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Proficient in Spanish? Earn a minor faster with the accelerated pathway

The department of modern and classical languages (MCL) has established an accelerated pathway for the completion of a Spanish minor. MCL recognizes that many students have acquired proficiency in Spanish as a result of previous exposure to and experience with the language.

Who is eligible?

Learners from the following groups may be eligible for the accelerated pathway, pending verification of their language proficiency:

  • Heritage speakers — Students raised in Spanish-speaking households who completed secondary education in the United States.
  • Native speakers — Students who completed secondary education in countries where Spanish is the primary language.
  • Other speakers with advanced proficiency — Students who have developed high degrees of functional language ability because of intensive study or long-term residency in Spanish-speaking countries.

How to apply

Visit the accelerated pathway page to find out more information about the program. Students interested in pursuing the accelerated pathway should call the MCL office at (417) 836-5122 and request an appointment with the department head for an eligibility assessment.

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MCL and Global Studies offer Study Away to Greece program

Missouri State Study AwayStudents, don’t miss an opportunity to visit Greece! Apply by March 3rd for this Study Away program sponsored by Global Studies and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages.

In this study away course “Ancient Athens and Aigina: Cult Centers and Coastal Connections” students will study and visit three of the key sites in an ancient network of religious centers that shaped the culture of ancient Greece. In the 5th century BC, the new democracy at Athens led an alliance of Greek states against the Persian invasion and then translated that leadership into a broader hegemony, political and cultural. The religious centers in Athens, devoted to the titular goddess Athena and other local figures, exploited their relationship with Dionysos, Demeter, and the Mystery center at Eleusis, in partnership with financial interests of the empire.

Interested in going?

Additional program information is available online.

Contact the Program Directors,
Edwin Carawan, Professor, Modern & Classical Languages
Dané Wallace, Instructor, Global Studies

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MSU celebrates Chinese New Year Feb. 3-8

year_of_the_horse_papercutUshering in the Year of the Horse, Chinese New Year falls on Jan. 31. To celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year and to enhance Asian cultural awareness on campus, the modern and classical languages department, the China office and the College of  Humanities and Public Affairs, and the MSU Chinese Faculty and Staff Club have joined together to sponsor a series of Chinese cultural activities to be held Feb. 3-8.

Events to celebrate Chinese culture

Featured events in this year’s celebration include:

  • Chinese arts
  • Handicrafts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting exhibitions
  • Talks on the Chinese culture related to the Chinese New Year celebration

Demonstrations will be given on the Chinese tea ceremony, how to make dumplings, Chinese Taiji and calligraphy. Performances will be given on Chinese music and dance, including the traditional Lion Dance. Symbolic snacks and Chinese tea and dumplings will be provided during most events.

Download the event flyer for the complete schedule of events. And to get an exclusive sneak peek of what the events will look like, check out the Chinese New Year video.

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Languages for fun at FLI

MSU's Foreign Language InstituteThe Foreign Language Institute is currently offering an array of foreign language non-credit courses to students and the community. Introductory courses in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, German and Korean will be held in the spring and fall of 2014.

Who can enroll?

Anyone may enroll in these courses on a non-credit basis through the Foreign Language Institute website. Classes will be held in the Jim D. Morris Center in downtown Springfield on the corner of McDaniel and Jefferson.

Why should I learn a new language?

The goal of these introductory language courses are to provide qualified education to prepare culturally competent individuals for life and work in the world where communication with people of other cultures and languages is becoming increasingly important.


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Day of the Dead festivities a success

MSU-MCL-DayOfDeadCelebration2013The Day of the Dead isn’t a holiday dedicated to worshiping the dead. El Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is dedicated to celebrating the lives of loved ones. Day of the Dead occurs on November 1 each year. The tradition has been happening on campus for years, but it has gained a lot of popularity recently due to the hard work of Dr. Robert Norton, Profesora Judith Martínez, and the Missouri State Spanish Club.

Throughout the day this year, the Spanish club gave educational tours of their traditional set-up and provide Pan de Muertos (the typical food for Day of the Dead) and Jarritos, a popular Mexican soda to guests.

Taylor Juenger, president of the Spanish club, says she always encourages students to attend events like Day of the Dead because it decreases the amount of ignorance and general assumptions made about other cultures.


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MCL hosts two meetings for K-12 educators on Missouri State campus

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages hosted the Ozarks Foreign Language Association (OFLA) meeting and the Missouri Modern Languages and Modern Technologies (MO3) Conference in late spring on the campus of Missouri State University.

OFLA educators meet for discussion and professional development

The OFLA meeting brought together K-12 world language educators from around the region to share ideas on advocacy, classroom activities and other initiatives. Presentation topics ranged from student motivation to authentic materials and a round or two of boules on the grass in front of Carrington Hall.

The MO3 Conference, hosted for the first time by MCL, focused on technology use and influence in language education, at both the K-12 and university levels. Educators from across the state and Midwest region met and exchanged ideas and techniques about integrating technology into their language courses in pedagogically-sound ways.

MCL will host the regional meeting of the Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM) on October 5, 2013. For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Tonia Tinsley at TETinsley@missouristate.edu.

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¡Hola! Salve! Salut! Hallo! Olá!

Jason Jolley
Jason Jolley, MCL Head

Greetings from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL)!

This is an exciting time for language educators, with interest and enrollments in languages at an all-time high. According to the findings of a survey by the Modern Language Association, “Enrollments in languages other than English at US institutions of higher education have continued to grow over the past decade and are diversifying to include an increasingly broad range of language studies.” The newly-established Foreign Language Institute reflects a strong commitment on Missouri State’s part to be a leader in meeting the growing demand for instruction in certain less-commonly taught languages, and the department is taking other steps to provide the best possible language instruction to its students and the broader community.

What is the Foreign Language Institute?

On September 17, 2012, then-Interim President Clif Smart and his counterparts at Evangel University, Drury University, Southwest Baptist University, and Ozarks Technical Community College signed an agreement to create the Foreign Language Institute (FLI). This marked the culmination of several years of collaborative discussion and planning.

MSU's Foreign Language InstituteThe FLI is a Missouri State-led partnership among five Springfield-area institutions of higher learning. Its purpose is to expand opportunities for students at all of the partner schools and in the broader community to learn languages, particularly those identified as critical or less commonly taught languages. Although most area schools are able to offer robust language programs in Spanish, French, and German, many cannot offer courses in other languages because of low enrollments or the lack of faculty resources. The FLI will allow the partner schools to combine students and to share instructional resources, such as faculty and facilities, thus saving money and making it possible to offer collaboratively many languages that could otherwise not be offered.

The classes will be held in the Jim D. Morris Center in downtown Springfield. The first offerings, in Italian and Portuguese, debuted this spring. Other languages to be offered by the Institute include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. Students from the partner schools will pay tuition to their home institutions to enroll in regular, three-credit classes. Members of the community interested in taking language courses on a non-credit basis may enroll in semester-long classes but will pay reduced fees. The Institute may also offer shorter, specialized courses, such as Spanish for medical or law enforcement professionals or travel-prep courses in various languages for groups preparing to study abroad.

MSU's Modern & Classical Languages

The Institute will be jointly administered by MCL and the International Programs office and will also have an advisory board consisting of Missouri State personnel and members from the partner institutions and the community. You can find more information about the FLI at its new website.



There’s never been a better time to learn a language. So, what are you waiting for?

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