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World Languages and Cultures

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Welcome to SUNY Fredonia's Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Our Mission Statement:

With its interdisciplinary and global vision of a changing world, the Department of World Languages and Cultures contributes to the international education of students. If forms world citizens, able to interact responsibly with people and cultures in the United States and abroad.

As a major in our programs, you develop linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy. With a deeper awareness of languages and cultures, you gain perspective on your role as an international citizen and an understanding of the interdependency of nations and peoples.

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Department´s Curriculum Map and Goals of Student Learning Outcomes

"Dreaming in Languages: Learning in the 21st Century": Task force working on improving the Language Program.                              Link to the discussion blog on the Task Force.

What's new in World Languages?

Mural in Oaxaca

Study abroad: Oaxaca 2015. Click on the picture for more information.

It is official! The department changed its name to "Department of World Languages and Cultures".

We are really excited about the change, which we believe reflects more accurately the content of our programs. "World Languages" is more inclusive and it is a assertion of how we want Fredonia students to be a part of a bigger picture. "Cultures" expresses a more open approach to the cultural manifestations we cover and it shows we do not limit ourselves to "official" culture but also to everyday practices and customs.


carmen rivera

After more than seven years being the Chair of the Department, Dr. Carmen Rivera has left that responsibility and she will just focus in her teaching. Thank you very much to Dr. Rivera for so many years of excellent service to the department. Dr. Juan De Urda is the new chair of the department.



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A group of students from Dr. Carmen Rivera's course on Latina Literature and Cultural Studies attended on April 3rd the talk by acclaimed Dominican author Julia Alvarez. Mrs. Alvarez talked about the inspiration for some of her works and answered questions by the audience.

 students during the talk

French Club Speaker, Susanna Zaraysky, to present on April 10th!

The French Club (L'Alliance Des Amis Français), along with many other groups/departments, will be welcoming speaker and polyglot Susanna Zaraysky to campus on Wednesday, April 10th. Susanna has studied ten (10) languages and of those, she speaks seven (7) fluently. Those are Russian, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, and Serbo-Croatian.

Ms. Zaraysky will be giving three (3) presentations on Wednesday in Jewett Hall 101 that are all completely FREE and open to everyone!

The first is Saved by Language that is being co-sponsored with Hillel (Jewish Student Union). Saved by Language is a documentary that Susanna co-produced about a Jewish boy who saved his own life during the Holocaust by having the ability to speak Ladino (Judeo-Spanish). This presentation will be at 3:00pm.

Her second presentation will be on "The Importance of Being Multilingual in the Job Market." This will occur at 4:00pm.

Her final presentation, which is also her keynote presentation, is "How to Learn Foreign Languages through Music and Media." She will be explaining tips on how Language is Music, which is also the title to a book that she has written. This presentation will be at 8:00pm!


Yes, indeed...

poster foreign languages, they nourish the brain

Poster by Fran Arrieta, winner of the contest for Language Week.

The symposium "Dreaming in Languages" was a success.

attendees to the symposium presenters and organizers


"Dreaming in Languages," a symposium on the politics, the pedagogy and the technology of learning languages to be held in Fredonia on March 16th.

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Study Abroad: Info Session on Oaxaca 2013 coming on March 5th.

students in front of the mural in Oaxaca

Ollin Tlahtoalli: Centro de Lenguas y Cultura Mexicana A. C. Something to look forward in Oaxaca! Do you want to know the story behind that mural in Oaxaca, Mexico? And its connections to Fredonia students? Click here.

This summer, study abroad in Oaxaca (Mexico). From May 27 to June 30. Deadline for applications: February 15th 2012. Contact Dr.

Event coming on 2/18/2013: Going International. Experience Abroad as Life Change.

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What do some Lake Shore Sophomores and a group of SUNY Fredonia undergraduates have in common? Deutsch that’s what!

German high school and Fredonia students


Study Abroad Russia 2013

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Students in Island of Culebra, Puerto Rico

J-Term in Puerto Rico.


The department of World Languages and Cultures is the proud recipient of an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant. It will fund a symposium entitled Dreaming in Languages: Politics, Pedagogy and Technology for Language Instruction.


Special topic courses for Spring 2013

female vampire

LANG 400 / WOST 377:

Monsters, Female and Otherness in French Literature


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Foreign Language at Center Stage:
A Workshop for Teachers

Modern Languages online Newsletter Issue 1 is out!

UNIONE ITALIANA Award Ceremony on Friday, April 13.

Interexchange: A Way to International Experience

Inés Llorens, former Local High School Graduate, now Director of School in Argentina, visits Fredonia.

Ines Llorens and Carmen Rivera in class


Orientation for study abroad in Spanish to be held on November 10th.

Study Abroad Fair to be held this Monday, 10/3

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Fredonia alumnus, Professor Fernando Rubio, came back on September 27 to deliver presentation on Blended Learning.

Picture of Fernando Rubio


Dr. Kate Douglass establishes a telecollaborative exchange for Fall
2011 between an English class in France and her French conversation class


Dr. Clark Zlotchew book, finalist in Indie Awards Zlotchew's book cover

Dr. Rivera honored with SUNY Chancellor´s Award for Internationalization

Carmen rivera picture

Homo sapiens, homo faber, homo ludens: Creativity as a Learning Strategy


In previous years:

Silvia Mannino retires from teaching at Fredonia

 Kyle Reimer, French/Adolescence Education Major, recipient of the CCFLTA College Scholarship

Convocation Series Presented "Restoring Community History: Puerto Ricans in Central Florida."

Spanish Adolescence Education major Caitlin Zaremski presented at"SUNY Undergraduates Shaping New York Future: A Showcase of Scholarly Posters at the Capitol".


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