Learn more about recent news in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.

WMU to offer Chinese Minor at Grand Rapids High School

WMU's Extended University Programs and the Department of World Languages and Literatures is proud to announce that they will be offering Chinese courses onsite to students attending Forest Hills Schools. Upon entering the 9th grade, students will be able to earn a Chinese minor by the time they graduate high school.

Faculty wins important Japanese Literary prize

The department is very pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Angles has received the Yomiuri Prize for Literature, in the poetry category. This award is one of the most important literary prizes in Japan -- much like the Pulitzer Prize in the United States -- and it is the first time that an American has won the award. Jeffrey is an accomplished translator of Japanese poetry and recently published his first book of Japanese poetry written directly in Japanese, titled "Watashi no hizukehenksen" (My International Date Line). It is for this book that he is being recognized. Congratulations Jeffrey!

Speech by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Carla Koretsky
Speech by the Director of the WMU Soga Japan Center, Dr. Takashi Yoshida
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Watch our Odyssey Reading Marathon

On November 11, the department and its Classics language section hosted a community marathon reading of Homer's Odyssey. Watch and listen to the reading in its entirety and find more information about the event on their website.

notable Alumni Recognized

Ms. Rebekkah Zanotti has received the department's 2016 Alumni Achievement Award. Rebekkah is a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) for the U.S. Navy's Fleet Information Operations Center. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the department in 2013 with a major in German before joining the U.S. Navy and studying Russian at the prestigious Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California.

Sara Eggleston, another World Languages and Literatures alumna, recently shared her experience as an online language teacher during her talk, World Language Teaching On Campus & Online: Reflections and Experiences.

Faculty's Poetry translations featured

Poetry International Web is featuring the poet Takako Arai along with Dr. Jeffrey Angles' translations of her work. On the site are videos showing Arai and Angles reading her work in Japanese and English translation.

Faculty shortlisted for Translation Award

Dr. Jeffrey Angles' most recent book, These Things Here and Now, was nominated for the Lucien Stryk Translation Award. The award is given out at the annual ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) conference each year to a book of translations done from an Asian language.