Something to Think about Regarding Spring 2013 Registration
The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures is cultivating its lesser-taught languages to offer students a competitive edge in the globalizing world. For the first time ever, we are teaching Arabic I (AB101), Chinese I (CI101), and Japanese I (JP101) in the spring for students interested in North Africa, the Middle East, or Asia. For the first time ever, we will also be offering (JP202) Advanced Japanese Composition and Conversation as well as several uppper-level Chinese courses. In today's world, language is the key to everything. Are you prepared to unlock the treasure chest of world knowledge?
During the fall 2013 semester the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will offer for the first time PO204 Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish. This class is geared for native and heritage speakers of Spanish as well as advanced (above SN104) students of Spanish. There are seven countries in the world that speak Portuguese as their official language. These include Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Other countries or regions such as Goa in India, Macau in China, East Timor in Southeast Asia, or Equatorial Guinea in Africa also have an important number of Portuguese speakers. Spanish-speaking students who are interested in these areas of the globe are encouraged to take the course. The course is also an approved Latin American and Latino Studies course.
Welcome Dr. Yolopattli Hernández-Torres!
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the newest member of the Spanish faculty, Dr. Yolopattli Hernández-Torres. Professor Hernández-Torres comes to us from Lynchberg College where she was a visiting assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she did her dissertation with Mariselle Melendez on the subject of “Corporeal Rhetoric and Social Order in the Viceroyalty of New Spain: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.” Four times during the years 2003 and 2009 she received Teaching Excellence Nomination in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students, a campus-wide semester evaluation carried out by the Center of Teaching Excellence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching and research interests include: colonial Spanish-American literatures and cultures, nineteenth-century Spanish American literature; Spanish medieval and early modern studies; visual studies; cultural studies; and studies of race. Professor Hernández will be broadening departmental course offerings with new courses on the colonial era and on Mexico. She will be teaching Spanish Composition and Conversation this semester and has developed a new course which she will be teaching for the department next semester on “Novo-Hispanic Perspectives from Baroque to Enlightenment.”
Professor Margaret Haggstrom
Dr. Margaret Haggstrom, Associate Professor of French, and Associate Chair for Student Issues of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has received the post-secondary AATF DOROTHY S. LUDWIG EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS. This national award from the American Association of Teachers of French is awarded to only one college or university French professor in the United States and Canada, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is honored with Dr. Haggstrom’s receipt of this year’s award.
Dr. Haggstrom does research in the area of foreign language pedagogy and has had articles published in journals such as The French Review, ADFL, Foreign Language Annals, and the Canadian Modern Language Review. She was first author of Portes ouvertes, a first-year college French program published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Along with four coauthors, she is currently completing a first- and second-year comprehensive college French program to be published by Pearson in 2013 to be titled A plus! première année and A plus! deuxième année. Her favorite course to teach: first semester French!
Relay for Life
During the 2011-2012 academic year, Modern Languages and Literatures' Polyglots raised hundreds of dollars through donations and healthy food and drink sales the night of the Relay for Life event. This year, our department has raised the bar and is dedicated to our goal of raising a minimum of $1,000! Stay tuned for dates of Fall and Spring fundraisers as the Polyglots continue to support our cause!
Madame Catherine Savell's Blog
Follow Madame Catherine Savell's relief effort in Haiti through her blog!
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers programs of study in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.
As part of its commitment to a broad-based, liberal-arts education, Loyola requires all students, regardless of their major, to demonstrate proficiency in a modern or classical foreign language at the intermediate college level, or higher. Depending on how high students place on their placement exam, anywhere from 1-4 language courses will be needed to fulfill Loyola's basic language requirement.
The department offers majors and minors in German, French, Spanish, and Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies, as well as affiliate minors in Italian and Latin American and Latino Studies.
Got questions? E-mail your questions to us at askMLL@loyola.edu
Students who need forms signed should leave them with Natalie Rock in MH 454. She will make sure they get signed and will then contact the student.
Fall 2012 Poetry Contest Winners
Chinese - Jessica Peters
Italian - Javier Abascal
Japanese - Joy Bivens
Spanish - Tyler Maud
Spring 2013 Essay Contest Winners
Congratulations to all our winners!!!