Foreign Language

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Foreign Languages Program! Thank you for visiting our website where you can discover who we are, what we teach, and how to spot us around campus. We are currently located in McNamara Hall. We hope you'll find reasons to stop by - or stop us walking by - to say hello and get to know us better.

First, let us share with you our Mission Statement:

Foreign Language study makes its unique contribution in preparing Lewis University students to live in today's and tomorrow's globalized world and to function effectively as global citizens. It is also inseparable from high-quality liberal education because it leads students out of the narrow ethnocentrism that may result from monolingual education. The faculty of the Program has whole-heartedly embraced Lasallian educational philosophy in that we are dedicated to making foreign language study available to and enjoyable for every Lewis student. Our goal is to provide Lewis students with quality instruction leading to immediate practical learning outcomes. To this end, all our foreign language instructors use an innovative approach informed by the most current approaches to Second Language Acquisition. The Program emphasizes oral communication and as you become one of our students you will immediately notice a striking difference between our courses and your high-school language learning experience: no tedious grammar rules and exercises or long vocabulary lists!

Established in 2004, the Foreign Language Program offers Lewis students instruction in a wide variety of different world languages. Our course offerings include both traditional or commonly taught languages such as Spanish, French, German, and Italian, as well as such critical and less-commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian. Most of our faculty members are native speakers of the languages they teach and are able to provide students with cultural insights only native speakers born in the target language country are able to do.

Also, take a moment to look at the description and list of Foreign Language Minors. Please note that students majoring in ANY discipline can take an 18-credits foreign language minor — the step that would significantly improve your resume, and make it stand out in today's job market.

So please, consider this website a beginning of our relationship with you. As the Program Director, let me extend greetings from every member of the program—students and faculty alike—and invite you to get to know us better. We look forward to seeing you in a foreign language classroom!

Student Talk

  • Jessica Ritter
    Language studied at Lewis: Arabic

    Human Resources and Psychology major; minor in Arabic


    "Studying a foreign language here at Lewis University was very different than learning a foreign language in high school. In high school, I felt the class was more based on grades while here I feel it is more about helping the students learn the language more thoroughly. "

  • Samia Khan
    Language studied at Lewis: Arabic

    HRM major


    "I am really glad I took the language. It is important to be open to new things in life and learning a new language you get to learn about different cultures"

  • Sadita Olwan
    Language studied at Lewis: Arabic

    Major in Psychology, minor in Arabic


    "Studying Arabic was more than what I had expected. I thought it would be hard to read and write it but it wasn't. This experience has definitely changed me in a positive way. I understand the Arabic culture and their tradition through communication. I would like to add that the course was beneficial to me in personal, spiritual, and professional way. If only the USA would encourage a 2nd and 3rd language would benefit and unite our nation rather than separate it. Language is the key to success and understanding"

  • Nina Williams
    Language studied at Lewis: Japanese

    Major in Accounting, minor in Finance


    "I studied Spanish for 7 years from high school to college but I never really progressed in it. When I transferred to Lewis, I picked up Japanese because of my interest in the country and cultures. Japanese was really easy for me to pick up and understand.Unlike Spanish where everything needs to be conjugated, I feel I have a better understanding of the language and would love to further my knowledge in the language. I would recommend everyone take a foreign language no matter what the language is"

  • Robert Maj
    Language studied at Lewis : Russian

    Double major in Criminal Justice and Contemporary Global studies, minor in Economics Human Resources and Psychology major; minor in Arabic


    "Taking Russian at Lewis has been a very positive experience. The language programs, especially Russian, are enjoyable; The course has helped me to gain a strong base in the language and culture."

  • Dalonte Burns
    Language studied at Lewis: Russian

    Major in Broadcast Journalism


    "After taking this course (Russian), I want to learn more about the Russian language, as well as other languages. This class has helped me to be more open to other languages and cultures. I want to travel and I want to learn more about the world. It was a worthwhile experience and I am happy I took this course"

  • Samantha Little
    Language studied at Lewis: Russian

    Major in English, track 2


    "Russian at Lewis University was an extremely delightful experience. It was much different than studying Spanish in high school not only because of the difference in languages, but also because it was a much more structured class. Also, it was a much more laid-back experience. I feel this experience has definitely broadened my horizon culturally. Not only that, but it has also helped me to become a better writer, not of Russian, but of English. Learning another language here at Lewis has made me want to go on and continue learning not only Russian but other languages as well"

Faculty


Dr. Serafima Gettys
Director of the Foreign Language Program

McNamara hall, 005
Lewis University
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5544
gettysse@lewisu.edu