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Season’s Greetings, Cougs

Tomas the gnome in front of holiday tree
Tomas the gnome in front of holiday tree

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures is excited to share with you our December 2016 newsletter, News Travels. It reflects a wide range of faculty and student involvement and highlights many of the diverse courses we offer. This semester has kept the DFLC busy as we hosted numerous events related to films, languages, cultures, performances, and more. We hope you enjoy catching up with what’s happening in the DFLC. Go Cougs!

Recently, the department was recognized for being one of the top 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Learning Foreign Language. Check out the article.

Letter from our Chair

Welcome to another installment of News Travels, our bi-annual newsletter. As we approach the holiday season and break, it is a great time to look back to reflect on all of the accomplishments, challenges, and changes we have witnessed in 2016. Read more

What’s new with the DFLC?

Welcoming our new staff members and social media interns to the DFLC. Read more

Language Learning Resource Center (LLC)

The Language Learning Resource Center is a quiet place for students to come in and study. The center offers multiple computers, printing and scanners. Read more


Since early September, Dr. Xinmin Liu has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) of the Taiwan National Central Library in Taipei. Read more


Dr. Michael Hubert published a peer-reviewed article this year entitled, “Using Writing to Teach Pronunciation: An Experimental Fourth-Year University Spanish Phonetics/Phonology Course.” This article will appear in an upcoming issue of the Defense Language Institute’s Applied Language Learning journal. Read more


In May 2016, Clinical Associate Professor Sabine Davis attended a five day workshop co-organized by the University of Wyoming and the Paris Chamber of Commerce on Teaching French for Business. Read more


This Summer, our friend and colleague, Dr. Rachel Halverson accepted a position as the Modern Languages and Cultures’ Department Chair at the University of Idaho. Read more


The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures offers an one year introduction to Russian Language. Read more


On November 4, we welcomed Katsura Sunshine, a Rakugo performer. Rakugo translates to “fallen words” a form of Japanese verbal entertainment. Read more


The course Introduction to Korean language introduces students to the basic language learning skills, alphabets, short dialogue, narrative texts, conversation, grammatical patterns, and short essay writing. Read more


The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures offers two sections of Italian, one each semester. Read more


Instructor Manal Shaheen taught first semester of Arabic this semester. The course is proficiency based, covering all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Read more

Film & Global Studies

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures offers a Film Studies minor. This minor introduces students to the critical study of cinema and media. Read more

Other campuses

An enthusiastic WSU Tri-Cities community came together to commemorate family, friends, and icons of the Latin-American culture for El Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Read more

Scholarships & Endowments

The department is pleased to announce the scholarship forms for the 2017-18 academic school year are now available on our website and in Thompson Hall 110 for students to complete. Read more