Ana Barrios (Spanish) presented "El sabor agridulce del testimonio de Maria
de los Reyes Castillo Bueno" at the 19th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso- Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics,
University of Texas at Austin, February 25-26.
Sébastien Dubreil (French) presented a paper, "Think Global, Teach Local:
Globalization, Transcultural CALL Research, and FL Pedagogical Praxis," at the Annual Convention of the American Association
of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Chicago. He also delivered the keynote address at the Annual Conference of the Northeast Association
of Language Learning and Technology (NEALLT) in Philadelphia, "Identities, Borders, Change: (Trans)cultural Learning in Mediated Learning
Michael Handelsman (Spanish) has been named the faculty director of the Office
of National Scholarships and Fellowships at UT Knoxville. He will help students apply for nationally competitive awards such
as the Fulbright, Goldwater, Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Udall, and Gates-Cambridge scholarships. In addition, he was invited to
participate in four panel discussions on contemporary Ecuadorian culture held in March in London, Paris, and Madrid; each event
was co-sponsored by the Ecuadorian embassy of the host countries. On April 2, he presented a paper on Afro-Ecuadorian literature
at the University of Michigan in a conference, "Imagining Ecuador."
Stefanie Ohnesorg (German) gave a paper titled "Displaying the Natural World in 18th
Century Travel Writing" at the NeMLA Convention at Rutgers University on April 8. At the same event she, Rosemary Feal (Executive
Director of the Modern Language Association), and Cristina Santos (Associate Prof. of Spanish and Portuguese, Brock University) were
panelists of a roundtable discussion, "Modern Language Association: Programs in Peril Study."
The German Program at the University of Tennessee is the only authorized testing center in Tennessee for standardized exams offered
by the Goethe Institut (http://www.goethe.de/lrn/prf/de17099.htm),
and Ohnesorg currently serves as the local testing chair. These tests are recognized worldwide, and they are calibrated according to the
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR (http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/lp/prj/ger/cfl/enindex.htm). Taking these tests is one possibility for majors in German
and graduate students in German at the University of Tennessee to complete the degree requirement of taking a standardized German language
exam. A total of 23 German students enrolled at UT signed up to take these exams on April 18-20, at the University of Tennessee; 11 will
take the exam at the B1 level, 8 will take it at the B2 level, and 4 will take the standardized German language exam at the C1 level.
2010-11 is the second year that Ohnesorg is serving as the Testing Chair in Tennessee for the National German Exam offered by the American
Association of Teachers of German (AATG). She evaluted dossiers of high school students from across the state and conducted telephone interviews
with these students in order to determine the Tennessee nominees for a free 4-week study trip to Germany for the national competition. Like last
year, both Tennessee nominees were successful in the national competion and will go to Germany this summer.
In Fall 2010, Ohnesorg started a collaborative project between the German Saturday School of Knoxville (http://www.germansaturdayschool.org/) and high schools in the larger Knoxville area that have German programs. Each high school
could nominate up to 3 students for a scholarship program that allows them to take a class at the German Saturday School of Knoxville in order to
supplement the German instruction they receive at their high school, and to take a standardized German language exam. The German Saturday School
of Knoxville is the only Tennessee Testing Center for the standardized German language exams offered by the German Conference of State Ministers
of Education and Cultural Affairs (http://www.pasch-net.de/udi/bil/deu/dsd/enindex.htm ). On March 26 a total of 21 middle school and high school
students who are enrolled at the German Saturday School of Knoxville took the A2-level exam (CEFR), and on April 2, a total of 14 middle school
and high school students took the German Language Diploma I (DSD I), a standardized exam that corresponds to the B1 level of the Common European
Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Several of these high school students plan on enrolling at UT as of fall 2011, and many of them consider
completing a German major.
Lisa Y.F. Parker (Spanish) presented "La aportación lingüística de los emigrantes de las
Islas Canarias al carácter del español en la lengua del jíbaro de Puerto Rico" at the 19th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian
Literatures and Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, February 25-26.
Andrew M. Ray (Spanish) presented "La conciencia problemática de una historia hispanoamericana en
Historia privada de los colombianos de Eduardo Caballero Calderón" at the 19th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics,
University of Texas at Austin, February 25-26.
John Turvaville (French) been named the 2011 Adult Educator of the Year by the East Tennessee College
Alliance. ETCA was founded in 1992 and is a consortium of 10 public and private non-profit colleges in East Tennessee. The award is being presented
Amy Hill, Honors BA in German (December 2010), Ariel Brassil,
Honors BA in German (May 2011), and Nicholas "Shande' King, Honors BA in French (May 2010) were
honored as applicants for the Fulbright Program for Teaching Assistants whose credentials had received top ranking at the national level and been
forwarded to the respective receiving countries for assignment.
They were recognized at the inaugural luncheon honoring University-endorsed candidates for national scholarships and fellowships on March 24.
Mr. King's assignment in France has already been confirmed and Ms. Hill and Ms. Brassil are awaiting word from Germany on their placement.
Provost Susan Martin and newly appointed director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, Michael Handelsman, addressed the group
praising the work, initiative and success of our students. We look forward to encouraging more of our top-notch students to be honored in this way
in future years.
The Italian Immersion Weekend took place the April 1-3 weekend. Students had great fun making
their own food, dancing, and practicing their Italian.
Japanese Speech Contest
The Japanese program is happy to announce that our fifth annual speech contest will be held April 14, at the I-House. The event will begin
at 5:00 pm with each first-year class singing a Japanese song, followed by speeches. The contestants have been selected after in-class
Door prizes and Japanese food will be served around 7 pm. Everyone is welcome! For more information contact
The final MFLL newsletter for this academic year will be published May 9, 2011.
Please send news items to John Romeiser (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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