Friday, November 21, 2014

Featuring April Graham, New Alumni Star

Announcing our newest alumni star...April Graham, International Business and French major of 2006. Read her reflections on language on our departmental website.

Fall 2014 French and Japanese Recital

Thursday, November 20, 2014, the Department of Languages hosted the successful fall Recital, shining the spotlight on advanced students in French and Japanese.

The FRE 315 class headed the recital. Students presenting dramatic monologues and sketches highlighting fictive and historic characters from the World War II studied in the course. Hilary Alden and Rebekah Schaefer's skit represented Créon and Antigone's argument from Anouilh's play, Antigone. Bruce Rash, playing Jean Moulin, made his appeal for uniting Resistance fighters, following Meredith Graves's portrayal of Antigone. Haley Sheriff depicted the life of a French citizen under the Occupation. Featured today is Nathan Graber for his piece entitled "Les véritables héros de la Résistance" in which he explores reasons for joining the Resistance.
Students in JPN 350 Advanced Japanese Communication held center place in the Recital.
Jaqueline Barmore shared photos of her trip to Japan and Benjamin Zelt recounted his plans for the future. Featured in the blog is a joint presentation on Japanese Festivals made by Molly Hutson and Lacey Russell.
The FRE 351 French Theatre class concluded the Recital with dramatic scenes, such as Alexandria Acord interpreting Phèdre from Racine's play of the same name, Amelia Hanzlick interpreting Chimène from Corneille's play Le Cid, and Leah Rutliff interpreting Isabelle from Giraudoux's play Intermezzo. We feature today Jenny Nelson playing the role of King Henry and our French assistant Claire Beswick playing the role of Becket from Anouilh's play of the same name. In this scene, King Henry takes a break from falcon hunting in the rain to question his friend Becket about his views on courage, love, and life.
Congratulations to all our participants! And a heartful thank you to all our guests who came to support our students.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dr. Jane Woodruff and Dr. Susan Myers Present at the FLAM 2014 Conference

On the second day of the 2014 KWLA-FLAM conference (held jointly by the Kansas World Language Asosciation and the Foreign Language Association of Missouri), Saturday, October 18, Dr. Jane Woodruff and Dr. Susan Myers presented "'Hang together' or Hang (separately)--Communication, Collaboration, and Innovation in small Language programs." "The presentation was well received," noted Dr. Woodruff and the presenters were pleased by the interest demonstrated by the lively question and answer dynamic that occurred throughout the presentation. Below is the abstract of the presentation:

Unlike the KU’s and MU’s of the world, small-college Languages departments, like those in most high schools, comprise a variety of languages, literatures, cultures, traditions, and teaching styles.   “Borders,” and the turf wars they often inspire, are particularly dangerous to such programs (we must “hang together” or we will surely hang separately!).  Thus, it is essential for the faculty in small, diverse departments to communicate, collaborate, and innovate in ways unknown to, and unneeded by, our peers at large research universities (who of course face their own, different, issues).  At William Jewell College, a small liberal-arts residential college founded in 1849 (one of Missouri’s oldest institutions of higher learning), we have devised a “Top Five” of CCI, including communicating to form a “languages community” within Jewell, collaborating with external organizations such as ALLEX and IES to provide additional language opportunities for our students, and innovating (e.g., assigning digital storytelling projects in language capstone courses) to showcase our students at formal ‘research presentation’ events (such as Jewell’s annual Duke Undergraduate Colloquium).  We are eager to share our experiences and (partial) CCI successes with colleagues in FLAM/KSWLA. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Introducing Enrique Granados González, Spanish Assistant 2014-2015

We are happy to introduce you to our Spanish program Enrique Granados González, the Spanish assisant for this academic year. ¡Bienvenido, Enrique!
Enrique Granados Gonzalez
My name is Enrique Francisco Granados González, I am from Córdoba (Andalucía, España) and I am the 2014-2015 Spanish language assistant. I earned a B.A. in Translation and Interpretation Studies from the University of Córdoba (Spain), and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in scientific-technical translation. I love languages so much. Despite beginning my career as an engineer, later I decided that I would like to be a translator and language teacher and… here I am! I speak Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Italian, and I am trying to learn Swedish. I invite you to know something more about the language, culture and traditions of my homeland. ¡Hasta pronto, amigos!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome, Ying-Yu, to the Department of Languages at William Jewell College

Welcome to William Jewell College's Languages blog for the new academic year 2014-2015. We will continue to highlight our students' achievements in languages and keep you posted on new developments in the department.

This year we received three new assistants into the department. Miss Ying-Yu Huang, our new Chinese instructor, is the first to be introduced to you. We're sure you'll hear great things from her students in the months to come.

Ying-Yu Huang

Hello, I’m Ying-Yu from Taiwan! You can also call me Rita. Huang is my family name, and it is also the last name of Huang Fei-Hong, a master of martial art. So you better watch out! In my leisure time I like to read novels, go swimming, and play the piano. I like animals especially dogs. I speak Taiwanese, Mandarin and a little bit Japanese. Hopefully I will have the chance to share the Chinese culture with you!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Languages Department Celebrates with our Graduates

Department of Languages 2014: Michael Foster, Amaya Amell, Yachu Liu, Yoko Hori, Lucie Thomas, Óscar Jiménez, Jane Foster, Susan Myers and Jennifer Colón
This past Saturday the Department of Languages celebrated our seniors' achievements at the Commencement ceremony. The weather was lovely, sunshiny and a little breezy, just a perfect day to rejoice as our seniors take center stage in the Mabee Center.

If you would like to add any Commencement pictures of language graduations, visit our Facebook page.

Allie Lach, French minor, carries the Class of 2014 Banner during the Walk around the Quad.
Bailey Moffit, French minor, happily walks around the Quad.
Ashton Long, French minor, takes her turn around the Quad.
Óscar Jiménez, Spanish assistant, and Lucie Thomas, French assistant, process into the Mabee Center.
Yachu Liu, Chinese assistant, and Rosemary Loehr, French major, listen attentively to the speaker.

Bailey Moffitt Completes Service-Learning Project with the Alliance Française de Kansas City

Bailey Moffitt
Bailey Moffitt fufilled her final course requirement for the minor in French with a service-learning project with the Alliance Française de Kansas City. What follows is her reflection in her experience.

For my last semester at William Jewell College, I completed a service learning senior course to receive my French minor, something I had been consistently working towards since my first semester in college. I was given a list of possible organizations to work with in order to get my hours, and the Alliance Française de Kansas City caught my eye. The Alliance works very closely with Jewell; one of our French professors is actually on the board for the Alliance, so I had heard of it before. The Alliance works with the Kansas City public. They hold classes where people can spend a few hours every week learning and practicing another language; French, of course. They hold programs in public libraries and museums to expose the attendees to French culture, geography, and cuisine.

When I began my work with the Alliance, I worked on a number of small projects. The first program I helped with was a Trivia Night. I was in charge of the questions; a very stressful situation to be in. I wanted to make sure I got them right. I created and found questions on various French, Kansas City, and February topics. February because the trivia night was being held in February.

The biggest project I worked on with the Alliance was prep work for France Travel Day, an event held at the World War I Museum in early April. This was an all-day event where the public was ‘advised’ on what to expect when traveling to France, how-to conversation skills for basic navigation and cultural immersion, and popular traveling sites in the country. I looked up many conversation starters and phrases; small vocabulary people could use to get along if they ever visited France.

About halfway through my experience, I actually got to visit the Alliance Française classrooms. Currently they are holding their evening classes at a French-speaking elementary school, Académie Lafayette, in downtown Kansas City. I thought going to this school was an amazing experience because it was an ordinary elementary school, but everything was in French: from the posters on the walls to the date and day of the week on the chalkboard. I sat in on an evening class taught by Valerie.

The last contribution I made to the Alliance Française was to help send out confirmation emails for the spring session classes.

I really enjoyed this service learning project. I think it’s really important to actually immerse yourself as much as possible in a foreign language setting, especially when you are pursuing higher level classes in the language. I wish I had gotten to do more hands-on activities with the organization and gotten to know the structure of the organization better, but I still think I had a good experience and highly recommend it to any other French students.