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God, countries, Notre Dame: Eleven Fulbright foreign language ambassadors arrive on campus

Author: Nicolle Ho

Flta 2017
Left to right: Rossana Luna (Brazil), Mamiko Tokuda (Japan), Han-Wen Hsu (Taiwan), Valentina Kurenshchikova (Russia), Gunes Tunc (Turkey), Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh (Ireland), Charlotte Friederike (Germany), Gourab Ghosh (India), Thao Nguyen (Vietnam), Raghdaa Abouserie (Egypt), Silvia Junde (Tanzania)

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Notre Dame language faculty participate in an OPI Assessment Workshop

Author: Amy Hoffman

As a professional development opportunity for Notre Dame language faculty, the CSLC hosted a 4-and-a-half-day workshop on the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) Assessment. The OPI is an internationally recognized assessment for determining speaking abilities using natural conversation and is used by government agencies, such as the Department of Defense and NASA; academic institutions, such as Rutgers University and Yale University; and private entities, such as Coca-Cola and Samsung.…

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CSLC staff member receives Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina

Author: Anne Daly

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) is excited to congratulate graduating desk staff member Luke Wajrowski on the receipt of a  2016 Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistantship) to Argentina.In the spring of 2017, Wajrowski will begin teaching English at an Argentinian university, and will also work on a research project on Argentinian theater.…

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Northwestern Professor Presents Research on Spelling Bees

Author: Charlene Dundek

On March 29th, Professor Shalini Shankar of Northwestern University presented a talk titled The Semiotics of Spelling Bees: Sound, Temporality, Language, and Materiality. Shankar presented her research on spelling bees and discussed how the increasingly popular event has turned into a mass-mediated, sport-like spectacle. Her talk also examined the relationship between the competing speller and the judge. This dialogic relationship is important for a speller to be able to translate sounds into letters and words in the competitive environment. Shankar has spent the last 16 months conducting field research, which included access to ESPN during the live broadcast, time with Merriam-Webster, and over 45 interviews with spellers, parents, producers, and directors.…

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Notre Dame Alum Reflects on Teaching English Abroad

Author: Charlene Dundek

Analise Taylor is an ND alum with extensive experience traveling, teaching, and living abroad. Through her experiences in different parts of the globe, she noticed the high demand for native-speaking English teachers. This led her to pursue a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to become a more impactful language instructor.…

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