Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages

Come experience both the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning new languages—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish—and encountering the diverse cultures they represent! Our course offerings are rich and varied, and there are opportunities to study abroad, participate in service-learning in local and international communities, and to get involved in numerous co-curricular activities. Our department features some of the most skilled teaching faculty on campus. Much of our research is aimed at acquisition of additional languages and enhanced learning through technology and through literary and cultural studies. The Department of Modern Languages offers students of every discipline a wide range of opportunities to engage with world languages and cultures. Join us.

Modern Languages Department News

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Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition Accepting Applications

The Department of Modern Languages is recruiting students for the fifth class of its Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition to begin in the fall of 2015.  This one-year, intensive program prepares students for careers in second language teaching in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL). The program will interest three groups of students with undergraduate degrees: 1) native speakers of English with a major in foreign language studies; 2) native speakers of English with humanities degrees and second-language experience; 3) international students with degrees in humanities and language-related fields.

For additional information, please visit Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition.

We extend a warm welcome to our new A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and graduate students.

Vedran Dronjic (Ph.D., University of Toronto), A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, conducts research in psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and bilingualism.

Beginning their studies in the Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition are Qiong Li, Tianyu Qin, and Aurora Tsai.

Beginning their studies in the MA Program in Applied Second Language Acquisition are María-José Arrufat-Marquís, Zheng Gu, Kun Nie, Andrew Perlman, Melissa Tison, and Yuki Togawa.

Department Alumni News

Through the extremely generous support of alumna Patricia Askwith Kenner, who established the Endowed Fund for International Studies, our department is able to enhance international experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students. The fund enables us to provide study abroad scholarships, offer extracurricular activities, and publish Polyglot, the multilingual newsletter that is written and produced by our undergraduate students.

upcoming events

March 24

Melissa Schneider
"From Rooster Weddings to Aesthetic Fatigue: China's Unfolding Romantic Revolution"
Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall
4:30-6:00 p.m.

March 29
Award-Winning Film Excuse My French Screening
McConomy Auditorium, University Center
4 p.m. - Reception to Follow

April 1
An Evening of French Poetry and Song
Mellon Institute Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

May 17
Graduation Ceremony
Rangos 1, University Center
8:30 a.m.