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Spotlight: Katie Bascom

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Katie Bascom in Russian Ensemble

Earlier this fall, you could see new Russian language tutor, Katie Bascom, in the CSLC’s language acquisition training course for tutors contributing very thoughtful and astute comments. Such engagement speaks a lot about her. She’s a levelheaded, practical, and personable student whose involvement and accomplishments at Notre Dame have been well received by faculty and students alike. This is why the Cincinnati native, who grew up north of Baltimore and began reading Dostoevsky and Tolstoy when was 15, was enthusiastically nominated by the Russian Program’s Dr. David Gasperetti and Dr. Maskim Hanukai to be the November 2014 Spotlight at the CSLC.…

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Faculty Series: Language Across Disciplines

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On any given morning, you may run into Dr. Slavi Sevov doing stomach crunches and maintaining a nice, steady pace around the indoor track at Notre Dame's recreation center. His pace around the track is analoguous to his consistent and significant contributions to the field of chemistry and his road to being an esteemed professor and researcher of chemistry--inorganic and solid state chemistry to be precise--at the University of Notre Dame. In an interview with Dr. Sevov, he discusses his experiences with foreign languages and their relevance to his field of research. The native of Bulgaria also touches on the international mix of students in his research group, the Sevov Group, and the students' common language.…

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Chinese Language Student in Sports Illustrated

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Max Redfield, a sophomore majoring in international economics at the University of Notre Dame, was recently profiled in Sports Illustrated. In the interview, the lethal starting safety of the nation’s number 5 football team, Redfield explains the practicality of taking Chinese. The dividends will come later in his career; the demanding journey of learning Chinese at Notre Dame is now, however. Read the complete article on SI’s website at Max Redfield Interview

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Spotlight: Shannon Kraemer

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Shannon Kraemer in Guatemala

Upon meeting Shannon Kraemer, the CSLC’s outstanding foreign language student for October 2014, I was immediately struck by her infectious and unique spirit. A junior double majoring in Economics and Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and minoring in Korean, Kraemer has a gusto for Korean studies and this is evident to the Department of Korean’s Dr. Yeonhee Yoon, who nominated Kraemer for the Spotlight.…

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Spotlight: Ethan Beaudoin

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Ethan Beaudoin in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Beaudoin in Wadi Rum, Jordan

“Tell me what you understand so far about…” is something--a tutoring strategy--you often hear from September 2014’s CSLC Spotlight, Ethan Beaudoin. A Notre Dame senior from Ballston Spa, New York double-majoring in Arabic and Political Science and minoring in Peace Studies, Beaudoin is a very skilled CSLC Arabic Language Peer Tutor. As I chatted with Beaudoin, some interesting themes emerged in our conversation: broad exploration, deep engagement, and a developing sense of the self- and other-examined life.…

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2014-2015 Language Tables

Author: Denise Ayo

These "roundtable" discussions are an opportunity for individual language programs to regularly bring their students (and invited guests) together within a more comfortable social context in order to practice oral language proficiency and build community through conversation, culturally meaningful activities and good humor. Although each language program develops its own language table cultures, most groups feature faculty and graduate students as conversation leaders and incorporate conversation themes and semi-structured activities alongside refreshments.…

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Link between Biodiversity and Linguistic Diversity

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Over the weekend, The Guardian published an article linking the world's biodiversity with cultural diversity. The article indicates that regions of high biodiversity density have greater cultural and linguistic diversity, especially diversity of indigenous populations. Conversely, regions of rich biodiversity that have been colonized (deforested, urbanized, and so forth) have seen dramatic declines in linguistic and cultural diversity. The concern is, of course, the increasing loss of the world's cultural and linguistic diversity in the face of increasing economic globalization.…

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Second Language Effects on Brain Aging

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The BBC News published an article on the health benefits of learning a second language on the brain. The BBC cites research that people who speak "two or more languages..." have "significantly better cognitive abilities to what would have been expected from their baseline test." Whether a second language is acquired in childhood or in adulthood, the active use of a second language slows down cognitive decline.…

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Congratulations Professor Paul McDowell

Author: Denise Ayo

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The CSLC would like to take a moment to congratulate Professor Paul McDowell on his recent award from the French Embassy. This award will permit Professor McDowell to attend a five-day workshop at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The workshop will be led by Ohio University faculty and attended by 20 faculty members and instructors from various American universities and colleges, including Harvard University and University of Michigan. The workshop will bring together instructors interested in developing and teaching Business French courses so that they may share best practices with each other and experienced Ohio faculty.…

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Congratulations to Graduating CSLC Student Staff, SLA Alumni, Peer-Tutors and Tutees

Author: O'Conchubhair, Brian

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As the 2013-14 academic year draws to an end, we at the CSLC wish to take a moment to congratulate all of our seniors on not only their graduation (a feat only 6.7% of the world's population has accomplished), but also what they have achieved and accomplished during their undergraduate careers. We honor our seniors—-individuals who earned minors, supplementary majors, and majors in the fourteen languages offered at Notre Dame and supported by the CSLC.…

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Article on Benefits of Studying or Working Abroad

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Time's published an article recently on the benefits of studying or working abroad. One of the compelling reasons for gaining experience abroad is that "People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity, our research suggests."…

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Let's Talk: Photos

Author: Denise Ayo

This past Tuesday (4/1) and Wednesday (4/2), the CSLC hosted the first “Let’s Talk” symposium. “Let’s Talk” is an annual symposium on foreign language research and education organized by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. Sponsored by the CSLC and the Institute for Scholarship in Liberal Arts, this year’s symposium was sub-titled “Low-Enrollment, High Prestige Languages” and brought to the Notre Dame campus distinguished speakers from Yale, Columbia, and Kennesaw State. The symposium sought to address the discrepancy between certain languages’ enrollment numbers and global significance. In addition to keynote speakers Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Stéphane Charitos, and Lance Askildson (former director of the CSLC), the symposium featured talks by Yongping Zhu (Notre Dame), Lori Crawford-Dixon (Holy Cross), and Virginie Askildson (Kennesaw State).…

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Spotlight: Zachary Horne

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Zachary with Korean instructor in Seoul, Korea

College is a rare time in a person’s life. As a student, you focus; as a budding individual, you explore and discover. Zachary Horne, the first Korean language student to be nominated for the CSLC Spotlight, came to Notre Dame for the competitive business school. Though he tested out of Notre Dame’s foreign language requirement, he decided to add Korean to his demanding slate. “I had the opportunity to take it [Korean] here. Why the heck not! Now I love it,” exclaims Horne. Hailing from Plano, Texas, Horne is the only non-native speaker in his Korean classes. Being a little behind his classmates linguistically, however, only pushes him to try harder. Currently, the Texas native is taking the bull by the horns by actively getting involved in the Korean community at Notre Dame. He has some hip-hop moves lined up for this year's Seoul'd Out event at Notre Dame. Moreover, since there is no Korean major at Notre Dame, Horne, who is studying finance (major) and Korean (minor), is currently working with Dr. Yeonhee Yoon in an effort to expand Korean from a minor to a major. Horne has discovered a passion in Korean, and he’s all in. This is why Dr. Yoon nominated Horne to be the March Spotlight.…

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CSLC's Annual Symposium: Let's Talk

Author: Denise Ayo

Please join the CSLC for their first annual symposium, “Let’s Talk: Low-Enrollment, High-Prestige Languages.” This symposium brings three distinguished keynote speakers—including the CSLC’s former Director Lance Askildson—to campus to share their research and scholarship on second language acquisition conducted at Yale, Columbia, and Kennesaw State with Notre Dame faculty and staff as well as conference delegates. The addresses and conversations presented at this symposium are designed to inform the practice of language teaching by highlighting the latest research and scholarship in the field.…

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Portuguese FLTA: Butterflies in My Stomach

Author: Denise Ayo

2013-2014 FLTA Fernanda dos Santos was recently Interviewed at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Fulbright Midyear Conference 

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A native of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Fernanda Oliveira Lages dos Santos is the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) of Portuguese for the school year of 2013-2014. She did her B.A in the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), where she focused in Teaching English as a Second Language and also researched both Brazilian and Canadian Literature, having been involved in a project to publish the letters written between poetry writer Henriqueta Lisboa and the modernist writer Mário de Andrade. She also received a grant from CNPq (Brazilian National Counsel of Thechnological and Scientific Development) to study Language, Gender and Identity in Margaret Atwood's Power Politics. …

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Lecture Series of “Chinese Language and Culture”

Author: Denise Ayo

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is proud to present a series of lectures “Chinese Language and Culture” this spring. The first lecturer is Dr. Yafei Li, a professor of the Department of Linguistics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will give a lecture entitled “Why does Every Part of Speech Behave Differently between Chinese and English” and explain how to reduce all these differences to a single variation between the two languages. Professor Li obtained his Ph.D. degree from M.I.T. in linguistics, and has devoted himself in this area for more than 20 years. The lecture will take place in 126 DeBartolo Hall from 4:30-5:30 pm, Friday, March 28th

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Spotlight: Annie Rhodes

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Annie Rhodes with host mom Mme Herisseau

From Greece to Mexico to France, our outstanding foreign language student, Annie Rhodes, brings a tremendous amount of exuberance, international experience, and social grace. North Carolina’s Rhodes, a multilingual and multitalented senior, was recently accepted into Notre Dame’s 5-year BA-MA program in French. She also has an uncompromising appetite for foreign languages and cultures in her DNA. She spent her summers in Greece as a child, spent a year in Mexico, studied in France, visited Prague (the list goes on)... Nominated by the faculty of French and Francophone Studies as the February Spotlight, Rhodes is a regular presence at the CSLC and a dynamic

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Student-Driven German Language Table

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The German program is inaugurating a weekly German Table for all students who are interested in practicing their German over lunch. German speakers of all levels are welcome, from beginning to advanced.

The inaugural lunch will be this coming Monday, March 3, from 11:30 to 12:30 in North Dining Hall. Feel free to come whenever you can. We will meet in the smaller, northernmost room, beyond the pasta bar. If that room should ever be closed, we will meet at a table in the main area, but as far to the north as possible.…

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Collaborating with the Center for Social Concerns

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We are pleased to announce further collaborations with the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). Our collaborations began in 2011 when the CSC co-developed a pilot English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Notre Dame. A critical part of the program required students to learn English in the field; more specifically, students applied their English skills in the context of volunteering in the local community. The CSC’s Assistant Director and Director of Community-Based Learning, Connie Snyder, and Director of Community Partnerships and Service Learning, Annie Cahill Kelly, developed and organized this service-learning component of the program. Our relationship with the CSC continues with the CSC’s Rachel Parroquin, the Director of Spanish Community Based Learning (also Professor of Spanish for Romance Languages and Literatures). We collaborate on ongoing Spanish language and culture initiatives that engage Notre Dame students in local Spanish community.…

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