The Modern Linguist

Faculty Spotlight

Kim Hernandez, Spanish

I have been thinking a lot about the "seasons" of life lately and the good framework God gives us in His Word about expecting them, embracing them and celebrating them. Ecclesiastes 3 offers us wisdom, encouragement and hope about the many changing times we face throughout our lives. I love the way the passage begins in the Spanish NIV translation with the adjective "oportuno," which can be translated "due," "convenient" or "well-timed." I need that reminder from the Lord that the seasons and changes in my life are always according to His tiempo oportuno…His well-timed, due, convenient, perfect timing in my journey through life. No other season in my life has caused me to turn to God more than this year as my twin sons, Isaiah and Ilan, left for college – both out of state, at different universities!

Kim HernandezAll the excitement, anticipation and pride of their high-school senior year vanished last August when I had to leave them at their respective campuses and come home to an empty house … Okay, not empty, since my wonderful husband is still there, but from a mom's perspective it feels pretty empty! After some tearful days in September, I realized that it's okay to miss my sons terribly and look forward to the times I will see them during the school year, but I can also embrace and celebrate this new season for them and for myself. By God's grace, my boys are pursuing the interests and passions that God planted in their hearts; they are diligent students; and they are devoted followers of Christ. Likewise, I have the opportunity to see God's work in their lives from a new perspective, as well as to devote my time to the work that He puts before me at Whitworth and in our community.

I also have another new season of life coming up during Jan Term and spring semester – sabbatical. The idea of spending so much time away from campus, classrooms and my students and colleagues, makes me a bit sad. I like the routine and familiarity of each day in the classes I have taught for many years, and the joy of spending time with students and hearing their stories. Admittedly, a break from late-night grading isn't bad, but honestly I will miss reading what my students think about literature that has affected me in profound ways. However, God's Word asks us to take time to rest, to change direction, to be renewed. So I am ready for this new season and am expecting God to be in the center of it, inviting me to celebrate it and be renewed by it.

I know that students go through many changes within their college season. I want to encourage you to find purpose, joy and new perspective in whatever change may be happening in your life right now. No matter what it is, His Word promises it is well-timed, and that He will take care of you along the way. See you next fall … ¡Hasta Pronto y Qué Dios les bendiga!

Study Abroad Spotlight

Jan Term and Spring Semester 2017

Oral Spanish in Chile Oral Spanish in Chile

  • Santiago, Chile
  • Program faculty leader: Katherine Karr-Cornejo (Spanish)
  • Live and study in the political, economic, and cultural capital of Chile to improve your Spanish and to learn about Chile, memory, and human rights. January in Santiago is summer in a Mediterranean-like climate.

History & Culture of Mexico History & Culture of Mexico

  • Program faculty leader: Rafaela Acevedo-Field (history)
  • Learn about Mexican history and culture in Mexico. Includes visits to Mexico City, Teotihuacan and Frida Kahlo's house.

Spring Semester 2017 in Tanzania Spring Semester 2017 in Tanzania

  • Program faculty leaders: Grant Casady (biology) and Megan Hershey (political science)
  • Courses Included: Swahili (4); Core 350 (4); Conservation Biology (4); Contemporary East Africa (3); Political Science Internship (1)
  • The Tanzania Study Program offers:
    • An immersive, locally rooted study-abroad experience that will allow you to study both biology andpolitical science through your engagement with Tanzanian society and culture.

    • Long-term stays with three host families, which will help you to learn Swahili and build relationships that will last a lifetime.

    • A month of intensive Swahili at the State University of Zanzibar, in ancient Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar.

    • Biology field trips, including snorkeling through coral reefs, watching monkeys in the mangroves, camping and walking tours on the savanna, agro-ecology near a rural village, and learning from Maasai about coupled human-ecological systems.

    • Six weeks in the small city of Arusha, where you will take classes and learn about life in an East African town.

    • An internship with a local non-governmental organization, a business or a government office.

    • Arusha
    • Trips to a traditional Maasai boma, a rural village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, and a safari to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater.

    • Two weeks in the major city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's commercial capital, including walking tours of the city's historic streets, time with representatives from the country's political parties, trips to the U.S. embassy and Peace Corps headquarters, and visits to markets and a major factory.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Language Proficiency Exams
Language proficiency refers to one's ability to use language for real-world purposes to accomplish real-world linguistic tasks, across a wide range of topics and settings. ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Tests reflect and measure these real-world tasks. Differing from an achievement test that measures knowledge of specific information (what a person knows), a proficiency test targets what an individual can do with what one knows. As in a driver's test, an achievement test would represent the paper-and-pencil questions that one answers, while a proficiency test determines how well the person can drive the car. The language proficiency test evaluates how well a person can use language to communicate in real life.

Do you need to complete the program requirement of language proficiency for your major? You can schedule an oral proficiency interview (OPI) convenient to your schedule. For more information, check out the Language Testing International website at, or contact Rachelle Hartvigsen at or x4765.

DELE: Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language

Offered at Whitworth University Biannually!

This test provides an official accreditation of a student's degree of fluency in the Spanish language. This accreditation is issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education and is an internationally recognized certification. The test provides students an official means to demonstrate their level of fluency to potential employers. It measures fluency and accuracy across the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Students interested in taking the DELE must take the online placement test to determine which level is right for them. The placement test can be found at Students should make a well-informed decision in this regard as it is a Pass/Fail assessment. Please note that Whitworth University is currently certified to offer the B1, B2 and C1 exams. Students wishing to take other levels may do so at other testing sites. .

Next exam date: April 17, 2017

Next exam date: April 17, 2017

For more information about the exam, how to register and the exam fees, please see the DELE flyer. Or contact Angeles Aller, associate professor of Spanish, at or x4205.

Scripture of the Month


Galatians 5:22

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness."


Galates 5:22,23

"Mais le fruit de l'Esprit, c'est l'amour, la joie, la paix, la patience, la bonté, la bénignité, la fidélité, la douceur."


Gálatas 5:22-23

"Mas el fruto del Espíritu es amor, gozo, paz, paciencia, benignidad, bondad, fidelidad, mansedumbre."


Galater 5: 22-23

"Die Frucht aber des Geistes ist Liebe, Freude, Friede, Geduld, Freundlichkeit, Gütigkeit, Glaube, Sanftmut, Keuschheit."


加 拉 太 書 5:22-23

聖 靈 所 結 的 果 子 , 就 是 仁 愛 、 喜 樂 、 和 平 、 忍 耐 、 恩 慈 、 良 善 、 信 實 、 溫 柔 、 節 制。"


Galatians 5:22



Wagalatia 5: 22-239

"Lakini matokeo ya kuongozwa na Roho ni mapendo, furaha, amani, uvumilivu, wema, fadhili, uaminifu, upole na kuwa na kiasi."


5 ﻏﻼﻃﻲ 22-23

الاوثان سحر عداوة خصام غيرة سخط تحزب شقاق بدعة التي اسبق فاقول لكم عنها كما سبقت فقلت ايضا ان الذين يفعلون مثل هذه لا يرثون ملكوت وداعة تعفف. واما ثمر الروح فهو محبة فرح سلام طول اناة لطف صلاح ايمان

Vol. 23 Issue 3 Jan. 2017

The Modern Linguist was birthed from the desire to unite those who study in the world languages discipline at Whitworth University. The newsletter features information, news and stories applicable to those involved in the program. Let it serve you well.

World Languages & Cultures Department
Westminster Hall
Whitworth University
Phone: 509.777.4765
Department Chair and Editor-in-Chief: Jennifer Brown
Editor: Rachelle Hartvigsen
For student employment information, please contact Rachelle Hartvigsen, program assistant, at 509.777.4765

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