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FOREIGN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT
The liberal arts university’s charge is to educate, from the Latin “educere” which means to “bring out.” The Department of Foreign Languages at Louisiana College uniquely educates students by “bringing them out” of their own way of thinking and ordering words and into another, one different than their own native speech. Along with the intellectual skills and critical thinking abilities inherent in the study of foreign languages comes an education, a “bringing out,” out of the darkness of prejudice, egotism, and ethnocentrism into the light of thought and the world of others. Foreign language students develop the skills of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing their chosen language, all in a historical, cultural, and literary context. In so doing, students become deeply appreciative, empathetic, and conscious of the “other.” The open and empathetic point of view cultivated by the study of foreign languages, literatures, and cultures directly supports Louisiana College’s mission to “change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
French Major Teaching in Africa
Leah Marshall, a May 2013 graduate of Louisiana College with a B.A. in French, is in Kenya, Africa serving as a missionary through the African Inland Mission. She is serving as a dorm parent and part-time French teacher at the Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kijabe, Kenya from August 4, 2013-July 15, 2014.
Humanities Division Sponsors Second Spanish Immersion Night
Louisiana College Humanities Division celebrated its second Spanish Immersion Night this year on Friday, April 11. Ms. Nancy Whitlock reports that more than 50 LC students mingled with special guests from Argentina and Puerto Rico. Students practiced speaking Spanish with each other and with guests. Professor Kathleen Scataglini prepared several international dishes, including Argentine oregano chicken, Puerto Rican Beans, Mexican rice, and flan. Spanish students ranging from beginners to advanced enjoyed international food, music, and cultural exchange, all while practicing their conversation skills.
CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana)
William Justin Branch, junior French major at Louisiana College, was recently awarded a scholarship through CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) to study in Belgium during July 2013. Branch will have his room, board and educational expenses at a Belgian university covered by the scholarship, which will enable him to improve his fluency in French and his knowledge of Belgian culture. In addition, the Louisiana College Humanities Department recognized Branch’s outstanding achievement in French by awarding him a Choate Scholarship in the amount of $500. The Choate Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior French major who has at least a 3.0 GPA and who shows exceptional promise in French.