Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lisenby and Wells Participate in the MACHL Conference

Drs. David Lisenby and Robert Wells, assistant professors of Spanish, attended the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature at the University of Kansas in Lawrence on November 4-5. Dr.  Lisenby presented his paper “From the Plantation to the Palenque: Translating Human/Cuban Rights in Gerardo Fulleda’s Ruandi” and Dr. Wells organized and chaired a panel titled “Seeing is Believing? — Cultures of Visibility.” As part of the panel, he also presented his paper, “Hidden in Plain Light: Reframing and Refracting the Mexican Uncanny in Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux.”

Dr. David Lisenby
Dr. Robert Wells

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dr. Susan Myers, professor of languages and chair, organized a session, “Help! Simple solutions to common novice-level problems,” at the 2016 Kansas World Languages Association-Foreign Language Association of Missouri Conference on Oct. 28-29. Contributors to the session included Yoko Hori, former ALLEX assistant in Japanese, and Zhuoshi Liu, current ALLEX assistant in Chinese. Ms. Hori spoke effectively about using Twitter for authentic communication, addressing error correction concerns and implementation techniques, drawing from her experiences in Japanese. Ms. Liu gave an excellent, detailed look at creating authentic oral interviews and assessment tools, drawing from her experiences in Chinese. Dr. Myers gave an overview of scaffolding and multi-skill approaches to teaching Arabic letters and sounds and also featured strategies for overcoming overfamiliarity with the instructor's voice in French. You may view their presentation here.
Ms. Yoko Hori presenting at the conference

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dr. Susan Myers, French, Presents at the 2016 AATF Conference

At the July convention of the American Association of Teachers of French, Dr. Susan Myers, professor of French, presented various approaches to teaching the film Indochine at a joint workshop of authors whose pedagogical materials were included in the publication Allons au cinéma: Promoting French through Films, vol. 2, published this summer.

The fiche pédagogique contains cultural information, comprehension activities, discussion activites, oral quizzes, written quizzes, essential vocabulary, creative exercises, research and essay topics in order to introduce students to the film, its historical and cultural context, and to using the French language to undertake the study of the film.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sarah Crosley, Classics, Featured on Jewell Poster

Sarah Crosley
Languages is pleased to have seen our Classics major, Sarah Crosley, featured on a Jewell poster. You'll find Sarah's smile outside the elevator in White Scence.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Celebrating Languages Graduates May 2016

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, William Jewell College hosted Commencement and the Department of Languages celebrated our seniors' achievements. If you would like to add Commencement pictures of Languages graduates, please visit our Facebook page.
Caroline Wells, Spanish major, during the Baccalaureate Service
Graduating Spanish majors: Simone Stewart, Jeremiah Smith, and Moriah Vanderburg
French minor Lisa Brune enjoys her last walk around the Quad.
Spencer Bush, French minor, poses for the camera.
Sarah Crosley, Classics major, joins others in the Walk around the Quad.
Jessica Harmon, minor in Chinese Area Studies, nears the end of her walk around the Quad.
Walking around the Quad to applause, Emily Xouris, Spanish major.
Madyson Smith, International Business and French, strikes a happy pose.
Leah Rutliff, majoring in French, is followed by fellow French students, Riley and Rebekah, and then by Haley Sheriff, French minor.
Our Spanish Assistant Isidoro Ramirez leads the procession.
Our French Assistant Paola Paci follows Isi in the procession.
Our Chinese assistant Ying-Yu Huang graduates with a major in English, followed by Molly Hutson, minoring in Japanese Area Studies.
Jenny Nelson, French Major, poses during the alumni photo shoot.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Students of French and Chinese Present at the 2016 Department of Languages Recital

Advanced students of French and Chinese presented research and creative writing at the 2016 Department of Languages Recital.
Students of FRE 353 French Civilization and Poetry undertook creative writing with the help of their assistant, Paola Paci and lessons in prononciation and practiced reciting poetrey. For the recital they chose their favorite original poem to introduce and recite. Below is the class PowerPoint as a movie for your enjoyment. Since everyone did so well, we've decided to embed all the presentations this semester. You choose your favorite!
Following the poetry presentations, Jessica Harmon of Chinese 350 Chinese Culture gave her speech on Chinese festivals.
 Jenny Nelson's presentation was a review of book L'ombú by Elise Dallemagne-Cookson that was part of her independent study on the literature and film of contemporary France.
Wrapping up the Recital came four student who are finishing their French programs this semester with research into cultural aspects of the French Middle Ages. Spencer Bush and Haley Sheriff are completing their minors and Jenny Nelson and Leah Rutliff are finishing their majors.
Congratulations to all the students presenting this semester! They've done a wonderful job.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dr. David Lisenby Presents Paper at Conference

Dr. David Lisenby, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the conference “Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance,” from April 27-30 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Lisenby’s paper, titled “Diós sera una mujer’: Retro-futurist Peregrination in Fulleda’s Historical Theatre,” was part of a panel he organized called “A Question of Time?: Blackness, Cubanness, Justice in Art and Literature.”
Dr. David Lisenby