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The Department of Foreign Languages offers major and minor concentrations in French, German and Spanish. Course work and extracurricular activities in the department are designed to provide the student with a solid command of a foreign language, as well as a thorough understanding of the literature and culture expressed through that language. And, in Fall 2006, classes in Portuguese were added to the curriculum.
Our faculty use their foreign languages skills outside of the classroom to conduct Service Learning projects in the Asheville community as well as to raise awareness for issues beyond the scope of foreign languages.
Dr. Michelle Bettencourt, professor of Spanish, received the UNC Asheville Community Connectors Award for the creation of her Scholar's Latino Initiative (SLI). The Scholar's Latino Initiative is a program in which UNC Asheville students in SPAN 300 SL are paired with students in a "Spanish for Native Speakers" course in order to help Spanish speaking high school students become more proficient in the English language. Dr. Bettencourt recently headlined the front page of Asheville's spanish-language newspaper, La Noticia, for her part in a series of programs for students titled "The Language of Cervantes."
To learn more about the Scholar's Lation Initiative (SLI) and other Service Learning projects that Dr. Bettencourt takes part in, click here. To read the article featuring Dr. Bettencourt in La Noticia, click here.
Professor Ellen Bailey, lecturer of French and Spanish, is part of a faculty team that has been awarded the 2013 William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. The faculty team won the award for their "Food for Thought," an interdisciplinary course cluster that explores issues relating to food production and consumption.