LOCATION CHANGE: Welcome Winter Festival featuring Yanlai Dance Academy

Details of this event have changed and it has been relocated to Montgomery Gym.  The revised text follows:

Old Man Winter is on his way — and we’re throwing him a party!  Come to the Montgomery Performance Space on Saturday, November 4th from 5:00 to 6:30pm for the “Welcome Winter Festival.”  The event will feature the Yanlai Dance Academy from Pittsburgh, who will exhibit classical & folk styles of Chinese dancing.  Take the “Chopstick Challenge” and learn Chinese calligraphy, too.  It promises to be a fun and enlightening evening — join us!

Sponsored by:
Chinese-American Friendship Society
Department of Dance and Movement Studies
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Office of International Education 
Chinese Studies Program
Chinese House


Postponed: Venezuelan Dinner & Dance Party

The Venezuelan Dinner & Dance originally scheduled for Friday, October 27, has been postponed until next semester.  There are still lots of Latinx Heritage Month events coming up!

It’s a big week for Language House events… have fun exploring another culture!

The Max Kade Language Houses are sponsoring 3 great events this week, open to all interested students!

On Friday, October 27, the Spanish House and Union Latinx will host a Taste of Venezuela Dinner & Dance Party in Schultz Banquet Hall.  Dinner is at 6:00pm, followed by dancing at 8:00pm.  To RSVP or for more info, please contact Spanish House TA Daniel Melendez (melendezd@allegheny.edu).

The event is part of Latinx Heritage Month – CLICK HERE for the full calendar of activities in October.

Sunday, October 29, will feature 2 events in the Max Kade Wing of North Village C.  The German House will hold a Kleines Oktoberfest and Pretzel-Baking Party in the lobby at 4:00pm.  Traditional German music — and hair braiding! — will also be featured.

Later, enter the French House — if you dare! — for spooky vibes and a classic film at their Ghoulciné and Pumpkin Painting Party at 7:00pm in NVC 105.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy all of these fun & free intercultural events!


M&CL Lunch & Program on Gator Day


  • Find out about some of the exciting places language skills have taken Allegheny alumni in their careers and beyond
  • Hear current language students share their often life-changing experiences in study away programs and other opportunities arising from language study
  • Get inside info from our international TAs, who will share secrets only native speakers know about their language and culture
  • Consult with faculty advisors in all language areas about courses and major/minor possibilities
  • Enjoy a free lunch featuring internationally-inspired dishes and an opportunity for informal conversation and Q&A with faculty and students

For details, please view the  GATOR DAY POSTER

Exclusive opportunities for Phi Sigma Iota members

A reminder from the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society that, as a member, you have exclusive access to opportunities such as these:

    • Showcase short pieces of your work that feature your language learning in the official publication of PSI, The Forum.  This may be, for example, a narrative piece about an experience abroad, a poem, or a news item about a cultural event in your area. A sample and information on submission can be found at The Forum. The deadline for inclusion in the next issue is December 1, 2017.
    • PSI offers a scholarship to further language learning. The Scholarship application deadline is March 30, 2018.

To learn about the full range of membership benefits, please visit the PSI Member Resources page.

Work in Ecuador as a volunteer with Sustainable Roots

Volunteers work in two areas, education and environment. Educational volunteers teach English in the elementary school and run after school classes (creative and English) for all ages in the community. Environmental volunteers take care of gardens, an aquaponics system and participate in a reforestation project.  They run workshops with community members about these topics. All volunteers participate in community work days called “mingas” throughout their stays.


For more information, take a look at the website: sustainable-roots.org.

2018 Ukraine-Moldova EL Travel Seminar Information Session: 10/17

2018 Ukraine-Moldova EL Travel Seminar Information Session: 10/17

Germany and Poland (Reduced Cost) Spring Break EL Seminar Information Session: 10/17

Germany and Poland (Reduced Cost) Spring Break EL Seminar Information Session: 10/17

Teach English in France! Apply now for 2018-19.

Are you ready to expand your horizons and share your
language and culture with French students? The Teaching Assistant Program in
France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to
French students of all ages. Each year, nearly 1,200 American citizens and
permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan
France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique
and Réunion.

Assistants are assigned a 12-hour per week teaching schedule that may be divided
among up to three schools. Classes are conducted in English. The teaching
assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in
English. Duties may include serving as a resource person in conversation groups,
providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies in
English classes. Assignments vary depending on
abilities, and the educational level to which he or she is assigned (elementary or


  • CITIZENSHIP: Must have U.S citizenship or permanent residency (with valid green
    card). French nationals and French-American dual citizens are not eligible to apply.
  • AGE: Must be between 20 and 35 years old on the start date of the program (October
    1, 2018).
  • EDUCATION: Must have completed at least three years of higher education by
    October 1, 2018.
  • BACKGROUND: Must have completed the majority of your elementary, secondary
    and university studies in the United States.
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Must be proficient in French. French majors and minors are
    encouraged. Applicants who do not have a major or minor in French may apply if they
    have at least a basic proficiency (~3 semesters) in French and/or have lived abroad in
    a Francophone country.


The application for the 2018-2019 program is available here.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

Questions? Visit the website.

E-mail: assistant.washington-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Salary Level:

780 euros net per month plus health insurance coverage

Reading by 2017 German Writer-in-Residence, Anna Katharina Hahn – 10/18

The Max Kade Gesellschaft and Department of Modern & Classical Languages are honored to present “Readings in English and German” by the 2017 Allegheny College German Writer-in-Residence, Anna Katharina Hahn, on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 pm in the lobby of the Max Kade International Wing of North Village C.  The program will be followed by a reception for Ms. Hahn, where hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

The works of Anna Katharina Hahn include the collection of stories Kavaliersdelikt (Petty Crime), for which she was awarded the Clemens Brentano Prize in 2005, and Am Schwarzen Berg (The Neighbours) in 2012. In 2010, Anna Katharina Hahn was awarded the Heimito von Doderer Literary Award. Her novel Kürzere Tage (Shorter Days), was longlisted for the German Book Prize in 2009; the English translation by Anne Posten was published by Frisch & Co. in 2016. Just days ago, she was honored with appointment as Stadtschreiber (City Poet) of Mainz for 2018-19. She lives with her family in Stuttgart.

The Allegheny Writer-in-Residence program is made possible by the generous support of the Max Kade Foundation.

View the event flyer here.