Points of Pride for the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LAN):
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages recognized the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures’ teacher education program in its inaugural Global Engagement Initiative, which honors programs that actively engaged students in using the language beyond the classroom.
Study abroad is a vital part of the student experience in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and participation is on the rise. Around 70 LAN students participated in study abroad programs during the 2015-2016 academic year.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures received a grant from the European Union Centers of Excellence to help with the establishment of a European Studies major on campus. A two-day European Studies Symposium was held in April 2015.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers Spanish 120, "Introduction to Academic Spanish for Spanish Speakers" each year to meet the increasing population of heritage Spanish speakers who attend Illinois State.
Illinois State's National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society chapter, Sigma Delta Pi - Eta Upsilon, earned several national awards in 2015-2016, including:
Sigma Delta Pi - Eta Upsilon was co-recipient of the prestigious Ignacio and Sophie Galbis Award in 2014-2015. Only 12 chapters in the U.S. earned that honor.
Sigma Delta Pi - Eta Upsilon serves the campus and local communities in many ways. In 2015-2016 those activities included:
The Spanish Club is committed to civic engagement. The club hosted an Active Feet "Zumbathon" to raise money to buy shoes that grows 5 sizes. They were donated to an orphanage Aldea SOS in Panama City, Panama. The program earned one of Illinois State's Commitment to Diversity Awards in 2016.
The Spanish Club earned a second Commitment to Diversity Award in 2016 for Outstanding Established Program for its Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).
Over the past five years, our on-campus French Film Series has screened 30 contemporary and classic films for students enrolled in French courses.
Illinois State's French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, gave two French lessons to students at the Unity Center's after-school program in spring 2016.
Dr. Susan Hildebrandt was named the recipient of the College Outstanding Service Award (Humanities) for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Dr. Roger Thomas was named a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer for fall 2014.
Throughout the year, LAN provides funding for campus and community events. These events include film rentals for the Spanish Film Club and AsiaConnect Film Festivals and sponsorship of the Children’s Discovery Museum’s El Dio de los Muertos educational event.
Herbert Quelle, Counsul General of Germany, was a guest speaker in fall 2014 and presented Reflections on 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Former Algerian freedom fighter and author Hamou Amirouche, the author of Memoirs of a Mujahed: Algeria's Struggle for Freedom, 1945-1962, spoke in February, 2016 at ISU. This event was sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Department of History, the Department of Politics and Government, the Harold K. Sage Fund and the Illinois State University Foundation.
Dr. Susan Hildebrandt and Ms. Laura Edwards received a CTLT grant to conduct a two-day Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Familiarization workshop to train LAN faculty to incorporate the OPI into their classroom methods.
The most recent winners of LAN's student scholarships and awards:
Graduate Student Awards - Each award carries a modest cash prize:
Alumni frequently visit campus to speak to students. Recent visitors include Michael Bosco, Alan Medina, Victoria Pike Douzamy, and Mike Romagnoli who spoke with LAN students about teaching, international business, translation services and interpreters in health care.