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Department Details: East Asian Languages and Literatures

11 Jan

The Tea Room at W&L

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) is committed to the mission of liberal arts education in an increasingly diverse and global world, both for students pursuing the major and for non-majors interested In East Asian languages and literatures. It offers a full four-year program of language courses in both Chinese and Japanese, as well as literature courses in English. The language courses are designed to develop advanced communication skills in Japanese and Chinese through intensive language training and to provide a foundation for understanding the cultural traditions of China and Japan. The literature in translation courses aim to foster an awareness and understanding of East Asian cultures through an Interdisciplinary approach, introducing historical background, social, philosophical, political issues and other cultural concerns relevant and necessary to the understanding of the literary and other cultural texts.The department’s curricula provide solid disciplinary training, preparing students to meet the challenges in further graduate studies or in career development.

The department stresses close interactions between students and the faculty. Diverse East Asian cultural activities such as A Taste of Asia and the Lunar NewYear Celebration give students opportunities to practice their language skills outside the classroom in a relaxed, social setting.The department also sponsors spring term study abroad programs to China and Japan, where students are not only engaged in immersion language learning, but also in studying East Asian cultures through close contacts with their peoples. Furthermore, EALL majors are encouraged to spend a summer, a semester or a year studying abroad in China and Japan to enhance their proficiency in language and to broaden their knowledge of the East Asian cultures.

For more information on East Asian Languages and Literatures, check out the department website here.

Hola! Bonjour! 你好! Guten Tag!

16 Nov

As someone who knew that I wanted to study languages, the variety of languages offered at W&L was a big draw for me. We offer Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. A special partnership with our neighbors at the Virginia Military Institute allows W&L students to study Arabic next door and our Classics department also offers Greek and Latin courses.

Last weekend my Spanish class took a field trip to Washington D.C. to check out the ‘Exploring the Early Americas’ exhibit at the Library of Congress. We piled into a van with our professors early in the morning, and got to see the first-hand the manuscripts that we had studied in class. After the Library of Congress, we went to grab a bite to eat and then stopped by the Museum of the American Indian before heading back to Lexington.

Needless to say, eating burgers in the Capitol with my Professors during a field trip was certainly an “Only at W&L” moment.

Check out our Romance Languages, German and Russian, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Classics department pages.

Tour Guide Spotlight: Katie Boe ’13

12 Nov

Katie Boe ’13

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology and Chinese

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? FYOC advertising committee, Kappa Kappa Gamma New Member Chairman, Women’s Golf Club vice-president, Campus Kitchens, Mock Convention.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I have tutored at Natural Bridge Elementary School at Waddell Elementary School. I lived and worked in Lexington over the summer and developed a Chinese language curriculum for the elementary schools in the area with a RE Lee grant.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests?  Piano lessons, Group Exercise classes (especially Zumba!), KKG book club

Favorite weekend activity? Going for walks in town to go to Lex Co or on the Chessie Trail.

Favorite thing about Lexington? All of the outdoor adventures that are available to us—hiking, tubing, kayaking, camping, etc.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? My favorite W&L memory is definitely Spring Term. It is so unique and such a great outlet for trying new classes and generally enjoying time on campus and in Lexington. I love that the school gives us some time to relax and enjoy the weather and scenery during May but also give us some structure to our day through the interesting courses offered. It’s almost like a reward for working hard all year long.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? My genetics professor from last year is now my current adviser. I also started babysitting for his two children and so I’ve had the opportunity to get to know one of my favorite professors and now my adviser on a more personal level. He still is foremost my professor and adviser but I now know him more as a person. It’s nice to be able to have a working yet personable relationship with him.

East Asian Cinema

12 May

I love Spring Term for a multitude of reasons, most of which are echoed by all W&L students. Academically, the courses offered are always unique and usually exists only for one year. After a grueling Spring Term course last year, I decided to take an easier one that also satisfies the arts requirement. East Asian Cinema offers a unique exploration of similarities and differences, relationships, political and cultural ideas, primarily between three countries (China, Japan, Korea) and appropriate territories. The film screenings have varied from emotional romances to confusing science fiction to heart wrenching tragedies to just plain weird plots that I used to associate with international films. This is the very first film class that I have taken and it has definitely exceeded my expectations. I enjoy interpreting small clips and connecting the director’s style to the political undercurrents of the respective country. I have a new appreciate for international films and I feel more cultured in this respect. If focus on East Asia doesn’t fit your interests, there are also German, Hitchcock, and Bollywood film courses. No matter which class you take, Spring Term will be very enjoyable and memorable.