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.