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Spotlight: Casey Connolly

Author: Joachim Castellano

Casey Connolly December 2013 Outstanding Foreign Language Student with her host family in Russia

December brings a general feeling of goodwill, a sense of community, and an awareness of blessings. The CSLC has been fortunate to be associated with a person whose highly accomplished, pied slate of academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and outreach commitment has produced an outstanding student and citizen--with a very bright future. Albany, New York’s Casey Connolly, our December 2013 Spotlight, is a Notre Dame senior majoring in Russian and English and minoring in ALHN (Glynn Family Honors Program). Nominated by Dr. David Gasperetti, the Chair of the Department of German & Russian Languages & Literatures, Connolly delivers on academic achievements and eagerly participates in outreach efforts. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Connolly, our Russian language peer tutor, a little better. While we have tens of thousands visits by students, faculty members, and other guests in a typical year at the CSLC, we take notice of students like Connolly. We count our blessings.…

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Russian Party TONIGHT

Author: Denise Ayo

Come by the Great Hall of O'Shaughnessy tonight to enjoy pizza, cake, music, and Russian Scrabble between 7:00pm and 9:30pm!

Don't miss the Russian Ensemble's Performance at 7:30pm! …

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Traditional Irish Music

Author: Denise Ayo

A few weeks ago, the CSLC hosted a Traditional Irish Music event at O'Rourke's Public House. The event featured songs in Irish and in English by accomplished singer, Celia Ní Fhatharta. Celia specializes in the sean-nós ("old-style") singing tradition which is a style synonymous with the Connemara Gaeltacht. …

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Julia Douthwaite to receive 2013 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

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Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone studies in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award.

The highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters, the Sheedy Award was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of the college from 1951-69.

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Fulbright Roundtable

Author: Denise Ayo

Planning on applying for a Fulbright??

Come to the Fulbright Roundtable and Q&A Session THIS afternoon from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Hesburgh Library's Carey Auditorium
  • Learn from successful Fulbright Applicants
  • Hear about Fulbright opportunities at Notre Dame from Jeffery Thibert, CUSE Assistant Director of National Fellowships

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Concert: Irish Sean-Nós Song Session

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The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures is pleased to host a concert event on Friday, November 15 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at O’Rourke’s Public House with our special guests:

Celia Ní Fhatharta hails from Baile na hAbhann in the Connemara Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking region synonymous with the distinctly Irish singing style ‘sean-nós’ (old-style). Celia’s mother Kathleen is one of the famous Griallais sisters from Muiceanach in Connemara. In 2009, Celia completed her M.A. in Modern Irish on the song tradition of Connemara, from which her song repertoire is almost exclusively drawn. In 1999, Celia won Corn Uí Riada, the trophy bestowed on the winner of the prestigious sean-nós competition at the annual Irish language festival, Oireachtas na Samhna. Celia is well known for her distinctive versions of “Úna Dheas Ní Nia” and “Sagart na Cúile Báine,” both learned orally from her aunt Sarah Grealish, as well as “Neainsín Bhán” and “Bríd Thomáis Mhrucha.” She has released a debut CD entitled “Irish Traditional Sean Nós Songs.”…

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Beginning Hindi

Author: Denise Ayo

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures is proud to announce that we have launched a Beginning Hindi course. This course runs once a week for two hours and provides interested students with the necessary space and instruction to study Hindi and practice speaking it with peers. This course is taught by a native Hindi speaker and is graded pass/fail.…

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Foreign Language Fluency - Hot Skill in Job Market

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CNN Money published the article, below, about the demand for foreign language skills in the job market today.

"Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation, according to the Department of Labor. Roughly 25,000 jobs are expected to open up for interpreters (who focus on spoken language) and translators (who focus on written language), between 2010 and 2020, the Department of Labor estimates. That represents 42% growth for the field and does not include the military, which is also recruiting ferociously for more people. In the last week alone, roughly 12,000 jobs posted on Indeed.com included the word bilingual."

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International Debut of "The Connemara Five"

Author: Denise Ayo

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The Connemara Five addresses issues of gender identity, sex roles, ageism, and biological and emotional deterioration through the lens of contemporary Ireland. Set in Connemara, Mr. Ó Conghaile's work delivers an insightful and critical look not only of his native West Ireland but of conservative, transatlantic anglophone cultures. …

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Spanish Book Club

Author: Denise Ayo

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The CSLC is happy to announce our Spanish Book Club will begin meeting at 5:15pm the Thursday after Fall Break (10/31). The plan is to read advanced-level, Spanish contemporary novels and to conduct discussions primarily in Spanish. The first book, accomodations, and coffee/tea will be provided by the CSLC.…

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Language Tables

Author: Denise Ayo

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Enrolled in a language course and want to practice your oral proficiency in a comfortable setting? Consider checking out a Language Table. 

Language Table Schedules:

Arabic

Chinese

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CSLC Director Position Announcement

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Director of the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)

 
The College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame is seeking applications for the Director of its Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. As leader of the CSLC, the Director plays a central role in facilitating the discussion of issues vital to all language sections in the College and in enhancing the study of language and culture across the University. Among other responsibilities, the Director supervises the staff and various activities of the Center (e.g., peer tutoring, Language Across the Curriculum, and Summer Language Abroad Grants); supports language departments in such areas as hybrid courses, assessment, and less-commonly taught languages; and promotes the professional development of faculty and graduate students. Teaching load: one-two courses per year.

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Community Voices: Spanish Classical Guitarist

Author: Denise Ayo

On Tuesday, September 24, the CSLC, in conjunction with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Iberian and Latin American Studies, and the Institute for Latino Studies, welcomed local guitar artist, Gerry Zubko.

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Gerry played a wonderful selection of classical songs from Spanish, Central, and South American composers. Here is a list of some of the songs he played and their composers.…

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Korean Cultural Night

Author: Denise Ayo

The Korean Department, the CSLC, and the Institute for Asia and Asian celebrated Korean Thanksgiving Day on September 19, 2013!

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Participants enjoyed a presentation on Korean Culture,

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A traditional Korean game,…

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Summer Internship with the U.S. Department of State

Author: Denise Ayo

U.S. Department of State Summer Internship Program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.…

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Mentoring Program Inaugural Meeting and Coversation Exchange Partners Kickoff

Author: Denise Ayo

This week marked the start of two of our programs for the academic year.

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The Foreign Language and Culture Mentoring Program, now availible for Spanish, Chinese, and Russian students, began with an inaugural meeting Wednesday, September 12. The Mentoring Program pairs undergraduate foreign language students with international graduate students. Undergraduate students gain a greater understanding of target language and culture while graduate students develop leadership and interpersonal skills.…

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Emergency

Author: Denise Ayo

Emergency personnel from the University and NIPSCO have responded to a gas leak near the Fischer, O’Hara-Grace Graduate Residences. The campus community is asked to avoid that area.…

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The CSLC Fall Reception and Tutoring Begins

Author: Denise Ayo

To open the new academic year, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures welcomed language faculty, staff, and students with the CSLC Fall Reception.

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Chengxu Yin, Dean McGreevy, Marie-Christine Escoda-Risto, Paul MacDowell, and Ghada Bualuan.

 

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Start of the New Academic Year

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The CSLC welcomes our new and returning student staff and tutors! Students met today for an All Staff meeting as well as group meetings for student managers and new and returning student staff. During the meetings, we introduced ourselves and personnel changes, went over the Center's programs and policies, and discussed the year's core goals.…

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Orientation Week for New Students & Faculty

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This week incoming undergraduate and graduate students and new faculty will be participating in week-long orientations. The CSLC is co-hosting and co-sponsoring in the following orientations:

International Students

August 20 - 21 in Jordan Hall Atrium
Professor Stew Markel will present on English for Academic Purposes support and Matt Getze will provide individual consultations on the services and resources at the CSLC.…

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Notre Dame hosting five Fulbright foreign language language teachers

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Fulbright FLTAs 2013 - 2014 Notre Dame

The CSLC will serve as a support and resource center for five Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the coming academic year. The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program supports international educators improve their teaching skills while increasing their knowledge of the United States. The Notre Dame FLTAs will teach undergraduates in the Arabic, Chinese, Irish, Japanese, and Portuguese programs. In addition to their classroom duties, each FLTA will be serving as a language tutor as well as hosting co-curricular activities at the CLSC.…

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