From foreign to modern language department

By Jose Rojas, Darlene Galvan and Bianca Garcia

ELAC’s Foreign Language Department will officially change its name to the Modern Language Department in fall 2015, it was decided on Nov. 25, 2014. “This change was a unanimous decision and we decided to do it because we believe that the word foreign refers to something that belongs to somewhere else. All languages we offer in this department are already modern languages in the United States.” Norma Vega, Ph.D, the Foreign Languages chairperson said. She said that it was not to difficult to develop the name change petition.

“We agreed   and are happy with the decision to change the department’s name.” Irene Mahy Busch, Secretary of the Foreign Language Department said,

Vega proposed the modern language change because it’s more, representative of where the US is now Mah y Busch said.

“Another reason that the Foreign Languages decided to change its name is because American Sign Language also belongs to this department and ASL is not a foreign language but it is a modern language,” Vega said.

With this name change the Foreign Language Department is hoping to get more recognition and offer more modern language classes.

“We would love to offer more modern language like Vietnamese, Filipino among other,” Vega said.

“As of right now we offer summer study programs; like the summer study in Paris, the summer study in Spain, also summer 2015 will be our first summer study in Tokyo. But (we) would like to offer more summer study programs in different countries; like in Ecuador, Peru and Mexico. Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have the sufficient resources to make all this happen, but hopefully in a short period of time the ELAC administration would support us with the budget,” Vega said.

The department is not making an official announcement yet. An announcement is tentatively scheduled for next year.  Mah y Busch shared that the department will be moving from the C2 complex to the new building Student Success Building, currently in construction, in-front of the Technology Center building, and once transferred into their new location the department’s new name will be reflected in fall 2015.

“I can’t even change my signature email yet,” said Mahy Busch. She was instructed not make any statement of the name change, including in her email signature, because an official announcement has not been made yet.

On the proposal Dr. Vega rationalized how the current department’s name, the Foreign Language Department, does not accurately represent the true identity of the department’s community. “Pierce college and Santa Monica college have changed their language department’s name to Modern Language, and we also wanted to do that, Dr. Vega and now all of us have decided to accurately represent who this community is,” said Mah y Busch.

East Los Angeles College is not the first institute to make the name change in its Foreign Language department, a lot of other institutes have changed their Foreign Language Department name to be Modern Language. In fact East Los Angeles College is a little behind in doing this type of change being that many other colleges and universities have made the change of name in their foreign languages departments since many years ago.

The department believes that the name says a lot about them. With the name change, the department now expects to have more impact on students who decide to take classes in modern languages.

Changes are also occurring in the theatre arts, speech and broadcasting departments. These departments will split due to funding purposes. Students of these departments are concerned about how this will affect them. Art student Elena Cervantez who is currently taking acting classes said she is concerned about classes being cut. “I don’t know why the departments are splitting, I just hope they don’t cut any classes or cut the entire theatre arts program in the future”.

When interviewing an anonymous student that holds a high position in the theatre arts department he explains why exactly departments are splitting. “It has come to my attention that the departments are splitting because each department will now have their own budget as before, the three departments had to share a budget”.

However, the two departments will still share the theatre’s and dance studios when the other departments need it.

An announcement is tentatively scheduled for next year.  Mah y Busch shared that the department will be moving from the C2 complex to the new Student Success Building. This is currently under construction and will be located in-front of the Technology Center building. Once transferred into their new location the department’s new name will be reflected in fall 2015.

“I can’t even change my signature email yet,” said Mah y Busch. She was instructed to not make any statement of the name change, including in her email signature, because an official announcement has not been made yet.

On the proposal Vega rationalized how the current department’s name, the Foreign Language Department, does not accurately represent the true identity of the department’s community. “Pierce college and Santa Monica college have changed their language department’s name to Modern Language and we also wanted to do that. Dr. Vega and now all of us have decided to accurately represent who this community is,” said Mahy Busch.

East Los Angeles College is not the first institution to make the name change in its Foreign Language department. A lot of other institutions have changed their Foreign Language Department name to be Modern Language. In fact, East Los Angeles College is a little behind in making this  change being that other colleges and universities have changed the name of their foreign language departments years ago.

The department believes that the name says a lot about them. With the name change, the department now expects to have more impact on students who decide to take classes in modern languages.

Changes are also occurring in the theatre arts, speech and broadcasting departments, which will split due to funding purposes. Students of these departments are concerned about how this will affect them.

Art student Elena Cervantez who is currently taking acting classes said she is concerned about classes being cut. “I don’t know why the departments are splitting, I just hope they don’t cut any classes or  the entire theatre arts program in the future,” Cervantez said.

When interviewing an anonymous student that holds a high position in the theatre arts department they explain why exactly the departments are splitting.

“It has come to my attention that the departments are splitting because each department will now have their own budget as before the three departments had to share a budget.”

The two departments will still share the theatre and dance studios when the other departments need it.

Pup Edition Online Banner

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *