Visit our Facebook Page and see pictures of LVC language students visiting Peru or Germany, trips to theaters in New York City and Hershey, as well as other events organized by our language programs.
Photo: LVC students Colleen Delaney (left) and Jesus Sandoval (right) with Assistant Professor of Spanish Gabriela McEvoy (center) at the 15th century Inca site Machu Picchu, Peru (7,970ft elevation) - they traveled there in May 2011, as a service learning component of the Indigenista Literature course.
Language Placement Test
For students and advisors: The language requirement at Lebanon Valley College.
Course offerings for Spring 2014
Besides the regularly scheduled courses on the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels (click "Courses" in the course menu to the left), the Department of Languages offers the following course in the Spring semester 2014:
FRN 375: French Cinema, taught in English
GMN 320: Business German
GMN 410: Drei Superstars der deutschen Literatur: Kafka, Goethe, Mann
Multicultural Achievement Award to Dr. Gabriela McEvoy
Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Gabriela McEvoy received the Notice of Multicultural Achievement Award 2013. The honor is awarded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs "to recognize individuals who build, serve, represent, or enhance diversity and social justice both on and off campus."
Dr. Gabriela McEvoy (left) and Venus Ricks, Director of Multicultural Affairs
More information on the Notice of Multicultural Achievement Award
La tertulia de jueves
Phi Sigma Iota (International Foreign Language Honor Society) and the Department of Languages (Spanish Section) would like to bring together native speakers as well as language learners in an informal and relaxed “real-life” setting to speak the Spanish language. All members of the LVC community are welcome to come and practice Spanish!!
Where: Mund Center Dining Room (at the back of the Dining Room); Look for the Phi Sigma Iota sign
When: Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
For future information, please check the Tertulia de jueves blog
Enjoy the Spanish conversation with your lunch!
Arnold Grant for Experiential Education Awarded to Gabriela McEvoy
Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Gabriela McEvoy received an Arnold Grant for Experiential Education for a research project with students. The research involves the transcription of 50 letters sent from the United States and Peru. Two students will participate in the research. After categorizing and analyzing the letters' main topics, the students will write a paper with Dr. McEvoy and submit it for publication.
More information on The Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education
Dr. Gabriela McEvoy, Assistant Professor of Spanish, presented the paper "When Letters Speak: Epistolary Discourse of Irish Immigrants" at the IV Conference of the Society for Irish-Latin American Studies at the Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina (August 213).
Dr. Rick Chamberlin, Associate Professor of French and German, and Dr. Jörg Meindl, Assistant Professor of German, were accepted as chairs of a panel on “German in Pennsylvania” at the The Northeast Modern Language Association’s 45th annual convention in April, 2014, in Harrisburg, PA. -- Furthermore, Dr. Jörg Meindl was accepted as chair of the roundtable “Dead immigrants for a lively language course? Using historic resources to enhance the language classroom” at the same conference. They proposed the topics of the panel and roundtable, will select participants and moderate the panel/roundtable.
Course descriptions for Fall '13
FRN 375: French & Francophone Film" - taught in English. This course will examine significant contributions to cinematic art in French culture. Films spanning the century between the silent era and the present day will illustrate how French forms of cinematic expression have contributed to a world-wide cultural heritage. In equal measure, the disciplines of French/Francophone Studies and Film Studies will be brought to bear on the central issue of what cinematic art in the French-speaking world tells us about culture, identity, and politics. We will explore how the discourse of cinema creates a “space” for thought and imagination that is different in significant ways from the “space” for thought and imagination to which discourses like political science, sociology or even literature give us access. The list of movies discussed can be found here.
GMN 410: "Zeitenwenden - Turns of Ages Revolutions, Transitions, Ends and Beginnings" - The course explores literature and movies that describe times of deterioration or breakdown of societies as well as the transition to a new order. The course will integrate/work parallel to the offerings of the LVC Colloquium "Revolution - Evolution," where suitable. A more detailed description can be found here.
SPA 490: "Heroes, Honor and Adventure" - Heroes and their adventures keep coming back as one of society’s favorite narratives. They are an investigation into the unknown, on human possibilities and what is to come. They are also key to understanding the needs, fears and dreams of a community and how they conceive the ties among each other. In this course we will start by exploring those motives: Which symbols are recurring? Which ones disappear? How do they move us? What feelings they appeal to? Are they inclusive of exclusive? A more detailed description can be found here.
Week-long service-learning trip to Callao, Peru (May 2014)
We are pleased to announce that the Department of Languages in conjunction with the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism and Study Abroad has been awarded the President’s Innovation Fund to support a week-long service-learning trip to Callao, Peru the week following graduation in May 2014.
Our service work will focus on a small elementary school which receives very little support from the government and faces unusual hardships.
Contacts are Gabriela McEvoy and Chaplain Fullmer.
Find Details and contact information here.
Research Fellowship for Gabriela McEvoy
Assistant Professor of Spanish Gabriela McEvoy receives a Department of Education Summer Library Research Fellowship in Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She will research "Irish immigrants in Peru" at the University of Pittsburgh, using the resources of the renowned Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection.
German Teachers and Author Zafer Senocak visited LVC Campus
On Saturday, April 20, the German section of the Languages Department hosted the Spring Meeting of the Central PA chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) . Highlight was a reading by renowned author Zafer Senocak. The picture shows the author in the middle, with German professors Rick Chamberlin (left) and Joerg Meindl (right). For German learners: the picture arrangement would be described as "die stehen da wie die Orgelpfeifen" ("they are lined up like organ pipes").
Phi Sigma Iota Induction Ceremony (International Foreign Language Honor Society)
Craig Layne, host of WITF's Morning Edition and LVC Alumnus with a double major in German and English, addresses the induction ceremony of Phi Sigma Iota (foreign languages honors society) on April 16.
34 students of French, German and Spanish were inducted in a ceremony in Zimmerman Recital Hall.
More details will follow!
Where do Alumni Work? Language Skills and Careers
Read how graduate Erica Trapasso '10, German Minor and Art History Major, found a job thanks to her language skills: a career based on German and Art History.
Photo: Erica Trapasso '10
Two LVC Alumni found a home and job in Spain - study abroad and language skills opened new opportunities. Read more here: Read the story on two LVC alumni working in Spain.
German Fulbright Scholar Holger Hinz Presented on German University System
Visiting Fulbright Scholar olger Hinz presented the 2013 Springer Lecture in International Business Management (sponsored by the Business and Economics Department). The presentation was titled “Studying in Germany: German and International Students’ Perspectives.” Holger Hinz is the Chair of Business Finance at Flensburg University, Germany, as well as Director of the International Institute of Management. Besides teaching finance-related classes such as Corporate Finance, Bank Management, Risk Management or Managerial Accounting, his interests include all aspects of International Business.
Presentation: "Path of Happiness: different times, different places…" by Carlos Rubén Carrasquillo
This year's Happiness Colloquium is a very good opportunity to share some ideas of what happiness means. As a part of the Colloquium series, Dr. Carlos Rubén Carrasquillo, from Puerto Rico Islands, at the Caribbean, presented some cultural data among different cultures, gender, economic class, about how different people at different places and times define happiness.
La tertulia del martes
La tertulia en LVC está destinada para los estudiantes que tengan como área de especialidad o subespecialidad el español y para aquéllos que están interesados o interesadas en practicar el español. Por ello, el propósito de esta tertulia es la práctica y el desarrollo oral del idioma español.
Blog "La tertulia del martes"
A continuación detallamos el cronograma de reuniones para la primavera 2013:
Lugar: Yuhas Commons (New Student Center)
Hora: 11:30 – 12:30 pm
martes 19 de marzo, 2013
martes 26 de marzo, 2013
martes 9 de abril, 2013
martes 23 de abril, 2013
International Culture Day (March 15)
The 31th Annual International Culture Day for high school students took place in Arnold Sports Center on Friday, March 23. Around 550 local high school students studying Spanish, French, and German came on campus to participate in a variety of events and contests to test their international knowledge. International Culture Day is sponsored by the Languages Department and Office of Admission and exposes local students to the College’s dynamic environment and promotion of multicultural activities.
Innovative “Spanish for Heritage Speakers” Class Responds to Student Need (featured on WGAL and Lebanon Daily News)
As the Hispanic population continues to grow in Lebanon County and across the country, the number of children raised in Spanish-speaking homes continues to rise. But as these students attend school where English is the language of instruction, they grow up without any formal education in their native tongue.
Lebanon Valley College also realized an increase of Hispanic students that were fluent Spanish speakers, but were struggling with spelling and grammar, and therefore having difficulty placing into the appropriate Spanish class for their abilities. Continue reading at LVC news...
The course attracted interest in regional media outlets:
NBC affiliate WGAL visited Ivette Dr. Guzman-Zavalla's course "Spanish for Heritage Speakers" on November 15. See the coverage on the WGAL website.
Also, see the article in the Lebanon Daily News on the course.