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