By Katelyn Perry, Staff Writer
On Oct. 13, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures held its first El Cafecito (Little Coffee) meeting where the Fisher community enhanced their Spanish speaking skills and learned more about Spanish cultures.
Students, faculty, or staff, regardless of their Spanish speaking abilities, are welcome to attend El Cafecito. Attendees will speak Spanish in a casual and relaxed environment on Thursdays in Basil 118 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ruben Gomez, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and facilitator of El Cafecito hopes that students will benefit from the experiences and interactions with those of different Spanish speaking levels.
El Cafecito was formed five to six years ago, at the request of students. Ashley Wzontek, a senior majoring in French and International Studies, attended the meeting for the first time and enjoyed practicing Spanish and listening to a native Spanish speaker.
Gomez expressed the importance of his presence at the meeting, “You have to set an example. So it’s my department, if I’m here hopefully it will inspire my colleagues and more students to show up and be there as well.”
Members of the department hope to create similar groups for other languages such as, French and Italian.