Thursday, December 17, 2015

Happy Holidays!

The Department of Languages and the members of Phi Theta Chapter wish you happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fête de Noël for French Students at Jewell

Lindsey, Leah, Paola, and Dr. Myers
Yesterday Dr. Michael Foster and Dr. Susan Myers hosted a Christmas party for French students.
Students had a chance to view sample French Christmas and Hanukkah cards for artistic inspiration and French expressions for their cards.
Paola, our French Assistant
And then they set about creating their own with a variety of supplies.
Choosing crafting supplies

Lindsey crafting her card

Student Christmas Cards
Also for a treat, Dr. Myers prepared her first bûche de Noël.

Thanks to all who came.

Joyeux Noël!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fall 2015 Recital for French, Chinese, and Japanese, a Success!

Thursday, December 3, 2015, advanced students of French, Chinese, and Japanese participated in the Department of Languages Fall Recital.

Students in FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies started the program with dramatic monologues inspired by the fictional and historical figures studied in the course. Featured today are Kathryn Shelburne (who portrayed Hémon, the fiancé of the condemned Antigone of Anouilh's play by the same name) and Christian Ousnamer (who portrayed Jean Moulin, an important leader of the French Resistance).

Jessica Harmon, an advanced student of Chinese, presented with her instructor, Ms. Ying-Yu Huang, a Chinese folk tale.

Next in the program came the students of FRE 322 French Women Writers. These students presented their research into the contributions of a French women. Here we have Hilli Alden presenting on the life of Édith Piaf.

Molly Hutson in JPN 350 Advanced Japanese Communication gave a talk on Japanese Theme Restaurants.

Congratulations to all our participants! It was a great Recital!

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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spanish Capstone Students Present at the 2015 David Nelson Duke Colloquium

At this year's David Nelson Duke Colloquium, three Spanish capstone students presented their work to the campus community, family and friends. Sponsored by Dr. Jennifer Colón, these students presented research and digital stories.

Cameron VanDyke presented her capstone research in a paper, " 'El rey burgués': Marxist Theory Applied to Spanish Modernism." What follows is her abstract.
Abstract for Cameron VanDyke's Colloquium Presentation
At another session Loree Hazelrigg and Preston Felgate introduced their digital stories recounting their language learning journeys in Spanish.

Here is the abstract to Loree Hazelrigg's "Going Commando: The Stripping of Cultural Expectation in my Study Abroad Experience."
Abstract for Cameron VanDyke's Colloquium Presentation
Next is Preston Felgate's abstract to his digital story, "How a Vacation Changed My Educational Experience in Spanish."
Abstract for Preston Felgate's Colloquium Presentation

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Phi Sigma Iota Induction--Phi Theta Chapter's 70th Anniversary!

The Department of Languages of William Jewell College inducted six new members into the Phi Theta Chapter of the international foreign languages honor society, Phi Sigma Iota.
Members of the Department of Languages Present of the Induction: Dr. Jennifer Colón, Dr. Jane Woodruff, Ms. Ying-Yu Huang (Chinese Assistant), Ms. Yoko Hori (Japanese Assistant), Ms. Claire Beswick (French Assistant), Dr. Susan Myers, and Dr. Michael Foster
The ceremony this year introduced a new program design as well as a celebration of the chapter 70th anniversary. The program this year also included the distribution of awards presented by the Department. Contributing to the success of the day were Phi Theta collegiate members, Ms. Hannah Bruins, Ms. Amelia Hanzlick, Ms. Jenny Nelson, and Ms. Moriah Vanderburg, who spoke on behalf of the languages represented by the initiates.
Standing with the Chinese initiate is Ms. Ying-Yu Huang, instructor of Chinese, who was proud to award the Phi Sigma Iota honor cord to Ms. Jessica Harmon.
Ms. Ying-Yu Huang and Ms. Jessica Harmon
Dr. Michael Foster, assistant professor of French, awarded the honor cords to the French initiates (Ms. Alexandria Acord, Mr. Nathan Graber, and Ms. Haley Sheriff), Dr. Susan Myers (chair of Languages and professor of French) pinned, while Dr. Jane Woodruff, professor of Classics and History, distributed certificates.
Ms. Alexandria Acord and Dr. Susan Myers

Dr. Jane Woodruff and Mr. Nathan Graber

Dr. Jane Woodruff and Ms. Haley Sheriff
Dr. Jennifer Colón stands with the initiates in Spanish, Ms. Kristen Meinert (absent) and Ms. Elizabeth Tucker.
Dr. Jennifer Colón and Ms. Elizabeth Tucker
Award the awarding of certificates, pins, and honor cords, the initiates presented their reflections on their study of languages. First, Ms. Jessica Harmon, initiate in Chinese.
Next, the French initiates, Ms. Alexandria Acord, Mr. Nathan Graber, and Ms. Haley Sheriff.

Finally, Ms. Elizabeth Tucker, initiate in Spanish.
Ms. Sarah Crosley, the 2015 Nominee for a Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship, recieved her certificate and the public announcement that she had won a scholarship for her summer project.
Ms. Sarah Crosley receives her certificate as the 2015 Nominee for a Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship.
Also announced were the senior star awards for 2015: Ms. Amelia Hanzlick (2015 Senior Star in French) and Ms. Cameron VanDyke (2015 Senior Star in Spanish).
Ms. Amelia Hanzlick receives her certificate as the 2015 Senior Star in French.
Congratulations to our new Phi Theta collegiate members!
The 2015 Collegiate Members of Phi Theta: Ms. Alexandria Acord, Ms. Elizabeth Tucker, Mr. Nathan Graber, Ms. Jessica Harmon, and Ms. Haley Sheriff.
Additional photos are available: Click here.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jenny Nelson Reflects on her Fieldwork Experience at the Académie Lafayette

Jenny Nelson, Elementary Education and French
Jenny Nelson, majoring in both Elementary Education and French, did her fieldwork this semester at the Académie Lafayette. The Académie Lafayette is a K-8 French Language Immersion Public Charter School in Kansas City. In this blog post she reflects briefly on her experience.

This semester I have been volunteering at Académie Lafayette, the French immersion school, in Downtown Kansas City. I have been working with a first grade class and a Kindergarten class. I have been lucky to have been able to take advantage of this opportunity to use both of my degree programs here at William Jewell, Elementary Education and French. I have been able to look at and compare the Anglophone and francophone teaching styles and it has been a very interesting experience for me. One of the teachers I was working with just moved to America from France and did not have the language, like idiomatic expressions, fully down. The other teacher was an American, but even just from working in a French immersion school, I noticed a few differences between his teaching style and those at American schools. They both seemed to expect so much more, not only behavior-wise, but academically as well, than English-speaking schools. This seemed to be because this is an immersion school.

Jenny gave a more complete overview of her experience in her Recital presentation in which she notes differences and similarities between the French-speaking school and the English-speaking schools she has visited.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Featurettes from the Spring 2015 Spanish Recital

The spring 2015 Spanish Recital featured presentations by students in Spanish 212 Intermediate Spanish I, SPA 331 Contemporary Latina/o Fiction, and SPA 415 Senior Research Capstone.
Spring 2015 Spanish Recital Program, page 1

Spring 2015 Spanish Recital Program, page 2
"Una santa experiencia" by Erin Ahart, Tiffany Eldrige, Allison Maple, and Grace Miller is a modern dramatic interpretation of Sandra Cisneros' "Una santa noche". In this skit a man and a girl try to overcome obstacles to their so-called love.

Highlights include presentations by Abram Fernandez and Shea Marcinski, students in Spanish 212 Intermediate Spanish II. Abram recites his original poem in free verse, "El hombre que liberaría a México," about Emiliano Zapata, an historical figure from the short story, "Ojos de Zapata" by Sandra Cisneros. Shea performs her dramatic monolog, "¿Quién soy?" based on the same story and introduces the point of from of Inés Alfaro, Zapata's wife.

"El hombre que liberaría a México" by Abram Fernandez

Alyssa Bird and Johnna Stewart, also students in Spanish 212 Intermediate Spanish II, are featured here. Alyssa's research presentation entitled "Feminismo mágico en 'Ojos de Zapata'" addresses the way in which women can use magic to usurp power and independence usually wielded by men.

Johnna presented her dramatic monolog, "Una entrada del diario" of "Barbie Coa," that describes a situation a Jewell in which her roommate steals her boyfriend because she has everything.
Destini Dulin, Loree Hazelrigg, Jordan Lewis, and Jeremiah Smith, students in Spanish 331 Contemporary Latina/o Fiction present "La lucha para el amor," addressing love and violence, themes from La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao.
Also in Spanish 331, Collin Heller, Claire Etzenhouser, and Lea Maxwell interpret these themes with a Jewell twist.

Spanish 415 Students Create Digital Stories

Students in Dr. Jennifer Colón's capstone course, SPA 415, had the opportunity to reflect on the career in Spanish at Jewell and create digital stories in order to share with others their love of languages and what they've learned from their language studies. Cameron VanDyke and James Webber share with you now their digital stories.

Here's Cameron VanDyke's Words.

James Webber's piece is entitled Mi viaje.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring 2015 Recitals: All 5 Modern Languages Represented for the First Time!

The Spring 2015 Recital marks a milestone in the history of the Department of Languages. This is the first time that we have had all five modern languages represented. Spanish was featured on Wednesday, April 29, and French, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese were featured on Thursday, April 30.
Spring 2015 Recital Program, page 1
Spring 2015 Recital Program, page 2
For French, students in the course Nineteenth Century French Novel and Society interpreted themes from the novels of Stendhal, Flaubert, and Zola (and showed their creative side) in puppet shows.
Nathan Graber and Evan Jones
Featured today are Nathan Graber and Evan Jones who, taking a page from Zola, depict a household that has too much wine and too little money. Here's the first section of their skit, L'amour et l'argent.
Representing Chinese, our feature is Jessica Harmon's Reflections on Study Abroad: Beijing and Southern China.
Our featured student in Japanese is Jacqueline Barmore who shares one of her experiences while visiting Japan in her presentation entitled I Went to a Japanese Elementary School.
Mikayla Roller and Rebecca Wolfe's skit entitled Our Lives at William Jewell is our Arabic feature.
Congratulations to all our participants! The Recital was a success!

Evan Jones, major in French, and Amelia Hanzlick, major in International Business and French, Present at the David Nelson Duke Colloquium

Evan Jones, major in French, and Amelia Hanzlick, major in International Business and French, participated in the David Nelson Duke Colloquium on Friday, April 24, 2015.
Evan Jones, French major
Evan Jones presented her creative work, a digital story, that recounted her interest and growth in French. After introducing her film entitled "An Adventure in French," Evan played her digital story and responded to questions concerning language learning. Here is the abstract of her presentation:
As a young girl, I used to walk around the house, repeating the pretty French words like “fleur” and “chanson” found at the back of the children’s book about the American Girl doll Cécile. I wanted to be as articulate and educated as the women in this book who could speak multiple languages, and honestly, French is a pretty language. Since middle school, my love for French has flourished. I took French classes, joined French club, watched films, ate traditional food, and read short novels. My teachers always encouraged me to pursue a major in French, gave me information on studying abroad, and reassured me when I was nervous about my pronunciation. Learning French sparked a desire to travel, to learn other languages, to teach my children another language, and to improve my French skills. Through photos of the books I have read, my favorite phrases in French, and my favorite aspects of Francophone cultures, my digital story will tell of my love of French and my aspirations in using French. I hope to travel to France soon and will share photos, with captions in French, of places I would like to visit. I want to experience the multitude of Francophone cultures, their vast histories, the incredible art, and the amazing food. I believe that the world is full of potential adventures, and because more than 220 million people all over the world speak French, having an adventure with them will be much easier if we speak the same language.

Amelia Hanzlick, International Business and French

Amelia Hanzlick presented her capstone project entitled "Strategic French Market Expansion for Warby Parker," accompanied by a well-detailed Prezi presentation and ending with a question and answer period. What follows is her abstract:
Warby Parker, an expanding socially-conscious eyeglasses company, began after a college student lost his glasses on a backpacking trip and could not afford to replace them. This experience inspired four friends to start a business to meet the demand for affordable eyeglasses as well as the need for eyeglasses in developing countries. Andy Hunt, Neil Blumenthal, David Gilboa, and Jeff Raider began with an idea and a mission to provide affordable glasses to the world while giving back through the “buy a pair, give a pair mode,” founding and funding the company with venture capital. Their ninety-five dollar a pair glasses hit a million pairs sold in 2010. Now a flourishing company, Warby Parker needs to look to new markets for business expansion. I learned of Warby Parker through their creative advertising campaigns, by many marketing executives who have shared how Warby Parker is breaking the mold, and through reaching out to the company itself. Their sustainable business model, something that I find very interesting, has sparked a revolutionary marketing campaign. In this presentation, I will imagine what an expansion to the European market of France would look like for this company on the cutting edge of today’s marketing by creating a marketing plan tailored to the new market. By analyzing the French market, projecting the success of a new project, establishing brand strategies, strategic marketing, and expansion strategies, I will provide an in-depth strategic marketing plan for Warby Parker. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Amelia Hanzlick, International Business and French major, Reflects on Her Capstone Project

Amelia Hanzlick, International Business and French Major
Amelia Hanzlick share her reflections on her capstone experience.

As an international business and French major, I chose to do my senior capstone project on a topic that would tie together my two areas of study. By examining the markets of the United States and France, I projected the success of the innovative eyewear brand, Warby Parker, as if expanding the brand into the French market. The goal of my project was to identify marketing strategies, strengths and weaknesses of the French market, and to learn more about the differences between the United States market and that of France.

            The processes of the project lead me to discover aspects of the two markets that I would not have identified otherwise. As the United States does not have the universal healthcare system that France has, the pricing of the product would be vastly different. On the other hand, the gross domestic product per capital of France and the United States is relatively similar and the way the Warby Parker glasses could be marketed does not vary greatly. With similar target markets, Warby Parker could use the same unique branding to market to millennials of the United States and France because each group will value their social responsibility efforts with the “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program and the “Home Try On” options.

            In researching, compiling information, and creating a marketing plan for Warby Parker in France helped to tie my passion for French and my interest in business. With a unique product and unconventional marketing techniques, researching the company gave me new ideas for how marketing can shape a business all while using French. Although Warby Parker would have to jump through many hoops to be successful in the French market, it was a learning experience to examine the possibility. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bruce Rash and Sandra Adams Receive Critical Language Scholarships from the US Department of State

The following announcement appeared in the View from the Hill of April 22, 2015:

Bruce Rash and Sandra Adams received Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State. This highly competitive program provides fully funded language and cultural immersion programs as summer undergraduate experiences. This summer Bruce will study in Japan and Sandra will study in South Korea, both in advanced-level programs.

Congratulations to Bruce Rash, student of French and Japanese, and to Sandra Adams, also a student of Japanese! Also featured on Jewell's Facebook page!

CONGRATULATE TODAY: Bruce Rash of Parsons, Kan., and Sandra Adams of Baghdad, Iraq, received Critical Language...
Posted by William Jewell College on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sarah Crosley, Classics Major, Awarded Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship

The Department of Languages would like to announce that the Scholarship Committee of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, has awarded Sarah Crosley, majoring in both English and Classics, the Phi Sigma Iota Award Scholarship in the amount of $1500.00.

Sarah Crosley, Classics Major
The Committee congratulated Sarah on the quality of her application, her proposal submitted in both English and Latin, and her letters of recommendation. These funds will help support Sarah's summer project of traveling to Romania in order to study the the Romanian language (a “Romance” language derived from Latin) and to participate in an archaeological “dig” there, an experience that will be part of her senior thesis project in Classics.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dr. Susan Myers Celebrates 20 Years Service in the Department of Languages

This week the View from the Hill announced the Faculty and Staff Recognition held Friday, April 17. Dr. Susan Myers, Chair and Professor of Languages, celebrates 20 years service.

Dr. Susan Myers

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Assessment in Languages: Creating French Program Curricular Maps

Assessment continues to play an important role in the development of the French program at Jewell. This semester as Chair of the Department of Languages I have had opportunity to view our language programs through a new lense, through curricular mapping. Upon first view, the original curricular map did not seem promising. How could a simple chart listing courses on one side, learning outcomes on the top with blocks filled with I (introduced), P (practiced), and A (assessed) work in a discipline in which linguistic material is always practiced and assessed? It seemed the explanations of the curricular structure of the language program in our assessment plan was more detailed, and therefore, more helpful. Admittedly, it's a lot of reading, and maybe not as easily comprehensible to someone outside the discipline.

William Jewell College Department of Languages: Learning Outcomes of the French Major 2015
So after researching other kinds of curricular maps, I proposed a template that listed slightly revised learning outcomes by type: content, competencies, and the targeted proficiency level, which could further define how similar material is handled in a new way in different course levels and also list what linguistic skills each course aims to develop in the students.

William Jewell College Department of Languages: French Major Curricular Map 2015
I also added a section about what happens on the course level in order to link activities to assessment tools, something that might help a new faculty member understand how those learning outcomes happen and contribute to his/her understanding of course design. Another section that seemed important to me was the program level in order to give the big picture, showing how each course could be connected to the program's overall vision. Finally, the program should contribute to high impact practices of the college and support the educational values of the institution.

William Jewell College Department of Languages: French Lower-Division Language Curricular Map 2015
Upon reflection, it seemed the program was lacking an element: the lower-division language courses that are foundational to the major and while not part of major by requirement, a student should move seemlessly from the 200-level course into the introductory course to the major.

While it appears to be much more wordy than a simple letter in box, the chart seems to be a worthwhile effort to make. It provides a quick overview of the program and outlines briefly the important elements that make an individual program unique but also represents the essential connections that bring about successful student achievement.