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Luis C. Cano (Hispanic Studies) published Los Espíritus de la Ciencia Ficción [The Spirits of Science Fiction] (University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill). This book examines the intersection of Darwinism and Spiritism in three foundational science fiction novels from Argentina, Chile and Mexico. He also published the article “Apoteosis de la influencia, o cómo los senderos de la ciencia ficción hispanoamericana conducen a Borges” [Apotheosis of Influence or How the Forking Paths of Science Fiction Lead to Borges] (Revista Iberoamericana, University of Pittsburgh).
Luis C. Cano
Yen-Chen Hao
Yen-Chen Hao (Chinese) published two single-authored articles in the summer. The first one, “Chinese ESL speakers’ compliment behavior in English and in Chinese,” appeared in Concentric: Studies in Linguistics, 43(1): 77-104. The second, “Second language perception of Mandarin vowels and tones,” appeared in Language and Speech (pre-published in July 2017, DOI: 10.1177/0123456789123456).
Thorsten Huth (German) co-presented a 2-hour workshop with Emma M. Betz (U of Waterloo) and Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (Ohio State U) titled “Understanding everyday interaction and learning how to teach it: a language teacher training-workshop” at the international symposium “From Interaction Research to the Language Classroom: Integrating Academic Research and Teacher Education (ARTE 2017)”, hosted by the University of Potsdam and the University of Leipzig at Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany, September 14-15.
He also presented the kick-off session of this year's MFLL Methods Workshop series with a presentation on "German obwohl: Teaching L2 grammar & L2 interaction" on September 28 in the LRC.
Thorsten Huth
Maria Stehle
Together with her collaborator, Carrie Smith-Prei, Maria Stehle (German) published an article in the “commentary and criticism” section of the journal Feminist Media Studies titled “Digital media and feminist futures: awkward cooptions in the impasse” (online version publication: Sept 2017).
Earlier this summer, she had another article published: “Knitted Naked Suits and Shedding Skins: The Body Politics of Popfeminist Musical Performances in the Twenty-first Century.” Special Issue German Politics and Society on German Popular Music, ed. Kirkland Fulk, 35:123.2 (Summer 2017): 99-116.
Rossy Toledo (Hispanic Studies) received a Teaching for Innovation award from the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. This semester her Intermediate Spanish Honors students will use Story Corps to record the stories/narratives of local Hispanic Immigrants. The students will incorporate the language skills they’ve acquired in the classroom as they engage with East Tennessee’s Hispanic community.
Rossy Toledo
Laura Trujillo-Mejía
Laura Trujillo-Mejía (Hispanic Studies) completed the 8-week Adobe Education Train the Trainer: Creative Cloud June-August 2017. This workshop emphasized lesson planning, andragogy, and creative thinking. It worked with the development of key skills required to create engaging multimedia content. Working with a collaborative community of educators, she explored the importance of creativity in education and applied best practices in adult learning theory and professional development design.


CCC Game Night — On September 14, UTK Chinese Culture Club kicked off the semester with a Game Night. This is a causal, fun, and enjoyable event that allows new members, as well as new club officers, the opportunity to mingle and get to know one another better. CCC Game Night is an event the Chinese Culture Club has held multiple times in the past and is typically quite successful. This semester we had roughly 20 games from both America and China.

Game Night
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CCC participation in the International Festival — On Sep 29, Chinese Culture Club sold bubble tea at the International Festival. It was a good opportunity to introduce Chinese culinary culture to UT students and raise fund for CCC.

International Festival
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Moon Festival celebration — On September 29, students from the Chinese Program performed two Chinese songs and one C pop dance at the Moon Festival celebration, which was hosted by the Confucius Institution at UTK. Two students also served as the M.C. for this event. This event attracted 300 attendees and was a good opportunity for our students to showcase their Chinese skills.

Moon Festival
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See the Vols Link spotlight on Renée D’Elia-Zunino (Italian Club) (you need to login with net id and password) or click here for the PDF file.
    Italian Club hosted a volunteer clean-up and weeding on September 16 at Beardsley Community Farm in Knoxville. It’s an urban demonstration site that promotes food security and sustainable urban agriculture through practice, education, and community outreach. We encourage all MFLL language clubs and their members to contact the farm and volunteer. It is a great experience and gives service hours!

    Italian Club at Beardsley Community Farm
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    • October 20-21 is Italian Immersion Weekend.
    • Italian Table is Mondays at 11:00 am at the International House, and Wednesdays at 2:20 pm in Hodges Library, Starbucks area.


    The Vols Japanese Cultural Association took part in the 4th Annual Asian Festival in downtown Knoxville. The club’s president, Becca Atkins, and volunteers from the club contributed their time and energy to help visitors learn about Japan and Japanese culture. Visitors also had fun with the water balloon fishing game, kimono dressing, dance, and music.

    Asian Festival 1
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    Asisan Festival 2
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    LBW (Spanish) Alumnus Chad Goldman (below, left) recently presented to the MFLL 199 class. Before he spoke, Cole Rooks (below, middle), who was awarded the Goldman/Pendleton Scholarship to study abroad in Japan last semester also came to personally thank Chad and talk to the class about his experience. They are shown with Lisa Parker, assistant director of LWB and course instructor.

    MFLL 199 Visit by Chad Goldman
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    MFLL 199 Visit by Chad Goldman
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    The students in the Portuguese program have done a wonderful job supporting events in our community. Thanks to the following students for volunteering to stay at Brazil’s Heritage Table during the Hola Festival, and teach high-school students some fun facts about Brazil: Amelia Shantz, Chasity Neely, Monaliza Berhe, Tyler Owens, Hillary Johnson, Caley Warrington, and Robert Arcario.
    At UT’s International Festival we had Jared Estes, Kyle Holland, Caylie Brooks, Baylee Bridges, Monalisa Berhe, Elizabeth Uhle, Angel Conway, Raven Bailey, Chasity Neely, Jameel Glenn, and Shelby Cross. They were helping to sell brigadeiros, and talk to people who wanted to know a little about Brazil and/or Portuguese. The International Festival also brought the UT community a little of the Afro-Brazilian dance/martial art Capoeira. These events make it possible for our students to interact with the Brazilian students in our community who also embrace the Vol spirit and come to help: Sabrina Braga, Marcos Costa, Mayara Lima and Taynara Incerti.
    CLIP has also started to do some community service. Students in the Portuguese program have been going to the Wesley House Community Center to help kids with homework or talk about what it is like to study at UT.


    ChekhovFest, the next UTK AuthorFest, takes place all October, but especially the 11th to 13th, with several theatrical events (including Three Sisters) by three theatre companies and UT students, along with readings, lectures, discussion, a writing competition, and more. See the MFLL website or the UTK Authorfest Facebook Page for full information.
    Russian graduate news — Erika Knowles (2017) began a master's program in Slavic Literature at the University of Missouri; Zach Hicks (2010) began work on a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley (the #1 ranked program in the country). Alina Clay (College Scholars, 2017) began a year in Riga, Latvia, as a Fulbright Research Fellow.


    LTR Methods Workshops
    LTR Methods Workshops — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop series was kicked off on September 28. Thorsten Huth (German) presented on “German obwohl — Teaching L2 grammar & L2 interaction". We had a lively audience consisting of MFLL GTAs, lecturers, and faculty representing 3 languages. Doug Canfield facilitated a Facebook live-feed of the event which brought in a virtual audience as well. A big “Thank you!” to all who contributed and/or attended. A recording of the live feed can still be accessed on the LRC Facebook page, and an edited video along with the Powerpoint and handouts from the presentation will soon be available on the LTR website. Coming up next: On October 26, Dan Wang (Chinese) will present on a culture-based teaching project, and on November 9, Rodica Frimu (French) will present on review practices. Have an idea for the Spring? Contact the Methods Workshop organizing team! [Laurent, Mia, Thorsten, Doug]. All are welcome.
    Plex additions — Here is a small list of some of the LRC Video Collection that has been digitally added to the Plex Media Server this month:
    Cynap Upgrade
    Scrivener is a word-processing program and outliner designed for authors and scholars. Scrivener provides a management system for documents, notes and metadata that is vastly superior to Word or any other scholarship/research system. After writing a text, you can may export it for final formatting to a standard word processor, desktop publishing software, or TeX (for all of the digital humanists out there!). The LRC has received some interest in a Scrivener workshop. Take a look at this video introduction to Scrivener. If you have interest in attending a Scrivener workshop in December, please express your interest here.


    Media in the Classroom and Beyond (Thurs., October 19, 2PM - 3PM online) In this workshop we will briefly overview media assets available online in the University Library before delving into the various media assets available through the LRC through our streaming services, and discuss how these can be deployed in the classroom and through Canvas and other means. We will discuss how you can make your own media or media produced by your students available through our products as well, as well as review the pedagogy behind various media in your language courses and sites that make it easy to create assignments around your media.
    Click here to register after October 5
    Cynap Basics (Wed., October 18, 1:30PM - 2:30PM in Hodges Library 220E) Bring your own device (BYOD) using the Wolfvision Cynap, available in AMB 2 and 3. The Wolfvision Cynap allows instructors and students to wirelessly connect to the Cynap device to present, annotate, record, and take notes. The Cynap works with most devices including Android or iPad tablets, smart phones, and laptops. The Cynap includes an onboard web browser for those days you forget your laptop and the ability to have multiple devices connected at a time, making it easier to switch between different inputs, like the document camera and your computer. Instructors can control who can connect, making student presentations easier to arrange. Come learn about the future of a class session in the LRC or anywhere these devices are installed on campus. Click here to register
    Online Training of the Month: Prezi Create beautiful, dynamic presentations by using Prezi, a free and powerful cloud-based tool. In this course, instructor Garrick Chow acquaints you with the hallmarks of the Prezi style and explains how to shape your presentation before you create your prezi. Garrick shows how to create a new Prezi and work with the interface and its tools. He explains how to add content like text, images, shapes, and diagrams, and shows how to arrange the elements on your canvas and add multimedia. This course also explores how to collaborate with others on your Prezi, share it, and present it remotely and on computers, tablets, and other devices. Click here to view
    LTR Methods Workshop for October: Project-Based Teaching (Thurs., October 19, 2PM - 3PM in Hodges Library 220E) Dan Wang (Chinese) will present a workshop entitled “Cultural Project-Based Chinese Teaching”. If you can't meet with us in person, please visit the LRC facebook page to join the livestream feed. Click here to register after October 12

    Deadline for Submissions for the Next Newsletter

    The next MFLL Newsletter for Fall Semester 2017 will be published Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Deadline for receipt of submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 5, and should be sent to jromeise@utk.edu. Please be prompt in submitting items in time to meet the deadline.

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