Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bonne rentrée!

Welcome to a new academic year in the Languages Department at Jewell!

We're into our ninth day of classes already and it's hard to believe how fast these first weeks have gone by.

The Languages Department has already been busy, setting up classes and welcoming our new professor, Dr. Kenton Stone, in Spanish. He's teaching SPA 114 Accelerated Spanish and SPA 315 Advanced Oral and Written Spanish, newly renumbered and restructured to be the introductory course to the major. It is now required in the Spanish major and functions as the prerequisite to further work. We're happy to offer a foundational course to the major for first time students at the 300-level. Dr. Stone is teaching 18 students this semester!

Dr. Kent Stone on the Quad

Spanish is booming. Along with SPA 315, we're offering SPA 323 Masterpieces of Spanish Literature taught by Dr. Jennifer Colon. Twelve continuing advanced students are enrolled, bringing our total Spanish enrollment at the 300-level to 30.

Congratulations to all the languages for their strong numbers this semester. Japanese and Arabic are performing well, Arabic enjoying 10 students beginning their studies and Japanese 9. Greek is off to a great start with 8 and Latin is full at 24 students! French is also full in beginning (24), intermediate (22) and we have 9 students in FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies.

We are all looking forward to a great semester and we are in the process of planning a series of activities sponsored through Phi Sigma Iota, our Languages Honor Society. Keep checking in for updates on department news.

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