Languages At GVSU

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A Look Into Our Programs

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 with a respectful understanding and awareness of its people in alignment with GVSU's Vision and strategic priorities to "inspire and equip students to be active life-long learners and global citizens".

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 and International Relations
  • Health Professions
  • Engineering and other STEM fields
  • National Security and other diplomatic government positions
  • Non-profit Organizations 
     

Check out our majors, minors, and other language courses.

Classics
FRE 380 - French Food and Culture

Lead with Languages
Lead with Languages

Learn how knowing a second (or third!) language gives you a boost up the ladder to success.

Foreign Language Major Careers
Foreign Language Major Careers

Now you can tell everyone what you're going to do after you graduate. 

Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language
Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

You could travel forever and what else? Here are seven more reasons. 


Meet Our Professors

Virtual Advising Sessions

Join us for virtual advising session on Tuesday! Stop by with any questions you have about language classes, study abroad, program requirements, careers, etc.
Just click on the link below to access the Zoom links.

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Chinese

2:30pm - 3:30pm
 

French

12:00pm - 2:00pm   Prof. Janel Pettes Guikema, Prof. Anne Caillaud
 

Spanish 

10:00-11:00   Prof. Carmen Fernández Flórez

11:00-12:00   Prof. Lourdes Yen

12:00-1:00   Prof. Jason Yancey

1:00-2:00   Prof. Elizabeth Gansen, Prof. Médar Serrata

2:00-3:00   Prof. Mayra Fortes

3:00-4:00   Prof. Laura Fox

4:00-5:00     Prof. Keith Watts


Meet Our Students

Shania Mason


Language Resource Center Projects

Cultural Diversities Italy-USA

Storybird

La casa (a beautiful story on the meaning of the house for Italians) 

The LRC's Favorite Puppet Show

As chosen by the LRC Student workers, we present to you

The Best Puppet Show Ever

The Best Puppet Show Introduction

French Idol Class Project

Spanish Class Project