Tag Archives: foreign languages

Mesa de Español

Elijah Jimenez ’18 invites you to come practice speaking Spanish at lunch:

Come and practice! M-F 12-1 (starting 9/18) USDAN 2nd floor — Mink Dining hall (the quiet side)–the last table on right (against the far wall by the window). Look for the blue sign on the wall.

Date: Mondays through Fridays
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Place: Usdan Marketplace, Mink Dining (“quiet side”), last table on the right

Join the Wesleyan Language Bank

Hannah Bailenson ’13 speaks foreign languages!

Do you speak multiple languages? Want to get involved in community service? Check out the Wesleyan Language Bank!

The Language Bank is a program run through the Office of Community Service, and offers students the opportunity to connect with the Middletown community by providing free translation and interpretation services.

Whether you are able to read, write, and/or speak in another language, you should join our database of translators. The coordinator will contact you via email when we receive a request from the community. Requests range anywhere from the translation of documents to interpretation of parent-teacher conferences at local schools.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Contact the Language Bank Coordinator with any questions at weslangbank(at)gmail(dot)com.

Wesleyan Signs it Up


The New York Times published an article today about a dramatic increase (16%) in students taking American Sign Language.  After Spanish, French, and German, sign language ranks fourth in most popular languages on college campuses.  And of course, like any good NYT Education article, it mentions Wesleyan.  Specifically, Emily Brown ’12 speaks about  her experience and fascination with A.S.L.:

Many students take aesthetic pleasure in sign language. Emily Brown, a sign-language student at Wesleyan University, talks excitedly about watching deaf poetry on YouTube, and “rhyming” words like “stars” and “socks,” whose signs share a hand shape and motion.

“I imagine myself painting pictures in the air,” said Ms. Brown, a junior majoring in English, and serving as an A.S.L. teaching assistant. “It feels more poetic than other languages. It’s such a great way to express things you can’t quite express verbally.”

Four sign language courses are being taught at Wesleyan this year (by Visting Instructor Sheila Mullen).  There is the one-year beginner block similar to that available for Korean, Portugese, and Hindi as well as a second-year sequence featuring on current issues this semester and literacy skills next semester.  Check out the courses here.

[New York Times]