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as of Spring 2018


Sandra Perez-Linggi


Vice President

Bernice Bass de Martínez



Suzanne Toczyski


Northern Representative

Rob Manheimer

Maritime Academy

Southern Representative

Ivonne Heinze-Balcazar

Dominguez Hills

CLTA Representative Yoshiko Saito-Abbott Monterey Bay

Past Presidents

Brian Castronovo
Edith Benkov

San Diego

Ex-officio Leo Van Cleve Chancellor's Office


CSU WLC Members
& Department Websites

CSU Bakersfield ~ Dustin Knepp (chair) & Lena Taub Robles,

CSU Channel Islands ~ Margarita López López & Javier González,,

CSU Chico ~ Patricia Black (chair) & TBA,

CSU Dominguez Hills ~ Ivonne Heinze-Balcazar (chair) & Michael Galant,,, and

CSU East Bay ~ Meiling Wu (chair) & Marcelo Paz,

CSU Fresno ~ Debbi Avila (chair) & Rosemarie Kuhn,

CSU Fullerton ~ James Hussar (chair), Linh Nguyen. Note: Sandra Pérez-Linggi currently serves as President of the WLC.

Humboldt State University ~ Rosamel Benavides & Anna Montoya / Joseph Diémé,

CSU Long Beach ~ Markus Muller (chair) & Kiyomi Chinen,

CSU Los Angeles ~ Sachiko Matsunaga (chair) & Gretchen Angelo,

Maritime Academy ~ Robert Manheimer,

CSU Monterey Bay ~ Shigeko Sekine (chair) & Yoshiko Saito-Abbott,

CSU Northridge ~ Adrian Perez-Boluda (chair) & Svetlana Tyutina,

Cal Poly Pomona ~ Isabel Bustamante-Lopez (chair) & Amalia Llombart,

CSU Sacramento ~ Curtis Smith (chair) & Maria Mayberry. Note: Bernice Bass de Martinez currently serves as vice-president of the WLC,

CSU San Bernardino ~ Tom McGovern (chair) & Arturo Fernández-Gibert,

San Diego State University ~ Clarissa Clo (European Studies) & Alda Blanco (Spanish) & Alfredo Urzua (Spanish), (European Studies) (Linguistics) and (Spanish). Also: LARC, (Director Mat Schulze) + past president, Edith Benkov

San Francisco State University ~ Charles Egan (chair) & Mike Hammer,

San Jose State ~ Damian Bacich (chair) & Cheyla Samuelson,

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ~ John Thompson (interim chair) & Silvia Marijuan,

CSU San Marcos ~ Darci Strother (chair) & Marion Geiger,

Sonoma State University ~ Christine Renaudin (chair) & Emily Clark, (note: Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma, is FLC Secretary-Treasurer, non-voting).

CSU Stanislaus ~ Jason Winfree (chair) & Teresa Bargetto (Director),




  • To provide vision and leadership for the teaching of languages other than English and their literatures and cultures
  • To promote quality in the teaching of languages other than English and their literatures and cultures
  • To support the diversity of language programs across the CSU
  • To encourage research and scholarship in language, literature and culture
  • To share expertise among the CSU community
  • To promote collaborative endeavors within the CSU community and beyond
  • To promote internationalization of the curriculum




Article I: Name
The name of this organization shall be "The World Languages Council of the California State University."

Article II: Purpose
The purpose of this organization is to encourage the advancement and effective teaching of World Languages in the CSU and the State of California.

Article III: Nature of Organization
The World Languages Council is an independent professional organization of professors of world languages in the CSU. To insure participation in world languages matters in California and the nation, the Council is affiliated with the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) and the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL).

Article IV: Voting Membership
1. Voting membership on the World Languages Council shall be made up of no more than two (2) full-time faculty members from each campus, one of whom shall be a Department Chair or Coordinator or his/her designated replacement. If a representative cannot attend a meeting, the campus may send an alternate.
2. Membership of the second departmental representative to the Council shall be for two (2) academic years.
3. On campuses where languages are taught in only one department all Council representatives shall be elected from that department.
4. On campuses where languages are taught in more than one department, the departments involved, through consultation, shall decide how the two campus representatives are to be distributed among the departments.

Article V: Officers of the World Languages Council
1. The officers of the World Languages Council shall be:
Representative-at-large (North)
Representative-at-large (South)
2. The officers shall be elected by the membership of the Council. The President and Vice-President shall be elected in odd-numbered years and the two Representatives-at-large in even-numbered years. The term of office shall be three (3) years for the Secretary/Treasurer and two (2) for all other officers. The term of office for each officer shall normally begin with the close of the spring meeting. In the event of special elections to fill vacated offices, the officer shall assume his/her duties immediately upon election. At least one of the Representatives-at-large shall be faculty member from a language other than French, German, and Spanish.
3. Nominations will be solicited at the fall meeting. An announcement will be made via mail before the meeting when voting will occur.
4. If no nominations are received in the fall, officers may be nominated and elected from the floor at the spring meeting.
5. The President shall preside over all meetings of the Council and Executive Committee, and direct the affairs of the organization.
6. The Vice-President shall carry out duties assigned to him/her by the President, and shall preside in the absence of the President.
7. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep accurate records of the membership and proceedings of the organization, and shall have custody of these records. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all Council funds, shall keep an accurate record of these funds, and shall prepare an annual financial report. The fiscal year shall be the academic year.
8. The Representatives-at large shall serve as a liaison between the Executive Committee and campuses, and shall facilitate the planning of the agenda for Council meetings.
9. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice-President shall assume that office through the current academic year. Any other vacancy among the officers shall be filled by appointment by the Executive Committee until the next regular election.

Article VI: Recall of Officers
1. If an officer does not carry out his/her duties, and by such neglect places the work of the Council in jeopardy, he/she shall be notified by the Executive Committee about the initiation of the recall process.
2. At least 25% of the voting membership shall be required to initiate the recall process. A signed written petition shall be sent to the Executive Committee.
3. Two-thirds (2/3) of the total membership of the Council shall be required to vote in favor of the removal of an officer to complete the recall.

Article VII: Operation of the Council
1. The Executive Committee of the Council shall be composed of the five elected officers, plus the (non-voting) immediate past president. The Executive Committee shall set the agenda for meetings, manage the budget and conduct the affairs of the organization.
2. The President in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall appoint such additional committees and their chairs as needed to conduct the affairs of the organization.
3. The Council shall hold two (2) meetings annually one in the fall and one in the spring.
4. Additional meetings may be called by the Executive Committee, or by written petition from the majority of the membership to the Executive Committee.
5. A quorum shall exist when a majority of the campuses are represented at a meeting.

Article VIII Fiscal Affairs
1. Changes in the amount of the annual dues shall be proposed by the Executive Committee and voted on by the Council at the fall or spring meeting. The annual dues for the Council shall be by campus. Dues shall be collected by the Secretary/Treasurer.
2. A registration fee for each meeting may be required of each Council member attending the meeting.

Article IX: Amendments to the Constitution
1. Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed at any meeting or by written petition to the Executive Committee by at least 25% of the membership.
2. An amendment to the Constitution shall be adopted when two thirds (2/3) of the membership of the Council vote in favor of it.
3. Voting will be by mail, the schedule and procedures of which shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

Article X: Representation from the Chancellor's Office and the Academic Senate of the CSU
The World Languages Council may invite to Council meetings, the Chancellor of the CSU and the Chairman of the Academic Senate of the CSU, or their designated representatives, to serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.
This Constitution was ratified by the voting membership of the World Languages Council at its April 24, 1987 meeting in Los Angeles, California
It was amended on October 23, 1998.
It was amended on October 23, 2015.




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, (

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 FRENCH. The successful candidate will be expected to teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in the French language, as well as French and Francophone literatures and cultures.  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 publications, presentations, and other professional activities. Other faculty responsibilities include: serving on department, college, and university committees; engaging in community service and outreach; and interacting with faculty and students in related fields. The candidate may also be called upon to supervise French language classes and instructors. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced or web-based instruction. The course load for the first two years is a 3-3 course load or 18 weighted teaching units. Beginning in the third year, the normal course load is four courses per semester. 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  Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual. California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Review of applications will begin on 11/1/2018.  If it chooses, the committee may review applications submitted after this date.  This position automatically closes May 1, 2019.   Apply online at:









CSU-WLC Fall Meeting dates are determined on a year-by-year basis.
Fall 2018: California State University-Long Beach




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