Our Language Programs

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.

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Game Night Spotlight

Game Night

On Thursday, October 21st the LRC hosted a Game Night for language students! Spearheaded by Veronica Clapp, Carol Wilson-Tiesma, Meghan Cai, and Bret Linford.

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Alumni Highlights

Eric Brink, Spanish & Chinese, BA Spanish, 2020 Spotlight

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.

Paula Zokoe, French & Spanish, BA French 1999 Spotlight

Paula Zokoe, French & Spanish, BA French 1999

Paula became a Spanish and French teacher directly following graduation.

Joslyn DeBoode (née Grevenstuk), Spanish, BA Spanish, 2002 Spotlight

Joslyn DeBoode (née Grevenstuk), Spanish, BA Spanish, 2002

While a student at GVSU, she took three study abroad trips -- two in Mexico and one in Costa Rica. Joslyn looks back on her time at GVSU with fond memories, "I still wouldn't change a thing; worth every penny!"

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Are you studying any of these fields? ★ Maybe you should look into minoring in language! Click the link in our bio to see how studying a language will better your career path. Adiós! #languagestudy #modernlanguages #gvsumll #languagelearning

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Game Night Spotlight

Game Night

Back on popular demand game night has made another appearance in the Language resource center!

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