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.
The American Association of Teachers of French is pleased to announce that Jean-Patrick Grillet is the Recipient of a 2014 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award. A student is nominated by his or her teacher on the basis of academic excellence and an exceptional commitment to the study of French. Commitment to the study of French may take the form of participation in French Club, study or travel abroad, enrollment in the National French Contest, membership in the National French Honor Society, or other academic or service activites. Recipients must have completed at least three years of French study at the time of graduation and be non-native speakers of French.
The AATF was founded in 1927 and is the largest national professional association of French teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members. It has as its mission the promotion of the study of French language and French-speaking literatures and cultures at all levels.
"Heroes": the UNC Asheville International Film Series will kick off on Monday March 31, 2014 with a screening of the Chinese film Hero. Other films that will be shown include the Cuban film Suite Habana on April 3, German film The Edukators on April 8, and French film La Haine on April 9. Each film will be shown in The Grotto of Highsmith at 6:30 p.m. The screenings are free and popcorn and soda will be offered for free to all UNC Asheville students. Discussions will immediately follow the screenings.
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."
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.