Our world-leading faculty engage in world-changing research. Research in Foreign Languages and Literatures helps us understand how people around the world interact, migrate and express themselves. By using creative and cutting-edge techniques, our faculty are able to stay at the forefront of a constantly-evolving field.
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Comparing Language in Yucatan
In 2016, Alex Hyler traveled to Yucatan, Mexico, to conduct interviews and collect data from about a dozen local Spanish speakers (yucatecos) in order to analyze differences in their speech. Her research aimed to answer what those variations indicate about the culture of Yucateco speakers in the region.
FL&L TAs among Recognized by the NC State Graduate Student Association
Lindsey Chandler is fascinated by the workings of the brain in learning and producing language. She has melded her interests in cognition, language acquisition and Spanish through graduate studies in both Hispanic linguistics and cognitive science at NC State.
Student Research Translates Into Broader Horizons
Tingting Ji is proficient in four languages: Chinese, French, English, and Italian. So when she saw an email about an undergraduate research award that involved translating, the Foreign Languages and Literatures major leapt at the opportunity.
Our students are out in the field, using and building language and communication skills. We have clubs and organizations for several languages and interests that match students with social and volunteer opportunities around Raleigh.
Our department also coordinates Spanish professional certificates available to anyone in the community — not just NC State students.
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Editorial A Contracorriente
Our department is home to a non-profit press that publishes refereed books on Latin American studies.
Our faculty are leading experts in nearly every area of foreign languages and literatures studies today, and they are authors of several of the best textbooks in foreign language education as well as authors of important articles and research in the fields of language change and world literature criticism.
Our publications include A Contracorriente, a journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America, and Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Journal for English Language Teaching and Research.
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Professor Talks about US Media Ecosystem in the Trump Era during the IV Ryszard Kapuscinski International Seminar in Spain
Recently, the city of Elche, Spain, hosted the IV International Seminar Ryszard Kapuscinski, part of the XIII International Conference of Journalism at the University Miguel Hernández. During the event, NC State professor Jordi Marí talked about the US media ecosystem since the coming to power of the current administration of President Trump last January.
NC State's Outstanding Young Alumna: Jess Ekstrom
NC State's Alumni Association names and celebrates an outstanding young alumnus each year during the university's Evening of Stars gala. Jess Ekstrom (communication '13), founder of Headbands of Hope, earned the honor for 2017.
Professor Brings The Mexican Crack Writers to Life in New Book
One of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures own has recently become a third-time published author. Héctor Jaimes, a professor of Latin American Literature and Culture and the Spanish Language, has been a member of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University for the past twenty years. Jaimes recently published the anthology, The Mexican Crack Writers: History and Criticism, which stands alone as the first scholarly book about a literary group that defined a whole generation of Latin American writers.