Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Diana Ranchal, Spanish Assistant

Desiree Marmon, Psychology and Spanish Education major, interviewed Diana Ranchal, our Spanish Assistant for 2009-2010.

This year's Spanish lab assisant is Diana Ranchal Fernandez. Diana is from Cordoba, Spain. She graduated from the University of Cordoba in 2009 where she majored in translation and interpretation. She plans on getting a Master's degree in international relations. During her free time she likes to be outside, hanging out with friends, dancing, and reading. She has been enjoying her experience at Jewell. The food was better than she had expected. In the beginning she did have troubles finding activities to do on the weekends. While she is in the United States she plans on traveling to St. Louis, California, New York, and Miami.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Marion Moreau, French Assistant 2009-10

Aimee Smolczyk, French major, would like to present Marion Moreau (on Aimee's left in the picture), our French Language Assistant for 2009-10. Here's what she learned about Marion after their interview:

Marion Moreau, 27 years-old, is our new French language assistant. She is extremely qualified, as she has been teaching students of all different ages for quite awhile, even in Senegal. She is simultaneously studying to receive a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Nantes; this is her fifth year of study. After she earns her degrees she might like to return to Africa to teach French and English, because they have a real shortage of qualified instructors. Marion has taught students of all ages; despite this, she reports no age preference. She just wants to help children!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Visitors from Quebec in Intermediate French

We had a lot of fun in Intermediate French, I, last week. The students in the course interviewed M. et Mme Robert Mance, natives of Montreal, about Quebec and specifically culinary customs and traditions in Quebec. The Mances described traditional Quebecois foods, such as poutine, tourtiere and tarte au sucre, but the students were particular fascinated by their description of their travels in Africa. They liked hearing about how their hosts beheaded, dressed and cooked a chicken in their honor (and Mme Mance is vegetarian), and about how the only Quebecois restaurant in west Africa served Cheez Whiz on the poutine--a culinary horror in their eyes.

Our whole course is built around interviews with native speakers. The students listen to recorded interviews with French speakers from around the world, then each unit of study culminates in an interview they conduct with guests invited to the course.

Rebecca Killam's travel blog from Japan

Rebecca Killam, a self-designed International Business and Japanese major, would like to share her travel blog with you at the following link: Please stop by her log and say hello and see her many adventures learning to get around Tokyo and waiting out typhoons.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Joy Mason's Study Abroad Journal

The Center for Cultural Interchange has published part of Joy Mason's journal that she kept while studying in Antibes, France, this summer. Joy won a Hall Summer Enrichment Grant that allowed her to pursue her study of French towards the completion of a French major at Jewell. Congratulations, Joy! To see her journal, use this link:

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Middle Ages at South Valley Middle School, Liberty

Friday, October 2, Dr. Susan Myers visited the seventh grade classes of South Valley Middle School, Liberty School District for a presentation on the life and times of the Middle Ages. Mrs. Marie Goeglein's social studies students were attentive, curious and polite! They enjoyed the pictures and discussions on clothing, castles, churches, music, festivals and warfare and games. They asked great questions and enjoyed drawing a fortress's dungeon and learning about its role in protecting the noble family in times of siege. Dr. Myers enjoyed her time with the SVMS students. Thank you, Mrs. Goeglein and students! (Picture: Mrs. Goeglein and Caitlin Myers)