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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 9, 2009

MAHWAH – “Expanding Cultural Diversity:  Does Learning Another Language Matter?” will be the theme of a world language symposium sponsored by Ramapo College of New Jersey in April.  The symposium is free and open to the public.

Dr. Joel Goldfield, associate professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and director of the Assistant Teacher/Oral Practice Session Program at Fairfield University in Connecticut, will give the opening presentation.  A question and answer session will follow.

Goldfield’s opening remarks will be followed by a daylong exploration of the benefits of learning another language that includes presentations by Ramapo College professors and students.  Among the reasons cited for learning another language are improving English skills, enhancing travel experiences and gaining an advantage in the global community.

The World Language Symposium will be sponsored by Ramapo College’s School of American and International Studies.  It will be held Wednesday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the College campus.  Participants may stay for part of or the entire program.  No registration is required; attendees are asked to arrive at the Adler Theater in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on campus prior to the start time.  For more information, please call 201.684.7408.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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