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Modern Languages & Literatures


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Language is Beautiful

The department prepares its students to thrive in a diverse world through the study of one or more languages (Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) and the cultural, social, philosophical, and/ or historical contexts in which these languages are situated.

By acquiring the four basic linguistic skills— listening, speaking, reading, and writing—you will develop intercultural competency through thoughtful engagement with literary and other cultural texts. We encourage our students to put their language learning and cultural understanding into practice both locally and while studying abroad, where you can volunteer, complete internships, and pursue independent research projects through our unique Cities in Transition courses.

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Excellent Undergraduate Teaching

Professor Sylvia López was the latest Beloit professor to receive the highest teaching honor given at the college: the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

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Sylvia Lopez takes her class outside on nice days.

Bridging language and community

The Rotary Club of Beloit has named Sylvia Lopez, Harry C. Moore Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, its Teacher of the Month for March.

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The Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest at nighttime as seen from a Danube cruise

Postcard from France: Volunteering with a refugee resettlement organization

While Emily Kratz ’21 is learning and growing in the classroom, she is engaging with a community as an English teacher at a refugee settlement organization.

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