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Modern Languages & Literatures


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Italian News

There is a Rome Summer Program for students of Italian who need to take IT103 or IT104.  The next program will be run during June 2015.  Fore more information, contact Leslie Zarker Morgan in Modern Languages & Literatures or Andre Colombat in International Programs.

Spanish News

The Summer Program in Granada, Spain will run for its second time during June 2014.  This program will be another way of fulfilling SN104.  For more information, contact Holly Schneider at x5230.

Chinese News

As of February 2014, our department has a new Chinese minor that will begin in the fall 2014 semester.  Please see our Curriculum page for more information.
Here is an article in Loyola Magazine about one student's journey to China, thanks to Mrs. Zhao. 

French News

Here is Madame Catherine Savell's six-month report from Haïti.  Here also is her blog while she was there.  

There will be another trip to Haiti this coming January 2016.  Click here for more information on this trip to Haiti.


Departmental News (2015-2016)

Welcome New Faculty!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is pleased to welcome the following new faculty to our department.  

Dr. Patrick Brugh, Language Learning Center Director

Patrick received his doctorate in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis.  He has held teaching and administrative positions at both Loyola Blakefield and Loyola University Maryland.  Patrick will not only be the new LLC Director but will also teach German for us. He can be found in the Language Learning Center in MH 443B. He is currently editing his monograph Black Powder Plots: Gunpowder, Aesthetics, and Gender in Early Modern German Literature.


Dr. Alessandra Montalbano, Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor of Italian and Coordinator of the Italian Core Language Sequence

She received her PhD in Italian Studies from NYU and has held positions at both NYU and La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi in New York. Her research interests include modern Italian literature, philosophy, history and film. She is currently working on a monograph entitled Kidnapping in Modern Italy: Language, Disembodiment, Experience

Dr. Emma Cervone, Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor of Spanish

She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Amerindian Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, April 1997 with a dissertation entitled The Return of Atahualpa. Ethnic Conflict and Indian Movement in the Ecuadorian Andes. Her research interests include indigeneity, indigenous cultures and politics, and international development and applied anthropology. She has taught in departments of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins, Northwestern University and Southern Illinois University.

Natalia Zavislak, Visiting Affiliate Instructor of Spanish

A native of Spain, she received her MA in Second Language Acquisition from Goldsmiths University and the Instituto Cervantes in London. She has more than ten years of experience teaching language at all levels in Spain, England and the United States.

Celena Hadlock, Visiting Affiliate Instructor of Spanish

She received her M.Ed. from Trenton State College and has extensive experience with foreign language education, bilingual education and teaching English as a second language. She has lived and worked in many Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

New Chinese Minor!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the newly launched Chinese minor. This program focuses on improving proficiency in Chinese language and introducing Chinese literature and culture to prepare for leadership in today’s increasingly multilingual and globalizing world. It will particularly benefit students who are interested in business, government, diplomacy, education, law, technology, tourism, journalism, medicine, and other fields.

Departmental News (2014-2015)

Student Events


Here are  a couple photos from the International Festival on November 7, 2014.

Madame Catherine Savell's Blog

 Follow Madame Catherine Savell's relief effort in Haiti through her blog

 Madame Catherine Savell

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers programs of study in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.

As part of its commitment to a broad-based, liberal-arts education, Loyola requires all students, regardless of their major, to demonstrate proficiency in a modern or classical foreign language at the intermediate college level, or higher. Depending on how high students place on their placement exam, anywhere from 1-4 language courses will be needed to fulfill Loyola's basic language requirement.  

The department offers majors and minors in Chinese, German, French, Spanish, and Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies, as well as affiliate minors in Italian and Latin American and Latino Studies.

Got questions?  E-mail your questions to us at askMLL@loyola.edu

*Just approved in February 2014 is our new Chinese minor.  Please see our curriculum page for more information.  Questions? Contact Professor Jinghua Wangling.*

Students who need forms signed should leave them with Natalie Rock in MH 454.  She will make sure they get signed and will then contact the student.

Fall 2014 Poetry Contest Winners

Chinese - Miley Lott
French - Hallie Stacho
Italian - Jessica D'Angelo
Japanese - Jakob Gorski
Spanish - Sydney Schildnecht

Spring 2015 Essay Contest Winners

Intermediate Chinese - Timothy Spillane
Advanced Chinese - Joey Ho
Advanced French - Olivia Earenfight
Intermediate Italian - Michael DiBianca
Intermediate Spanish - Stephanie Hakeem
Advanced Spanish - Sydney Generoso

Congratulations to all our winners!!!


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