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Department of Language and Literature

Foreign Languages


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 (, Foreign Language Program Leader, for further information.

Upcoming Event:

“Germany in Europe” Campus Weeks: March 31 – April 10

In collaboration with the FGCU German Club and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Department of Language and Literature will be hosting a series of events with the theme “Germany in Europe” between March 31 and April 10, 2014.

One goal of the events is to discuss Germany’s political and economic role in the ever-changing landscape of European politics and economics. To that end, there will be two conferences. At the opening conference on March 31 (6pm in Cohen Center 214), Dr Nikolai Wenzel, FGCU professor of Economics, will speak about the Euro and EU economic policy. There will also be team “Euro-trivia” after the talk, with prizes. Food will be served.

The German Film Festival will kick off on Tuesday April 1 (at 6:30 in Merwin 110) with the Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others, which documents life in East Germany under the watchful eye of the secret police. Before the film two former East German citizens from the local Southwest Florida community will speak to the audience about their experiences in the GDR, including how they managed to escape from the GDR! The other 3 German films will be shown on Thursday April 3 (6:30pm in Whitaker 101, A Coffee in Berlin), Monday April 7 (6:30pm Whitaker 101, Vincent Wants to Sea), and Wednesday April 9 (6:30pm Sugden 208, Good Bye Lenin). All films are free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 4 at 10am there will be a “Euro” Soccer tournament with students from the German, French, and Spanish programs forming teams, along with the faculty of the Language and Literature Department. Lastly, on Thursday, April 10 at 6pm (in Reed Hall 139) the closing conference will have students from the German department presenting on topics related to “Germany in Europe”. There will also be another round of team “Euro-Trivia”, with more prizes.

Click here for a printable flyer with all of the events, locations and timelines.