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October 2020 Newsletter



Renée D’Elia–Zunino (Italian) had an article accepted for publication at CUNY for the TILCA (Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual). The title is: The Decameron’s Lessons, and My 100 Days of Seeking Ways to Alleviate the Pain of COVID–19 in My Italian Classes. Renee D’Elia-Zunino
Dr. Bernard Issa
Dr. Harriet Bowden
Dr. Bernard Issa and Dr. Harriet Bowden’s (Hispanic Studies) recent co-authored article: "Grammatical and Lexical Development During Short–term Study Abroad: Exploring L2 Contact and Initial Proficiency", will appear in the winter issue of the Modern Language Journal. The research reported in the article examined how and whether contact with a second language and initial proficiency impacted the linguistic gains experienced by learners during short-term study abroad.
Dr. Annachiara Mariani (Italian) gave an online guest lecture at Temple University on 9/29. The title of her talk was “The rise to power and legacy of the Medici family through written and screened history.” Her presentation was part of an Italian Studies Lecture Series on the Italian Origins of Western Political Thought.
Dr. Mariani also hosted acclaimed British actor Daniel Sharman in her Italian 442/CNST 400 class “The Italian Renaissance through television series” on Oct 1 via Zoom. Sharman plays Lorenzo de’ Medici in the Netflix series Medici.
Annachiara Mariani
Dr. Philip Stokes

Dr. Phillip Stokes (Arabic) co-presented (with Na‘ama Pat–El, University of Texas at Austin) an invited e–lecture on August 6th entitled “Reevaluating Contact between Aramaic and Arabic in the Levant,” in a lecture series entitled Ancient Near Eastern Languages in Contact, jointly hosted by University College London and King’s College London.
Dr. Stokes also published two articles:
  • "A Fresh Analysis of the Origin and Diachronic Development of ‘Dialectal Tanwīn’ in Arabic," in the Journal of the American Oriental Society (140.3), pp. 637-664
  • "gahwat al-murra: the N + DEF-Adj syntagm and the *at > ah shift in Arabic," in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (83.1), pp. 75-93.
Dr. Thorsten Huth’s (German) book Interaction, Language Use, and Second Language Teaching appeared in the monograph series Routledge Advances in Second Language Studies on September 2. At its core, the book presents a view of human language as social interaction, illustrating its implications for language learning and second language teaching. The volume advocates for researchers, practitioners, and administrators to rethink and reconceptualize an understanding of language beyond that of the written word to one encompassing social and interactional activity built on co-construction, collaboration, and negotiation. The book emphasizes the ways in which this view of language can shed light on the language learning process as one which draws on discrete linguistic units and constructions in conjunction with a range of temporal, sequential, and embodied resources across a variety of social contexts.
Interaction Language Use and Second Language Teaching
Dr. Thorsten Huth
Rossy Toledo

In July, Rossy Toledo (Hispanic Studies) coedited the September issue of the International Feminist Online Publication Con la A. Her essay “Una Hispana en Los Estados Unidos” was featured in the same issue.


Chinese Trivia Night — The Chinese Culture Club hosted a fun virtual Chinese Trivia night on Sep 24 to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. There were two rounds of competitions that consisted of Kahoot and Jeopardy-style buzzer questions. 17 students from different levels of Chinese classes participated in the contest. This event was sponsored by the Office of Asia Engagement.
Congratulations to our top three winners, Jason Pan, Findlay Black, and Max He! CCC is planning to have a virtual Chinese movie night soon!

CChinese Culture Club interest meeting
CChinese Culture Club interest meeting


Second–year students participated in an online lecture hosted by the Alliance Française of Knoxville on September 19 entitled Tété–Michel Kpomassie, the Togolese at the North Pole. This opportunity allowed them to challenge their language skills. Harshil S., student of French 211, had this to say: “I learned about the first Togolese man to travel to the North Pole. The presenters were speaking fluent French, so it was hard to keep up with, but I learned a lot from the presentation as well as through the visuals.”

In connection with this presentation, UT alumni and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Tennessee Wesleyan University, Dr. Augustin Bocco, will present an online talk about The Democratic Process of Togo on October 24 at the Alliance Française of Knoxville. This is a new opportunity of authentic immersion for French students. Please contact Laurent Zunino(French) for any questions, and if interested in participating.

French student Corina Fultz was accepted as Webmaster of the Alliance Française of Knoxville. Corina is a French major, and Ambassador for the French section. She has experience in blogging and is interested in advertising. Corina will collaborate with Claire Mayo, Ph.D. student from the UT Department of History and Alliance Student Representative, and the UT French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, to connect with the local francophone community.


Italian American Heritage —To celebrate the Italian American Heritage month, the Italian Club proposes this tasty recipe for those colder days: Minestrone Soup

Italian Showcase —
  • Wanted to always know the difference between a Spaghetti Western and Classic Western film?
  • Interested in learning some new Italian recipes?
  • Needing a much-deserved break with a tasty espresso and biscotto?
  • Want to challenge your cultural knowledge of Italy?

Join the 4-day Italian Showcase Oct.19-22, 2020!

All are invited, and events are presented in English. The Cultural Trivia Night offers up to $200 in e-gift cards prizes.
Zoom link for all events:

Three movies will be streamed and available for participants to watch on Monday, Oct 19th, or whenever they have the time!
  • Fistfull of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari), by Sergio Leone, 1964, about 1hr. 39min long — in English
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly (Il buono, il brutto, e il cattivo), by Sergio Leone, 1966, about 2hrs. 58min. long — in Italian with English subtitles
  • Once upon a time in the West (C’era una volta il West), by Sergio Leone, 1968, about 2hrs. 45min long — in English

The Italian Language Table is meeting on Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm here:


Check the Brazilian Film Series Fall 2020 online. All films are available by clicking here.

Brazilian Film Series Fall 2020

Bate–Papo — The Portuguese Table is meeting online, Fridays, 6pm. Zoom link:

Brazilian Cultural Night: Sarau de Música Brasileira. (November 6th, Friday, 6:00 pm) Mark your calendars for a night of live music with the talented André and Gabriela Parizzi (Portuguese). They will perform songs from the repertoire of five great divas of the Brazilian musical scene: Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Marisa Monte, Maria Bethânia and Mallu Magalhães. Join us for a fun and exciting evening hosted by Dr. Eurídice Silva (Portuguese)!
Zoom address:
Password — 310549



LRC Sanitizing Question LRC COVID-19 Guidelines — A frequent question from students and faculty alike is how we are sanitizing high-traffic peripherals such as headsets, trackpads, and keyboards in the LRC. Since traditional sanitizers tend to quickly degrade the equipment, we have turned to the use of ultraviolet light! More than 99.9% of coronaviruses such as COVID-19 are killed when exposed to a particular wavelength of ultraviolet light known as UV-C. UV-C radiation has been shown to destroy the outer protein coating of the COVID-19 cell, rendering it inactive. The sanitizing cabinet that we use takes 15 minutes to thoroughly eradicate COVID-19 and other communicable pathogens. The traffic we experience in the LRC makes it so that we can completely clean used peripherals in less than an hour, which is why our availability is staggered every other hour between 8AM and 5PM.

wordwall LTR Methods Workshop — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop series will begin the Fall Semester series with a workshop on October 15 from 1PM to 2PM online (Zoom address will be communicated closer to the event). In the workshop “Using for Foreign Language Insctruction” Revital Ganzi will discuss various ways to use to quickly and easily create engaging interactive activities. The components of the activities and ways to create and implement them in Canvas will be shared. A livestream of the workshop will be available on the LRC’s Facebook page as well as the LRC’s YouTube Channel. Have an idea for a presentation? Contact a member of the LTR Methods Workshop organizing team! [Laurent, Mia, Thorsten, Doug]. All are welcome.


Authentic Assessment: Best Practices for Performance-Based Assessment (Wed., Oct. 14, 1–2:30 PM, Zoom session) This Zoom workshop will discuss best practices for developing, implementing, and using performance-based assessment for better academic outcomes. To receive all information related to workshop in a timely manner, please register for the event at least 24 hours prior. If you register within 24 hours of the workshop, please contact Wes Romeiser.

Click here to register
IRB 101 (Wed., Oct. 21, 10 AM – 12 PM, Zoom Session) This overview of IRB requirements and procedures is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to receive human subjects approval for research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Topics include: Do I need IRB approval, how the IRB process works, who can help me with my IRB application, and how to submit one. Please register for this workshop, and the Zoom information will be sent to you by the instructor.

Click here to register
Screencasting Tips to Enhance Teaching and Learning (Thu., Sept. 17, 3 PM, Zoom session at Screencasting is an excellent way to provide students with instruction and feedback that’s available for them on demand, or a creative means for students to share and demonstrate knowledge. In this workshop you will explore options for creating and sharing screencasts to enhance both teaching and learning, using your own available video capture technology.
Click here to register
Online Training of the Month: Best Practices for Assessment Design & Delivery Putting your final exam online? Need ideas for how to assess learner progress in Canvas? This asynchronous, self-paced training will help you to design and deliver effective tests and assessments online. Topics include pedagogy and design, using Canvas to construct assessments, and facilitating feedback effectively.

Click here to view — log in with NetID/Password


Creating Amazing Zoom Virtual Backgrounds with Adobe Spark — In this video from the OITmedia YouTube channel, Steve Chastain shows you a simple way to create stunning and informative virtual backgrounds using Adobe Spark, a free and simple tool!

Click here to view


skritter Skritter — Skritter helps students learn the order of strokes in Chinese and Japanese characters with immediate stroke-level feedback and more frequent review of hard characters. There is a free trial, with flexible plans to match study needs, as well as class licensing.


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