Modern Languages Faculty Accomplishments

Aura Baki considers music to have a positive effect in her classroom. Minutes before her class begins she uses Spanish music as background. As her students arrive to classroom, she welcomes, greets and talks to them in the target language. The idea is to create a relaxed environment which is conducive to learning about the Spanish language and culture in a more natural and effective way.

Toshiko Bell attended the ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference/workshop in Philadelphia on November 17,2012. Thanks to her inspiration and encouragement two of her students will be studying abroad in Japan.

Alicia Fernández Barbero established a weekly coffee hour for students to practice Spanish in a more informal setting. Every Monday students can practice Spanish with a native speaker that uses a recreational approach to the language. It also becomes a great opportunity to interact with other students in ways that can change the students´ perspective of what learning a language means.

Giorgio Galbussera presented a paper entitled "The alien within the family: Liberating the mother from the prison of family values in Io sono l’amore" at the annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies in Eugene, OR. While there he also attended panels on language pedagogy and the use of film in the foreign language classroom.

Joanne Lucena was an invited key note speaker at the Association of Historical Memory and the UNED (on-line university), Cartagena, Spain, March 12, 2013 where she spoke about the pedagogy of teaching the Spanish Civil War to American Students, "Pete Seeger, Robert Capa y la brigada Lincoln: la pedagogía de enseñar la Guerra Civil Española a estudiantes americanos” . She was also the invited key note speaker at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), Spain, March 12, 2013 where she spoke about the American University system. Jojo Lucena published an article about the Spanish author, Angela Vallvey, which included an interview with the author in La nueva literatura hispánica 16 (2013): 231-40 entitled "Angela Vallvey: escritora satítica."

Sophie Rivara-Lipschutz published a poem, The Tempest, in The World Poetry Movement, an organization that promotes and encourages the art of poetry among amateur poets.

Gabriela Segal is part of a Cengage Learning technology focus group that reviews Intermediate Spanish Programs. In addition, she reviews proposals for new textbooks with Cengage Learning and Vista Higher Learning, is a reviewer for Foreign Languages Annals, and taught a new course about Females Struggles in Latin America last semester

Aroline Seibert-Hanson took part in a 2-day workshop on "Discourse Analysis and L2 Teaching and Materials Development" put on by the Center for Advanced Learning and Proficiency Education and Research at Penn State University. She will use what she learned in her teaching and coordinating of courses this fall.

Edith Stetser gave a new course, "France from 1789 to the present." This course presented the evolution of the French social structures and the constitution from its start to today. The structure of the course lent itself to a comparison of similar policies and rights between the French system and the American one. It ended being a course in history, sociology and modern politics.

Li-Hsueh Tsai used innovative teaching strategies to incorporate Chinese culture into the curriculum to encourage students to develop an appreciation for the integral connection between language and culture and the expression of thoughts. As students develop an awareness about various aspects of Chinese culture such as the Moon festival, Chinese New Year and Calligraphy, they begin to see how Chinese values and customs serve to construct reality and influence the way Chinese people think, feel, and view the world.

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