News & Events

  • Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

    December 18, 2023

    On Monday, October 16th, the Chinese program brought our students together for a special collaborative class centered on the lively Mid-Autumn Festival, a significant Chinese holiday.

  • El Centro Event

    December 18, 2023

    El Centro invited the Spanish language section in the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics, to participate in their annual event "La Bienvenida 2023" on October 14th at the Quarry Plaza on campus.

  • Welcome to our newest faculty member: Saori Hoshi

    December 18, 2023

    We are delighted to welcome Dr. Saori Hoshi to our department as Assistant Professor of Japanese and Applied Linguistics. Saori received a Ph.D in East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2017 and comes to our department from the University of British Columbia.

  • The Miriam Ellis International Playhouse XXI May 12-14, 2023

    December 18, 2023

    Cowell College, Stevenson College and the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics will present the 21st season of the Miriam Ellis international Playhouse (MEIP XXI), May 12, 13, and 14, at 7:00 PM in the Stevenson Event Center at UCSC.

  • Chinese Community Event

    December 18, 2023

    On December 6th, the Chinese lower division students from UCSC, led by Instructor Elu Tu, brought a wave of cultural fun to Bayview Elementary School with a vibrant cultural assembly.

  • Vivencias: Lengua, cultura y sociedad a través de relatos sonoros by Eve Zyzik

    December 18, 2023

  • Bicentennial Ambassadors: Spanish-Speaking Game Day

    December 18, 2023

    We hosted an intercultural mixer with 24 visiting Mexican students and Spanish-language learners on campus. They were playing traditional Hispanic board games like Lotería, Parchís, and Dominó while speaking in Spanish. We all had such a blast!

  • Harbor High Visit

    December 18, 2023

    On May 10, the department of Languages and Applied Linguistics hosted a visit by Harbor High School students and their parents. The group consisted of 9 parents who form part of Harbor High’s English Learner Advisory Council as well over 30 students, many of whom have recently migrated to Santa Cruz from Latin-American countries.  

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    Associate Professor Mark Amengual Receives Research Award

    December 18, 2023

    Congratulations to Mark Amengual, Associate Professor of Languages and Applied Linguistics, who has been awarded UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI)

  • Maxine Uy Altura presents her research at the Koret Undergraduate Research Slam 2023

    December 18, 2023

    On Friday, June 2nd, Maxine Uy Altura, a junior in the Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism major presented her research entitled "Cross-linguistic influence in Tagalog-English bilingual speech" at the Koret Undergraduate Research Slam at McHenry Library.

  • Undergraduate Student Awards 2022-2023

    December 18, 2023

    Undergraduate students won several awards in the 2022-2023 school year, and we are proud to recognize their achievements.

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    Celebration of Life event for Miriam Ellis

    December 18, 2023

    On December 3, 2022, UCSC will host a memorial to celebrate the life of Miriam Ellis, lecturer emerita of French, fellow of Cowell College, and founder of the Miriam Ellis International Playhouse (MEIP)

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    Miriam Ellis, lecturer emerita (1927—2022)

    June 20, 2022

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    Spanish Studies Alumni Highlight

    May 19, 2022

    The Spanish Studies program in the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz is proud of our alumni and their accomplishments. We are starting this Alumni Spotlight as a way of highlighting those alumni who are doing great things.

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    Peter Rushton and Jacqueline Ku Endowment Supports Chinese

    January 21, 2022

    The Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics is delighted to announce the creation of the Peter Rushton and Jacqueline Ku Endowed Memorial Fund for Chinese Languages, thanks to support from Nicole Tsao and a generous gift from Philip Rushton.

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    Ana Maria Seara Receives 2020-21 Excellence in Teaching Award

    October 8, 2021

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    Lecturer Edith Leni Receives Grant

    October 6, 2021

    Lecturer Edith Leni has received a grant to develop a Global Classroom partnership between UCSC and the Universidad Arturo Prat in Iquique, Chile.

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    Spanish Studies Alumni Highlight

    June 16, 2021

    The Spanish Studies program in the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz is proud of our alumni and their accomplishments. We are starting this Alumni Spotlight as a way of highlighting those alumni who are doing great things.

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    Scholar Profile - Javier Fernández-Agüera

    June 16, 2021

    A Spanish lecturer in the Languages and Applied Linguistics department, Javier Fernández-Agüera, brings a life-long passion for language combined with a heart for inclusion to the UC Santa Cruz campus.

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    Announcing the Spanish Studies Minor

    November 13, 2020

    The Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics is excited to announce that the new Spanish Studies Undergraduate Minor has been approved.

  • 2018 Student News

    December 18, 2018

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    UCSC Bilingualism Research Laboratory

    October 20, 2018

    The UCSC Bilingualism Research Laboratory facilitates research focused on the linguistic, social, and cognitive consequences of knowing more than one language.  We are interested in how the bilingual language experience, language learning history, language dominance, proficiency levels, and cognitive factors affect the production, perception, and processing of both languages of the bilingual/multilingual individual.

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    Lain 2018-2019 CITL Faculty Fellow

    October 18, 2018

    Stephanie Lain, Lecturer in Spanish, selected as a 2018-2019 CITL Faculty Fellow.

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    Rohmer Awarded Excellence in Teaching

    October 18, 2018

    Carine Rohmer, Lecturer in French, was honored with one of only six Excellence in Teaching Awards granted this year.

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    Zyzik Named to Prestigious Journal

    October 18, 2018

    Eve Zyzik has been named the Associate Executive Director of Language Learning.

  • Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism BA

    January 17, 2017

    Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism is a major grounded in interdisciplinary studies. Students explore a variety of intriguing topics, such as: How do we learn a second language? Are there “better” ways of teaching languages? Who is a bilingual? How is language related to complex social structure and diverse social identities? What is the role of language in intercultural communication in the globalizing world?

  • Congratulations to Alvaro Romero

    June 22, 2016

    The Department of LAAL wishes to acknowledge Spanish Lecturer Alvaro Romero on the publication of his book.

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    Peter Rushton Award Recipient Ysabel King

    October 22, 2015

    My time in Taipei was extraordinary. I went into it with a bit of anxiousness about living on my own and functioning in a country where I wasn’t confident in my language ability, but by the end I discovered a new confidence.

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    Italian 100 - Fall 2015

    March 13, 2015

    Tonia Prencipe received a grant from the Italian Institute of Culture in San Francisco to partially sponsor a new course for Italian at UCSC.

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    Our newest faculty member, Mark Amengual

    September 17, 2014

    We are delighted to welcome Assistant Professor Mark Amengual to our department. Mark received a Ph.D in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.