Interested in going to Guatemala this Minimester?

Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and learn about indigenous cultures in Guatemala with Towson University in January 2016. Students will receive highly personalized, one-on-one Spanish language instruction from the Fundacion Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Morraquin (PLFM), during which they will learn to use the language in practical and authentic contexts.

The program is located in Antigua - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua, Guatemala, or "Ancient Guatemala," once the capital of New Spain, is well known for its language schools and is considered one of the best locations to learn a "pure" form of Spanish. Guatemalan Spanish is considered pure because it has little influence from other languages. In Antigua, students will also have daily interaction with the large indigenous population.

Program highlights include visits to a coffee plantation, an excursion to Lake Atitlan, and a weekend visit to the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal in northern Guatemala. While visiting Tikal, students will experience a completely different terrain and cultural context than that of Antigua. Students will stay in a jungle lodge and have the opportunity to take a canopy zipline tour.




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Please welcome our new

fulbright foreign languages teaching assistant

daniel rocha



Associate Professor of Spanish, Dr. Lea RamsdellOur vision is to promote multicultural and international education and provide opportunities to develop a command of foreign languages. Students are encouraged to relate to people of different cultures and to communicate successfully in a variety of contexts through a curriculum based on nationally recognized pedagogy and established requirements.


The Department of Foreign Languages supports the liberal arts and science mission of the university by its emphasis on the intellectual enrichment of individuals through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, while addressing the practical goal of providing  a broad constituency with the linguistic and cultural knowledge necessary for responsible citizenship in an era characterized by rapid new developments in global communication.

The curriculum prepares students for language acquisition and written and oral proficiency for a variety of purposes; from career-related language and cultural skills to the preparation for teaching or graduate study to personal cultural and linguistic enrichment. Through the rigorous curriculum offerings of major and minor program in different languages, the department strives to enable students to relate to people of different cultures and to communicate successfully in a variety of contexts.

The curriculum offers in-person learning, web-enhanced courses and experiential learning through study abroad immersion, practicum, internships, and independent study opportunities. The variety of teaching modalities, moreover, emphasize the importance of service learning and civic engagement in the development of leadership skills including critical analysis, problems solving, teamwork, effective oral and written communications necessary in the 21st century workplace.

The department faculty are scholars committed to excellence in teaching , to maintaining, advancing and disseminating knowledge of languages, cultures and literatures in their subject matter, and to maintaining and advancing their own pedagogical and technical skills as teachers in a foreign language.

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