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Russian at Cal Poly

Feb 14, 2023

  • The WLC Department is now offering Russian Language and Culture courses. 
  • Russian I is offered in Fall, Russian II in Winter, Russian III in Spring (currently under WLC 290; in Academic Year 2023-24, WLC 101-102-103). 
  • Upon successful completion of the first-year Russian courses, students will: 
    • Develop their beginning proficiency equivalent to A1/A2 (CEFR) in listening, speaking, reading and writing through the study of Russian texts, songs, cartoons, films and popular culture.
    • Gain cultural understanding of a region which has nearly 200 different ethnic groups and nationalities. 
    • Explore Russia’s current crisis and complex history which has made major contributions to world culture across literature, visual art, music, theater, film, the sciences, philosophy and other areas.
  • For questions, please contact: Dr. Angelica Browne:
  • For Further Study of Russian: apply for a Department of State Critical Language scholarship in Russian or participate in a Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) offered by American Councils for International Education. 

Enroll in Russian Language and Culture Classes! 

Добрó пожáловать на курсы рýсского языкá

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Former French minor Zooms from France with WLC 310

Feb 9, 2023

Former French minor Elizabeth Dodge is currently serving as a TAPIF teaching assistant at the Académie de Nantes in Le Mans, France. On February 7, Elizabeth met with Dr. Brian Kennelly's WLC 310 (Cultures of France) students via Zoom and shared how some of the topics discussed in WLC 310 and FR 302 last academic year have been helpful to her as she lives and works in France. Dr. Kennelly's students appreciated the opportunity to connect with her and further nuance what we have been discussing in class. 

Pi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma Iota

Jan 26, 2023

World Language and Cultures is proud to welcome the Chi Sigma chapter of the Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honors society to campus. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages and is Cal Poly's first language honors society. Applications for membership are now open for qualified students until February 12th.

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German Conversation Table

Oct 18, 2022

Join The German Conversation Table to practice your German, learn more about German culture & meet new friends! Everyone interested in speaking German or just listening is welcome! Feel free to bring your lunch!

Time & Date: Every Wednesday 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Venue: Steps in front of Kennedy Library

Organized by German-speaking faculty members in collaboration with Cal Poly German Club.

Contact: Angelica Browne: Milo Wolter:


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Russian Conversation Table

Oct 11, 2022

Join The Russian Conversation Table to practice your Russian, learn more about Russian culture & meet new friends! Everyone interested in speaking Russian or just listening is welcome! Feel free to bring your lunch.

Time & Date: 13.10 a.m. - 14:00 p.m. every other Wednesday                        October 5 & 19, November 2 & 16, 2022

Venue: Faculty 'Fishbowl' 220 A-D, 2nd floor, Kennedy Library

Organized and led by Russian-speaking faculty members in collaboration with the Russian Student Association (RSA) at Cal Poly.

Contact: Victoria Tsinker: Dr. Angelica Browne: Olga Dekhytar:



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Applications for the 2023-2024 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) Open Oct. 15 to Jan. 15

Oct 11, 2022

Learn More at: Teaching Assistant Program in France

Every year, the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. offer approximately 1,500 teaching assistantships for American citizens and permanent residents to teach English in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France as well as in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. This school year, the 2021-2022 Assistants de langue en France program was maintained by the French Ministry of Education. We are happy to report that selected U. S. assistants were able to begin their positions in France at the beginning of the month with no delays thanks to the progressive easing of travel restrictions between the U. S. and the European Union. We continue to make information and resources relevant to the COVID-19 situation in France available to our new cohort of assistants and are happy to be able to continue to support them as they settle into their new roles.

Assistants are assigned a teaching schedule of 12 classroom hours per week that may be divided among up to three schools, although most assistants are assigned to only two.  Classes are conducted in English.  The teaching assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English.  Duties may include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies in English classes.  Assignments vary depending on the school’s needs, the assistant’s abilities, and the educational level to which he or she is assigned (elementary or secondary).

The 1,500 American English Language Assistants make up a significant cohort of the over 4,500 Language Assistants in France every year who teach 15 languages and represent 60 countries. 

Facilitated and administered by France Êducation International (formerly known as the CIEP), not only is this program an important investment in robust foreign language education in France, it is also a critical investment in the promotion of the French language abroad and the development of multilingual, international professionals and educators across the globe. 

Congratulations to Diana Beas, CLA Academic Achievement Award winner for 2021-2022!

Apr 26, 2022

Diana Beas (SPAN '22) has been selected as the CLA's winner of the Academic Excellence Award, which goes to one graduating senior in each college. Diana's nomination states, "Diana Beas is a phenomenal student. Having transferred from Allan Hancock College with a 4.0 GPA, she has maintained this exceptional GPA at Cal Poly as well. Her academic achievements are particularly noteworthy considering that she lived in Mexico for most of her childhood and teen years. In addition to her consistently outstanding academic performance, Diana has demonstrated her commitment to community outreach in several ways. For her SPAN 470 (Medical Spanish) class, she prepared a service learning project to teach mental health to Latinx students in the Santa Maria area. She gave a presentation on this project to the WLC Program Review team during their site visit in November 2021. In WLC 360 (Research Methods) Diana's exceptional work included a professional-quality translation of homeowner application materials for Habitat for Humanity of SLO County and a service learning experience at Santa Maria High School. Diana is an exemplary member of the Cal Poly community and a role model for other First Gen and Latinx young people."
Congratulations, Diana, from all of us in the WLC Department!

WLC 360 students translate Habitat for Humanity Homeownership materials

Feb 20, 2022

Students in WLC 360 (Research Methods in World Languages & Cultures) translated application materials, a powerpoint presentation, and a homeownership orientation script into Spanish for Habitat for Humanity for SLO County. These translations will enable Spanish-speaking community members to become informed about Habitat's Homeownership & Building Program and to apply for one of the nine Habitat homes to be built in Paso Robles. The translated materials can be found here:

Coming Fall 2022: Japanese Minor!

Jan 24, 2022

For more information, please visit our WLC Minor's Page.

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