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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 Communities."


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 April 13.


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.

UPCOMING EVENTS


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 presentations.

Door prizes and Japanese food will be served around 7 pm. Everyone is welcome! For more information contact mlacure@utk.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The final MFLL newsletter for this academic year will be published May 9, 2011. Please send news items to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu).

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