Languages and Cultures
Department News & Events
Languages and Cultures Welcomes Three New Department Members
Brooke Kreitinger '01
Congratulations to Associate Professor of Japanese, Jeffrey DuBois, for Receiving Tenure!
Five CSBSJU Grads Accepted into TAPIF Program in France for 2020-2021
CSBSJU Students Inducted into Japanese National Honor Society
Two of our Japanese minor graduates for 2020, Rebecca Kong and Jeremy Jahn, recently inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society – College Chapter (JNHS-CC), have shared their learning experience in the Japanese program:
Rebecca: "I came to CSB/SJU with the intention of studying Japanese. As one of the handful of schools in Minnesota with a Japanese minor program, I had the privilege to study under amazing teachers as well as with amazing classmates. Studying Japanese at CSB/SJU prepared me to think critically, lead courageously, and advocate passionately."
Jeremy: "I took Japanese in high school, and wanted to continue my studies in college, thus one reason why I chose CSBSJU. While I wish CSBSJU had higher level Japanese courses, I very much thank and appreciate the Japanese faculty and program for helping me learn so much! Studying abroad in Japan really helped cement the knowledge I learned in the classroom to the "real world," in turn meeting lots of people and learning much about Japanese history and culture! Limpert and Dubois sensei are experts at teaching Japanese, and I learned enough to where I secured a Japanese-language internship last summer!"
*The Japanese National Honor Society recognizes and encourages achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language. The society is administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), and membership is recognized as a national achievement.
Congratulations, Jeremy and Rebecca! おめでとうございます！
Changing With the Times
With the pandemic, flexibility and change became our watchwords. Class projects had to be adapted to fit the new normal… in that spirit, FREN312 created publicity videos using Zoom, instead of conducting an in-person project, as originally planned. Here are the results! For our class, creativity and innovation also became watchwords! Qu’en pensez-vous?
Language Scholarships Awarded
Congratulations to the following student recipients of our annual language scholarships:
Ashley Dalbec '21, Gaida Family Scholarship for French
Valerie Doze '21, S. Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German
Channa Kaslow '22 and Max Ditzler '21, Otmar Drekonja Scholarship for German
Recipients are chosen on the basis of scholarship, strength of academic purpose, and financial need. Learn more here.
Check Out These Video Projects from Fall 2019'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
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."