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Modern Languages and Literatures

We define culture broadly to include both the academic and the everyday. Guided by creative and enthusiastic faculty committed to language immersion, students explore topics ranging from literature and film to politics to cuisine. Today, students may study francophone or Latino/a literature; tomorrow, they may learn French or Spanish “business-speak”. Cultural immersion and potential internship experience complement the student’s program of study.

Because of our close ties to Chicago’s cultural institutions, students pursue internships with organizations like the Alliance Française and the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Academic excursions to immigrant neighborhoods like Chinatown and Pilsen, allow students to meet and learn from native speakers.

We offer coursework in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish as well as occasional courses in Italian and Portuguese. Most language majors and minors enhance their linguistic and cultural knowledge by taking advantage of the College’s numerous options to study and complete internships abroad.

Check out the Living Learning Community (LLC) associated with the MLL Department

Department News

  • Maria José Navia (center left) with the class
    On October 4th, and with the support of the Living-Learning Community, Chilean writer María José Navia visited Prof. Kripper’s SPAN 335 Survey of Latin American Literature class. She gave students an overview of Chilean literature and talked about her own writing and influences. Her book Instrucciones para ser feliz is now available at the Lake Forest College Library too.
  • Professor Kripper reads from her translation.
    The Third Coast Translators Collective celebrated National Translation Month at Pilsen Community Books on Friday Sept. 29th. Prof. Kripper read from her translation of Argentinian author Vera Fogwill’s Buenos, limpios y lindos, which she is translating from the Spanish in collaboration with Sergio Waisman. Other readers delighted the audience too with translations from Hindi, Basque, and Bulgarian.

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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/582-matt-demaris-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,289,355/27200_matt_demaris.rev.1436972894.jpg" alt="Matt DeMaris ’12" title="Matt DeMaris ’12" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="289" data-max-h="355"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Matt DeMaris ’12 says he wouldn’t be where he is today without his French and International Relations majors. </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/582-matt-demaris-12">Read more about why Matt chose to major in French.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/605-patrick-nicholas-08"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,480/27523_photo_1.rev.1438889311.jpg" alt="Patrick Nicholas ’08" title="Patrick Nicholas ’08" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="480"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “When discussing the importance of Spanish in my career, opportunities to speak and read the language have been prevalent since I entered the field of finance.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/605-patrick-nicholas-08">Today, in his job at a major corporation, Patrick is the “go-to” person for initiating calls to Latin America.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2302-"><img src="/live/image/gid/29/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,450,450/34980_emily_capettini.rev.1481574718.jpg" alt="Emily Capettini ’09" title="Emily Capettini ’09" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="450" data-max-h="450"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The <strong>Writing Track at Lake Forest College</strong> invites you to smash the barriers of genre and <em>find your own voice</em> among contemporary writers.” </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2302-">Emily is an award-winning author, editor, and professor of English.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2604-evelyn-s-bello-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,265,400/39868_evelyn-bello.rev.1507820821.jpg" alt="Evelyn S. Bello ’17" title="Evelyn S. Bello ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="265" data-max-h="400"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"/><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2604-evelyn-s-bello-17"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2264-angela-lopez"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/376,72,781,477/34875_bell_ringing.rev.1480714906.jpg" alt="Angela Lopez ’11" title="Angela Lopez ’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/376,72,781,477/34875_bell_ringing.rev.1480714906.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="716"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"/><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2264-angela-lopez">“Lake Forest College prepared me well for a teaching career.”</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/612-ashley-gora-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,356,355/27643_simultaneous_interpretation_for_the_international_conference_mabi.rev.1440515072.jpg" alt="Ashley Gora ’13" title="Ashley Gora ’13" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="356" data-max-h="355"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Faculty in the Modern Languages and Literatures department are professional and talented, yet also personable and truly care for their students.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/612-ashley-gora-13">Read more about Ashley Gora ’13</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/604-camille-lemieux-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,163,163/37758_c_lemieux_graduation_photo-crop2.rev.1496674797.png" alt="Camille Lemieux ’17" title="Camille Lemieux ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="163" data-max-h="163"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Camille Lemieux ’17 is making big strides in her career goal of becoming a language education professor at a research university.</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/604-camille-lemieux-17">Read more about what Camille is doing now</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2100-"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,180,240/32682_lana_panitch.rev.1469125140.png" alt="Lana Panitch ’14" title="Lana Panitch ’14" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="180" data-max-h="240"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Employers are impressed that I can speak Spanish in addition to my other hard and soft skills.” </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2100-">Lana Panitch ’14 became an energy efficiency expert after studying environmental studies and Spanish.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/616-abby-brand-10"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,15,173,188/27746_unknown.rev.1441133368.jpeg" alt="Abby Brand ’10" title="Abby Brand ’10" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="173" data-max-h="260"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I believe any time spent abroad is incredibly important because it gives you a new frame of reference, which makes you more creative and gives you the ability to think outside of the box - skills valuable for any profession.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/616-abby-brand-10">Abby Brand ’10, an economics and French major, became an attorney.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2444-erin-kummer-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1278,1495/37845_erinkummer.rev.1497469117.jpg" alt="Erin Kummer ’11" title="Erin Kummer ’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1278,1495/37845_erinkummer.rev.1497469117.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1278,1495/37845_erinkummer.rev.1497469117.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1278" data-max-h="1495"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Having studied and interned in Paris was a boon to my application for graduate school in Germany. Also, it furthered my interests in history and, though I didn’t realize it at the time, was helpful in my studies of the ‘history of the book.’”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2444-erin-kummer-11">Learn more about Erin’s work and study around the globe</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1510-benedetta-borri-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg" alt="Benedetta Borri ’15" title="Benedetta Borri ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg 3x" data-max-w="897" data-max-h="1261"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The College gave me not only a place to <em>cultivate my interests</em>, but the unique opportunity to <strong>travel abroad</strong>, to build n<strong>etworks of friendship overseas</strong>, and to <strong>develop a strong cultural sensitivity</strong>.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/1510-benedetta-borri-15">Benedetta works at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after studying Chinese. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2586-leticia-lazcano-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,773/39325_leticia_lazcano.rev.1506964634.jpg" alt="Leticia Lazcano ’15" title="Leticia Lazcano ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,773/39325_leticia_lazcano.rev.1506964634.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,773/39325_leticia_lazcano.rev.1506964634.jpg 3x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="773"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Leticia’s focus has always been on giving back to her community, and she is now preparing to attend law school so that she can continue to do so. </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2586-leticia-lazcano-15"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/641-edward-yonkers-16"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/27957_edward_yonkers.rev.1442508159.jpg" alt="Edward Yonkers ’16" title="Edward Yonkers ’16" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/27957_edward_yonkers.rev.1442508159.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/27957_edward_yonkers.rev.1442508159.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> After studying French in high school, Edward Yonkers ’16 really wanted to learn Chinese, so he studied in China for a year!</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/641-edward-yonkers-16">In addition to Chinese, Edward also studies economics and environmental studies.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2148-lisa-pattavina-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1758,1678/34368_lisa_pattavina3.rev.1477320507.jpg" alt="Lisa Pattavina ’15" title="Lisa Pattavina ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1758,1678/34368_lisa_pattavina3.rev.1477320507.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1758,1678/34368_lisa_pattavina3.rev.1477320507.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1758" data-max-h="1678"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p class="p1"> “I cannot emphasize how supportive the Modern Languages and Literatures Department is.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2148-lisa-pattavina-15">Lisa Pattavina ’15 says that being a multilingual communicator has really helped her in the job market.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/650-caroline-tibbetts-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,200,200/28857_unknown.rev.1445454689.jpeg" alt="Caroline Tibbetts ’12" title="Caroline Tibbetts ’12" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="200" data-max-h="200"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I think nearly every professor I encountered was strong, inspiring, and impactful upon my life.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/650-caroline-tibbetts-12">Caroline Tibbetts ’12 double majored in French and communication.</a>