired by the Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 to teach in Edwardsville High school. Congratulations, Gabrielle!

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Change for Haiti, a project by SPEAC has been selected for Outstanding Community Service Project of the Year for 2010-2011 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. This award is presented to a student organization that contributed to the enhancement of campus life and sponsored a community service project that contributed to the University or surrounding community. Congratulations to the SPEAC club!

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The SIUE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN SEVILLE Application Deadline has been extended until January 18. You still have time to be part of an academic and life-changing experience. Get immersed in the exciting Andalusian culture of southern Spain, and get 6 credits of upper Spanish courses. Limited places available. For more information about this unique opportunity click on this link.

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Picture from Ben Sheet's B.A. German senior essay presentation. Fall 2010.

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NEW: Learn more about our new courses in Arabic here.

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View the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature's Newsletter for 2009.

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Sad news regarding Professor Emerita, Veronique Zaytzeff

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Follow the Blog of an SIUE student on Study Abroad in Ecuador

Alumni: Keep in Touch
Calling all SIUE Foreign Languages and Literature Alumni, tell us what you are doing!

Already know a foreign language?
Proficiency exams are available in French, German, and Spanish, click here for details.
Conversation Hours
An excellent opportunity to improve and practice your speaking skills in Spanish, French, and German. Click here for details.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Expand your horizons and education. Click here for details.



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