Thursday, November 19, 2015

Students of Chinese Practice Making Dumplings for the International Flavors Event

International Flavors

Students from China, Japan, France, Spain, and Australia will be preparing food for the Jewell community to sample at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Gano Assembly Room. The students will also explain how to make their respective foods. Ms. Ying-Yu Huang shares this movie of her students practicing how to make and explain how to make dumplings.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"User-Friendly Feedback: Implementing ACTFL and CEFR Rubrics for Speaking and Writing" Presented at the 2015 FLAM Conference

Drs. Susan Myers and Jennifer Colón presented their conference session entitled "User-Friendly Feedback: Implementing ACTFL and CEFR Rubrics for Speaking and Writing" at the 2015 FLAM Conference.

Our slide presentation is available as well for your review.

Finally, a packet of materials referenced in the slides can be viewed here. The last page has helpful links to both ACTFL and CEFR materials for your reference.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Dr. Susan Myers Selected for Phi Sigma Iota's National Scholarship Committee

The View from the Hill of September 30, 2015 lists the following faculty achievement: Dr. Susan Myers, professor of French and Languages chair, participated in the work session of the Phi Sigma Iota business meeting of the Executive Committee at their annual retreat in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 19. She was a guest representing Phi Theta, the chapter of the International Foreign Language Honor Society at Jewell, and to bring an additional perspective to the discussions. Dr. Myers was nominated and elected to the Scholarship Committee responsible for awarding 12 national scholarships.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This week's View from the Hill featured Dr. Michael Foster, assistant professor of French, who presented a paper titled, “Creating Authentic Speaking Tasks for French Language Learners Using Native Speaker Naturalistic Interactions,” at the Sixth International Biennial Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching at the University of Leuven on Sept. 17 in Leuven, Belgium.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Phi Theta Spiritwear

Phi Theta, Jewell's chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, is showing our chapter spirit this year with chapter t-shirts!

For those of you wanting to show your support, please contact Dr. Susan Myers at for details!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sarah Crosley, Classics Major, Reports on Summer Experience in Romania

Sarah Crosley outside of Alba Iulia, Romania
Sarah Crosley, winner of a 2015 Phi Sigma Iota scholarship for summer study and Classics major, reports on her experiences.

This summer I spent three weeks volunteering with Projects Abroad in Romania on an archeology placement. But before I left for Romania and while I was in Romania, I had the opportunity to study Romanian and practice conversational Romanian. Before this I had never traveled to another country on my own or without someone else who could speak the language fluently. Because of PSI’s scholarship, I was able to attain a level of independence as a solo traveler. While my Romanian may not have been perfect, I do think that learning the language of the country you are going to visit is respectful and considerate. I am very grateful to have been able to learn Romanian.

While abroad, I worked in the cities of Şimleu and Alba Iulia and had the opportunity to travel to Braşov and Sibiu. For the first week, I worked on an excavation dig on the side of a Dacian fortress that was abandoned when the Romans first invaded. For the second two weeks, I worked on a neolithic, systemic dig from which artefacts dated to approximately 5,000BCE. Each site taught me different skills, and I learned why each skill would be appropriate at one site but not another. I also had the opportunity to visit Bran castle (the site of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”), a Holocaust memorial, and Alba Iulia’s museum in which artefacts from our dig were going to be held. Above is a picture of me at a Romanian barbecue that my group had on a mountain side about 30 minutes outside of Alba Iulia.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Department of Languages Celebrates Our Graduates of May 2015

On Saturday, May 15, 2015, 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. You can see pictures of our graduates and our 2015 initiates into Jewell's Phi Theta Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota included in the 2015 Senior Slideshow.
Amelia Hanzlick, International Business and French, prepares for the Baccalaureate processional.
Enrique Granados González, Spanish Assistant, receives his Certificate of Successful Study.
Evan Jones, French  major, poses for a senior picture.
Jacqueline Barmore, student of Japanese, listens to the commencement speaker.
Nathan Graber, Arabic Area Studies and French minors, shakes hands with President Sallee.
Yoko Hori, Japanese Assistant majoring in International Relations, prepares to cross the stage.