Resolution on Foreign Language Study in the CSU
Resolution for Parity Across the Campuses for Language Course Hours
Resolution on the Diversity of Language Offerings
Statement on Class Size | Job Announcements
Useful Resources |
Future Meetings | Conferences of Interest
CSU Bakersfield ~ Dustin Knepp (chair) & Lena Taub Robles, http://www.csub.edu/ModLang/
CSU Chico ~ Patricia Black (chair) & TBA, http://www.csuchico.edu/illc
CSU East Bay ~ Meiling Wu (chair) & Marcelo Paz, http://isis.csuhayward.edu/dbsw/modernlanguages/Home_Page.php
CSU Fresno ~ Debbi Avila (chair) & Rosemarie Kuhn,http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/mcll/
CSU Fullerton ~ James Hussar (chair), Linh Nguyen. Note: Sandra Pérez-Linggi currently serves as President of the WLC. http://hss.fullerton.edu/mll/
Humboldt State University ~ Rosamel Benavides & Anna Montoya / Joseph Diémé, http://www.humboldt.edu/%7Ewlc/
CSU Long Beach ~ Markus Muller (chair) & Kiyomi Chinen, http://www.csulb.edu/depts/rgrll/
CSU Los Angeles ~ Sachiko Matsunaga (chair) & Gretchen Angelo, http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/mld
Maritime Academy ~ Robert Manheimer, http://www.csum.edu/gms/
CSU Monterey Bay ~ Shigeko Sekine (chair) & Yoshiko Saito-Abbott,https://csumb.edu/wlc
CSU Northridge ~ Adrian Perez-Boluda (chair) & Svetlana Tyutina, http://www.csun.edu/~fl51594/
Cal Poly Pomona ~ Isabel Bustamante-Lopez (chair) & Amalia Llombart, http://www.cpp.edu/~class/english-foreign-language
CSU Sacramento ~ Curtis Smith (chair) & Maria Mayberry. Note: Bernice Bass de Martinez currently serves as vice-president of the WLC, http://www.csus.edu/wll
CSU San Bernardino ~ Tom McGovern (chair) & Arturo Fernández-Gibert, http://flan.csusb.edu/
San Diego State University ~ Clarissa Clo (European Studies) & Alda Blanco (Spanish) & Alfredo Urzua (Spanish), http://esdepartment.sdsu.edu (European Studies) http://linguistics.sdsu.edu (Linguistics) and http://spanish.sdsu.edu (Spanish). Also: LARC, http://larc.sdsu.edu/ (Director Mat Schulze) + past president, Edith Benkov
San Francisco State University ~ Charles Egan (chair) & Mike Hammer,https://mll.sfsu.edu
San Jose State ~ Damian Bacich (chair) & Cheyla Samuelson, http://www.sjsu.edu/wll/
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ~ John Thompson (interim chair) & Silvia Marijuan, http://cla.calpoly.edu/mll/
CSU San Marcos ~ Darci Strother (chair) & Marion Geiger, http://www.csusm.edu/languages/
Sonoma State University ~ Christine Renaudin (chair) & Emily Clark, http://www.sonoma.edu/modlang (note: Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma, is FLC Secretary-Treasurer, non-voting).
CSU Stanislaus ~ Jason Winfree (chair) & Teresa Bargetto (Director), http://www.csustan.edu/Admin_Services/Catalog/Degrees-n-Majors/Arts-Letters-n-Sciences/Departments/Modern-Languages/index.html
CONSTITUTION of the WORLD LANGUAGES COUNCIL
Article VIII Fiscal Affairs
October 3, 2008
WHEREAS all freshmen must have completed at least two years of high school foreign language study or its equivalent to enter the CSU; and
WHEREAS transfer students may not have met the minimum freshman requirements and are therefore disadvantaged; and
WHEREAS two years of high school foreign language study is generally considered to be the equivalent of one year of college work; and
WHEREAS the notion of "value added" by the Bachelors degree assumes that students build on previously acquired skills; and
WHEREAS the Access to Excellence statement of the CSU includes as an indicator of excellence "an increase from entry to graduation in the extent to which CSU students gain and improve global understanding and foreign language skills so they can compete in the global economy and participate in a global society;”
Therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Foreign Language Council urge the Chancellor's Office to require that all students earning a Bachelors degree from the CSU have coursework in a foreign language that exceeds the freshman entrance requirement so that they may truly have a "value added" experience;
And be it further resolved that this resolution be distributed to the Provosts in all twenty-three universities in the CSU system.
October 3, 2008
WHEREAS we, The California State University Foreign Language Council, believe that contact hours correlate with language acquisition and the amount of material one can cover in a semester, and
WHEREAS articulation agreements between California Community Colleges and the CSU system (Lower Division Transfer Pattern (LDTP)) require that transfer language classes meet minimum requirements of 4 semester units per course, and
WHEREAS the CSU Academic Senate has passed a resolution to assist with articulation between CSU campuses that utilizes LDTP course descriptors for CSU to CSU transfers and these protocols call for second-year Spanish courses to be a minimum of 4 units each, (www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/ldtp/docs/SPAN_130_Intermediate_Spanish_I.pdf)
WHEREAS we believe intra-CSU transfer students should not have to repeat a lower division language course taken at another CSU before advancing to upper division courses at a different campus, and
WHEREAS we believe that study abroad in universities and colleges is an extremely valuable experience for our students and generally assumes a certain number of units of coursework in the target language, and
WHEREAS most commercially published textbooks assume 4 or 5 hours a week of contact time for a full year to complete a course,
Therefore, be it
RESOLVED that The California State University Foreign Language Council recommend that first-year language courses meet a minimum of four hours per week. This recommendation will not necessarily apply to heritage speaker classes and conversation classes.
April 16, 2004
WHEREAS, the California State University is dedicated to the serving the needs of the community and its diverse populations, and
WHEREAS, the population of California, with its ties to communities and countries throughout the world, is in a key position to foster cultural understanding and political and economic connections, and
WHEREAS, linguistic diversity is a key element in understanding the many cultures in California and the world, and
WHEREAS, the diversity of language offerings is threatened in many of our schools and universities, and an October 2003 report by the National Association of State Boards of Education warns that foreign language programs risk becoming a "lost curriculum," and
WHEREAS, the current situation in the world exemplifies the danger that arises when cultures are unable to communicate with and understand each other, and
WHEREAS, it is not always easy to predict which languages will be economically or geopolitically important to our nation in the future, and
WHEREAS, developing proficiency in the language and culture of a country requires many years of study,
Therefore, be it
RESOLVED that The California State University Foreign Language Council declare the diversity of language offerings in university departments to be a crucial aspect of the mission of the California State University, and be it further
RESOLVED that the Council enjoin its member departments to maintain diversity of language offerings with financial and programmatic support, and be it further
RESOLVED that the Council vehemently oppose any attempt to eliminate programs on the basis of temporary budgetary problems, misconceptions about the nature of linguistic and cultural study in our departments, or unwillingness to support the necessary diversity of our programs, and be it further
RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Charles Reed, Chancellor of the California State University, as well as the Academic Vice Presidents and Deans of the appropriate colleges at all twenty-three California State University campuses.
April 16, 2004
The current budget crisis in the state of California has been used on some campuses as a justification for raising course enrollment limits in various disciplines. The CSU Foreign Language Council, mindful of the Supplemental Budget Language that directs campuses to spare instruction wherever possible, strongly opposes any outside pressure on departments to raise enrollments.
Modern language pedagogy stresses the communicative approach, wherein students spend the vast majority of classtime conversing on topics relevant to their interests and skill levels. The linguistic elements and cultural input that form the basis of this communication are thus practiced and internalized under the supervision and with the guidance and corrections of the instructor.
Students in communicative language classes often work in pairs or groups, which makes the instructor's interaction with individual students even more crucial. The instructor's responsibilities in this mode of instruction include correct modeling of the linguistic elements being practiced as well as individual and group correction. Furthermore, instructors must work with students to develop critical thinking skills necessary to interpret cultural values and institutions. An excessive number of students in the class seriously diminishes each student's learning experience.
The longstanding benchmark enrollments for our courses reflect sound pedagogical practices that produce the desired learning outcomes. These benchmarks cannot be set aside without proper consultation, and must be modified only with the input of the faculty who best know their own discipline and the pedagogical expectations to which they are held.
Although we acknowledge the difficult budgetary situation, the need for cost-cutting cannot be allowed to undermine the quality of instruction. Increasing course enrollments in language courses is not merely an additional burden for the teacher; far more importantly, it prevents the students from experiencing sufficient meaningful practice in the language and results in a dangerous shift in the nature of the learning experience.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-FRESNO is seeks applicants for a TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HISPANIC POETRY. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic year position as an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Poetry. The successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-division and graduate courses in Spanish and Spanish-American poetry from the Middle Ages through the contemporary period. All courses will be taught in Spanish. Courses will also include Advanced Conversation, Advanced Composition, Advanced Grammar, survey literature courses, and/or literary theory. The candidate will also be expected to develop and enhance appropriate curricular offerings, supervise and assist student research, and maintain a productive research agenda, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and other professional activities. Other faculty responsibilities include: serving on department, college, and university committees, engaging in community service and outreach, advising students, and interacting with faculty and students in related fields. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the program, department, college, and university. California State University, Fresno is a Hispanic-serving institution. Required Education: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Spanish or a closely related discipline (such as Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, TransAtlantic Studies, etc.) from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; for continued employment in the tenure-track position, the doctorate must be completed by 7/31/2019. Required Experience: 1) Native or near-native ability in Spanish; 2) Evidence of success in teaching excellence at the collegiate level; 3) Evidence of scholarly research on Hispanic poetry, such as conference presentations, dissertation topic, and/or publications; 4) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Preferred Qualifications: 1) Ability to teach specialized courses in Hispanic poetry at a graduate level; 2) Strong teaching and/or research background in poetry with a Transatlantic perspective; 3) Ability to teach graduate seminars in literary theory. Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin November 13, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants must complete an online application at http://jobs.fresnostate.edu and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications; 2) a current curriculum vitae, and; 3) list of a minimum of three professional references. Finalists will be required to submit: 1) three confidential current letters of recommendation, dated within the last twelve months; 2) official transcripts; 3) sample course syllabi; 4) copies of representative course evaluations; 5) a 15-20 page representative writing sample. Please note that materials will not be returned. For inquiries, contact: Dr. Gloria Medina-Sancho, Search Committee Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, California State University, 5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB96, Fresno, CA 937408030. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-FRESNO is seeks applicants for a TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PORTUGUESE. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic year position as an Assistant Professor of Portuguese. Applicants with extraordinary qualifications could qualify for an appointment of Associate Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to teach lower-division Portuguese language courses, as well as upper-division courses on Lusophone literature and culture. The upper-division courses will be taught in English. The teaching load is four courses per semester. The teaching load is typically reduced by one course per semester during the first two years of the appointment with competitive releases after that. The candidate will be expected to create and coordinate an interdisciplinary minor in Portuguese Studies, with an emphasis on Continental Portuguese and Azorean Literature and Culture. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop and enhance appropriate curricular offerings, actively engage with the region and community, and maintain a productive research agenda, including peerreviewed publications, presentations, and other professional activities. Other faculty responsibilities include: serving on department, college, and university committees, engaging in community service and outreach, advising students, and interacting with faculty and students in related fields. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the program, department, and college. California State University, Fresno is a Hispanic-serving institution. Required Education: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Portuguese Studies from an accredited institution (or equivalent); however, candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For continued employment in the tenure-track position the doctorate must be completed by 7/31/2019. Job Opening 13350 Page 1 of 2 10/13/2017 Required Experience: 1. Native or near-native ability in Continental Portuguese; 2. Evidence of success in teaching excellence at the collegiate level; 3. Evidence of scholarly research on Azorean and/or Continental Portuguese Literature and Culture, such as conference presentations, dissertation topic, and/or publications; and 4. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. To be considered for Associate level, the candidate must demonstrate substantial evidence of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and have an established record of research and scholarly activity commensurate with the candidate’s experience. Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of publications on Lusophone literatures and/or cultures. Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin November 13, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants must complete an online application at jobs.csufresno.edu and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications; 2) a current curriculum vitae, and; 3) list of a minimum of three professional references. Finalists will be required to submit: 1) three current and confidential letters of recommendation, dated within the last twelve months; 2) official transcripts; 3) sample course syllabi; 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching philosophy, quantitative ratings of instruction, peer evaluations); and 5) a 15-20 page representative scholarly writing sample. Please note that materials will not be returned. For inquiries, contact: Dr. Debbie Avila, Search Committee Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, California State University, 5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB96, Fresno, CA 93740-8030. Email: email@example.com.
Tenure-track Assistant Professor in French and Italian. European Studies |
The Department of European Studies at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in French and Italian studies, to start in August 2018. Research specialization is open, though fields of particular interest include pre-20th century studies with a focus on history of ideas, science and technology, biopolitics, material and visual culture, or other relevant areas. We seek a dynamic colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand the competencies of our department and contribute to fostering innovative collaborations with faculty in the College of Arts and Letters and other units on campus.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be able to teach across the undergraduate curriculum in French and Italian, as well the graduate curriculum in French. The faculty member may also teach in the European Studies undergraduate program. The faculty member is expected to participate in department and university service and to contribute to curricular development.
Required Qualifications: Applicant must have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field no later than December 31, 2017. Native or near-native fluency in French and Italian, and excellent knowledge of English. A record of scholarly research with evidence of participation in professional growth activities consistent with experience in the field combined with a strong research program. Ability and willingness to teach courses in French at all levels of the curriculum (graduate and undergraduate). Ability and willingness to teach courses in Italian at all levels of the curriculum (undergraduate). Ability and willingness to engage actively in departmental and university service. Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
Rank and Salary: This is a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate’s doctoral degree be earned by December 31, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications: Review of application materials will begin October 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/43855. All additional inquiries should be addressed to:
Edith Benkov, Ph.D.
SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer.
CSU-WLC Fall Meeting dates are determined on a year-by-year basis.