Department of World Languages and Literatures

Department of World Languages and Literatures

Department of World Languages and Literatures

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Dear students,

Every day of the week, you can hear many different languages being spoken in the corridors of Sprau Tower. Are you taking advantage of all the opportunities to practice your language skills? We offer a variety of activities and support services to help you succeed, including language tables, tutoring, clubs, and the occasional field trip.

Arabic: Arabic table with cooking activities, free tutoring, and occasional field trips. Contact: Hend Hegab

Chinese: Chinese Language and Culture Club, weekly Chinese Speaking Corner and brown bag lunch, and language partnerships with students from China.
Contact: Professor Xiaojun Wang

French: French table, free tutoring, and free film screenings.
Contact: Marjorie Zippert

German: German club, table, film series, and free peer tutoring.
Contact: Professor Olivia Gabor-Peirce

Japanese: Weekly Japan Club meetings with a variety of activities.
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Latin and Greek: tutoring available.
Contact: Professor David Kutzko

Russian: Russian club, tutorials, and occasional films.
Contact: Professor Dasha Nisula

Visit your advisor!

Got a question? Whether it's about coursework, study abroad, minoring or majoring in your language, or possible career paths, we encourage you to visit us in our office hours. We are also ready to advise you on which course to take next as you progress in your studies. Click on your language link above to go to information about advisors and hours.

Molly Lynde-Recchia, Chair
Department of World Languages and Literatures

The department invites applications for a pdf icon tenure-track faculty position in Japanese beginning August 2014 with the rank of Assistant Professor (pending budgetary approval).

The department invites applications for a temporary, part-time position teaching German. To apply, please send a letter of introduction and a current curriculum vitae to

transferenceDepartment launches new journal, Transference
We are pleased to announce the inaugural issue of the poetry journal, Transference. This is the culmination of a collaborative project that we began over two years ago that publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek and Latin, Japanese, and Russian into English verse. It features translations as well as commentaries on the art and process of translating.

Submissions for our second issue will be accepted through January 5, 2014. Read more:

hassanVivan Steemers authors new study, "Le (néo)colonialisme littéraire: Quatre romans africains face à l'institution littéraire parisienne (1950-1970)" pdf
Dr. Steemers' study examines the reception of four Sub-Saharan novels of French expression in metropolitan France during the two decades preceding and following the independence of former French colonies in West Africa. pdf icon Read more.

hassanThe department welcomes new faculty member in Arabic, Dr. Wafa Hassan pdf
Dr. Wafa Hassan, graduate of the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development with a focus on Second Language/Bilingual Education, will be joining the department as an Arabic faculty member in the fall. pdf icon Full bio

sticklePostcard from Paris pdf
In 2006, James Stickel graduated from WMU with degrees in French and English. Since then, he's traveled to Korea, where he taught English, and now lives in Paris. He recently sent us these thoughts on his French studies.

krawutschkeKrawutschke serves on executive committee of national organization on languages
Professor Peter Krawutschke has been elected to the 2012-14 Executive Committee of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council on Language and International Studies. The joint committee and national council promote public awareness of language issues and engage in public advocacy on behalf of languages and international education, among other activities. They were founded on the belief that all Americans should have the opportunity to learn and use English and at least one other language.

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Department of World Languages and Literatures
412 Sprau Tower
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
(269) 387-3001 | (269) 387-6333 Fax