Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lucie Thomas, French Assistant, Presents Paper at MAMA Conference

Lucie working with Dr. Woodruff on her conference paper
Saturday, February 22, Lucie Thomas, the Department of Languages French assistant, presented her paper at the Mid-America Medieval Association conference. We are so pleased with her success!

Here's Lucie's account in her own words:


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Last Saturday, the 38th annual conference of the Mid-America Medieval Association (MAMA) took place at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Dr. Woodruff and I had been preparing for a while for that day: I submitted a paper a few months before and I was to give a lecture in front of students, researchers and anyone who has interest in History. This was my very first lecture, and I was very excited about it.
In order to complete my Master’s degree when I am back to France, this June, I have been working since last September on a letter known as ‘The letter to Egbert’, written in Latin in the first half of the 8th century by an English monk, the Venerable Bede. The paper I submitted to MAMA was about the vocabulary and rhetoric in this letter.
The day was divided into 3 blocks of conferences taking place simultaneously in different rooms. Plus a guest speaker, who was expected to talk right after lunch. I was due to present my paper in the afternoon, in the last block. At first I thought it was the worst block, because I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the other presentations due to stress and paper proofreading until the last minute! However, it turned out the atmosphere was so relaxed that I was actually getting more and more impatient to start talking and sharing what I had worked on for several months. When I entered the room, I found out the two other presenters speaking before and after me were also graduate students, which helped me feel like I wasn’t there anomalously (which I tend to think every time I do something for the first time!).
Eventually, everything went well. Some people even asked me questions at the end.
It is very intense to speak a second language for twenty minutes, but so rewarding to realize that people can actually understand just what you want to say. To me, this is one of the best feelings in the world: to realize that something you thought impossible, such as communicating with people you weren’t meant to communicate with because they speak a language which used to sound like total nonsense to you, is actually possible merely thanks to your own will (to learn). This is very enriching. And I felt that way again after my lecture.
Moreover, I looked forward to that day because, as I said, I had never given a lecture before but I didn’t realize how much I could get from it. Having feedback on your research work, whether positive or negative, is highly appreciated and most useful. Research is not only about reading books and writing on your own but also sharing with other people. It made me even more motivated to keep working on the letter and gave me more confidence in my work.
Thus, I would like to thank William Jewell College for making me to live such an experience during my year in the United-States.
I would also like to give special thanks to Dr. Woodruff who talked to me about this conference, worked with me on this project and eventually accompanied me to Columbia; as well as Dr. Myers for her support; and also Yachu, who woke up so early just to come and hear me speak that day. Thank you!
Lucie presenting her paper


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mardi Gras Craft Day for Languages Students


Yesterday students in Jewell's languages program met for a Mardi Gras event. First, students learned about King's cakes and while they enjoyed a taste, Dr. Myers gave a brief cultural introduction to Mardi Gras.
While listening to Cajun music, students went to work crafting their own Mardi Gras masks.
Masks completed, it's time to model! Our Chinese assistant found the baby Jesus in the cake, so she was our Mardi Gras queen.
Even Dr. Foster entered into the festivities.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Students in Chinese Celebrate the Chinese New Year


Students in CHI 112 design their cards.
Last Friday was Chinese New Year. In Chinese class, students gave presentations about the introduction of Chinese New Year and their own experience of celebrating the most important festival in Chinese culture. They also made origami in the shape of the god of wealth. All students receive red envelopes from the instructor, which, people believe, are used to suppress the evil spirit and bring good luck to the new year.
CHI 112 students enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Paige Bolduc Shares her Fulbright Year in Japan

Nagoya University
Paige Bolduc, a Jewell 2013 graduate with a minor in Japanese Area Studies, is currently enjoying a Fulbright Scholarship to Japan where she is working with Japanese graduate students on feminist literary theory. You may read the Hilltop Monitor's article for details. Paige is sharing her experiences in her blog as well.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anavice Jimenez, FRE 315 student, Shares a Presentation and Original Poem

"Pensons à la France..." by Anavice Jimenez

This past week, students in FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies presented their final presentations based on our studies of the French experience of the Second World War. Anavice's presentation, "La vie en guerre et la poésie," had a positive reception from her classmates due to the thoroughness of her introduction to and her writing of an original poem that clearly reflects the sentiments students studied in the poem "Faire vivre" by Paul Éluard as well as other works reviewed in class. She  concluded her presentation with a recitation from memory of her poem. We'd like to share with you today her poem and presentation to celebrate her creativity.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Phi Sigma Iota Enjoy a Potluck Party

Group Picture of Attendees at the Potluck Party
Social gatherings are always welcome at the end of the semester when assignments are beginning to pile up. Phi Sigma Iota, the language honor society at William Jewell College, hosted a social gathering on Friday, November 22nd in the Gano Chapel Assembly Room. Students studying French and Spanish along with Drs. Amaya Amell (Spanish) and Michael Foster (French) attended the fun evening. There was definitely a festive ambiance as students helped to decorate the room. During the evening, faculty and students spent some quality time together enjoying both Spanish and French food, listening to Spanish music, and playing some games. Approximately 15 students showed up at this first time event, and hopefully more will show up at future similar events once the word gets out.



Monday, November 25, 2013

Fall 2013 French, Japanese and Chinese Recital a Success!


The fall French recital took place on Thursday, November 21. This recital marked an important event in the history of the Department of Languages: it is the first recital to feature Chinese! And the first to feature both Japanese and Chinese together.

The recital began with the FRE 315 class entitled Introduction to French Studies for students beginning their advanced French Studies. Their Recital pieces were dramatic monologues in which they presented an historical or fictive character from their studies on the French experience of the Second World War. Featured today is the recital presentation of Maddie Douglas who portrayed Lucie Aubrac who saved her husband from imprisonment.

Next, Kazuma Clark in JPN 350 Advanced Japanese Language presented a lengedary Japanese tale presented in his own drawings. Enjoy his creative skills and listen to his retelling of the first part of the story.
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The next group to present were students in FRE 320 French Short Story and Composition. These students presented dramatic monologues and short sketches inspired by the short stories they have studied.

CHI 350 Advanced Chinese Language was the final group to present, Yuxi Hu presenting an introduction to Nanjing and Xinyi Wang retelling a legendary story.