Statement on Fall Courses from the Chair of Modern Languages

Monday July 27, 2020

Dear School of Modern Languages Students,

Remote summer greetings from the Swann Building. I hope you are all well, healthy, and energized for your academic pursuits during this coming Fall. At this point, there still remains considerable uncertainty surrounding the semester. The faculty and staff at the School of Modern Languages have been working hard over the past months to ensure that you will have a safe, flexible, accessible, and substantive learning experience.

The instructional mode for Fall 2020 courses is available on OSCAR. Most of our courses are offered as “hybrid,” synchronously or asynchronously (only a few are entirely remote). The “hybrid” mode allows for “some” on campus learning experience, as specified by the instructor. As per Institute guidelines, face coverings will be mandatory for all in-person classes and activities, all of the time, and irrespective of social distancing.

All School of Modern Languages courses will be structured for flexibility. Each instructor will define the specific dimensions and provisions for participation and delivery of course content, and is committed to maintaining timely, clear, and ongoing communication throughout the semester. So, please stay tuned for announcements posted in CANVAS upon registration and make sure your notifications are set to receive announcements.

We are looking ahead toward what will be a fluid and, at least in part, challenging Fall semester. But we will not only get through it; we will have engaging and productive experiences in our courses and other extra-curricular activities. In the School of Modern Languages, we will be as understanding as possible in order to accommodate your concerns. As such, there will be an element of “learning by doing,” so we also ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility as we navigate this new environment.

The School of Modern Languages family is looking forward to working with you again, in whatever form that will take this coming academic year. We hope that you can find some time for relaxation before the onset of the Fall semester, and we will see you soon.

Take care, stay healthy, and see you soon!


Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Professor of Global Studies and Chair of the School of Modern Languages