World Languages Index

The study of modern languages cultivates unique intellectual skills and exposes students to peoples and aspects of cultures that enhance appreciation of the world of which we are a part. Today, the globalization of the economy and the diversification of our societies have made the knowledge of foreign languages indispensable. Our courses advance learning of high-level synthetic and analytical thinking, enhance the ability to communicate, and promote an understanding of other cultures from within those cultures. Foreign languages are a springboard from which students can enrich their current studies, research, and future careers.

Department Office
Department Chair:
Kin Chan
Webb Hall, Rm. 226
(860) 465-5328
(860) 465-0193
University Assistant:
Lisa Centola
Webb Hall, Rm. 223
M and Th: 9-2:30; T:10:30-2:30; W: 9-1
Webb, Rm. 223
(860) 465-4571
(860) 465-0193

  1. Spanish Tutor
  2. French Tutor
  3. Sigma Delta Pi The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.  Eastern is represented by the Nu Chi chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.  Applications for membership are accepted in February.  Contact the World Languages and Culture department for more information about the qualifications and application process. 
  4. Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) The main purpose of our organization is to provide its members with information about their culture so that they may become prouder of their heritage. At the same time, we will try to overcome any cultural barriers by sharing our knowledge, ideas, and opinions with people from other cultures through a variety of social events. For more information, contact the OLAS directly. 
  5. Learning Outcomes

  1. Study Abroad Options available for fall, spring and summer semesters
  2. Scholarship Opportunities
      1. Charlotte Biederman French Studies Award
        Eastern Professor of Anthropology Irene Glasser established the Charlotte Biederman French Studies Fund through the ECSU Foundation, Inc. in January 2001, in memory of her mother. It is intended to further the study of French at Eastern, and will be awarded, based on merit, to students who plan to teach French, major or minor in French or French Studies, and/or study French through one of Eastern’s study-abroad programs in a French-speaking culture.
      2. Tammy E. Schaeffer Memorial Endowed Scholarship
        Established in 2006 to honor Tammy Schaeffer, a 1990 Eastern graduate whose passion in life was the Spanish language and culture. The recipient must be a promising student with unmet financial need, in good academic standing, and planning to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.
      3. Lee (LeClaire) B. Watts Endowed Scholarship
        This endowed scholarship was started in 2010 by Dr. Steve A. Watts, Jr., in memory of his beloved wife, Dr. Lee B. Watts, who died in December of 2009. Lee taught Spanish and Spanish Literature and headed Eastern’s Classical & Modern Languages Department for many years. Lee was credited with developing the Spanish major and internship program and founded the Nu Chi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honors society, before retiring in 1995. Lee’s dedication and passion for teaching and new methodologies gained the respect of her colleagues and students alike and in recognition the World Languages and Cultures suite was named in perpetuity in her honor. Recipients of the Lee B. Watts Scholarship will be students who have a sincere interest in Spanish and Spanish Literature and are in good academic standing.

Current Events

Spanish Club Movie Night  – Come enjoy a relaxing evening with the Spanish Club.  Watch a movie, eat some food, and just chill out before exams.  We’ll see you on Wednesday, December 5 in Webb 223B from 3-5 pm.  There will be lots food!!!!!