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Student Showcase

Students enrolled in upper-division courses in French, German, and Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages produce academic and creative work that showcases their increasing proficiency in their languages of choice. Here are examples of the ways students in Modern Languages make use of their language(s) in the classroom, on the Web, in front of the camera, and on the stage.


Acting French

Acting French is designed to strengthen reading skills and oral command of the language through the study and performance of French plays.  The spring 2011 students performed a modified version of Alfred Jarry's burlesque play, Ubu roi, and provided light musical entertainment in between acts.

Playbill: Ubu Roi (PDF, 597 KB)

French Composition and Stylistics

In this course, students explore a variety of expository techniques from description, narration, dialogue, portraits, to the writing of letters. This semester, students also wrote a collective story (a mystery) in which they worked sometimes individually, sometimes in pairs, and sometimes as a group to define, compose, and select the successive chapters composing the story.


German 3304A: German Cinema

In Dr. Haegele's GER 3304A: German Cinema course, students added their own sound and dialogue to scenes in silent films from the Weimar era. An exercise in sound/image synchronization, the videos opened up new interpretations to the films--often with comical results!

Andrew und Issac: Der letzte Mann

Erin und John: Die Nibelungen

Will und Olivia: Faust


German 3370 - Contemporary German, Austrian, and Swiss Culture

Image: several women and men; Text: GER 3370 – Contemporary German, Austrian, and Swiss Culture, Die Studenten spielen Rollen von linken, sozialdemokratischen und rechten Politikern

The sound bites come from fictitious political ads students produced as part of our final project in the German Civilization course. Simulating election campaigns in Germany and Austria, students recorded political video ads they had scripted, playing a candidate from a party they researched. As a follow up, the “candidates” held live townhall debates (Bürgerforum) in class via Zoom.

This project, timed to coincide with the US 2020 elections, gave everyone a closer look at countries with multi-party political systems, where different parties may rule through coalitions, or exercise power in the parliament as the opposition.

The views presented in these projects do not reflect the students’ real-life political opinions.

Issac warnt vor einem “Desaster für österreich”

Elena überzeugt mit “ihren” Grundwerten: “katholisch und konservativ”

Kristian spricht junge Deutsche an

Tiana: Vergessen Sie nicht: “Sozialdemokraten waren nie Nazis, im Gegensatz zu der CDU …”

Andrew als Pirat – “Gute Ideen kopieren” (1)

Andrew als Pirat – “Gute Ideen kopieren” (2)

Dom spielt einen AfD-Kandidaten - ganz rechts: Schluss mit dem Euro - bringt die Deutschmark zurück. Und macht Deutschland besser als … Amerika!

Matthäus spielt einen FPÖ-Politiker. “Die Welt ist in Gefahr.” (1)

Matthäus spielt einen FPÖ-Politiker. “Die Welt ist in Gefahr.” (2)


German on Stage

German on Stage is designed to strengthen reading skills and oral command of the language through the study and performance of German-language plays. Below are images, recordings, and playbills from our students' performances.

Spring 2019: Der Gast ist König

Der Gast ist König

Spring 2018

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Bilder, Bibel und Banditen

Spring 2017

Images from Der Teufel liest auch Kleinanzeigen

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Der Teufel liest auch Kleinanzeigen

Spring 2015

Program for Play (PDF, 4 MB)

Biedermann und die Brandstifter

Spring 2014

Poster (JPG, 854 KB)

Der gute Mensch von Sezuan

Spring 2013

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Spring 2012

Der kaukasische Kreidekreis

Cast Photo (JPG, 384 KB)

Spring 2011

Andorra - Program (PDF, 467 KB)

Andorra

Spring 2010


Al principio

Al principio is student poetry journal published by the Epsilon Beta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honors Society. Written exclusively in Spanish, the journal gives students the opportunity to publish their creative work. We also welcome contributions from faculty and staff. Send poems to Dr. David Navarro.


The Comedy of Errors / La comedia de las equivocaciones

From August 3 until August 8th, 2017, Dr. David Navarro's students performed a bilingual adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. A recording of the complete performance is streamable below.

The Comedy of Errors Part 1

The Comedy of Errors Part 2

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