Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

Advising Session for First-year Students

Languages & Cultures will offer a first-year advising session on Wednesday, October 21 from 1-2 PM. Representatives from the department will be on hand to help students with questions on their four-year plans. Students can also learn about study abroad opportunities and activities and events in Languages & Cultures.

The Zoom meeting link is

Languages and Cultures Welcomes Three New Department Members


Brooke Kreitinger '01
Krista Osmundson
Florian Bundschuh
(Fulbright Teaching Assistant for German)

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Japanese, Jeffrey DuBois, for Receiving Tenure!

Five CSBSJU Grads Accepted into TAPIF Program in France for 2020-2021.

Read more here...

CSBSJU Students Inducted into Japanese National Honor Society

Two of our Japanese minor graduates for 2020, Rebecca Kong and Jeremy Jahn, recently inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society – College Chapter (JNHS-CC), have shared their learning experience in the Japanese program:

Rebecca: "I came to CSB/SJU with the intention of studying Japanese. As one of the handful of schools in Minnesota with a Japanese minor program, I had the privilege to study under amazing teachers as well as with amazing classmates. Studying Japanese at CSB/SJU prepared me to think critically,  lead courageously, and advocate passionately."

Jeremy: "I took Japanese in high school, and wanted to continue my studies in college, thus one reason why I chose CSBSJU. While I wish CSBSJU had higher level Japanese courses, I very much thank and appreciate the Japanese faculty and program for helping me learn so much! Studying abroad in Japan really helped cement the knowledge I learned in the classroom to the "real world," in turn meeting lots of people and learning much about Japanese history and culture! Limpert and Dubois sensei are experts at teaching Japanese, and I learned enough to where I secured a Japanese-language internship last summer! I still have so much to learn, and I intend in the future to continue studying Japanese! I do hope to one day pass the N2 JLPT test!"

*The Japanese National Honor Society recognizes and encourages achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language.  The society is administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), and membership is recognized as a national achievement. 

Congratulations, Jeremy and Rebecca! おめでとうございます!

Changing With the Times

With the pandemic, flexibility and change became our watchwords. Class projects had to be adapted to fit the new normal… in that spirit, FREN312 created publicity videos using Zoom, instead of conducting an in-person project, as originally planned. Here are the results! For our class, creativity and innovation also became watchwords! Qu’en pensez-vous?

Vitamines énergétiques:
Bic Bigoudi Miraculeux:
Bonnes Vues:

Language Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the following student recipients of our annual language scholarships:

Ashley Dalbec '21
Gaida Family Scholarship for French

Valerie Doze '21
S. Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German

Channa Kaslow '22 and Max Ditzler '21 (photos pending)
Otmar Drekonja Scholarship for German

Recipients are chosen on the basis of scholarship, strength of academic purpose, and financial need. Learn more here.

Japanese Studies welcomes exchange students from Bunkyo Gakuin University

On February 3rd Monday, we welcomed 10 short term exchange students from Bunkyo Gakuin University and just said our good byes at the farewell dinner on 19th Wednesday.

BGU has been a collaborative partner of CSB/SJU for nearly 30 years and is the host institution for the CSB/SJU study abroad program in Japan. The BGU students joined various courses including our Japanese language classes, Japanese languages labs, and Japanese Corner. Our CSB/SJU students in language classes had the opportunity to not only speak with native speakers but also develop a great friendship. Thank you, Bunkyo students, and we look forward to see you next year again!

Information on Bunkyo Gakuin University:

Japanese New Year Celebration

Eight CSB/SJU students of Japanese along with instructor, Masami Limpert, attended and volunteered at the Japanese New Year Celebration organized by the Japan America Society of Minnesota on January 26th in St. Paul. This “Shinnenkai” is an annual event which endeavors to bring Japanese style New Year traditions to Minnesota. Guests were able to participate in cultural exchange, meet others from Japanese-related organizations like JASM, and enjoy new things in a fun environment with performances, delicious food, and other interesting activities.


Our Japanese program booth hosted a craft activity in which guests made a paper Ema--a Japanese wooden plaque used to make wishes, and decorated it with an Origami rat (2020 is year of the rat).

Photos by Masami Limpert.

Check out these video projects from fall semester's FREN 352!

Deux Chefs Un Monde - Omar Mora and Jake Debes

Guillotiné - Emma Murphy, Sidney Christopherson, and Sara Wall 

Le Café - Tessa Weir and Julia Carlone

Making Crepes

On Dec. 5, FREN352A students prepared crêpes with various toppings to accompany the screening of their final video projects and to thank the help of Joshua Akkerman, Instructional Technology Specialist; Annie Larson, Access Services Associate – Circulation/ILL; and Molly Ewing, Humanities Librarian.

French students learn to digitize class projects

On Tuesday, November 19th, students of FREN352 had class in the Creative Lab of Clemens Library to work on their final video projects for the class. Projects range from historical documentaries to cooking shows!

Local chefs visit class on French cuisine

On November 7th, Chef Mateo Mackbee and Chef Erin Lucas visited Prof. Ana Conboy's FREN352: “Bon app! La Culture gastronomique francophone » and shared insights on Creole cuisine, their own background in cooking and… of course, shared a couple of treats with students ! Beignets and Jambalaya! As the French would say, “Miam miam!” (we thank Jayne Byrne and the Nutrition department for allowing us to use their Food Safety Lab).

Chef Mateo Mackbee and Chef Erin Lucas visit FREN 352.

German major, Amanda Bjerke '20, receives Future Language Educator award

Congratulations to Amanda Bjerke for receiving the Future Language Educator award, given by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC). The award was given based on merit and interest in teaching world languages. Those who were selected for the award have demonstrated in their respective world language field their passion and intent for becoming an educator of world language and further the teaching of language and culture to future generations.

Amanda is working to teach German and English as a second language in the secondary setting. She recently applied for a Fulbright to teach English in Germany within the next year. Regardless of the outcome, she plans to pursue a teaching position in Minnesota following graduation. She would like to also pursue graduate work in World Language Pedagogy, German, or Linguistics and eventually one day, a doctorate in the Philosophy of Education. Says Amanda, "It is my belief that our students should have the opportunity to learn about cultures that differ from their own and learning the language of that culture is one of the most authentic ways to do so, as language and culture are intensely intertwined."

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