The Department of Romanian Language and Literature

I. General information

Ionas Anatolie

PhD, Associate Professor
Head of the Department

The Department of Romanian Language and Literature is a structural component of the Faculty of Philology, ensuring the university and Master’s training of philology specialists. Currently, the staff of the department is composed of seven people: Ionaş Anatol, the head of the department, PhD, Associate Professor, Chiper Grigore, PhD, Associate Professor, Străjescu Natalia, PhD, Associate Professor, Stratan Natalia, PhD, Associate Professor, Ursu-Bunescu Lucia, PhD, Associate Professor, Botnaru Tatiana, PhD, Associate Professor, Lebediuc Adela, university assistant.

The main strategic vector of the department is to maintain and develop the educational offer; to train specialists for economic and social activities, education, science and culture; to train qualified staff in the field of Education Sciences through scientific research, education and training.

In the last years, the professors of the department have channeled their efforts and the experience accumulated to fulfill the requirements of the European orientation of the university education and its connection in accordance with the regulations of the Bologna Process. The basic disciplines are rethought and reconceptualized, new optional courses are developed and drafted, new methodologies and techniques of teaching/learning and assessment of knowledge are elaborated. The scientific research activity of the department staff ensures the training process of the young specialists. The members of the department carry out a scientific research activity in the fields: Romanian, Universal and Comparative Literature; Latin language; General linguistics and Semiotics, Contrastive linguistics and translation; Didactics of Romanian language and literature; Text study: multi-aspect approaches; Sociolinguistics etc. The results of the research are reflected in monographs and textbooks. The department members collaborate with the university profile units and academic institutions from the Republic of Moldova (MSU, “Ion Creangă” PSU, “Al. Russo” SU from Balti, Institute of Philology of the AS, Institute of Educational Sciences, “BP Hajdeu” University of Cahul) and from abroad (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi, University of Craiova, “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania; Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland, etc.).

II. Short history

The Department of Romanian Language and Literature is one of the first departments of the Faculty of Philology, which has been active since October 1930. In the period of 1932-1940, the department provided training at the specialties of Moldovan Language and Literature, Moldovan Language and Literature and History, Moldovan Language in Russian School. Over the years there have been many changes in its structure and vision. After 1940, the contingent of teachers, together with the students who were studying at the specialty of Moldovan Language and Literature, were transferred to the newly formed institution – the Pedagogical Institute of Chisinau (currently – “Ion Creangă” State Pedagogical University). The Department of Romanian Philology is reopened within the Faculty of Pedagogy, and over 10 years, in 1994, it is transferred to the structure of the Faculty of Philology that resumed the training of the specialists of Romanian language and literature.

Among the first personalities who started their scientific activity and contributed to the development of the Department/Faculty, were the writers L. Cornianu, N. Cabac, I. Ciobanu, N. Marcov, P. Darienco, P. Cruceniuc, M. Oprea, S. Mospan.

Between 1994-2009, an important aid in the training process of the philologist specialists was granted to the scholars A. Burlacu, doctor habilitate, university professor; T. Melnic, doctor habilitate, university professor; N. Băieşu, doctor habilitate, university professor; V. Zagaevschi, doctor, associate professor, S. Spânu, doctor, associate professor; Gr. Canţîr, doctor, associate professor ; V. Fonari, doctor, associate professor. From the initiative of the Chair of Romanian Language and Literature in March 2002, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa was conferred to the professor, Dr. V. Crăciun, the president of the Cultural League for the Unity of Romanians from Everywhere. In March, 2005, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa was awarded to academician Mihai Cimpoi, former president of the Writers’ Union of the Republic of Moldova. 

          Currently, the department provides training for the specializations:

Cycle I

  • Romanian Language and Literature and English Language
  • Romanian Language and Literature and French Language
  • Romanian Language and Literature
  • Pedagogy in Primary Education and Preschool Pedagogy
  • Pedagogy in Primary Education and English Language
  • Pedagogy in Primary Education and Psycho-Pedagogy

 Cycle II

  • Contemporary Romanian Language and Literature and Educational Technology

      The masterful principle of the teaching staff of the department is training highly qualified specialists for the national education of the Republic of Moldova. At the same time, the good knowledge of the professional styles and languages, of the Romanian culture, offers the graduates wide possibilities of employment in different institutions – in the gymnasiums, high schools and colleges, radio and TV, publishing houses of different newspapers and magazines.

III. Teaching staff

Ionaș Anatol, PhD, Associate Professor

 Disciplines taught:

  • Cycle I: Introduction to Linguistics, Latin Language (Morphology), General Linguistics, Introduction to Semiotics
  • Cycle II: Linguistic legislation and the problem of the regulation of relations between languages, Linguistic Semiotics, Latin Language (Syntax)

Ursu-Bunescu Lucia, PhD, Associate Professor

Disciplines taught: Folklore, Children’s Literature, Didactics of the Romanian Language and Literature

Chiperi Gheorghe, PhD, Associate Professor

Disciplines taught: Romanian Language and Literature, Contemporary Romanian Language, Morphology of the Romanian Language

Străjescu Natalia, PhD, Associate Professor

Disciplines taught : History of Romanian Literature (old, modern period), Introduction to the Theory of Literature, Theory of Literature, Contemporary Romanian Bessarabian Literature, Romanian Literary Postmodernism

Stratan Natalia, PhD, Associate Professor

Disciplines taught:

  • Cycle I. Contemporary Romanian Language, Phonetics, Lexicology, Historical Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation. Frequent Errors in Speech. Basic Theory and Methodology.
  • Cycle II. Romanian Language and Literature Teaching from the Perspective of Information Technologies, Dynamics of the Romanian Language Vocabulary.

Lebediuc Adela, university assistant

Disciplines taught: Contemporary Romanian Language, Romanistics, Syntax, Introduction to the Study of Eminescian Creation, History of the Romanian Literary Language

Botnaru Tatiana, PhD, Associate Professor

Disciplines taught: History of Romanian Literature (inter-war, post-war period)

IV. List of disciplines

Currently, the members of the Department of Romanian Language and Literature ensure the acquisition of the following disciplines:

  • Romanian folklore
  • Children’s literature
  • History of the Romanian literature (medieval, modern, inter-war, post-war, contemporary)
  • Postmodernism of the Romanian / Bessarabian literature
  • Literature theory / introduction to literature theory
  • Analysis of the literary text
  • History of literary criticism / Aesthetics of the literary genre
  • Romanian contemporary language (phonetics, lexicology, morphology, syntax)
  • Latin Language
  • Introduction to romance
  • History of the Romanian literary language
  • Theory and methodology of the Romanian philology
  • General linguistics / introduction to linguistics
  • Didactics of the Romanian language and literature
  • Linguistic semiotics / introduction to semiotics
  • Dynamics of the contemporary Romanian language
  • Text linguistics

V. Laboratories

The Department of  Romanian Language and Literature has a laboratory set up, equipped with didactic / illustrative materials, equipment and technical means necessary for carrying out the study process and extracurricular activities.

VI. Didactic activity

The activity of the Department of Romanian Language and Literature focuses on three basic modules: didactic-methodical, scientific and extracurricular. The didactic-methodical module is paramount, it is carried out both at Cycle I and Cycle II. The didactic-methodical concerns of the department teaching staff are:

  • elaboration of the didactic projects, of the respective pedagogical and technical support;
  • integrating new strategies and information technologies into the teaching/learning process;
  • editing the teaching material;
  • the academic coordination of the practical internship, the bachelor’s and master’s theses;
  • managerial planning in accordance with quality assurance; students’ integration
  • students’ integration into study programs with international cooperation, etc.

The courses, seminars and individual work use student-centered methods that enhance learning awareness. Teaching-learning-evaluation strategies are based on: developing critical thinking, problematization, exploration/ investigation, interactivity and information technologies, case studies, projects, e-learning etc.

An important way of insertion in the professional field is to involve the students into the research activity. One of the important objectives of the department is to stimulate and realize the students’ scientific work that goes beyond the traditional students conferences (held annually), but also foresees their involvement in the process of major events, such as: participation in different research projects of academic mobility (in universities in the country or abroad), of editing the scientific creation in different profile journals, etc. As a result of the efficient training, the students were awarded scholarships within the Erasmus Mundus Corporation project, at the University of Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux, France, at the University of Deusto, Bil-Bao, Spain, the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.

The didactic activity proposes a theoretical approach of communication, a way of developing the spirit of analysis and synthesis, supporting an argument, developing the relational potential and understanding of human interactions.

The members of the Department of Romanian Language and Literature also carry out extracurricular activities, having a mobilizing impact on students. The students’creative-artistic potential is exploited, as they have the opportunity to show their talent through song, theater or poetry (musical-artistic shows, literary circles, cenacles). The students actively participate in numerous meetings, organized by / at the department, with writers and cultural people from the Republic of Moldova and from other countries: Mihai Cimpoi, Ion Ciocanu, Nicolae Dabija, Vlad Ciubucciu, Valeriu Matei, Renata Verejanu, Stelian Dumistrăcel (university professor, The Institute of Romanian Philology “Alexandru Philippide” of the Iasi Branch of the Romanian Academy), E. Uricaru (novelist and essayist, Romania) and others.

Currently, the teachers demonstrate that the Department of Romanian Language and Literature has become a real training and research center, and its teachers are highly educated and reputable researchers, who have the responsibility to teach students and masters to generate ideas, to develop articles, scientific papers, doctoral theses, textbooks and monographs .

VII. The work plan of the Department