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
- What It Means to be French
- New Edition of Polyglot Features Work in Four Languages
- 10 Things To Love About CMU’s Dietrich College
- Rémi Adam van Compernolle Wins Book Award
- Deliberative Democracy in Cuba
Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition
This one-year, intensive program prepares students for careers in second language teaching in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, 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. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 admission.
For additional information, please visit Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition.
We extend a warm welcome to our new faculty members and graduate students.
Sébastien Dubreil (Ph.D., Emory University), Teaching Professor of French & Francophone Studies, Second Language Acquisition and Technology-Enhanced Learning, is interested in the notion of culture in the L2 (second language) classroom, its place in the curriculum, and the use of instructional technology in setting up effective language learning environments to foster transcultural learning.
Tatyana Gershkovich (Ph.D., Harvard University), Assistant Professor of Russian Studies, is interested in Russian literature and philosophy of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Beginning their studies in the Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition are Alexis Adams, Nour Kweider, and Gerdine Ulysse.
Beginning their studies in the M.A. Program in Applied Second Language Acquisition are Brandon Cheng, Thomas Cullen, Justin Fanzo, Yiting Han, Tom Muneta, Jacob Neider, Xiaoxiao Tan, and Difan Zhou.