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MFLL Monthly Newsletter


Álvaro A. Ayo (Hispanic Studies) has published “Paradigmas de imperfección: el individuo y sus espacios en Nazarín y Halma de Benito Pérez Galdós.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. 95.1 (2018), 43-59.
Álvaro A. Ayo
Stephen Blackwell
Stephen Blackwell (Russian) presented two papers: “Excavating Cataclysm from the Silences in ‘Sounds’ ” at the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies convention, November 9, 2017, and “Memory and material in Nabokov’s ‘Sounds,’ ‘The Circle,’ and ‘Lantern Slides’: Three transforming images” at the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, February 2, 2018.
Nuria Cruz Cámara (Hispanic Studies) has published two articles: “La flâneuse, lo gótico y el matrimonio en El perseguidor (1917) de Carmen de Burgos.” Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, vol. 43, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 33-53; and “La representación de las deportistas en la prensa española: Nuevo Mundo (1933) y El País Semanal (2013).” Hispania, vol. 101, no. 1, Mar. 2018, pp. 99-113.
Nuria Cruz Cámara
Flavien Falantin
Flavien Falantin (French and Francophone Studies) had three forthcoming book reviews of Ève-Alice Roustang, Françoise Sagan, la générosité du regard. Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2016, in The French Review, vol. 91.3, 227-228; of Delphine Nicolas-Pierre, Simone de Beauvoir. L’existence comme un roman. Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2016, in The French Review. vol. 92.1, 212-213; and of Ruth Amar, Quête et représentation du bonheur dans le roman français contemporain. Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2016, in The French Review, vol. 92.2, 245-246.
Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) has been invited to participate in an international conference, “Galassia Tabucchi,” that will take place on April 9-10, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, organized by the prestigious Gulbenkian Foundation. She has been asked to present a paper on the links between Antonio Tabucchi’s works, literature and time. She is also working on the last chapter of her manuscript, Filling The Gaps: the Western.
Flavia Brizio-Skov
Mallory Nischan and Allison Becha
Mallory Nischan and Allison Becha (both Francophone Studies) presented respectively “Oral Tradition in the Works of Assia Djebar” and “Exile in Tahar Djaout’s L’Invention du Désert” at a recent “Crossroads” interdisciplinary conference at the University of Georgia.


The MFLL talent show will take place April 5 in the Cox Auditorium. Please, let your students know about this opportunity and encourage them to participate. Here is the timeline for the dates that you need to know:
  • January 24 - the sign-up for the performances will start. We will send you a separate email about the sign-ups.
  • March 20 - the deadline to submit performance numbers. Let your students know that they should contact their instructor or language representative first. We want to make sure that the total number of minutes per language does not exceed 15 minutes.
  • March 29 – Rehearsals in the Cox Auditorium. We know that it's the day before Good Friday, but we could not reserve the auditorium for any other night. Please, send at least some of the performers to the rehearsal.
  • April 5 – Talent show
The Talent show is a competition. Three prizes (1st, 2nd, and 3d) will be awarded at the end of the show for the best performances. This year, the instructors are also allowed to participate in the numbers with their students. If you are a professor or an instructor, and you are interested in being a judge for the show, please contact Masha kmasha@utk.edu. We still need seven judges.

Game Night
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Chinese Checkers Tournament — On Thursday, February 1st, the UTK Chinese Culture Club hosted our first Chinese Checkers Tournament in the I-House Great Room. Chinese Checkers is a traditional Chinese board game that is still quite popular to this day. Roughly 50 students attended and nearly 30 participated in the tournament, including American and Chinese students. The Chinese Checkers Tournament was a successful event that promoted the understanding of Chinese culture and interaction between students with different cultural backgrounds.

Chinese Checkers Tournament
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Chinese Checkers Tournament
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Outreach activities at the L&N Academy — On February 16, Yen-Chen Hao, Dan Wang, and some student officers from Project Pengyou & Chinese Culture Club, visited a Chinese class in the L&N Stem Academy. We presented to their students about the Chinese Program at UT, Chinese New Year customs and celebrations, and study abroad experience through storytelling, games, and making origami red envelops and paper lanterns. Some of these student officers also visited The Episcopal School of Knoxville (Farragut) on February 12 and Clayton Bradley Academy (Maryville) on February 20 to present on the Chinese New Year traditions.

Outreach activities at the L&N Academy
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Outreach activities at the L&N Academy
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2018 Chinese New Year Celebration — On February 14, the Confucius Institute hosted the Chinese Year Celebration on the second floor of Hodges Library. The officers from Chinese Culture Club gave presentation on Chinese New Year traditions and had an arts and crafts table at the event, teaching passersby how to make origami dogs (because it is the year of dog) and paper lanterns. Many students enjoyed the activities at the arts and crafts table.

2018 Chinese New Year Celebration
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2018 Chinese New Year Celebration
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Upcoming event: Career Information Night — The Chinese Program is going to host Career Information Night on Thursday, March 1 at 5 pm in the I-house Community Room. This info session aims to provide practical information for students who are interested in gaining work experience in China after they graduate. People from different professions who have worked in China are invited to share their experience with our students. This event is sponsored by Asian Studies.

Career Information Night
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French Connections Week 2018
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LTR Methods Workshop - Dr. Bernie Issa
LTR Methods Workshops — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop series continued on February 21. Bernie Issa (Hispanic Studies) presented on “Creating and scaffolding communicative tasks”. After a brief discussion of key concepts and important factors for creating communicative tasks, Bernie led the workshop in an examination of examples of unsuccessful tasks, an analysis of successful communicative tasks, and finally gave participants the opportunity to create a communicative task for a grammar point of interest. 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. An edited video along with the Powerpoint and handouts from the presentation will soon be available on the LTR website. Coming up next: On March 1, Susan Edmundson (French) and Renée D'Elia-Zunino (Italian) will present “Creating Communicative Activities for an Online Environment: Using Technology for Class Interaction”, and on April 5, Cary Staples (School of Art) will present on using game design as a model to introduce STEM students to language learning. Have an idea for a presentation? 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:
Garageband is a free program for your MacBook or iPad that allows you to easily produce high quality podcast episodes or audio files for your course with minimal amounts of time. The LRC has received some interest in a Garageband workshop. If you have interest in attending a Garageband workshop in March, please express your interest here.


Managing Digital Distractions in the Classroom (Tues., March 6, 2:30PM - 4:25PM, 520 Greve Hall) At this workshop, you will explore how to help students stay focused and use digital devices in a more productive way. You will leave this workshop with ideas and strategies on managing digital distractions in your class.
Click here to register
Canvas Analytics for Student Success (Fri., March 23, 3PM - 4:30PM online) Analytics can improve student success by providing insight into student learning behaviors. You will learn how to assess the effectiveness of your online teaching methods, identify areas that need improvement, and identify at-risk students. Click here to register
Online Training of the Month: OneDrive Discover how to store and share your documents, spreadsheets, photos, and other files on the cloud with Microsoft OneDrive. In this course you will learn everything you need to know about the 2017 version of OneDrive, from managing and recovering files to viewing your photos in elegant galleries and slideshows. Learn how to upload, organize, copy, and delete files; share files using links and email; find the files and info you need; and create documents with Office Online. Click here to view
LTR Methods Workshop for March: Online Communicative Activities (Thurs., March 1, 2PM - 3PM in AMB 2) Susan Edmundson (French) and Renée D'Elia-Zunino (Italian) will present “Creating Communicative Activities for an Online Environment: Using Technology for Class Interaction”. If you can't meet with us in person, please visit the LRC Facebook page to join the livestream feed.

Deadline for Submissions for the Next Newsletter

The next MFLL Newsletter for Spring Semester 2018 will be published Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Deadline for receipt of submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 29, and should be sent to jromeise@utk.edu. Please be prompt in submitting items in time to meet the deadline.

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