A one-day event on April 12th, 2014, the Albion College Teaching Symposium provides an informal venue for all faculty and staff to celebrate, showcase, and discuss a wide range of topics related to the diversity and richness of teaching at Albion College, in and out of the classroom.
The symposium is not intended as a forum for the scholarship of teaching. Instead, it is about sharing and exploring our personal and professional teaching experiences and pedagogical ideas. Teaching is happening every day and everywhere on campus. With that in mind, all faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in discussions of the real-world nuts and bolts of all types of teaching—from triumphs and joys to disappointments and anxieties.
The symposium will take place in the Science Complex Atrium.
There are three ways to participate in the symposium.
You can attend, listen, and join the conversation but not officially present.
You can present a teaching-related poster.
By “poster” we mean both the wall-hanging posters you’d see in a poster session at an academic conference, but we also imagine that “posters” could be any kind of visual or aural object used to spark teaching discussions. Standard academic posters are welcome and encouraged. But just about anything else could also be considered a poster—a work of art, a bridle and saddle, a letter from a parent, a spread sheet, or a lacrosse stick. If it’s an object that sparks a discussion about teaching, it’s a poster.
You can join a round-table discussion.
A round table is an informal public discussion revolving around a general topic, question, or issue. At the symposium, round tables will involve 6 people sitting around a table; each will offer a very short presentation (5 minutes) of his or her particular thoughts and ideas concerning the general topic. Then a moderated discussion ensues. The audience listens and joins in with questions and comments. The basic idea is to create an atmosphere in which different approaches and ideas generate new and interesting connections or insights about the shared topic.
Registration for the Teaching Symposium event is now closed. Please email
if you have any questions.
Fluency in more than one language and understanding other cultures are essential skills for living and working in our increasingly internationalized world. Students pursuing French, German, Japanese, and Spanish at Albion College will discover how people in other parts of the world think and express their ideas and beliefs, all while practicing and mastering their language of study through a number of ways.
First-, Second-, and Third-Year Courses
Besides introducing students to culture, all of the department's language courses emphasize the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Incorporated into classes are culturally authentic videos, films, radio programs and Internet sites, as well as music from foreign countries.
Outside the classroom, Native Speaker Teaching Assistants and advanced language students assist small groups of students in tutorials once a week. Language students also meet once each week for lunch with faculty, teaching assistants, native speakers and other students to practice their language skills in a more relaxed setting. Classroom study is further supplemented with language CDs that can be used in any campus computer lab or your dorm room.
Cultural, historical, literary and filmic texts are the focus of the department's upper-level courses, which are all taught in the target languages and which are designed to increase your awareness and understanding of different world views, arts and traditions. In this process, you will also gain a richer understanding of yourself and your own culture.
As a language major or minor at Albion College, you are required to live in the I-Space, our international language living and learning area, located in Fiske House, for at least one semester. Native Speaker Teaching Assistants help students learn more about the culture of their country, while also helping students refine their conversational skills in a residential setting. Students pledge to speak the intended language within their living quarters.
The Modern Languages in Elementary Schools (MLES) program helps modern language majors spread their own enjoyment of language learning to a younger generation by working in pairs with Albion grade-school students.
All Modern Language majors and minors are strongly encouraged to participate in one of several approved off-campus programs.
Please see our Faculty and Staff page for contact information for each of the professors, who will be glad to answer questions you may have about our program.
Selva J. Raj Memorial Scholarship
This award was established in March of 2008 in memory of Dr. Selva J. Raj (1952 – 2008). Dr. Raj was a beloved and outstanding scholar, teacher, and colleague. Recipients of the scholarship are announced at Albion College's Honors Convocation each April.
2014 Laxmi Kotha
2013 Christina Hallam
2012 Dustin Moretz
2011 Christopher White
2010 Julia Humenik
2009 Christina Griffith and Steven Maisel
Recent Alumni (2)
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Graduating Majors: Kyle Bryce, Datie Condon, David DeVore, James McKee and Jonathan Tostige
Graduating Majors: Christopher DeLong, Grace Gibson, Elizabeth Heimler, Julia Humenik, Virginia Mapes, Jessica McGarity, Kayla Schultz, Katherine Wiese
Graduating Minors: Alexandra Beach, Emily Comella, John Forgrave, Jessica Homrich, Nicholas Lane, Daniel Palmer, Mathew Peters, Sandeep Singh, Matthew Van Linden, Rhonda Vander Zwaag, Daniel Willenberg
Graduating Majors: John Baker-Streevy, Benjamin Bower, Christina Griffith, Jeffrey Kline, Steven Maisel, Amanda Morgan, Simone Anderson, Marc Haugen, Robert Merrill
Graudating Majors: Amanda Barnett, Chase Boggs-Smitley, Ahmed Chaudhry, Rachel Freedman-Doan, Daniel Hart, Fred Kraft, Dianne Marshall, Calli McCain, Casey Dexter, Christa Scott, Andrew Sheppard, Kate Van Ness
Graduating Minors: Chelsea Boundy, Benjamin Gorczyca, William Sweeter, Jonathon Reynolds, Eric Schroeder, Evyn Lewis, Megan Sullivan
Graduating Majors: Hannah Barnes, Eric Bowdich, Corey Grazul, Erin Holdren, Joel Pier-Fitzgerald, Hannah Rutgers
Graduating Minors: Julie Cieszkowski, Erika Comment, Lisa Keef, Michael Parka, Matthew Miller, Sarah Turner, Lisa Vacca