Monday:  In office 8:30am-1:30pm; Remote 1:30-5:00pm (assistance in person available in MAK A-1-178)
Tuesday:  Remote (assistance in person available in MAK A-1-178)
Wednesday:  In office
Thursday:  Remote (assistance in person available in MAK D-1-160)
Friday:  In office

Ways of contacting us are the following:

  • By office phone: 616-331-3203 (Wednesdays and Fridays)
  • Via email:
  • Virtually:  GVSU student, staff, or faculty member, please visit our MLL Zoom Room during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, with your GVSU network ID login and password. (If you are an outside community member, please call our office or email us to acquire the Zoom link and passcode).

National Foreign Language Week - March 8-12

We will have virtual “programming” and resources on our website beginning on Monday, March 8, organized around the themes of Cultures (Monday, 3/8), Language Study (Tuesday, 3/9), and Careers (Thursday, 3/11). Stay tuned for more information!

National Foreign Language Week

Arabic study abroad trip

Professor helping students in class

study abroad trip

Monday, March 8, 2021World cultures

Tuesday, March 9, 2021Languages At GVSU

Thursday, March 11, 2021Careers

Give to the Modern Languages & Literatures Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship

Established to encourage and assist language students to study abroad and gain life experience in the language they are studying at Grand Valley.

Why study foreign language?

Why language? Language is considered a critical part of a liberal arts education. Part of Grand Valley State University's vision and strategic priorities are to "inspire and equip students to be active life-long learners and global citizens" and to require global learning of all undergraduate majors. This does not mean that we expect all students to become fluent, but instead to have exposure to a second language and culture, which in turn leads to practical language skills. The Modern Languages and Literatures Department's language courses offer not just the chance to study a language, but to actively engage with another culture on its own terms. 

Multiple studies link the benefits of language learning to: 

  • enhanced cognitive ability and flexibility
  • delaying mental effects of aging
  • empathy and effective interpersonal skills
  • improved learning outcomes in other subjects

The following professions are seeing an increased need for language skills:

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Engineering and other STEM fields
  • National Security and other government positions

Check out our majorsminors, and other language courses. Explore further reading on the importance of learning a foreign language.

Alumni Highlights

Tricia Nichol, Spanish, BA Spanish Education, 2013

Tricia Nichol, Spanish, BA Spanish Education, 2013

Tricia graduated from GVSU in the winter of 2013 and immediately accepted a Spanish teaching position at Coopersville High School. She loves working with novice level students as she shares her passion of the Spanish language and culture.

Eric Brink, Spanish & Chinese, BA Spanish, 2020

Eric Brink, Spanish & Chinese, BA Spanish, 2020

During his time at GVSU he was a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship, an intensive overseas program that allowed him to study a year's worth of Chinese curriculum in just eight weeks.

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