Members of Loyola's campus community are already incorporating multiple languages and their appreciation for them into their work. Learn more about their approaches below.
"In an effort to encourage a multilingual classroom that resembles in some small ways the tremendous and vibrant diversity of Latin America, I teach students how to greet each other in Spanish and Kaqchikel Maya. Thereafter we begin each class by greeting each other in Spanish, Kaqchikel, and English. That sets the tone for thinking about diversity in Latin America and the classroom. I also encourage students to bring their own language skills to class. If they prefer to express themselves in those (or other) languages, I invite them to do so. I explain that we will figure out if we need such expressions translated or not as we go along. That also makes the organic nature of teaching and learning more explicit.
"In many ways, it is productive for monolingual English speakers to experience incomprehension of a foreign language to give them a sense of what it is like to be a Latin American (or other non-English-speaking) immigrant in Baltimore and the United States. The uncertainty of trying to navigate comprehension with imperfect communication is a valuable learning experience.
"I also offer students the opportunity to write their papers and take their examinations in Spanish. In those instances, I explain that while my feedback on grammar and writing style may be limited, I will engage as fully with their ideas, evidence, analysis, and arguments as I do with papers composed in English."
David Carey, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor and Doehler Chair, History
"Having multilingual students in the classroom is a great asset. As a literature professor, I try to get my students to pay attention to word choice and to the subtle meanings in a text. Multilingual students are some of my best readers because they're used to making conscious choices about words rather than taking them for granted."
Stephen Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English
"This question of multilingualism is very close to my heart for many reasons and I would be delighted to support our multilingual learners as well as continue to be a voice for foreign language education and ESOL education. This is something that I have worked with for over four decades now. As a native of a small country, learning languages and having an international outlook was an essential part of our upbringing. I am proud of being an immigrant myself and a head of household in which we speak two languages every single day."
Maiju Wetzel, Ph.D.
Director, Pre-Health Programs