Monday, December 18, 2017

Japanese Students Learn About New Year's

Takao Hamamoto (left, Japanese Instructor) with students

From our Japanese instructor, Takao Hamamoto:

年賀状(ねんがじょう/Ne n ga joo) is part of Japanese culture, sending postcards to celebrate the new year, to greet each other, and to keep in touch. In Japan, many people write Nengajoo and send it during December. Among friends, relatives, and companies, writing Nengajoo is an important greeting and we cannot miss it. On Nengajoo, a typical drawn picture is one of 12 animals, which comes from the zodiac sign from China, corresponding to the new year. The next year, 2018, is the year of dog.

These photos are the Nengajoo we’ve made.
 
Hand-made Nengajoo
If you make and send it to Japan now, Japan Post Office will store it and deliver these post cards on 1st January.

Caroline Seitz and Riley Martin, Intermediate French Students, Share Storybird Comprehensive Projects

Students in FRE 211 Intermediate French I completed comprehensive projects to wrap up their semester. These projects required students to use the language functions and tasks they had learned during the semester, like asking and answering questions, narrating stories in the past, and describing people and places and events.
Riley Martin, Intermediate French Student



Caroline Seitz, Intermediate French Student








Below, Riley Martin shares her story, Jeannot l'ours et son cor français, and Caroline Sietz presents her story, La fille errante. Enjoy!



Friday, December 15, 2017

Kayla Harrell, Intermediate French Student, Shares her Storybird Comprehensive Project

Students in FRE 211 Intermediate French I completed comprehensive projects to wrap up their semester. These projects required students to use the language functions and tasks they had learned during the semester, like asking and answering questions, narrating stories in the past, and describing people and places and events.

Kayla Harrell, Intermediate French Student

Here, Kayla Harrell shares her story, Le voyage de Georgie et Walter au zoo. Enjoy!


Cara Kingman, Intermediate French Student, Shares her Storybird Comprehensive Project

Students in FRE 211 Intermediate French I completed comprehensive projects to wrap up their semester. These projects required students to use the language functions and tasks they had learned during the semester, like asking and answering questions, narrating stories in the past, and describing people and places and events.
Cara Kingman, Intermdiate French Student
Here, Cara Kingman shares her story, Super chien sauve le jour. Enjoy!


FRE 351 French Theatre Inspires Student Writer Brooklynn Matlock

Students in FRE 351 French Theatre of the 17th and 20th Centuries developed their creative writing abilities in French by writing very short stories inspired by the great playwrights they have been studying. In this post, Brooklynn Matlock shares with us her story inspired the play L'Annonce faite à Marie by Paul Claudel.
Brooklynn Matlock, French major
Just like Claudel's play presents a truth about human life through a parable on love and forgiveness, Brooklynn's story reveals a truth about life, too, through a parable on love and hate, an important lesson better taught to children, early in life.


Une mère et ses garçons

Dans l’après-midi, deux frères sont allés dehors pour jouer. Pendant qu’ils jouaient ensemble, ils ont commencé à se disputer. La dispute s'est rapidement transformée en combat. Comme ils se sont battus, ils se sont roulés dans la saleté et ont rendu leurs vêtements tout sales. Immédiatement ils ont réalisé qu’ils allaient avoir des problèmes avec leur mère. Elle leur a dit de ne pas se salir parce qu’ils vont aller dîner plus tard. Les garçons s’est faufilés discrètement dans la maison pour se laver, mais ils n’étaient pas discrets. Leur mère les a entendus, et elle s’est exclamée : « Oh, mon Dieu ! Qu’est-ce que vous faites les garçons ? Pourquoi êtes-vous si sales ? »

« Nous nous battions, » les garçons ont dit, la tête basse.

« Où ? »

«  À l’extérieur dans le jardin. »

« Les garçons ! Vous savez que vous n’êtes pas censé vous battre. Et vous savez que nous allons tous dîner plus tard. Maintenant, vous êtes tous sales. Allez vous laver ! »

Pendant que les garçons nettoyaient la terre, leur mère a dit :

« Écoutez-moi. Vous êtes sales à cause du combat. Le combat est causé par la haine et les mauvaises choses. C’est mal. Si vous participez dans ces actes, votre cœur va se salir comme vos mains et vos vêtements. Vous ne voulez pas de cœurs sales. La solution est l’amour. L'amour enlèvera la haine comme l'eau enlève la saleté de vos mains. »

Reflections on Theatre by Erin Allen


In this post Erin Allen shares her insightful reflections on the role that theatre has played in her life in light of her studies in FRE 351 French Theatre.
Erin Allen, French minor

From a young age theatre has been a huge part of my life from later elementary to up to my senior year of high school. Then when I came to college I decided to close that chapter of my life, I knew that I would be busy and being a part of the theatre company would make me even busier and stressed out. For about a year and half I didn’t really think too much about my short-lived theatre career, but then in the second semester of my second year at Jewell I found myself encountering the performing arts more and more. One of the primary reasons was because my roommate at the time was a theatre major so she always got me to go see the shows that the Jewell Theatre Company put on. One night as I was watching a play I found that I really missed being on stage, but I decided to brush it off for now. Then the fall semester of my third and final year at Jewell came around and lo and behold French Theatre of the 17th and 20th Centuries was one of my classes.

            I had, of course, studied plays before this class, mainly in my theatre and English classes in high school. Retrospectively, the study of these plays feels very surface level, there was a little bit of philosophy introduced but nothing to same standard as these French pieces. I’m not sure if it was because I couldn’t really comprehend the philosophy behind the English plays at the time, but I feel like I gained a lot more insight in one semester of a French class than I did in twelve years in the public school system, and on top of that it was in a different language! Many different themes and schools of thought were introduced in this French course, like the divine versus man, life versus death, and vengeance versus forgiveness, just to name a few. Our conversations in the classroom really made me think about what these playwrights wanted to achieve in their pieces, was it just to tell a story? Or something more than that? Upon some reflection I think that theatre is often used as a reflection of man. It enables us to live in situations that we would not normally get to experience, and it allows us to see things as another person for a little while. It can allow us to travel to far off places, and even back in time. I think that theatre allows us to play out situations we have had in our heads and come to the perfect conclusion, which doesn’t always happen in real life. It also presents some of the ugliest parts of the human soul, like greed and lust. Theatre simultaneously presents wonderful aspects of life and the not so pretty side of humanity, but as it has been presented in many of the plays we read in class there is a duality to life, there must be both good and bad. It is hard to remember this sometimes but I think that it is important to at least try to remember that where there is bad, there is also good, you might have to search for it a little bit, but it’s definitely there.

Erin Allen, actress

Thanks for sharing, Erin, and for letting us know the importance of literature and language studies!

FRE 351 French Theatre Inspires Student Writer Kellsie Herrmann

Students in FRE 351 French Theatre of the 17th and 20th Centuries developed their creative writing abilities in French by writing very short stories inspired by the great playwrights they have been studying. In this post, Kellsie Herrmann shares with us her story inspired the play Intermezzo by Giraudoux.
Kellsie Herrmann, French major
Like Isabelle of the play who had a supernatural experience which added new dimension to her life, Kellsie reveals an experience that affected her and changed her perspective.

Ma mère et moi nous avons voyagé aux Champs de Bataille de Gettysburg. C’était une expérience merveilleuse pour moi. Nous avons conduit dans la rue tout autour des champs. Mais, il y avait un endroit où nous nous sommes promenés. Il y avait un champ qui s’est ouvert devant nous à travers les arbres. Dans ce champ, milles soldats, du Sud et du Nord, sont morts. Les soldats du Sud ont couru dans le champ ouvert et ils ont été isolés par le Nord, qui avait un terrain plus élevé. Malgré cet avantage, les soldats du Sud ont presque gagné. Ça c’est inimaginable. Ce qui est aussi inimaginable, c’est que leurs dirigeants ont continué de leur commander à avancer, et en effet, mourir. Cette expérience de la guerre me désespérait. Pourquoi envoyer les hommes à leur mort, pour une raison immorale ? Je sais que la mort pour accomplir un objectif est de temps en temps nécessaire ; mais, ça devienne hors de propos quand la guerre n’est pas nécessaire. Ce jour aux Champs de Bataille de Gettysburg, j’ai compris que des vies ont été perdues en luttant pour des différentes philosophies des Etats-Unis.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

FRE 111 Pharroh Gordon Publishes Great Video Project!

Students in FRE 111 Elementary French I share videos with their classmates for their comprehensive projects. In their projects, they must show evidence of accomplishing the following tasks: describing family and friends; describing their studies, campus, and professors; and finally, describing their leisure activities, their past week-end activities, and future plans.

Featured today is Pharroh Gordon's video for doing well in his French and for creating an interesting visual experience. Great job, Pharroh!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FRE 111 Brielle Buntin Publishes Great Video Project!

Students in FRE 111 Elementary French I share videos with their classmates for their comprehensive projects. In their projects, they must show evidence of accomplishing the following tasks: describing family and friends; describing their studies, campus, and professors; and finally, describing their leisure activities, their past week-end activities, and future plans.

Featured today is Brielle Buntin's video for doing well in her French and for creating an interesting visual experience. Great job, Brielle!


Monday, December 11, 2017

FRE 351 French Theatre Inspires Student Writers Erin Allen and Kathryn Shelburne

Students in FRE 351 French Theatre of the 17th and 20th Centuries developed their creative writing abilities in French by writing very short stories inspired by the great playwrights they have been studying. In this post, Erin Allen and Kathryn Shelburne share two stories with us.
Erin Allen, French minor

Kathryn Shelburne, French major
This first story is inspired by L'annonce faite à Marie by Paul Claudel. Like Claudel's play, the story is allegorical, a parable to learn by.

Il était une fois, il y avait une famille des chenilles, mais les parents et leur fille sont devenues les papillons. Mais le petit fils reste à chenille. Il mange tous les feuilles et il a poussé une autre chenille de l’arbre. Le père a dit “Mon fils, pour devenir un papillon il faut être généreux et sympa aux autres. Si tu es méchant tu ne seras jamais un papillon.” Il pense de ses mots et il change son attitude. Il fait les actes généreux comme laisser les feuilles pour les autres et aider quand c’est necessaire, apres quelque temps il s’est réveillé et il est découvert qu’il est un papillon!

This second story is inspired by Becket ou l'Honneur de Dieu by Jean Anouilh. Like Anouilh's play, there are two antagonists, but this story has a happy ending.

Il etait une fois, quand les vampires et les loups-garoux sont ennemies mortelles.  Mais un nuit à la fête d’Halloween les ennemies voient au dessus la salle et un coup de foudre. Harbin et Zaccaï sont mystifiés. Ils avaient beaucoup des rendez-vous, et leur rapport devient sérieux.  Un nuit, il y avait une pleine lune et Zaccai a transformé en loup-garoux devant d’Harbin.  Elle etait choque - comment elle peut aimer quelqu’un comme cela? Choque a transformé en degue et elle s’enfuie.  Après quelques mois, Harbin a rencontré un vampire très beau, et ils sont tombés amoureux.  Zaccai a rencontré une autre loup-garoux avec la fourrure si belle. Tout est bien fini.

Thanks for sharing your creations with us, Erin and Kathryn!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fall 2017 French Recital Full of Dramatic Performances!

The Fall 2017 French Recital featured dramatic performances by students in FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies and FRE 351 French Theatre.

The FRE 315 students performed dramatic monologues inspired by fictional or historical characters studied in class. Elizabeth Ellis interpreted Lucie Aubrac, the woman who liberated her husband captured by the Nazis; Delaney Haralson portrayed Gabriel Péri, executed by firing squad for refusing to cooperate with the Nazis; and Rachel McMillan presented Antigone, who decided by buy her brother against the King's ruling and thereby came to represent the resistance.

The students in FRE 351 French Theatre performed a variety of presentations. Brooklynn Matlock interpreted Phèdre, lamenting her incestuous love for Hippolyte.
Caitlin Myers sang "Ouvre ton coeur", a serenade by Bizet and Lacour-Delâtre, showing theatre's musical side with this operatic piece.
Our program ended with an adaptation of Act III, scene 6, of Giraudoux's Intermezzo, with Isabelle played by Hilli Alden, the Pharmacist by Erin Allen, the various young girls by Lydia Hanman, the School Superintendant by Kellsie Herrmann, and Armande and the Mayor by Kathryn Shelburne.

Congratulations to all our performers! Thanks to all our guests!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Last French Movie Night of Fall Semester

Last night, students of French enjoyed the film, Intouchables, a great movie about friendship across personal differences and how these differences can enrich each other's lives. This award-winning movie is based on the true-life story of a unique friendship between a quadripalegic businessman and his unlikely caregiver. Thanks for coming!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dr. David Lisenby Presents Translation at ALTA Conference

 

In this week's View from the Hill, Dr. David Lisenby is mentioned for his faculty achievement. Dr. Lisenby, assistant, assistant professor of Spanish, presented his translation of Rwandi by Cuban playwright Gerardo Fulleda León with a bilingual reading at the American Literary Translators Association’s annual conference, held Oct. 5-8 in Minneapolis.
Dr. David Lisenby


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Students of Chinese and Japanese Enjoy Autumn Moon Festivals

Students of Chinese and Japanese and their guests enjoyed Autumn Moon Festivals this week and last. Japanese students last week celebrated "Otsukimi," the festival of viewing the autumn moon, practiced Japanese calligraphy and enjoyed dango, a traditional sweet.

Elena and Haley reciting "Jing ye si"
This week, Chinese students tried traditional, home-made endamame and mooncakes while learning more about the Moon Festival. Elena and Haley, students in Chinese 111, recited the poem, "Jing ye si" and its tender sentiments: "Looking up, I find the moon bright; / Bowing, in homesickness I'm drowned." Ms. Zhuoshi Liu, our Chinese instructor, told us the a traditional story of the moon festival (in Chinese and English) and led us in a game to see who learned the most.
Mrs. Lu and Dr. Myers enjoying sesame seeds and edamame




Haley, Elena, and Zhoushi led us in a romantic ballad, "The Moon Represents My Heart," and we sounded pretty good by the end!
Zhuoshi et Mr. Zhao
Zhoushi introduced the cucurbit flute and Mr. Zhao played a number of traditional songs for us. You can view more here. Thank you, Mr. Zhao! It was beautiful.

Thanks for coming!




Friday, September 15, 2017

Great French-language movie night!

Last night, students of French enjoyed the Canadian French-language film, Monsieur Lazhar, a thoughtful drama on healing after tragedy and an insightful look at cross-cultural issues when Monsieur Lazhar, from Algeria, becomes a teacher in a Canadian school. This award-winning film based on a famous play by Évelyne de la Chenelière was well received by students for its portrayal of school-aged children and their relationships with teachers. Thanks for coming to all our French students. We hope to see you at our next event.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Students of Chinese Welcome You to Jewell!


Students of Chinese are welcome at Jewell! Enjoy the great views of campus and our great students and staff!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dr. Robert Wells Presents on Macedonio Fernández

Dr. Robert Wells, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands on July 6-9. The title of his paper was “Metaphysics v. Metaphysics: The Curious Case of Macedonio Fernández.”

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Languages Celebrates Graduation 2017

Congratulations to the Languages 2017 Graduates!

At the Baccalaureate service...
Kyle Ainge (French minor)

Lilia Merdzhanova (French Assistant), next to Ana Pedrós (Spanish Assistant), next to Alexandria Acord (French major)

Meara Von Malottke (Classical Humanities minor), singing in Concert Choir

During the Walk around the Quad...
Alexandria and Kyle

Aubrey Churchman and Meredith Graves, French minors

Lilia and Ana
At Commencement...
Claire Etzenhouser, Spanish minor, processes.
Junta Shirai, Japanese Assistant and Math major, plays trombone in the Symphonic Band.

Meara, playing clarinet.
Lilia receives her Certificate of Successful Studies.

Ana receives her Certificate of Successful Studies.


Alexandria
Kyle

Aubrey


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Elementary French Students' Videos on Travel Plans

The students in FRE 112 Elementary French I completed their comprehensive project in which students created a video talking about travel plans. In their video, they talked about preparations for the trip, described where they wanted to go and what they would do there, and gave advice about traveling. Featured today are two videos of different styles, but they both showcase our students' language talents. First we have Kayla Harrell, traveling to Saint Kitts, followed by Heather Jackson, traveling to Ireland. Bon voyage!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Phi Sigma Iota, Phi Theta Chapter's 2017 Initiation Ceremony

2017 Initiates into Phi Theta Chapter
Saturday, April 22, 2011, Phi Theta Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota welcomed 13 new members in French, Latin, and Spanish. Our new members are Kyle Ainge, Erin Allen, Alex Blevins, Lisa Erhart, Lydia Hanman, Kellsie Herrmann, Alyx Johnson, Jacqueline Leonard, Brooklynn Matlock, Grace Miller, Caitlin Myers, Jameson O'Connor, and Elise Pierce.
Phi Sigma Iota, Phi Theta Chapter's 2017 Initiation Program
Phi Sigma Iota, Phi Theta Chapter's 2017 Initiation Program
Here are some photo highlights. Thanks to Dr. Robert Wells who awarded certificates as Dr. Susan Myers awarded pins to our new members. Additional photos are available for viewing here.
Kyle Ainge recieves his Phi Sigma Iota pin.
Dr. Robert Wells congratulates Alex Blevins on receiving his certificate.
Lydia Hanman receives her certificate.
Dr. Susan Myers awards Kellsie Herrman her Phi Sigma Iota pin.
Alyx Johnson receives her pin.
Dr. Myers awards Jacqueline Leonard her pin.
Dr. Wells congratulates Grace Miller on receiving her certificate.
Caitlin Myers receives her pin from Dr. Myers.
Jameson O'Connor recieves his certificate.
Dr. Wells awards Elise Pierce her certificate.
We also celebrated in the cording ceremony four graduating members: Alexandria Acord, Kyle Ainge, Claire Etzenhouser, and Meara Von Malottke.
Dr. Susan Myers awards Alexandria Acord her cord for graduating with a major in French.
Dr. Susan Myers awards Kyle Ainge his cord for graduating with a minor in French.
Dr. David Lisenby awards Claire Etzenhouser her cord for graduating with a minor in Spanish.
Dr. Jane Woodruff awards Meara Von Malottke her cord for graduating with a minor in Classical Humanities (Latin).
 The Department also recognized Alexandria Acord as the 2017 Senior Star.
Alexandria Acord, 2017 Senior Star in French
Enjoy the video of the "Word from our New Members."
Congratulations to all our new members!