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Welcome to Foreign Languages & Literatures

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Foreign Language studies at Le Moyne aim to equip the students with an understanding and respect for our multicultural and increasingly globalized world through a well-rounded preparation in a language, culture and civilization different from their own. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers majors in French and Spanish as well as studies in the other widely-spoken languages of the world. To develop students’ linguistic proficiency and cultural knowledge, courses are taught in the target language and in their cultural context in a small classroom setting. In the Department of Foreign Languages, we believe that immersion is integral to one’s understanding of a language and culture; thus, as part of their program of study, Spanish and French majors are required to spend a semester abroad. Through study abroad, service learning experiences, and different cultural events offered by the department, students enrich their cross-cultural awareness and appreciation of diversity. Proficiency in a foreign language expands students’ career prospects, especially when combined with political science, business and marketing, international relations, criminology, law, health care, and education.


Foreign Language Courses and Requirements

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities in Foreign Languages and Literatures, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.


Student Learning Goals

The primary responsibility of the Le Moyne College Spanish and French programs is to provide effective instruction to students in foreign languages and literatures within the liberal-arts environment and Jesuit tradition of the institution. This instruction includes experiences to promote linguistic and literary competence, intellectual growth, and personal development.  A further responsibility is to encourage understanding of other cultures and appreciation of their differences.

Students who major in French or Spanish will

  1. communicate effectively with native speakers of the target language.
  2. learn about the target cultures in the target language.
  3. read and understand Spanish/Hispanic or French/Francophone literature.
  4. be aware of the structure of languages.
  5. be aware of what is happening in the Spanish and/or French speaking world.

Achievement of these goals is demonstrated through the student's:

  1. ability to interact, in person or over the phone or computer, with native speakers of Spanish or French unaccustomed to dealing with speakers of English.
  2. ability to express him/herself in writing in public and private settings.
  3. ability to gather specific and precise information from visual and audio texts, such as newspapers, magazines, television and the internet.
  4. ability to understand and interpret literary texts.
  5. ability to study and analyze language into its basic components: grammar, syntax, phonetics and vocabulary.
  6. understanding of Spanish, Latin American and US Latino, or French and Francophone cultural norms and expression.

Spanish Major

Madrid

Students who major in Spanish or French will gain cross-cultural competence and develop their proficiency in the language so as to be able to meet the needs of the workplace in a target language setting. As part of their program of study, Spanish majors are required to spend a semester abroad, as well as take the Oral Proficiency Interview, a linguistic competence test developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Le Moyne also offers a sequence leading to New York state teaching certification for those looking to teach Spanish to others. Students will not only learn the language, but explore all aspects of the Spanish culture.

The Foreign Languages and Education Departments also offer a Five-Year Program leading to a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science for Teachers Program in Spanish and Adolescent Education.

French Major

Paris

Students who major in Spanish or French will gain cross-cultural competence and develop their proficiency in the language so as to be able to meet the needs of the workplace in a target language setting. As part of their program of study, French majors are required to spend a semester abroad, as well as take the Oral Proficiency Interview, a linguistic competence test developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Le Moyne also offers a sequence leading to New York state teaching certification for those looking to teach French to others. Students will not only learn the language, but explore all aspects of the French culture.

Travel Experiences

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Ou est Le Louvre? It’s right over there, Le Moyne French students stayed in January 2015 when they were in Paris for ten days of language practice and immersion in the French culture. And then they walked across the Seine and made their way to see the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo or a million other pieces of art. They visited the Cathedral de Notre Dame, the Musee de Cluny, and the Palace of Versailles. They also made trips outside of Paris, to the Loire Valley (visiting two of the historic chateaux) and Chartres Cathedral. As French professor Rev. James Dahlinger said, “It is clear that facility in a foreign language and experience of travel abroad are skills and life experiences that are increasingly in demand in today's job markets.” 


Minor in Classical Humanities

A minor in classical Humanities consists of 15 credit hours. It is offered to students who complete 6 semester hours in the same Classical language (Greek or Latin) at any level and 9 semester hours in classics courses at the 200-level, including Classical Mythology (CLS 203), Classical Literature in Translation (CLS 204), Women and Literature in Ancient Greece (CLS 205), the Roman history sequence (CLS 211, 212) and Greek and Roman Comedy (CLS 215).


Minor in French and Spanish Language & Literature

Students majoring in other disciplines have the opportunity to pursue a minor concentration in French or Spanish by successfully completing 15 credit hours in the same language beyond intermediate level. These 15 credit hours must include at least two courses at the 300- or higher level.


Minor in Latin

A Latin minor is offered to students who complete 12 semester hours of the language, but Elementary Latin (LAT 101-102) cannot count toward the Latin minor.


Minor in Italian

An Italian minor is offered to students who complete 12 credit hours beyond Intermediate Italian. These 12 credit hours must include at least two courses at the 300-level.


Meet the Faculty

Mary Zampini

Mary Zampini

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James Dahlinger

James Dalinger

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Orlando Ocampo

Orlando Ocampo

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Meet Some Graduates

Caitlen McGuire

Caitlin McGuire

Public Relations and Spanish / 2013

There is a lot of support and consideration for students, inside and outside the classroom.

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Andrew Gleason

Andrew Gleason

Spanish and Peace & Global Studies / 2012

"Graduating with degrees in both Spanish and peace and global studies has prepared me well for a global career

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Ashley Casey

Ashley M. Casey

Communication and Spanish / 2012

"From the first time I visited, I could feel a great sense of community."

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Spanish Club

Spanish club
¡Bienvenidos al club de español!

The Spanish Club welcomes all members of the College community studying languages, and others with an interest in the language, culture and customs of all Spanish speaking countries. Students from foreign backgrounds enrich the group by adding their cultural experiences and are also very welcome.

The Spanish Club fosters an appreciation of cultures foreign to American students and offers a forum to discuss issues not covered in language classes. It brings foreign films, performing arts and academicians to the campus, and publicizes and encourages participation in foreign events on campus, and in collaboration with other institutions in the Syracuse area.

Events and Activities

Every semester we invite renowned writers and artists from different Spanish speaking countries to share their work with the students at Le Moyne.


Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Mary Zampini


PHONE:

(315) 445-4409


EMAIL:

Contact the Department:

Reilly Hall 207
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


PHONE:

(315) 445-4100


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