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Modern and Classical Languages

World Language Showcase premieres March 30

We’re only weeks away from the department of modern and classical language‘s inaugural World Language Showcase on March 30.


Contests, activities introduce students to language programs

In a day full of contests, proficiency activities, guest speakers and lots of languages, middle and high school students are invited to campus on March 30 to get insights into college life and the study of language.

Students will meet MCL faculty members and college students. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the showcase website.

Event details

Date: March 30
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union
Admission: Middle and high school students
Contact: MCL department by email or at 417-836-5122

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Alumnus becomes Lockheed Martin research scientist

JacobSwettJacob Swett

Degrees: German, physics and applied mathematics; minors in astronomy and environmental physics technology (’12)
Current status: Research scientist at Lockheed Martin Space Systems

In addition to earning three majors, Swett was a student government president and active in the MSU research community before he graduated in 2012. Now, he is part of a world-class team researching ways to use nanotechnology to improve health care.

Swett said learning languages has enabled him to talk to foreign colleagues in their native languages and has expanded his ability to solve problems.

“I believe that the perspectives gained and skills acquired during my language course work through MCL have directly influenced the way I approach and understand research problems, which is crucial. And a major takeaway from my language coursework was gaining different perspectives on the world.

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Alumna pursues master’s degree at leading policy school

AmandaAmanda Klimek

Degree: Global studies, with Spanish minor (’13)
Current status: Graduate student at University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

As a Missouri State student, Amanda Klimek studied away to India and completed an internship in the United Kingdom. She graduated in 2013 with a global studies degree and Spanish minor. She is currently pursuing a master’s in public and international affairs at one of the nation’s leading policy schools. Her goal is to work with an organization like the European Union to help come up with foreign policy solutions.

“I can say with full confidence that I would not be in this master’s program without both my background in study away and my proficiency in a second language. And MSU’s public affairs mission not only makes graduates competitive on a nationwide and global scale, but it fosters the knowledge base and emotional intelligence that you need to be effective and make a difference wherever you end up.”

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Traditions, culture take center stage for Chinese New Year festivities

In Asia, the Chinese New Year is a traditional holiday where families gather, eat, decorate, exchange gifts and enjoy festivals. In an effort to share that cultural experience with the Missouri State University community, Dr. Weirong Schaefer, senior instructor of modern and classical languages, along with the China programs office, has coordinated the Chinese New […]

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Chinese New Year celebrated with week of events

Various departments across campus will come together again this year for more than 20 events for the Chinese New Year Celebration Week — from music and dance performances to tea ceremonies and cooking workshops. Attendees are encouraged to participate while at each event.

*Event schedule subject to change. Check University calendar for more details.

Schedule of eventsChineseNewYear-2016-SchedulePoster-Screenshot

The office of China programs, Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the modern and classical languages department will deliver a series of Chinese cultural activities beginning Jan. 30 with a banquet and show, and picking back up Feb. 8-13 in Siceluff Hall 124.

Saturday, Jan. 30

2016 Chinese New Year Banquet and Show – Year of the Monkey!

Tickets can be purchased in Carrington Hall 210 or in the PSU, 2nd floor (by the stairs to the 3rd floor)

5:30 p.m.
Dinner starts in PSU Ballroom

7 p.m.
Show starts in PSU Theater

Monday, Feb. 8

chinese-new-year-dragon1aChinese New Year Experience

Siceluff 124

9:30-10 a.m.
Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Song
CHI311 and modern and classical languages department (MCL)

10 a.m.
Opening Ceremony

11:15 a.m.-noon
Chinese New Year Culture Presentations
LLT215 Asian Cultural Studies and MCL

Noon-1 p.m.
Traditional Chinese Music Performance
Dr. John Prescott, music department

2-3 p.m.
Learn Your Chinese Name
Hunter Klie and Peng Zhang, International Program and China Offices

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Chinese-new-year-DumplingsChinese New Year Food Culture

Siceluff 124

10-11 a.m.
Chinese Cuisine Workshop
Dr. Helen Zhuang

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chinese Dumpling Workshop
International Leadership and Training Center (ILTC)

2-3:30 p.m.
Chinese Tea Ceremony
Sean Gong, College of Business

Chinese Cuisine Video Showcase
Han Xiao

Wednesday, Feb. 10

chinese-new-year-musicChinese Music, Dance and Art

Siceluff 124

9:30-10 a.m.
Chinese Song and Modern Dance
CHI311 and MCL

10-10:30 a.m.
Traditional Chinese Dance
Chinese students

11-11:30 a.m.
Peking Opera & Traditional Chinese Dance
ILTC students

1-3 p.m.
Chinese Porcelain Workshop
Keith Ekstam, art and design department

Thursday, Feb. 11

chinese-new-year-fansChinese Music and Art

Siceluff 124

10-11 a.m.
Guzheng Demonstration & Workshop
Li Xinyue

Noon-1 p.m.
Traditional Chinese Music Performance
Dr. John Prescott, music department

1-3:30 p.m.
Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration
Dr. Xin Miao, geography department

2:40-4 p.m.
Chinese Painting Workshop & Exhibition
Xuehua Jin

Friday, Feb. 12

chinese-new-year-teaChinese Film, Martial Arts & Tea Ceremony

Siceluff 124

9:30 -10 a.m.
Yang Style Taiji Demonstration
Dee Ogilvy

10-11 a.m.
Taiji Workshop
Jinzi, ILTC

11 a.m.-noon
Chinese Kungfu Tea Demonstration
Sean Gong, College of Business

1-3 p.m.
Chinese Film Screening
Weiyan Wang, media, journalism and film department

Saturday, Feb. 13

Community Day

Siceluff 124

chinese-new-year-kids1-2 p.m.
Guzheng Demonstration & Traditional Chinese Dance
Chinese students

2-3 p.m.
Paper Cutting and Taiji Demonstration
Chinese students

3-3:30 p.m.
Traditional Chinese Operas & Modern Dance
Children of Chinese Faculty & Staff Club (CFSC)


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Alumnus works as European Union liaison in Germany

BenLachmannBenjamin Lachmann

Degrees: German, global studies (’09)
Current status: Presidential Management Fellow for the U.S. government

Benjamin Lachmann graduated from Missouri State in 2009 with degrees in German and global studies. From there, he pursued a graduate degree in foreign service at Georgetown University. He has worked for the U.S. Treasury Department as an investment analyst, and he is currently on a four-month rotation to the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, Germany. There, he is serving as a foreign policy liaison with the European Union.

“Back when I was at Missouri State, this is the kind of thing I’d envisioned myself doing for a career: taking part in major policy decisions and shaping foreign policy on the ground level. I am at the front lines where critical decisions are being made — right in the middle of the Syrian migration crisis happening in Europe right now.”

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Alumna hopes to apply study away experiences to law enforcement career

JoyBesethJoy Beseth

Degree: Individualized in Arabic, Middle Eastern culture; minors in Spanish, religious studies (’14)
Current status: Applying for police officer training

Joy Beseth graduated in 2014 with an individualized degree in Middle Eastern culture and Arabic. She worked as a translator and Arabic tutor after graduation. Now on a short list of applicants being considered for the Kansas City police academy, the 23-year-old says the confidence she built from learning languages and study away trips to Egypt and Jordan has enabled her to reach for her dream career.

“Studying abroad has taught me about different cultures. I got the chance to live with an Egyptian family and Syrian refugees. Now I can use those experiences to help Americans understand other cultures, too, hopefully through a career in law enforcement.”

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MCL to host open-mic event on Feb. 5

Students at any language proficiency level — beginning to native — are invited to share the cultures they’re learning about at an open-mic showcase, Melodies of the World, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 in in Carrington Hall, room 208.


Expressive arts to practice language, celebrate culture

Event organizer Jamahl Bonds, a junior global studies major, said students can use any expressive arts they wish — sing songs, recite poetry, perform dances and more — to celebrate the culture behind the languages they’re learning and to practice language skills.

How to participate in the event

Students interested in participating should simply show up, Bonds said. If they want the audience to have a translation of the language used in the piece, they can turn that translation into their language instructor in advance.

Event details

Date: Feb. 5
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Carrington Hall, room 208

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Linguistics professor from Poland visits campus to present research on bilingual education

romanowskiThe departments of English and modern and classical languages will host a presentation by noted international linguist Piotr Romanowski at 4 p.m. on Dec. 8 in Plaster Student Union (Room 400). The presentation is titled “Language Education in Europe: A Case Study of Bilingual Programs in Poland.”

More about Romanowski

Romanowski is an assistant professor in Warsaw University’s faculty of applied linguistics, as well as a lecturer at Krosno State College, both in Poland. He has taught English to students and in-service teachers for nearly 20 years.

His main area of research focuses on bilingual education in Poland, including intercultural communication within the context of English Language Teaching Methodology. He also investigates language acquisition with a specific interest in bilingualism and multilingualism.

Event details

Date: Dec. 8
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union, Room 400
Admission: Free and open to the public

Complementary studies at MSU

Missouri State offers a variety of tracks for students interested in studying how languages are taught and learned. Students can study linguistics or earn a graduate degree in language acquisition. Students can also get a certificate in TESOL, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or a master’s degree in English with a TESOL specialization.

Call the MSU admissions office at 417-836-5517 to find out more about the University’s available programs.

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