Statement on Fall Courses from ML Chair Anna Stenport
Dear School of Modern Languages Students,
Remote summer greetings from the Swann Building. I hope you are all well, healthy, and energized for your academic pursuits during this coming Fall. At this point, there still remains considerable uncertainty surrounding the semester. The faculty and staff at the School of Modern Languages have been working hard over the past months to ensure that you will have a safe, flexible, accessible, and substantive learning experience.
As you prepare for Fall semester, you might be wondering what to expect in your courses. Even though you might be in a class that has both undergraduates and graduate students, especially in your advanced language courses, expectations for graduate students are a little different than for bachelor's students.
Summer is finally here! Summer can be a challenging time to keep up your language skills. Without the structure of classes, it’s easy to go several weeks without reading or hearing anything in the language you’ve been studying. After working so hard to learn a language, it’s important to keep up your skills -- now and after you graduate! Summer is the perfect time to build great habits that will help you improve and excel in your language after graduation and in your future career. In this blog post from our Graduate Program, we share our students’ favorite strategies for practicing their language over the summer.
When your home is also your work environment, yoga is a therapeutic practice that slows the mind and puts reality into perspective. ML 8801: Building Community: Culture, Identity, Diversity and Inclusion, had a virtual yoga practice with Mrs. Val Peterson, the former first lady of Georgia Tech, last Monday, April 6th, thanks to the creativity of two Graduate Research Assistants, Shaidah Herron and Ci Song.
Last week, Georgia Tech announced that it is closing its campus and converting to a fully remote environment for the rest of the semester. This means teaching all our courses online and advising our master's students remotely as they work independently on their Final Projects. To help our students prepare, we asked our faculty to share their work-spaces and their tips for working effectively on creative projects at home.
Like the many trailblazing undergraduates who have explored unfamiliar places on our study abroad programs, the School of Modern Languages is embarking on its own journey into a new world: graduate education. Meet four of our students as they share their plans for final projects, and how they are combining language and another field to "change the conversation."
Congratulations to Kestra James, one of our German MS-GMC students, for being celebrated during Black History Month in GT's IMPACT news feature! "As an undergraduate student, James helped organize a trip to Munich, Germany, to assist 200 Syrian refugees in adjusting to their new lives in Europe. As a graduate student, she’s now helping coordinate programming for Georgia Tech’s brand new master’s program in Global Media and Cultures."
“If you have an interest and you're willing to work toward your goals, you will be successful,” says James."
On Tuesday, February 25th, the M.S. program in Global Media and Cultures hosted a career panel on “the future of media in Atlanta’s changing media landscape.” The panel featured a number of leading local media thought leaders, including Rose Scott, host of NPR's "A Closer Look," Saeed Ahmed of CNN's Culture, Trends, and Enterprises, and Gracie Bonds Staples of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Campbell Beadles came to Georgia Tech from Thomasville, GA, planning only to complete a business degree and work in one of Atlanta's most historic industries: logistics and supply chain. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, Minors in Spanish and German, and a Certificate in Russian. He is now a FLAS Fellow in the M.S. in Global Media and Cultures in Russian.
“I never planned to take language at Georgia Tech, but it was so accessible that I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity," he said. "The summer study abroad programs made it easy to immerse myself and very quickly become conversational in the language.”
We got mentioned in the Times! | Press: New York Times Opinion, "Do You Speak My Language? You Should"
By Bénédicte de Montlau, the cultural counselor of the French Embassy in the United States.
"In an increasingly global world, Americans should be adding, not slashing, opportunities for their children to learn another tongue."
"Some universities have restructured programs to emphasize the ability to work, socialize and research across languages, offering dual degrees in which students’ language education is directly tied to its application in their other fields of study."
Nestled in the historic corner of campus overlooking Tech Tower, the School of Modern Languages is taking the lead in helping to transform Atlanta’s global media industry. The School is rapidly becoming a hub for cutting-edge researchers in international film, documentary, digital media, and global studies, attracting budding media professionals from across Georgia to its new Master of Science in Global Media and Cultures, the first multicultural professional graduate degree in applied languages in the United States.
The Georgia Institute of Technology School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, is launching a groundbreaking suite of master of science programs in language, culture, and media skills, with funding from the GT-FIRE Grant for educational innovation, sponsored by the Offices of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR).
Advanced foreign language degrees have traditionally prepared students for careers as educators. Georgia Tech’s new MS in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (MS-ALIS) and the MS in Global Media and Culture (MS-GMC) are the first advanced degrees in foreign language and cultural studies in the United States explicitly designed for industry careers. “These degrees imagine an entirely new model of humanities education, designed to prepare students for careers of the future,” said Anna Stenport, chair of the School of Modern Languages.
September 10, 2020
Alumna Annie Eaton examines her experience at Georgia Tech and gives students advice on taking foreign language courses.
August 7, 2020
Congratulations to the first class of Masters' students from School of Modern Languages
August 5, 2020
School of Modern Languages introduces second year of master's students.
May 26, 2020
Anna Stenport and Sebnem Ozkan featured as guest columnists in the Saporta Report
May 20, 2020
In this blog post, we decided to share our students’ favorite strategies for practicing their language over the summer.
April 29, 2020
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs and Career Education wins the Center for Teaching and Learning's 2020 Innovation in Co-curricular …
April 17, 2020
Val Peterson hosts a virtual yoga session for School of Modern Languages
April 14, 2020
School of Modern Languages features alumni Joshua Baldwin
Friday October 2 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual - BlueJeans
Discussion with Eric Feinberg, Entrepreneur and Author