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!

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Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition Accepting Applications

The Department of Modern Languages is recruiting students for the sixth class of its Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition to begin in the fall of 2016.  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 faculty members and graduate students.

Khaled Al Masaeed (Ph.D., University of Arizona), Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, is interested in language use, language pedagogy (particularly the teaching of Arabic as a second language), and language program administration.

Seth Wiener (Ph.D., The Ohio State University), Assistant Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Chinese Studies, conducts research on spoken language processing, multilingualism, and lexical tone.

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.

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