Department of World Languages and Cultures








Below is the link to an Atlanta Journal Constitution article featuring our own Amara Tennessee. As a point of information brought out in the article, “The Fulbright U.S. Student Program receives about 12,000 applications a year. In the U.S., about 1,900 grants are awarded annually in all fields of study in over 140 countries.” That’s about a 15.8% acceptance rate.

We are So proud of her, and to the faculty for supporting and guiding her on this pathway to success!


We have some exciting news for our department!!

  •  Our Language Lab Coordinator, Audrey Redmond has given birth to a very healthy baby boy!
  •  Ms. Virginia Teran has received her doctoral degree and will now be addressed as Dr. Virginia Teran!
  •  Dr. Brantley Nicholson has been promoted to Associate Professor!
  •  Dr. Peggy Elliott's book chapter in, "Adapting The Eighteenth Century" is published.
  •  Dr. Aurora Castillo-Scott and Dr. Daniel Holcombe have been awarded research grants.

Let's give them all a big CONGRATULATIONS!!

Join me in congratulating Dr. Brantley Nicholson on his book, "The Aesthetic Border: Colombia in the Face of Globalization," being accepted for publication by Bucknell University Press.  It should come out in either 2021 or 2022. Great Job and keep them coming!!


    International Conversation Coffee Hour

     Be sure to mark your calendars for this semester's coffee

     hour to be held in A&S 273

     the first Wednesday of every month.

     Refreshments and conversation

     are on the menu for this event.

     Hope to see you there!!























   Want to add some excitement to your life?  Come join the Duolingo Competition. 

   You learn the basic's of the language of  your choice

    and at the same time you compete against others

    who are doing the same thing.

   You gain points for each stage of the learning process. 

   It's fun, it's educational and it's rewarding in two different ways. 

   You learn a new language and if you have the most points, you win a prize!!


We held our Fall 2019 semester Graduating Majors and Rising Star event on Thursday, November 21, 2019.  The department would like to congratulate Riley Dunn, graduating major,  on a job well done and the best of happiness in all future endeavors.  Last night the department of World Languages and Cultures recognized 118 Rising Stars several of which have been previously recognized for their second language skills. Amara Tennessee spoke to the audience on her experiences with her study abroad to Honduras. Martin Wilson, World Languages and Cultures Alumni, spoke on how his acquisition of a second language has driven his career in a great direction.  He also spoke on how his study abroad to Chile helped his language skills and opened his eyes to an exciting new life style. We were also honored by members of The French Club and Dr. Oukada's French class with a short skit from the play Cinderella.  Refreshments and fun were served throughout the evening. Below is Amara Tennessee and Martin Wilson as well as our "Rising Stars"






WLC is excited to sponsor International Film Week starting Monday, October 21st thru Friday, October 25th. The showings will be at 6:00 pm Monday thru Thursday and 3:00 pm on Friday. All shows will be in Peabody Hall.  For your viewing pleasure the films are:

Monday - "Shadow"
Tuesday - "Shun Li and the Poet"
Wednesday - "Un Traductor"
Thursday - "Victoria"
Friday - "Tazzeka"

They have all received "thumbs-up" reviews. All the films have English subtitles so don't worry you'll be able to understand and enjoy the movie. It's free so come relax and enjoy a great movie!


Flamenco Night!


Mark  your calendars for this semester's International Conversation Coffee Hour






"Rising Star" Event

We held our 4th "Rising Star"  recognition event yesterday, May 2nd.  83 students from our lower level language classes were nominated for their positive attitude and the passion they have shown in learning a second language.  Out of the 83 students nominated this semester, we had 19 students that have been previously nominated as a "WLC Rising Star".  Congratulations to all the nominees!!


WLC Senior Capstone Day


 Yesterday was a busy day for the department.  Several of our graduating Majors participated in student panel presentations to complete their capstone requirements. They all did a fantastic job! This event was followed by a faculty roundtable presentation covering various topics. They too did a fantastic job!. Our special Thanks to Dr. Sarah Luna with Tuft University for her presentation on "Love and Violence on the Mexico-US Border". 


Dr. Hedwig Fraunhofer

Edinburgh University Press confirms the publication of Dr. Fraunhofer's book, Biopolitics, Materiality and Meaning in Modern European Drama,. The book is scheduled for publication in late 2020. 

Dr. William Daniel Holcombe

Holcombe W.D. (2018). Mexico City:Queer Slumming. In: Tambling J. (Ed.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Aurora Castillo-Scott

Castillo-Scott, Aurora. (2019). "Teaching social issues through cinema and teletandem." Revista do GEL. 15. 257-278. 10..21165/gel.v1513.2409.

Dr. Peggy Elliott

Elliott, P. (2018). Le Mariage, I'heritage, et la richesse: la survie socio-economique dans le monde des Lumieres de Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Proceedings of the Third Conference on the Writings of Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Universite de Lorraine :Metz, France, (Fall 2018).

Elliott, Peggy Schaller. "The Honor of Her Sex: Marie Le Prince de Beaumont Responds to Coyer and Crebillon." New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Centery 16 (Spring 2019).

Elliott, Peggy Schaller. Rev. of Madame de Stael, a femme qui osait penser, by Jean Goldzink and Gerard Gengembre, editors. Nineteenth-Centory French Studies 47.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2019).



We held our 1st annual Flamenco Dance and Music show on March 13, 2019. It was a spectacular show featuring Tabitha Humphrey, dance, and Dr. Aaron Castroverde, guitar, with special guest Samantha Mascuch, dance.  After the show Mrs. Humphrey held a Flamenco dance workshop for anyone wanting to learn a few basic Flamenco dance steps.  It was fun for all. Click on the slide show below for previews of the fun!






What did you do over winter break?  Matthew Sampson, WLC French Major, decided to take a trip to Paris France. Matt decided in order to enhance his language skills and learn first-hand some of the French culture, that he needed to take a trip to France. With the help of Dr. Peggy Elliott, Matthew was able to experience and absorb French cuisine, history, culture and the language. He thoroughly enjoyed his trip and hopes to return soon or possibly visit another country that speaks French in order to learn and experience yet another culture. 






Join us in our Language Resource Center, A&S 273, for International Conversation Coffee Hour hosted by The Department of World Languages and Cultures Department.  


Dr. David dePosada has been awarded professional leave for a semester in AY 2019-20 to work on his project entitled Silence and the Disconnected Poet: Representations of Deafness and Exile in Joaquim Du Bellay's Roman Sonnets. This is a book project that aligns traditional literary research with more current work on disability studies.


Dr. Hedwig Fraunhofer has been awarded professional leave for a semester in AY 2019-20 to complete any remaining work on her monograph, Anzious Flesh: Biopolitics, Materiality and Meaning in Modern European Drama. This work is currently under final readers' review with Edinburgh University Press. 

Dr. Aaron Castroverde presented a paper at a small (but influential!) conference in Antwerp during December and as a result has been invited to give a talk at UC Berkeley to one of their Asian cultural organizations.  He has also been offered several peer-reviewed publication opportunities.

2018 Fall Semester Graduating Majors and Rising Star Recognition recap



International Week at Georgia College is Oct. 22nd - Oct. 26th. The International Center will host a variety of study abroad workshops and other international events!

Monday, Oct. 22 - International Photo Contest, 5 – 6 p.m. in the library atrium. All are welcome as we unveil the winners. GC students submitted over 50 photos from around the world! Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Passport Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the International Education Center. This event is for anyone who wants to apply for or renew a passport.  See the Frontpage ad for details and to register for an appointment. Attendees must register and prepare application items to attend. This is open to faculty, staff, students, and community! Tell your friends!

Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Study Abroad Funding Workshop, 2-3 p.m. in A&S 275. Learn how you can use federal aid, HOPE, ZELL and other scholarship to make your study abroad dream a reality.

Tuesday, Oct. 23  - Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop, 3-4 p.m. in A&S 275. This study abroad scholarship is just for Pell Grant recipients. Past GC recipients have received as much as $5000! If you receive the Pell Grant, please come!

Wednesday, Oct. 24 - International Day, 11 – 2, on front campus. Meet GC international students and learn about other cultures. Enjoy music, food, and fashions from around the world and be entertained at the International Talent Show. Hosted by the GC International Club with support of other student groups.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Study Abroad Info Table, 10 – 2, at the A&S fountain from 10-2 p.m. Students who went abroad last year can answer your study abroad questions.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – LGBTQ+ Study Abroad Forum, 4 – 5 PM, at the H.U.B. Any student with LGBTQ+ questions about study abroad should come to this informal session.

For more information on any of these events, email or contact 478-445-4789.

Yvan Alagbe: Making the Invisible Visib​le

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 French graphic novelist and visual storyteller Alagbé will give a public lecture at 5 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences auditorium on : Making the Invisible Visible.” One of the most innovative and provocative comic artists in the world, Alagbé uses stark, black-and-white brushwork to explore topics of love and race, oppression and escape. His latest graphic novel, “Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures,” was featured in a recent New York Times article.

The latest issue of The Poetry Review published by The Poetry Society of London has arrived. It includes two translations by Louis Bourne, Professor Emeritus of World Languages and Cultures, of poems by Cuban Poet Juan Nicolás Padrón who gave a poetry reading at GCSU on November 18, 2015. Padrón's metaphysical poems deal with the discomfort of being, the strangeness of existing with life's paradoxes. 

A huge shout-out of Congratulations to Florrie McCard, French Major! We are excited to share with you that Florrie’s Oral abstract submission, "En Marche: Aristotelian Analysis of Emmanuel Macron's Tweets" was selected out of 4,000 submissions for presentation at NCUR 2018 at the University of Central Oklahoma.  She will present her work to her peers, faculty, and staff from all over the nation. 

Congratulations to our very own Sofia Papa, a semi-finalist for this year’s Fulbright Scholarship! Thanks to all who supported her scholarly endeavors and beyond while she was one of our majors.

WLC Tshirt Contest

The World Languages and Cultures Department sponsored a T-Shirt design contest.  We would like to congratulate Dalton Skaggs for submitting a fantastic T-Shirt design. Presenting Dalton with a $50 gift card from the GCSU bookstore is Dr. Hedwig Fraunhofer and Mrs. Marlene McMichael.


WLC Fall 2017 Graduating Majors and "Rising Stars" Reception

On Thursday, November 30, 2017 we held a reception for our graduating Majors to honor their achievement. We also invited our highest achieving students in lower division classes, to honor their achievements and share future possibilities in language studies with them.


Dr. Brantley Nicholson's article has been published in the Cincinnati Romance Review, Fall 2017 edition: "Que viva la música's Sustained Prescience: Reading Andrés Caicedo's Anti-Bildungsroman Four Decades Later". The article is co-written by Brantley Nicholson and Camilo Hernandez Castellanos.

Dr. Nicholson has also published a book review:  "Abstractions of Privilege, a review of Arthur Rose’s Literary Cynics: Borges, Beckett, Coetzee," in a Contracorriente, Fall 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Brantley Nicholson for your publications!

We are proud to announce that two of our majors presented at the Georgia Undergraduate Regional Conference that was held at Georgia College and State University.  Please congratulate them on a job well done!

- "Artaud, Marat/Sade and Materialism" by Caitlyn Williams (Mentor: Hedwig Fraunhofer).

- "How Personalities Influence Political Decisions and How We Respond" by Rebecca Winslow (Mentor: Brantley Nicholson)


Alumni Corner


        French Teacher    

        French Major

        2015 GCSU Graduate

"My French major has so enriched my life, not only through the tight knit French program, but after as I've made so many international friends and have been to so many incredible places! Worth every minute!"  Jen Hill Pratt


        French Major

        English Major

        2012 GCSU Graduate

"Deciding to major in French was quite possibly the best decision I have made for myself. The doors it has opened and the opportunities that I've been able to take because of my degree, have enriched my life more than I could have imagined!"  Emily Barkelew

SCAD Admissions

French Major

History Major

2015 GCSU Graduate

"My French Major has opened doors for me both here and abroad. I've gone on to teach English to French children and now work at SCAD where I get to travel abroad and recruit European students. Dream jobs do exist and my French major helped me find it." Alexia Lemaigre

"I currently work with at-risk high school students in downtown Dallas, Texas.  Being bilingual has been useful to talk with students who do not yet speak English, as well as communicating with some of our students' parents who are not as comfortable with English.  I even use Spanish in day-to-day life if I see someone struggling with English. It is a gift to make people feel more at ease in a country that is full of the unknown for them.  Being bilingual is a continual gift in an ever-connecting world!" - Meredith Carpenter; Spanish Major; Class of 2007

"I have a minor in Spanish. I was able to do study abroad in Spain. I have also visited the Dominican Republican and Mexico.  I have found that while traveling, any attempt using Spanish has been greeted warmly and enthusiastically (no matter how bad my grammar or pronunciation is).  I work with several Spanish speaking families as a mental health counselor.  While I still need an interpreter for major conversations, just having a basic understanding of Spanish allows me to communicate with the parents of clients and build rapport with the entire family.  A new language opens doors for all sorts of new experiences and new friends.  It teaches you to be open to those new experiences and to step out of your comfort zone of your first language. I've me so many people and done so many tings that I would not have done if I didn't have Spanish as my second language." - Stacy Troutt, LPC; Spanish Minor; Class of 2010

"In my experience it has been my minor in Spanish (which I regretted not double majoring) that has benefited me more than my major in history.  I have always had a love for the language and the culture, and it has helped me many times in my career.  I work for a fire department and ambulance service in one of the suburbs around Atlanta with a large Hispanic community. Many times the patients we run calls on do not speak English or if they do it is very little.  Having the ability to communicate in an emergency setting not only has benefited me by allowing me to provide proper treatment and care, but also provides the patient with as calm as an environment as possible being able to speak in their native language. I don't know if professor Alcarria is still at GCSU, but the time I spent studying in Spain with my class and under his guide was the most valuable experience I gained during my time at GCSU." -William Hutchinson; Spanish Minor; Class of 2011

"We live in a nation that is a melting pot.  Our nation is a variation of many cultures. I graduated with a minor in Spanish and since then have closed many business deals in my career in mobility. Many of my coworkers have me representing them in business deals because they lack second language experience. This not only has brought in revenue for the business but has improved customer satisfaction with my company, AT&T. Another benefit with knowing a second language (Spanish) is that people consider you for promotions, you get paid more, and you are more flexible for the company making you marketable. Just do it!"-Helen Bridier; Spanish Minor; Class of 2010

"Learning another language has benefited me greatly in my career field. I am in the field of Physical Therapy and during several of my rotations I was able to reach so many more people and connect with them on a more respected, deeper level due to knowing the same language."-Emilee Hart; Spanish Minor; Class of 2015

"My name is Amy Theobald and I graduated from GCSU in May 2012 with a major in English and a French minor. I think being bilingual has taught me to not only to step outside of my comfort zone and try to communicate with others, but it has taught me to appreciate people from different countries. It's hard to try to get around and talk to someone who may not understand you because of a language barrier and because I have experienced it myself, I can relate to people who may be struggling with the same problem. Having a French minor allowed me to travel to Rome, Italy after I graduated to be an Au Pair and speak not only French, bt to learn Italian. Knowing a different language is special and sets you apart from other  people. I am now finishing my masters degree to be a physician assistant and I can honestly say that because of my French background learning new terms has been easy for me - I also think it has allowed me to look for jobs where being bilingual is requested.

Also, the faculty at GCSU is remarkable. Dr. Peggy Elliott is, and always will be, one of my favorite people of all time. She is compassionate about teaching and lighting a spark in her students. I am thankful for her support during my college days and for her making me fall in love with the French language over and over again; There is no one quite like her.

I love French so much and would want anyone to learn a foreign language, because in the end, you are better for it."-Amy Theobald; French Minor; Class of 2012

"Hi my name is Melissa Thomas. I graduated from GCSU in 2013. My senior year I chose to do my Senior Capstone for my Bachelor of Science in Biology as a study abroad trip to Guatemala City where I worked as a volunteer in a pediatric dental clinic. I was able to use everything I had learned in my Spanish classes to help me there. Incorporating study abroad with your foreign language classes is the greatest piece of advice I could give to college students. I went on to study dental hygiene at Athens Technical College. Now I am a Registered Dental Hygienist in Gainesville, GA, where I speak Spanish on a daily basis. I'm certain that being bilingual helped me tremendously while I was looking for full-time employment. Not only did it help me land the job, but I have an enriched experience being able to communicate with my Spanish-speaking patients without the need of a translator."-Melissa Thomas RDH, BS; Spanish Minor; Class of 2013

"After graduating, I taught for two years at a bilingual school. I was able to make a huge impact on my students and their families because I could communicate with them in the language in which they felt confident. Now I am an ESOL teacher at a school with dual language immersion program. It is so rewarding to be able to speak to my Spanish speaking students and their families. I am so proud to be bilingual and so happy that I get to use both of my languages every day."-Rachel Bull

I graduated in May 2013 with a Bachelor's in French and a minor in International Studies. I also studied Italian at GCSU from the 1001-2002 levels and studied abroad in Siena and Milan, Italy in the summer of 2011 with Professor Tony Alcarria.

I have always loved languages and after studying French from third grade through high school, I was thrilled to find out GCSU also offered Italian courses, a language I had always wanted to learn, as I am of Italian heritage. After studying French for so long, I found it helped me with my Italian (more than it hurt me, as in the case with some), as both are romance languages. After graduating from GCSU I participated in the Disney College Program (I had seen flyers at GCSU for the program during my four years there, but never wanted to miss a full semester of studies and campus life at GCSU, so I waited until after graduation to go to Orlando). I requested to work at Epcot as I wanted an international environment (and to meet native speakers of French and Italian, of course), and my request was honored by Disney. I worked at Liberty Inn Restaurant at the American pavilion at Epcot for almost two years (I stayed at Disney after my college program finished), and after those two years I was offered a position as a Restaurant Manager at Tutto Italia Ristorante at Epcot's Italy pavilion. I was thrilled, this meant I would be using Italian in the workplace (even more than English), as the entirety of the wait staff, bartenders, busers, hostesses, etc. were natives of Italy, and thus native speakers of Italian. It was the closest thing to actually living and working in Italy (my roommate at the time wa a Italian native as well), so I thought it was the best of both worlds - living in the USA while still working and living with Italians!

I left Disney in May 2017 after a total of four years, to teach English on a 3-month teaching assistant program in Turin, Italy (with a company called Greenheart). I would be happy to give students information on this program, since Greenheart also just started a similar teaching assistant program in France. Since returning to the USA, I currently work at the Orlando International Airport (MCO), as a Bilingual Customer Service Ambassador. I work at info booths and roam the airport, helping passengers with directions, manning TSA lines, and translating. Not only do I get to interact with travelers from all over the world on a daily basis, but much like at Epcot, all of my coworkers either come from another country and/or speak at least on language other than English. Moreover, I am the only American-born ambassador at my job who did not learn my second language(s) from my parents at home, but in school and at a university. I credit GCSU for this - for the opportunities it gave me to learn Italian, and of course to further my French!

I am currently in the application process to be a flight attendant with Delta Airlines - I just completed the third step of the interview process today, a 30-minute language assessment in Italian for a language-specific flight attendant position. This would certainly mean flights to Italy would be regularly on my schedule should I get the job!" (UPDATE: As of April 2019 I am a DELTA Flight Attendant - I Got the Job!!)-Chloe Carpenter; French Major; Class of 2013


"I graduated from Georgia College in the spring of 2017 with a double major in Spanish and Early Childhood Education. This endeavor took me 5 years to complete yet well worth it in serving its purpose!!! During my college experience, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Lima, Peru, and becoming that more fluent in the Spanish language. I am now an elementary school teacher at a highly Hispanic school in Roswell, GA (Atlanta). I use my Spanish every day to communicate with my students and parents and to connect to their cultural backgrounds. I go back and forth between the English and Spanish languages to make sure my students understand key concepts. Student engagement is key, and I would not know how to effectively teach without speaking Spanish!?? Thank you, Georgia College!!" Shannon Fitzgerald, Spanish Major, Class of 2017.


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Department of World Languages and Cultures
317 Beeson  |  Campus Box 46
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4415
Fax: (478) 445-0959