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MFLL Newsletter


Harriet Wood Bowden

Luis Cano

Harriet Wood Bowden (Hispanic Studies) was lead author of an article published recently in Neuropsychologia, which showed that advanced university learners with immersion experience can attain similar brain processing to native speakers for processing of basic grammar. Quest, the university's comprehensive research initiative, has selected Bowden as its Scholar of the Week.

Harriet was also the recent recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences Junior Teaching Award, and Luis Cano (Hispanic Studies) received the Cunningham Award for Outstanding Teaching. Both colleagues were honored at the December 3 College of Arts & Sciences Convocation.


ACTFL 2014

Maria Gallmeier, Anja Seiler, and Ulli Sczesni (German) presented their collaborative project “Exploring Culture in the target language in the beginner German courses” at ACTFL 2014 Convention on November 21-23 in San Antonio, Texas. At the annual meeting of the Tennessee chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, Maria was elected its new president for 2015–2016.


Catherine Greer

Catherine Greer (German) recently presented a paper titled "Brundibár and Spiritual Resistance: Redeeming the Past through Consoling Stories" at the 13th Lessons and Legacies conference, presented by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. The conference was hosted by Florida Atlantic University and held in Boca Raton, FL.


Thorsten Huth

Thorsten Huth (German) guest-edited with Emma M. Betz (University of Waterloo, ON, Canada) a series of twelve articles on the teaching of interaction in the foreign/second language classroom. This series is now appearing in four consecutive issues of the peer-reviewed journal Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German.

The Fall 2014 issue features an initial set of four articles. Huth and Betz contributed the co-authored introduction to the series (entitled “Beyond grammar: Teaching interaction”), and Thorsten furthermore contributed a single-authored piece (“Teaching telephone opening sequences”). The remaining eight articles of this series will appear in subsequent Spring and Fall issues of 2015 and 2016.

UT Seal

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture recently submitted a joint application for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. As part of that process, nominations were collected from every college for 50 exemplary partnerships that will be promoted during the 2015 calendar year. Congratulations are in order, because The Centro Hispano/UT Partnership was selected as one of the exemplars! Our involvement is the direct result of our Spanish 494 Service-learning class, which initiated the UT partnership with Centro Hispano several years ago. It also has a strong relationship with East TN Children's Hospital.

Thanks to all in MFLL, faculty, lecturers, students, who have contributed over the years to building ties to the Centro!


The Language and World Business Students Association (LWBSA) participated in two main activities this semester. On November 13, they prepared a delicious meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. On November 28, the students delivered two baskets full of food items to feed two separate families sponsored by the KARM (Knox Area Rescue Ministries). Kudos to all the LWB students for their time, efforts, and enthusiasm in serving those in need in the Knoxville community. For more details, visit and like them on Facebook.


At the beginning of November, the I-House hosted a German World Showcase organized by Lisa Breddermann and Rebekah Spahr, with help by other students of the German language. The event centered around Saint Martin, a religious figure who is celebrated in Germany on November 11th through lantern parades. On the first night of the Showcase, the participants got the chance to make their very own German lantern. The second night showcased how to bake “Stutenkerle”, which is a specific form of bread that is shared during the St. Martin celebration. For the last night, a traditional German meal was prepared, which included “Käsespätzle”, “Bratwurst”, and cucumber salad. The Showcase culminated in a lantern parade, using the lanterns created by participants. Lisa and Rebekah were pleased by the outcome and huge participation of UT students.


THANKS to all the lecturers in MFLL who, together with their students, worked hard at making the Italian Club MFLL Dessert Contest happen. It was truly a lot of work, between selecting students to be judges and presenters, having students research desserts, picking one, organizing an info poster, getting together to cook, and be ready for the event… a lot of work! The beautiful posters are showcased in Hodges Library on the second floor, in the hall behind Starbucks. Special thanks go out to Renée Delia-Zunino, Chiara Mariani, Tamara Centis, and Francesca Follone. Read the full story here.


This is the final MFLL newsletter for the Fall 2014 semester. The next one will be published Monday, January 12. Submissions should be sent to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu) no later than 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 11.

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