Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Justina Edgar-New Senior Star

Justina Edgar, Elementary Education and French, is the new senior star added to the Department's web page. She joins Laura Fountain, Chemistry and French, as our first seniors to be included on the newly designed web page. You may visit her feature at Languages Department Page.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Faculty Paper presented by Dr. Kathleen Tacelosky

An interested audience benefited from Dr. Kathleen Tacelosky's overview of her research into language used by and about Mexican immigrants in Lexington, Missouri. She had taken a year-long sabbatical in 2008-2009 and interviewed immigrants in Lexington and in Mexico, comparing these discourses with those found in articles of the Lexington newspaper. She has since presented her work and findings to both academic and civic audiences.

Joy Mason speaks in Chapel

Last Wednesday, February 17, Joy Mason, a triple major in Oxbridge-English Language and Literature, French and ACT-IN, presented a Senior Reflection. She spoke about the many journeys she has experienced during her studies at Jewell, literal ones to England, France, the Everglades, as well as the intellectual and spiritual journeys. Enjoy her reflection that she has graciously shared with us and a picture of her trip to France. The photo shows Joy at Fort Carre, Antibes, overlooking the Old City of Antibes.

Joy had the interesting situation of not having French class for a year before her summer study in France, since she studied in England the previous year, but she did great and enjoyed her time there (see the post from October 6, 2009). From Joy's letter: "Even though I hadn't spoken or studied French in over a year, the basis I got here [at Jewell] was so good that I felt confident and did well in the immersion program. So, thank you!"

Monday, February 15, 2010

Myers translation for James Farm

Dr. Susan Myers completed in January a translation of the brochures used by the James Farm and Museum, Kearney, MO. The staff had requested a French version of the brochures, given the number of French-speaking tourists to the site. This French translation complements the German version done by another volunteer.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dr. Jane Woodruff presents paper at MU forum

Dr. Jane Woodruff will be giving a paper at MU's "Occasional Papers" Forum February 17. She will be speaking on the role of perfidious behavior in Plautus' comedy, Menaechmi.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Faculty Paper presented by Dr. Jane Woodruff

There was a nice audience at today's faculty paper presented by Dr. Jane Woodruff, professor Languages and History. Her topic, "Literary Places and Historical Spaces: Fredegar and the Early Merovingian Franks," introduced listeners to Fredeger's Chronicle and how he used literary space, or references to legendary material, to delineate historical space, or two distinct periods that he saw in France's medieval history.

Tips from a Former Student

April Graham, an International Business and French major '06, has used her French in the hotel business and is now applying to a graduate study program in Anthropology, hoping to use French in a service career where she helps immigrants to the US. She has submitted the following tips for new students of language at Jewell.

Studying French at Jewell was enjoyable and has helped me tremendously since graduation in both my work and in travel. In retrospect, there are a few things I should have done differently and would like to share these tips in the hopes that others will benefit from them:
  1. Don't try to cram for language tests or reading/writing assignments. Dedicate ample time and effort to really learning the language.
  2. Learn the culture that the language is spoken in. Knowing the words of the language is of little importance if you fail to understand the real meaning of the words in their cultural context.
  3. 70% of communication is done through body language. Make sure you study and practice appropriate body language to correspond with phrases and situations; it is of the greatest importance to really communicating in a foreign language.
  4. Practice speaking the language at every opportunity. You may be able to read it and write it, but none of that will matter if you are not comfortable speaking it.
  5. Don't be afraid to make a mistake--or to sound like an idiot. You will not be the first or last person to make the same error.
Learning a foreign language isn't easy but it is rewarding. When you can speak another language and understand another culture, you double the size of your world and your opportunities for succeeding in it. Appreciate the high quality of education at Jewell and make every moment count!

Monday, February 1, 2010

New Languages Department Webpage

The new Languages Department webpage is up and running. The page introduces the Department through small descriptions including our mission statement, Phi Sigma Iota, the Recital and language assistants. There is also a PDF download that will help new students choose a language of study that matches their academic and career interests. We are also happy to highlight alumni and seniors who are willing to share their language journey with our larger audience. Please stop by and visit and don't forget to drop us a line in a comment to our blog entries. If you are a language graduate and you would like to update us on your activities (language, travel, study, or job), don't hesitate to send your blog entry to myerss@william.jewell.edu and we will be happy to post it for you.