Saturday, December 17, 2016

FRE 211 Intermediate French I Students Share Original Stories

This semester in FRE 211 Intermediate French I, students completed a final project using Storybird. In this story project students had an opportunity to be creative while they demonstrated their abilities in description, narration, and dialogue. Thanks to Megan Moore and Jacob Marlay who are sharing their stories with us today. Enjoy!

Aubrey Churchman Reports on Service-Learning with Glory House

Aubrey Churchman with his Glory House sponsor, Idalbert Joseph
This semester, Aubrey Churchman completed his French minor with a service-learning experience with Glory House. Below is his reflection on his experience.

In order to complete my French minor at William Jewell, I needed to take two level 300+ classes in order to get all of the credits I needed for the minor in this last semester. So, on top of being enrolled in FRE 320 Contemporary Arts & Film class, I was also fortunate enough to be enrolled in an independent study that had be involved with the French speaking community here in Kansas City. For my independent service learning, I’m partnering with the Glory House KC, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping Haitians in Haiti and to help Haitian refugees assimilate into American culture. My sponsor's name and head of the Glory House is Idalbert Joseph, a Haitian man who moved from Haiti to the United States 16 years ago, right before his oldest son was born. 
My duties for the Glory House were mainly in communication and research for supplying the island with clean drinking water. One of the biggest problems Haiti has is they have a shortage of potable water, so a part of my job was to research the cost and effectiveness of Iodine filters that can filter out toxins in undrinkable water and make it potable. As for communications, I was in charge of helping spread awareness of the recent Hurricane that tore through Haiti and to create social media pages that will help the Glory House grow on the internet in the form of an instagram page and a facebook page. 

Our main goal for communications was to attempt to create partnerships with large organizations and benefactors to Haiti so that the Glory House could send aid to the Northwest side of the island, a part of Haiti that receives little to no help from large organizations such as USAID and UNICEF. We’re currently filling out the paperwork needed to partner with these organizations as it is a tedious and long process that often is denied. We’re asking for partners because the Glory House sponsors teachers in Haiti and pays some of their salary. With the recent Hurricane destroying most of the schools, we’ve been in charge of developing a funding account to building a school in Colin, Haiti. Our Gofundme page for the school is doing quite successful and I urge anyone reading this to help benefit a great cause. 

My affiliation with the Glory House has placed me in situations that I couldn’t possibly predict. Being on the phone with representatives from organizations like UNICEF, USAID, and the Global Orphan Project was pretty crazy and I’ll have the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Haiti in March for a week to help rebuild schools, talk to children, and perform any task that they might need help with. Here are some pictures of the school we will be providing funds to and a couple pictures from Haiti itself. 


FRE 111 Elementary French Students Complete Video Projects

This semester's FRE 111 Elementary French I students completed a video for their comprehensive project. In their video they had to use important vocabulary and grammar to accomplish the skills they've been learning, like describing friends and family, talking about their studies and the campus, and describing their activities and plans. Today we're featuring videos by Haley Sloan and Cara Ellman. Thanks, Haley and Cara, for sharing!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

FRE 315 Final Presentations

The final presentations in FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies took place last week. We had two presentations that asked students to share their creativity with the class.

Lydia Hanman's presentation topic was inspired by our study of monuments in remembrance of those lost in the Second World War. Lydia explained to the class how she wanted to highlight solidarity and sacrifice. In her depiction, we see Marianne, a figure of fighting France, holding a laurel wreath in celebration of the solidarity of the two soldiers helping a compatriot who has been wounded. In the background, she drew a wall of remembrance where the names of those who gave their lives would be inscribed. Above her image she chose these verses from Victor Hugo's Hymne to express remembrance and sacrifice:
Ainsi, quand de tels morts sont couchés dans la tombe,
En vain l'oubli, la nuit sombre où va tout ce qui tombe,
Passe sur leur sépulcre où nous nous inclinons;
Chaque jour, pour eux seuls se levant plus fidèle,
La gloire, aube toujours nouvelle,
Fait lui leur mémoire et redore leurs noms!

Lydia Hanman's depiction of her imaged war monument
For her presentation inspired from Paul Élaurd's poem Faire vivre, Jessica McGowan wrote a short poem about the tragedy of war and shares it with us here. We hope you enjoy her wonderful images.

Nous contemplons tristement les tombes rigides
Même si le ciel devient sanglant doucement
Nos yeux sont graves; nos cœurs tournent dans le vide
Les cendres tombent comme neige, silencieusement.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

French Recital Fall 2017

Thursday, December 1, the students of FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies, FRE 320 Contemporary French Literature and Film, and FRE 411 Service-Learning in the Francophone Community participated in our biannual recital.

FRE 315 students presented dramatic monologues based on historical and fictional characters they have studied this semester. Featured today are Erin Allen playing Ismène, from Jean Anouilh's Antigone and Brooklyn Matlock playing Saint-Exupéry from his novel Pilote de guerre.

Aubrey Churchman talked to us about his experiences in service-learning with Glory House, in particular, the work he did for Haiti after the hurricane, but he also participated in the Recital with his classmates in FRE 320. These students had the opportunity to make their own films with the help of Lilia Merdzhanova, our French Assistant. In their recital pieces, they talked about the process and challenges of creating a film and showed a short selection of their film.

Congratulations to all our students who participated!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lisenby and Wells Participate in the MACHL Conference

Drs. David Lisenby and Robert Wells, assistant professors of Spanish, attended the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature at the University of Kansas in Lawrence on November 4-5. Dr.  Lisenby presented his paper “From the Plantation to the Palenque: Translating Human/Cuban Rights in Gerardo Fulleda’s Ruandi” and Dr. Wells organized and chaired a panel titled “Seeing is Believing? — Cultures of Visibility.” As part of the panel, he also presented his paper, “Hidden in Plain Light: Reframing and Refracting the Mexican Uncanny in Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux.”

Dr. David Lisenby
Dr. Robert Wells

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dr. Susan Myers, professor of languages and chair, organized a session, “Help! Simple solutions to common novice-level problems,” at the 2016 Kansas World Languages Association-Foreign Language Association of Missouri Conference on Oct. 28-29. Contributors to the session included Yoko Hori, former ALLEX assistant in Japanese, and Zhuoshi Liu, current ALLEX assistant in Chinese. Ms. Hori spoke effectively about using Twitter for authentic communication, addressing error correction concerns and implementation techniques, drawing from her experiences in Japanese. Ms. Liu gave an excellent, detailed look at creating authentic oral interviews and assessment tools, drawing from her experiences in Chinese. Dr. Myers gave an overview of scaffolding and multi-skill approaches to teaching Arabic letters and sounds and also featured strategies for overcoming overfamiliarity with the instructor's voice in French. You may view their presentation here.
Ms. Yoko Hori presenting at the conference

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dr. Susan Myers, French, Presents at the 2016 AATF Conference

At the July convention of the American Association of Teachers of French, Dr. Susan Myers, professor of French, presented various approaches to teaching the film Indochine at a joint workshop of authors whose pedagogical materials were included in the publication Allons au cinéma: Promoting French through Films, vol. 2, published this summer.

The fiche pédagogique contains cultural information, comprehension activities, discussion activites, oral quizzes, written quizzes, essential vocabulary, creative exercises, research and essay topics in order to introduce students to the film, its historical and cultural context, and to using the French language to undertake the study of the film.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sarah Crosley, Classics, Featured on Jewell Poster

Sarah Crosley
Languages is pleased to have seen our Classics major, Sarah Crosley, featured on a Jewell poster. You'll find Sarah's smile outside the elevator in White Scence.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Celebrating Languages Graduates May 2016

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, 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.
Caroline Wells, Spanish major, during the Baccalaureate Service
Graduating Spanish majors: Simone Stewart, Jeremiah Smith, and Moriah Vanderburg
French minor Lisa Brune enjoys her last walk around the Quad.
Spencer Bush, French minor, poses for the camera.
Sarah Crosley, Classics major, joins others in the Walk around the Quad.
Jessica Harmon, minor in Chinese Area Studies, nears the end of her walk around the Quad.
Walking around the Quad to applause, Emily Xouris, Spanish major.
Madyson Smith, International Business and French, strikes a happy pose.
Leah Rutliff, majoring in French, is followed by fellow French students, Riley and Rebekah, and then by Haley Sheriff, French minor.
Our Spanish Assistant Isidoro Ramirez leads the procession.
Our French Assistant Paola Paci follows Isi in the procession.
Our Chinese assistant Ying-Yu Huang graduates with a major in English, followed by Molly Hutson, minoring in Japanese Area Studies.
Jenny Nelson, French Major, poses during the alumni photo shoot.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Students of French and Chinese Present at the 2016 Department of Languages Recital

Advanced students of French and Chinese presented research and creative writing at the 2016 Department of Languages Recital.
Students of FRE 353 French Civilization and Poetry undertook creative writing with the help of their assistant, Paola Paci and lessons in prononciation and practiced reciting poetrey. For the recital they chose their favorite original poem to introduce and recite. Below is the class PowerPoint as a movie for your enjoyment. Since everyone did so well, we've decided to embed all the presentations this semester. You choose your favorite!
Following the poetry presentations, Jessica Harmon of Chinese 350 Chinese Culture gave her speech on Chinese festivals.
 Jenny Nelson's presentation was a review of book L'ombú by Elise Dallemagne-Cookson that was part of her independent study on the literature and film of contemporary France.
Wrapping up the Recital came four student who are finishing their French programs this semester with research into cultural aspects of the French Middle Ages. Spencer Bush and Haley Sheriff are completing their minors and Jenny Nelson and Leah Rutliff are finishing their majors.
Congratulations to all the students presenting this semester! They've done a wonderful job.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dr. David Lisenby Presents Paper at Conference

Dr. David Lisenby, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the conference “Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance,” from April 27-30 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Lisenby’s paper, titled “Diós sera una mujer’: Retro-futurist Peregrination in Fulleda’s Historical Theatre,” was part of a panel he organized called “A Question of Time?: Blackness, Cubanness, Justice in Art and Literature.”
Dr. David Lisenby

Announcing New Offices for Phi Theta Chapter!

At the April 29th meeting, the members of Phi Theta ratified current bylaws and elected officers for the 2016-2017. Congratulations to Shea Marcinski (President) and to Johanna Alpert and Meredith Graves (co-Vice Presidents)! The office of Secretary/Editor is still open.
Shea Marcinski, President of Phi Theta Chapter 2016-17

Johanna Alpert, co-Vice President of Phi Theta Chapter 2016-17

Meredith Graves, co-Vice President of Phi Theta Chapter 2016-17

French Students Enjoy a Game of Pétanque

On a cold May morning this week, French students enjoyed a game of pétanque on the lawn by Jewell Street. Paola (our French assistant) and Dr. Foster helped show how to play. Congratulations to Lindsey, our most valuable player! Maybe a career in pétanque instead of basketball?
Ben makes his shot.

Ben gets pointers from Paola.

Patrick takes time to consider his throw.
Which team's boule is closest?

Paola makes her determination.
 Patrick shows us his technique.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Jenny Nelson, 2016 Outstanding Senior in French

Jenny Nelson, AATF Oustanding Senior in French, with her parents.
At the departmental recital for French and Chinese, Dr. Susan Myers had the privilege of announcing the AATF Oustanding Senior in French Award to Jenny Nelson, majoring in Elementary Education and French. The criteria for the American Association of Teachers of French include scholastic achievement as evidenced by an outstanding GPA average in French and overall GPA average and commitment to the language. Jenny manifested her commitment to excellence in French through membership and participation in Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, twice taking a leadership role in the induction ceremony, and through completion of a fieldwork assignment at the French immersion school, l'Académie Lafayette and a corresponding independent study entitled "L'Académie Lafayette: Une étude de la communication interculturelle." In this study, Jenny observed pedagogical approaches that differed between the immersion experience and a non-immersion experience, approaches to teaching language to young children. She also participated in intercultural communication through her interactions with the students and teachers of the Académie Lafayette. Her reflections on this experience can be found in the blog post. Jenny received a certificate and medal from the AATF in recognition of her achievement.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 Phi Sigma Iota Induction

The Department of Languages of William Jewell College inducted ten new members into the Phi Theta Chapter of the international foreign languages honor society, Phi Sigma Iota, on Saturday, April 23. Inductees this year represent majors and minors in four languages: French, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. The faculty of the Department of Languages, friends, family, and current Phi Theta Chapter members celebrated the induction of these new members: In French: Hilary Alden, Johanna Alpert, and Meredith Graves; in Japanese: Molly Hutson; in Latin: Ciara Rucker and Meara Von Malottke; and in Spanish: Tiffany Eldridge, Claire Etzenhouser, Shea Marcinski, and Aubrey Stewart.
2016 Initiates Present at the Ceremony: Meredith Graves, Claire Etzenhouser, Molly Hutson, Shea Marcinski, Johanna Alpert, Hilary Alden, Tiffany Eldridge, and Ciara Rucker
Contributing to the ceremony were Phi Theta Members Lisa Brune (French) who read the selection on the Languages of the World, Jenny Nelson (French) who read the selection on French, Jessica Harmon (Chinese) who read the selection on Japanese, and Betsy Tucker (Spanish) who read the selection on Spanish. Dr. Jane Woodruff, professor of Classics, read the selection on Latin, in lieu of Sarah Crosley (Classics) who could not be with us. Dr. Robert Wells, assistant professor of Spanish, assisted, awarding certificates while Dr. Susan Myers, Chair, awarded pins.
Hilary Alden receives her certificate from Dr. Wells.
Johanna Alpert receives her pin from Dr. Myers.
Dr. Wells congratulates Meredith Graves.
Dr. Myers awards Molly Hutson's pin.

Tiffany Eldridge receives her pin.
Dr. Wells congratulates Claire Etzenhouser.
Shea Marcinski receives her pin.
Also mentioned in the program was Sarah Crosley, the 2016 Senior Star in Classics and the Phi Theta initiates graduating who recieved the honor cords: Molly Hutson from our Japanese instructor Junta Shirai, Ciara Rucker from Dr. Woodruff, and Aubrey Stewart.
Molly Hutson receives her honor cord from Instructor Junta Shirai.
Dr. Woodruff offers honor cords to Ciara Rucker.

After the the distribution of honor cords, our initiates gave short word on their commitment to languages in the order listed in the program. (My apologies to our first initiate for whom I was not quick enough with the record button.)
 Congratulations to our new Phi Theta members!

Additional photos are available here