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Welcome New Faculty!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is pleased to welcome the following new faculty to our department.  


Dr. Patrick Brugh

Patrick received his doctorate in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis.  He has held teaching and administrative positions at both Loyola Blakefield and Loyola University Maryland.  Patrick will not only be the new LLC Director but will also teach German for us. He can be found in the Language Learning Center in MH 443B.

Alessandra Montalbano, Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor of Italian, Coordinator of the Italian Core Language sequence.

She received her PhD in Italian Studies from NYU and has held positions at both NYU and La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi in New York. Her research interests include modern Italian literature, philosophy, history and film. She is currently working on a monograph entitled Kidnapping in Modern Italy: Language, Disembodiment, Experience

Emma Cervone, Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor of Spanish

She received her PhD from the Institute of Amerindian Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, April 1997 with a dissertation entitled The Return of Atahualpa. Ethnic Conflict and Indian Movement in the Ecuadorian Andes. Her research interests include indigeneity, indigenous cultures and politics, and international development and applied anthropology. She has taught in departments of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins, Northwestern University and Southern Illinois University.

Natalia Zavislak, Visiting Affiliate Instructor of Spanish

A native of Spain, she received her MA in Second Language Acquisition from Goldsmiths University and the Instituto Cervantes in London. She has more than ten years of experience teaching language at all levels in Spain, England and the United States.

Celena Hadlock, Visiting Affiliate Instructor of Spanish

She received her M.Ed. from Trenton State College and has extensive experience with foreign language education, bilingual education and teaching English as a second language. She has lived and worked in many Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

New Chinese Minor!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the newly launched Chinese minor. This program focuses on improving proficiency in Chinese language and introducing Chinese literature and culture to prepare for leadership in today’s increasingly multilingual and globalizing world. It will particularly benefit students who are interested in business, government, diplomacy, education, law, technology, tourism, journalism, medicine, and other fields.

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Here are  a couple photos from the International Festival on November 7, 2014.

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers programs of study in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.

As part of its commitment to a broad-based, liberal-arts education, Loyola requires all students, regardless of their major, to demonstrate proficiency in a modern or classical foreign language at the intermediate college level, or higher. Depending on how high students place on their placement exam, anywhere from 1-4 language courses will be needed to fulfill Loyola's basic language requirement.  

The department offers majors and minors in Chinese, German, French, Spanish, and Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies, as well as affiliate minors in Italian and Latin American and Latino Studies.

Got questions?  E-mail your questions to us at askMLL@loyola.edu

*Just approved in February 2014 is our new Chinese minor.  Please see our curriculum page for more information.  Questions? Contact Professor Jinghua Wangling.*

Students who need forms signed should leave them with Natalie Rock in MH 454.  She will make sure they get signed and will then contact the student.

Fall 2014 Poetry Contest Winners

Chinese - Miley Lott
French - Hallie Stacho
Italian - Jessica D'Angelo
Japanese - Jakob Gorski
Spanish - Sydney Schildnecht

Spring 2015 Essay Contest Winners

Intermediate Chinese - Timothy Spillane
Advanced Chinese - Joey Ho
Advanced French - Olivia Earenfight
Intermediate Italian - Michael DiBianca
Intermediate Spanish - Stephanie Hakeem
Advanced Spanish - Sydney Generoso

Congratulations to all our winners!!!


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