Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

Check out these video projects from fall semester's FREN 352!

Deux Chefs Un Monde - Omar Mora and Jake Debes

Guillotiné - Emma Murphy, Sidney Christopherson, and Sara Wall 

Le Café - Tessa Weir and Julia Carlone

Making Crepes

On Dec. 5, FREN352A students prepared crêpes with various toppings to accompany the screening of their final video projects and to thank the help of Joshua Akkerman, Instructional Technology Specialist; Annie Larson, Access Services Associate – Circulation/ILL; and Molly Ewing, Humanities Librarian.

French students learn to digitize class projects

On Tuesday, November 19th, students of FREN352 had class in the Creative Lab of Clemens Library to work on their final video projects for the class. Projects range from historical documentaries to cooking shows!

Local chefs visit class on French cuisine

On November 7th, Chef Mateo Mackbee and Chef Erin Lucas visited Prof. Ana Conboy's FREN352: “Bon app! La Culture gastronomique francophone » and shared insights on Creole cuisine, their own background in cooking and… of course, shared a couple of treats with students ! Beignets and Jambalaya! As the French would say, “Miam miam!” (we thank Jayne Byrne and the Nutrition department for allowing us to use their Food Safety Lab).

Chef Mateo Mackbee and Chef Erin Lucas visit FREN 352.

German major, Amanda Bjerke '20, receives Future Language Educator award

Congratulations to Amanda Bjerke for receiving the Future Language Educator award, given by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC). The award was given based on merit and interest in teaching world languages. Those who were selected for the award have demonstrated in their respective world language field their passion and intent for becoming an educator of world language and further the teaching of language and culture to future generations.

Amanda is working to teach German and English as a second language in the secondary setting. She recently applied for a Fulbright to teach English in Germany within the next year. Regardless of the outcome, she plans to pursue a teaching position in Minnesota following graduation. She would like to also pursue graduate work in World Language Pedagogy, German, or Linguistics and eventually one day, a doctorate in the Philosophy of Education. Says Amanda, "It is my belief that our students should have the opportunity to learn about cultures that differ from their own and learning the language of that culture is one of the most authentic ways to do so, as language and culture are intensely intertwined."

Students of German celebrate Oktoberfest in the Great Hall, SJU on October 25.

German Studies Program receives grant for German Fußballfest 2019 at CSB/SJU

A group of CSBSJU students from Dr. Kurt Hollender's German classes visited Allianz Field, the new home of Minnesota United Football Club, on Sept. 7th. Students, Prof. Hollender, and Fulbright TA Matthias Milchrahm toured the stadium, the newest in Major League Soccer whose design includes elements from the stadiums of the German soccer clubs FC Bayern München and FC Saint Pauli. They went on to watch the soccer game between MN United and CF Pachuca (Mexico) and cheer on the United to victory! The visit was funded through the generous support of a Netzwerk Deutsch "Deutsch macht Spaß" grant funded by the German government and administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Congratulations to German minor, Valerie Doze '21, for receiving a Jackson Fellowship for Summer 2019. The fellowship is one of three that funds the pursuit of summer internships – including leadership and professional development – working toward civic engagement and the common good in the non-profit and government sectors.

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