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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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Spotlight: Brian Credo

Author: Joachim Castellano

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Time and again the quiet ones make the biggest yet unhearlded splash. We’re starting out 2014 with a bang—a few consonant beats, actually. Our January Spotlight, Brian Credo, nominated by Dr. Tadeusz Mazurek of the Department of Classics, is a Notre Dame junior majoring in Classics and a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program. If you were to come into the CSLC on a crowded or sparse afternoon, you might miss the very unassuming Greek and Latin tutor, Credo, crouched quietly over his laptop or slouched low in a tutoring booth. Don’t let Credo’s under-the-radar comportment fool you: he’s a drummer and a bongo player—a brilliant rocker with a 4.0 GPA.…

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Moscow Art Theatre & Univ of Iowa Present Free Bilingual Theatre

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On Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11am CST (8pm Moscow time) the University of Iowa will link up with the Moscow Art Theatre to present Book Wings, a live bilingual (English/Russian) collaborative theatre project that uses the latest new media technologies to bring together actors, writers, directors, translators, and stage spaces 5,000 miles apart to produce one unified theatre experience, and present 6 newly commissioned plays. The performance will be live-streamed (free and viewable by anyone with an internet connection), with a 20 minute talk-back session featuring Moscow Art Theatre School Director Anatoly Smeliansky and participating playwrights, immediately following the performance. Internet viewers are invited to Tweet comments and questions for the live talk-back using the hashtag #bookw.…

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Faculty Fund to Enhance Language Skills for Scholarship

Author: Denise Ayo

For many faculty in the College of Arts and Letters, being able to speak and write in another language may be critical for advancing knowledge in their field. This fund is designed for those who are already somewhat proficient in a language and want to enhance skills based on goals related to research, scholarship, or creative works. In order to qualify, the applicant must be able to demonstrate current writing proficiency based on the following ACTLF Language Testing International Scale (cf. http://languagetesting.com/scale.htm

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Spotlight: Casey Connolly

Author: Joachim Castellano

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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:

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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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