Oakland University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Oakland University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures "The limits of my language are the limits of my world." ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures aspires to serve our students as they develop a sophisticated knowledge of the language and appreciation of the accompanying literature of its culture.
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“....we must upskill our graduates with the linguistic and cultural understanding to shape an outward-looking, post-Covi...
07/27/2020
Language learning vital to pandemic recovery

“....we must upskill our graduates with the linguistic and cultural understanding to shape an outward-looking, post-Covid and post-Brexit UK." ...”Language skills are crucial to our economy, and education is pivotal in achieving the changes needed.”

Universities UK is part of a coalition of partners today putting forward to Government a strategy to boost language learning, which has fallen drastically in recent years.

The Department of Modern Languages wants to share with students and faculty information about the We Are One Film Festiv...
05/29/2020
We Are One

The Department of Modern Languages wants to share with students and faculty information about the We Are One Film Festival: a 10-day event co-curated by over 20 film festivals across the world that is being streamed for free from May 29 until June 7 by Youtube. All funds raised during the festival will benefit COVID-19 relief funds.

The festival includes new Films in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish among other international features. Here are some suggestions, please, consult the Youtube channel for premier times.

Interview with Alejandro Iñarritu

Genius Party: Happy Machine (Japan)

Electric Swan (Dir. Konstantina Kotzamani)

Bao lie wu sheng (Dir. Yukun Xin)

L'Heure de L'Oeurs (Dir. Agnes Patron)

Bildnis Eines Trinkerin (Dir. Ulrike Ottinger)

link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChMc3c7Xvv6ol1Zv47Ja39A/featured

Experience a film festival like never before during this first ever 10-day global film festival co-curated by over 21 film festivals from across the world. A...

Great event in Ballroom A and B on October 15!! Modern Languages advertised their programs and impressed students with t...
10/15/2019

Great event in Ballroom A and B on October 15!! Modern Languages advertised their programs and impressed students with their creative table designs!!

Great event in Ballroom A and B on October 15!! Modern Languages advertised their programs and impressed students with their creative table designs!!

"...learning a language with an app should be a starting point, not the end. If you make it through an entire Duolingo s...
05/22/2019
500 Days of Duolingo: What You Can (and Can’t) Learn From a Language App

"...learning a language with an app should be a starting point, not the end. If you make it through an entire Duolingo skill tree or a Memrise lesson plan, it might be time to upgrade to an in-person class..."😊

Free language learning apps often promise the world — but don’t expect fluency from one. Here’s what to expect before you sign up.

Congratulations!
04/27/2019

Congratulations!

04/27/2019

Congratulations!! 2019 graduates!!

Award Ceremony 2019
04/17/2019

Award Ceremony 2019

1st Noche Literaria- March 2010
04/11/2019

1st Noche Literaria- March 2010

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year!!!
04/09/2019

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year!!!

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year!!!

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year!!!
04/08/2019

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year!!!

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year!!!

Congratulations to Jenna Russell on her Honors College Thesis!
04/01/2019

Congratulations to Jenna Russell on her Honors College Thesis!

03/15/2019

Our condolences to the friends and relatives of the victims at Christchurch, New Zealand.

A GUIDE FOR FUTURE MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHERS - Spanish, French, German and Japanese
03/08/2019

A GUIDE FOR FUTURE MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHERS - Spanish, French, German and Japanese

A GUIDE FOR FUTURE MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHERS - Spanish, French, German and Japanese

03/06/2019

Dear Students, Please check out our Album "Modern Language K12-Program" - it gives you a detailed overview on the structure and requirements for Spanish, French, German and Japanese!!

12/12/2018
Oakland University

Happy Holidays!

2018 has been a year of extraordinary growth at Oakland University – a year that has laid the foundation for the days and years ahead. Thank you for all you have done and for being a valued member of the OU community. Happy holidays and best wishes in the new year. #ThisIsOU

It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the death of our student Ian Tyler (Spanish major) who passed away on Novem...
11/14/2018
Click here to support Ian Tyler's Fight Against RMC organized by Ian Tyler

It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the death of our student Ian Tyler (Spanish major) who passed away on November 7, 2018. He lost his battle to cancer.

Please join me in offering our deepest sympathy to the Tyler family. Online condolences may be made at www. hovenfunerals.com.
Ian Tyler
May 12, 1997 - November 07, 2018
BUCHANAN - Ian Tyler, 21, of Buchanan, MI, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles.

Donations to help the family pay back Ian's student loans can be made at
https://www.gofundme.com/ian-tyler039s-fight-against-rmc

The Past: On February 9th, 2018 at 2am, I went to the ER with severe abdominal pains in my lower left quadrant, and was admitted due to the severity of the pain. I had x-rays and MRIs taken and found that my lymph nodes around my left kidney had been swollen and that I had lesions on my left kidn...

A big thank you goes out to our DMLL Alumni who talked about their amazing careers at our first-ever DMLL Alumni Event y...
11/09/2018

A big thank you goes out to our DMLL Alumni who talked about their amazing careers at our first-ever DMLL Alumni Event yesterday!! Their ability to speak a foreign language, which they combined with their interests in Engineering, Medicine, Teaching, Translating, Chemistry, Business, Marketing (and many more!!!) got them to where they are now!! Congratulations!!!! Studying foreign languages literally pays off!!!!! Thank you for sharing your stories and experiences with 175 (!!!!!) of our current students!

FIRST-EVER DMLL ALUMNI EVENT FALL 2018 - AMAZING SUCCESS with 175 students attending
11/09/2018

FIRST-EVER DMLL ALUMNI EVENT FALL 2018 - AMAZING SUCCESS with 175 students attending

FIRST-EVER DMLL ALUMNI EVENT FALL 2018 - AMAZING SUCCESS with 175 students attending

We are now accepting applications for "Assistant Professor of Japanese", please help spread the words! Apply online: htt...
09/18/2018
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages & Literature - Japanese

We are now accepting applications for "Assistant Professor of Japanese", please help spread the words! Apply online: https://jobs.oakland.edu/postings/14344

Assistant Professor of Japanese with a specialty in literature, cultural studies, film studies, or equivalent. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is seeking a full-time, tenure-track position in Japanese with a specialty in literature, cultural studies, film studies, or equivalent. T...

Oakland University International Education
09/11/2018

Oakland University International Education

Explore study abroad opportunities! Attend the Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 25 & 26 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Oak View Hall. Program directors and representatives will be on hand to answer your study abroad questions and help you find the right program for you! Refreshment! Bring a friend! See you there!

06/17/2018

2018 Soccer World Cup
Mexico 1, Germany 0

Awards Ceremony Winter 2018
04/21/2018

Awards Ceremony Winter 2018

Awards Ceremony Winter 2018
04/11/2018

Awards Ceremony Winter 2018

https://www.oakland.edu/newsatou/news/2018/oakland-university-lecturer-selected-for-prestigious-guggenheim-fellowship
04/10/2018
Oakland University lecturer selected for prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

https://www.oakland.edu/newsatou/news/2018/oakland-university-lecturer-selected-for-prestigious-guggenheim-fellowship

Academics Schools and Colleges Arts and Sciences Business Education and Human Services Engineering and Computer Science Health Sciences Medicine Nursing Academic Requirements Academic Catalog (undergraduate) Academic Catalog (graduate) General Education Requirements More Ways to Learn Graduate Educa...

Dunya Mikhail on OU news! Congratulations again! https://www.oakland.edu/newsatou/news/2018/oakland-university-lecturer-...
04/09/2018
Oakland University lecturer selected for prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Dunya Mikhail on OU news! Congratulations again! https://www.oakland.edu/newsatou/news/2018/oakland-university-lecturer-selected-for-prestigious-guggenheim-fellowship

Academics Schools and Colleges Arts and Sciences Business Education and Human Services Engineering and Computer Science Health Sciences Medicine Nursing Academic Requirements Academic Catalog (undergraduate) Academic Catalog (graduate) General Education Requirements More Ways to Learn Graduate Educa...

Mar 14, 2018. These photos were taken in a public event. If you would like to remove a photo of yours from this album, p...
03/22/2018

Mar 14, 2018. These photos were taken in a public event. If you would like to remove a photo of yours from this album, please contact us.

Mar 14, 2018. These photos were taken in a public event. If you would like to remove a photo of yours from this album, please contact us.

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Rochester, MI
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Majors include French Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, German Studies, Spanish Language and Literature and Latin American Language and Civilization. Minors are available in Chinese, German, Japanese, French and Spanish.

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Dr. Stacey Hahn who joined OU in 1991 and has been a great mentor for all of us at DMLL, is retiring this academic year. Her dedications in teaching, scholarship, and service...we will always remember. We love you, Stacey! Come visit us anytime.... with your delicious bûche de Noël cake😘
Dr. Stacey Hahn who joined OU in 1991 and has been a great mentor for all of us at DMLL, is retiring this academic year. Her dedications in teaching, scholarship, and service...we will always remember. We love you, Stacey! Come visit us anytime.... with your delicious bûche de Noël cake😘
April 12, 2019 Annual Award Ceremony Congratulations to the award recipients and graduating seniors!
قصة قصيرة عرس الديب بين أضلعه يرفرف قلب استبدّ به شوق إليها بعد طول غياب.. لسانه الأخرص يدخر حكايات صغيرة لبث يراكمها سنة كاملة..ثملةً بفرح اللقاء؛ تطالع وجهه بمقلتيها الباسمتين الناعستين؛ تطوف بكل ثنايا؛ وجهه تحصي أفراحه الموسمية الصغيرة؛ وكأنها لعبة شائقة تزدان بها أنامل صبي يتيم ذاق صنوف حرمان . لا عليك! تسر إليه: لدينا ما يكفي من أوقات، و في جعبتي قصص شائقة، و هدايا أرجو أن تروقك!، و عبر ربوع الوطن؛ لديَّ معك صولات و جولات!..باسما يتلقّف همسها السّاحر؛ كما ظل يبسم كلّ ما جادت عليه برسالة مصورة أو مكتوبة؛ تنتشله من خضم حزن جارف، و وحدة تقتله في صمت..إشراقته في عزّ اكتمال و ابتسامته الهادئة الصّامتة تكاد؛ تحتلّ مساحة فوق العادة؛ كفنان يُشَيِّع شخوص لوحته، ويهديها توقيعَه عربونَ سلام؛ يذكر هنا قصة ليلى و الذئب..ربما كان حيوانه الأثير بين صنوف أخرى ألفها منذ سنوات طويلة؛ تتردد على عيادته، أو كلّما أَنَّتْ في مكانٍ قصيٍّ عن سكناه؛إذ هو يلبّى النداء.. تعاود الكرَّة؛ فتداهمه بوابل كلمات باشّة حانية يلُفّها الرّجاء ..يبادل كرمَها ببسمة رسمها؛ وشفق قرمزي يشِعّ من عينيه عربون وفاء..ومن جديد يرسل بصرَه؛ إلى الأفق البعيد؛ يناجي الأقدار علّها تفصح عن جواب لألف سؤال..أما كان يجب أن أُدَلِّل نفسي بإجازة؛ يوم قرّرت أن تسدي لأجلي معروفا - عبر التاريخ - أدمنت عليه ملايين النساء؟!.. ذاهلة، حسيرة؛ تراه يُفرج عن ضحكته الأسيرة، تنصرف بدورها تخنقها الذكرى و تلعن الحلوى، الأفراح، الأعياد و كل الأحداث السعيدة.. تتساءل بدورها: أيُّ شيطان أخذني حينها ؟ و أيُّ فكرة حمقاء قادتني إلى حتفي ؟ أيَّ لعنة أحللتها بعشّي.. ورغم أنها شعرت ببعض العزاء حين مال عليها بنظرة شفيقة و تلقَّف منها دمعتها الحارّة يعلن لها أن كفى؛ كانت قد وجدت في البكاء ضالّتها وأدركت؛ أن عَبَرَاتِها المسفوحة تحمل لها ضحكاتٍ و ألف شفاء..عروسان جديدان يتفجرّان حبّا و إقبالا على الحياة..كانت قد اقترحت عليه إعداد ألوان من الحلوى؛ تكاد لا تخلو منها بيوت كل المغاربة؛ تعود جذورها إلى بلاد الأندلس و ربما إلى حضارات متوسطية متعاقبة؛ طابت في خُلدِه الفكرة، وحلّق منتشيا يداعب عبق الحلوى خياشيمَه؛ أجل؛ كان حلما قديما معتّقا في ذاكرته؛ لطالما حدث نفسه بعد كدّ ووحشة؛ بحب قادم تزفه إليه الأقدار.. قفل عائدا من مشاويره؛ يمتطي شوق إليها، و طبعا لتذوّق أوّل قضمة من ألذ حلوى.. أثنى على حبيبته أيّما ثناء..لم تكن صناعة منزلية خالصة كما كان يشتهي..ما الضير في ذلك؟ تسمرت أمامه باسمة كأنما تغازل المرآة: شكرا لله؛ و لأختك الرائعة إذ هي أسدت إلي هذا الصّنيع؟ وأردفت بلكنة تناغي فيه صفح الكرماء: المهمّ أنّ الحلوى راقتك؛ أليس كذلك؟!..مستبشرا شيّعتْه ولسانُ حالِه يقبل اعتذارها كما يحمل الإنذار..رجل بطبعه لا تنطلي عليه قصص من الحلوى..جُنّ جُنونُه حين اهتدى؛ إلى أنّ الصناعة لم تُسجّل بدار شقيقته ولم يشهد أشواطها بيته السعيد؛ كان يُدَمْدِمُ بينه و بينه كالمجنون: إذن، فذاك الإخراج قد تمّ بمنزل الأصهار..زفرة منها؛ ووجه ساهم و ضحكة بقدر ما تحمل من الوداعة و البراعة توحي بصورة موت زؤام يتربّص بالأحياء..ماذا دهاكم؟ يكاد يفتِكُ بنا الجوع؛ الغداء جاهز! .. تهلّلت أساريرُه مغتبطا بولده العشريني؛وحيّى كهلا أجنبيا عاد يشاركه العزاء. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ادريس حنبالي المغرب
With sadness, I would like to convey that retired professor Don Iodice has passed away. Don Iodice was not a member of the Charter Faculty, but he arrived at Oakland University shortly afterward to teach French and Linguistics and to direct the Language Laboratory. His love of France and its culture and civilization, combined with his first career in radio broadcasting, is what fostered his enthusiasm in teaching his students actual communication skills. For many years, Don invited his advanced classes to his home for a multi- course French dinner. There were always native speakers to circulate and make the students talk. English was not allowed until eleven o'clock. Each course was preceded by a brief lecture on how to use escargot “pinces,” why “salade” came after the main course, the importance of cleaning the palate with a bit of bread before the next course, and other French customs. The highlight of his teaching career was being named as a “Chevalier des Palmes Academiques” by the French Government. This is an award given to those who have promoted French learning and culture above and beyond the daily classes. The French Consul came from Detroit and there was a grand reception at Meadow Brook Hall. He stared The Don Iodice Grant for Foreign Study some years ago, and many students have been recipients in the past.