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It is now possible to get certified in German provided that another language major is also chosen. Students interested will have to pass the Praxis in German and take all the pertinent courses in Education.

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Modern Language Events:  In the News

Spring 2014

Conference for Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Several of our students presented at the Conference for Undergraduate Research. Emily Howell presented her research entitled "The Benefits of Teaching Languages in Elementary School" at the Celebration of Student Research on April 22. Her work debunks myths and makes a convincing case for making second language learning a priority starting in the early grades. Emily did a great job summarizing her most salient points for the many interested visitors she had at her station.

Those who are interested in learning more are encouraged to attend Emily's presentation, in Spanish, of this same research at the Modern Languages Conference on May 3.

United in Verse

Hosted by Dr. Rob Lesman, Acting Chair, the Modern Languages Department held an evening of poetry on Thursday 17th of April.  The event, open to the public and free of charge, took place in the Cora L. Grove Spiritual Center Chapel, at 6:30 p.m.  

Many joined us to experience the beauty of the world languages through the medium of poetry!

Members of the university community read or recited favorite poems or poems that they have themselves written.  A variety of languages was represented, including Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Thai, Chinese and Portuguese.

Student published

David Craig, student of Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy, will have his essay titled "我的中国心- My Chinese Heart" published in Write the Ship, the on campus journal for undergraduates' academic writing.


Professor recognized

Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy, Professor of Chinese was recognized as mentor by one of the scholar-athletes on campus.  She is to be honored at a luncheon on the 24th of February.  Congratulations!!

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Fall 2013

Second Professor gets ACTFL certification

Dr. Agnes Ragone, Professor of Spanish and French received this December her OPI or Oral Proficiency Interview certification granted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  She attended a workshop in Middlebury in the summer of 2013 and was fully certified by ACTFL after 18 months of rigorous training.  She joins Dr. Mitaut (see below) who was received her certification earlier in the year.


The Spanish Club held this November its annual fundraiser for the Chambersburg Hispanic American Center (CHAC).  The members of the club threw a challenge to the students of the department who had to chip in to have a professor of their choice "arrested".  Two professors garnered enough money for the "honor", Professor Lia Alexander and Dr. Agnes Ragone.

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The money raised for the occasion allowed to purchase 32 turkeys and 5 cartons of canned goods.  Vince Rink, Vice-president of the club, brought the donation to CHAC with Dr. Ragone.  They were received by Mrs. Diana Martes, Director of the center, and her staff.

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The Spanish Club would like to thank all those who contributed to the event: the students of the Modern Languages Department, Professor Alexander, Drs. Lesman, Mitaut, Ragone, Ricardo, Sandy-Bailey and Wildermuth (Renate and David).

3rd Annual High School Language Contest

The 3rd Annual High School Language Contest took place on November 16th.  Eight schools brought over 30 participants to compete in Jeopardy, Poetry Reciting and Karaoke.  The participants showed their expertise and talent in Chinese, German, French and Spanish.  In addition, a dozen of students' language skills were evaluated by the professors of the department with an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

The school winning this year's High Point Trophy was Lancaster Day School.  Congratulations!!

Next contest will take place in the fall of 2014.

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Immersion afternoon

The Modern Languages Department hosted its annual Immersion Afternoon on 10/22/13. The classrooms in Rowland became showcases for China, Germany, Latin America, France, French-speaking countries and Spain.  The students in the department had prepared exhibits highlighting many of the cultural traditions of these areas and all the professors participated in their respective languages.  A buffet also offered typical foods and visitors could sample specialties. 

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Field Studies in the People's Republic of China--Summer 2014

The Modern Languages Department is happy to announce the Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy and Dr. George Pomeroy (Geography/Earth Science Department) will lead a Fields Studies trip in the People's Republic of China this summer.  The tentative dates are June 12 to July 1st.  The cost of the trip is $3900 and includes air and ground transportation, meals, accommodations and program expenses. Participants will have the opportunity to visit Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Xian and Shijazhuang.  For more details, download the brochure below.

China 2014 - International Brochure

Chinese at Shippensburg:

Dr. PomeroyThis Fall 2013, the Modern Languages Department is offering a new language, Chinese.  The instructor of record is Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy.  A native Chinese, Dr. Pomeroy hails from Xinjiang Autonomous Region, P.R. China.  She has lived in the United States since 1995 and has been associated with Shippensburg University since 2002.  Dr. Pomeroy is also an adjunct in the Geography/Earth Science Department and has led study-abroad programs in China in 2005, 2008 and 2010.  In the spring 2013, she was rated as "Superior" on the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) scale, the highest ranking, both for her OPI (oral proficiency) and her WPT (written proficiency).

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