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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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First Notre Dame Fulbright in Ireland

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Caitlin Myron Fulbright in Ireland

In January 2013, we profiled Caitlin Myron, the Department of Irish Language and Literature's standout student, for our outstanding foreign language spotlight series. At the time, Myron was just applying for a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant position in Ireland. Early this summer, Myron was selected. She is only one of two American students to be selected, and Myron is the first Notre Dame Irish language student to have received the Fulbright honor in Ireland. Myron has been settling into her position as a Fulbright and in her Masters Degree in Modern Irish program at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In fact, we can read about her academic adventures on Gaelport.com's interview with Caitlin Myron!…

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Fulbright foreign language teachers get 'Americanized' at Notre Dame

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The University of Notre Dame is hosting its eighth annual Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) orientation for the coming academic year, bringing foreign language teachers from 28 countries to campus Aug. 5 through 8 (Monday through Thursday) for a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States. The program also will introduce them to important features of American culture in preparation for their teaching experiences across the country.

Most of the scholars participating in this year’s orientation have never been to the U.S. and will participate in workshops covering everything from how to prepare a syllabus to the rules of American football. See the schedule of events for a complete list of workshops as well as other orientation details.

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EAP for Incoming International Gradute Students

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The University of Notre Dame's Graduate School and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) are partnering to offer an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Pre-Academic Summer Program for STEM students. This program will provide participating students an opportunity to learn and practice academic English--including presentation and teaching skills relevant to teaching/lab assistant roles--from specialized faculty within a targeted curriculum before the start of the fall semester.…

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Language Technology Consultations

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Geraldine Ameriks

As the Center prepares for the 2013-2014 academic year, we invite foreign language faculty to visit for consultations on integrating technology in the classroom.

This week, Professor Geraldine Ameriks, with whom the CSLC has collaborated the last several years, met with Matt Getze, Assistant Director of Programming and Technology, to plan creative production and writing projects that involve the use of computer-mediated communications (CMC) platforms and portable video capturing devices. Professor Ameriks, who teaches Advanced Spanish and Conversation and Writing in Spanish at Notre Dame, has eagerly and effectively put CMC platforms, including blogging and video conferencing, to use. The sequential structure of blogging has provided Professor Ameriks' students opportunities for asynchronous writing production, reflection, and interaction, as students are able to view each others' perspectives and respond accordingly. Open to new programs that make pedagogical and practical sense, Professor Ameriks has also had her students participate in a virtual face-to-face Spanish Conversation program known as Platica

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CSLC Welcomes back Melissa Medina

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The CSLC is pleased to announce the return of Melissa Guadalupe Medina. Melissa is a multilingual Notre Dame student who spent 10 months in the 201 - 2013 academic year studying in Bologna, Italy. We are delighted to have her back as an Italian language peer tutor in the fall and as a student staff member this summer.…

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CSLC Summer Reading List

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What are some of Notre Dame's foreign language faculty and the CSLC Leadership Team doing this summer? Reading, of course! We're working through some fun, some interesting, and some thoughtful books. Here's what we're up to this summer...

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CSLC Welcomes Denise Ayo

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The CSLC Welcomes Denise Ayo

We are delighted to have Denise Ayo, recent Ph.D. recipient, on board as our new Program Manager.

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Maggie McDowell: Student Manager

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We are pleased to announce that Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) major and rising sophomore, Maggie McDowell, has been promoted to Student Manager at the CSLC. She will manage the schedules of and communications to student staff during the summer as well as work on special projects during the summer.…

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Summer Language Abroad Grant

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Summer Language Abroad (SLA) Grant checks will be distributed starting Monday, April 29. Students receiving funding will be notified via email to pick up their checks.…

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International Economics Major Adds Five New Languages

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Beginning in fall 2013, Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in pursuing international economics as a major can choose from among five new language options: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Russian. These are in addition to the three Romance languages—French, Italian, and Spanish—already available.

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Spotlight: Caitlin Myron

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Often it’s the quiet ones who leave indelible impressions. 2013’s foreign language standouts begin with Caitlin Myron, nominated by the Irish Language and Literature’s (IRLL) Director of Undergraduate Studies, Tara McLeod. At the CSLC, we know Myron as the quiet, reserved Irish language tutor. The mild-mannered demeanor of Myron, a senior English major and IRLL minor, belies a dynamic competitor in Irish dance, a passion she’s been perfecting since the age of six.…

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Students Find Summer Language Abroad Program Transformative

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Whether they camped with Bedouins in the Jordanian desert, visited ancient temples in Japan, hiked around the Black Forest of Germany, or took a road trip to the beaches of Ecuador, the alumni of the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Language Abroad (SLA) grant program agree on one thing: their experience was completely transformative.

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Spotlight: Michael Mercurio

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Every month, we have the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with our CSLC Spotlight nominees and discover just how incredible they truly are. This month’s spotlight was “wholeheartedly” awarded by Professor Tadeusz Mazurek of the Classics Department to the very affable and deeply committed Michael Mercurio. A regular at the CSLC, Mercurio is a senior Classics major from Torrance, CA who possesses a unique blend of academic acumen, natural leadership qualities, and spiritual values.…

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