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Parker, Silva-Filho, and Mariani Honored at Annual Faculty Awards Banquet

Posted: December 16, 2016

Each year, faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are recognized for their contributions to the college, the university, and the impact of their teaching and research at the annual faculty awards dinner. Three members of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures received awards at this year’s event, which took place Thursday, December 1, 2016.

The Advising Service Award recognize two faculty members in the college for their excellence in undergraduate advising. The recognition rewards past achievement and encourages future resources and creative efforts in departmental advising. Lisa Y.F. Parker, lecturer of Spanish and assistant director of the Language World Business program, was honored for her role in working with all students in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures who concentrate in this interdisciplinary program that combines a major in language with a focus on international business. While this program is very competitive and complex with concentrations crossing three different colleges, Parker has streamlined communication and developed effective processes for students as they prepare to study abroad and complete internships. Her impact on her advisees reaches far beyond course selection and graduation checks. Parker continuously connects her students to opportunities for career exploration and actively prepares her students for the next step after graduation.

The Excellence in Teaching awards recognize faculty members’ excellence in teaching at the junior and senior level. Two members of our department received the award this year: Euridice Silva-Filho, senior award; and Annachiara Mariani, lecturer award.

As the only tenure-track faculty member in Portuguese, and as program director, Silva supervises the lecturers and GTAs and manages all the elements related to the students in the language. A classroom visitor commented on “The rare pleasure of watching Euridice Silva teach what may have been a perfect class. The course was communicative in all aspects, students only rarely spoke English, there were a variety of activities and skills, the course was paced well and the instructor checked in frequently to make sure students were mastering the material.” This was not an uncommon experience, as one student wrote: “The blend of culture and language alongside a very charismatic professor was the perfect combination for learning the Portuguese language.”

Annachiara Mariani distinguished herself by the way she approaches her classroom and by her involvement in many events outside of the classroom that enhance the learning experience. Her classroom is marked by being “a suitable learning environment” built on her passion, experience, and knowledge. She continues to grow as an instructor by attending and contributing to many professional development activities. Outside the classroom she engages the students through the MFLL Soccer Tournament, immersion weekends, and various contests, as well as being co-director of the UT in Urbino summer program.

Congratulations to our award winners for their achievements.

Intermediate and Advanced Spanish in San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica is the capital of the state of Costa Rica, located in Costa Rica. San Joseis one of the oldest cities in Costa Rica, founded in the 16th century and has a population of about 2 million, and is rich in history, folklore, and monuments, both pre-Columbian and colonial. Students live for five weeks with judiciously selected Costa Rican families in San Jose and take two courses out of a list of five language and literature courses.

The classes are taught by UT faculty and teaching personnel and by local university personnel. Student will earn six (6) hours credit for Spanish 423, 461 or 491. For information about this program, contact:

Dr. Luis Cano
Program Director for 2017
Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures

Phone: 865-974-7004
Office: 606A McClung Tower

Service Learning in Costa Rica

Students will engage in Costa Rican culture and society via service-learning. Placements will depend on students' level of language proficiency, personal interest, and availability and will be assigned prior to departure. In addition to averaging 30 hours per week of volunteer service in the San Jose or Cartago area, students will spend two class hours per week at the ISA office in San Jose. The remaining academic component of the course will occur asynchronously online. 

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive 3 credits in MFLL 300 Global Cultures and Texts, Spanish 491 (via petition) or Latin American/Caribbean Studies 491 (via petition). 

Click here for detailed information and samples of service-learning placements by level of language proficiency.

Watch the video of two of the students that completed the Service Learning Course in Costa Rica last summer 2016.

For information about this program, contact:

Dr. Lisa Y.F. Parker
Assistant Director of Language and World Business

Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
Phone: 865-974-9827
Office: 1204 McClung Tower

Learn French in Paris

The UT in France summer study program offers four (4) weeks of coursework, extracurricular experiences, and activities; students earn six (6) hours of college credit while being introduced to French language and culture. Courses are conducted in French.

For further information, click here or contact:

Dr. John Romeiser
French Program director

Learn German in Berlin

For more information, please click here or contact:

Maria Stehle
German Program Director
Phone: (865) 974-7001

Learn Italian in Urbino

Urbino is a major university town located about twenty (20) miles from the Adriatic Coast, just south of Rimini. This beautiful Renaissance town is built on two hills overlooking the countryside and dates back to the 12th century.

This five-week program is supported by several American and Italian Universities and offers graduate and undergraduate courses in Italian Renaissance, Italian culture, civilization, art, history and language.

Students live in dorms on the University of Urbino campus where you will attend 3 hours of class a day and on the weekends participate in excursions to Italian cities, such as Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii or Sorrento.

For more information about this program, click here or contact:

Dr. Sal DiMaria
Italian Program director
Phone: (865) 974-6997

Learn Spanish in Santander

Santander is the capital of the Cantabria region located in Northern Spain. The population of the city is around 200,000 inhabitants, but during the summer months, Spaniards look to Santander as a vacation spot and the population climbs. Santander is known for its extraordinarily beautiful landscape and its coastal location on the shores of the Bay of Biscay. The city combines an urban environment with what is essential in Cantabria: countryside, nature, gastronomy, and culture; but it's the beaches in Santander that are the best known and most appreciated city attraction. While in Santander students will visit the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, the Marine Museum of Cantabria, the Magdalena Palace and Park, and enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Bay of Biscay.

While in Santander, students will be housed in double rooms with Spanish families. All meals on non-excursion days are provided as well as laundry service once per week while living with host families. Trips to Madrid, Toledo, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and the Picos de Europa are included.

The program is open to undergraduate students who have successfully completed either Span 112 or Spanish 123 or Spanish 150, or to students who have placed into a 200-level class via the Spanish Placement Exam.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive credit for Spanish 223 (6 credit hours). Classes will be held Monday through Friday (4 hours/day).

For further information contact:

Dr. Álvaro Ayo
Program Director for 2017
Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures

Phone: 865-974-5584
Office: 712 McClung Tower

Learn Spanish in Alicante :: Spanish 300-level and higher

Famous for its miles of white, sandy beaches (the nearby Playa de San Juan) and its palm-lined seafront walkway (the Esplanada), Alicante is a vibrant university town small enough (population 310,000) to be congenial, safe, and accessible yet big and modern enough to offer everything, including unexpected dimensions from the narrow streets of the old quarter (the Barrio de Santa Cruz) to the main commercial avenues downtown.

Alicante is within easy reach of Madrid, Granada, Seville, Málaga, Valencia, and Barcelona, and June is the month of Alicante's ancient "Festival de las Hogueras," in which huge paper sculptures are ceremoniously paraded and then burned in city squares.

Students will live with Spanish host families (one exchange student per family), meet locals and make international friends through organized social and cultural activities, and improve language skills by participating in cultural workshops.

Excursions include a visit to the Costa Blanca, to sites in the interior of the province of Alicante, to Granada, etc.

For more information and application procedures, click here. You may also contact:

Dr. Harrison Meadows
Program Director for 2017
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

Phone: 865-974-0585
Office: 716A McClung Tower

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