In an increasingly connected global society, fluency in a second language is an important skill in both the job market and for the cognitive benefits reaped by the language learner. Through technology and increased access to authentic language materials such as manuscripts, music, film, and video, students have greater opportunities to access many learning styles and engage with a language and culture more creatively and deeply.
A mutual friend, a beer, and a river — all in Spain, 5,000 miles from Colorado — have brought together two CSU faculty members from very different fields, as well as a couple of their students. Jonathan Carlyon, who teaches Spanish language, literature, and culture, and Steve Fassnacht, who teaches watershed science, have come together to provide a comprehensive look at the history and environment of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
From electronic art to silver mining in Bolivia, the German Enlightenment to Congressional productivity, our faculty are able to extend their research based on donor support from Great Conversations.
Sometimes a Spanish speaker who knows a little bit of English — or an English speaker who knows some Spanish — will get designated as a farm’s translator, but if they’re not fluent in both languages, misunderstandings can happen.
Annie Seipel is a non-traditional student in almost every sense of the word. At age 45 Seipel is on the brink of finishing her bachelor’s degree combining her interests of Arabic and metal-working.
Madeleine Sheahan didn’t know it was unusual for a current student to establish a scholarship. Now an alumni, Sheahan continues to make a difference for students with the Esperanza Scholarship.
A foreign language matches any major. Junior Raeann Magill, soil and crop sciences major with a minor in Spanish, traveled to Uruguay for study abroad.