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.