Second language acquisition is an integral part of higher learning in today’s globalized society, enhancing students’ career options and enriching their personal lives. Whether you are planning a career in business, hospitality, health care, social services, international relations or diplomacy, foreign language proficiency will give you the edge you need. Research also shows that foreign language learning improves critical thinking and problem solving ability, even increasing verbal and mathematical scores on standardized tests.
The Department of Language and Literature currently offers Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced study in Spanish, French, German and Beginning Chinese. We also offer a Minor in Spanish and plan to expand into additional languages in future semesters. Because we believe that the learning experience should extend beyond the classroom, the Department of Language and Literature also offers Study Abroad and Summer Immersion programs. Our dedicated Foreign Language faculty regularly organizes international luncheons, foreign film screenings, language tables, and a range of other events open to all students seeking cross-cultural enrichment opportunities.
Please contact Enrique Marquez (firstname.lastname@example.org), Foreign Language Program Leader, for further information.
French Film Festival
Starting the week of Feb 13th, 2014, the Department of Language and Literature will be hosting its third French Film Festival in collaboration with FGCU French Club, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, ACID, and Institut Français.
Throughout the month of February 2014, this festival will feature Francophone documentaries and independent movies addressing various aspect of French contemporary society. The first two films are documentaries, which respectively explore the hopes and dreams of the French youth in Marseilles and the journey of Hip-Hop from the United States to France. The last two movies are independent movies, one portraying with humour lives in French inner cities and the other challenging preconceived notions about love and its intersection with age, race, sex, and gender.
This FREE event is open to all FGCU students, faculty, and staff as well as to the larger community. All movies will be in the original version, with English subtitles. All screenings will take place in Whitaker Hall 101 (WH 101), except the one on 02/26/14, which will be in Ben Hill Griffin 172 (BHG 172). No tickets required. Click here to view the schedule of events.