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.

Amelia Hanzlick, International Business and French, University Innovation Fellow

The View from the Hill of April 9, 2015 mentions Amelia Hanzlick, majoring in International Business and French and University Innovation Fellow in an article entitled "Jewell receives White House recognition." Read more on Jewell's website.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dr. Jane Woodruff Presents Two Papers

The April 1, 2015 issue of View from the Hill announced two papers given by Dr. Jane Woodruff this month.
Dr. Jane Woodruff, professor of History and Languages
At the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Bouldor, CO, she presented her paper, "Historiographical Mots in The Menaechmi." In Omaha, NE, she presented her paper, "Choosing Continentia: Augustine and Roman Civic Virtue," at the Missouri Valley History Conference.