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Information for Undergraduates
Foreign Language Placement Test
Language Placement Tests are available in: Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian.
Placement test fee is $25.
Call the World Languages front desk at (813) 974-2548 for more information.
SPRING 2015 Testing Schedule
(January 5 - May 1, 2015)
(No placement testing on March 26, 2015)
Tuesday: 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 2pm
Thursday: 1pm - 5pm
Last placement tests are given at 4pm (T/TR) and 1pm (W).
Call the World Languages front desk at (813) 974-2548 for more information.
*Testing dates/times are always subject to change*
Other possible languages available. Please contact Patricia Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The USF Foundation has established a scholarship fund for World Languages students in memory of Ava Chitwood. If you wish to make a gift or pledge online you can do so by clicking on the icon below. Select World Languages and then fund 420093001. If you would like to donate to our Modern Language Operating Fund, the fund is 420250.
Recent WLE "Italian Film Festival"
Applied Linguistics graduate student Salvio Illiano presented the film "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (M. Monicelli, 1958) on March 12, 2015.
History Professor and History Department Chair Prof. Fraser Ottanelli presented the film "The Organizer" (M.Monicelli, 1963) on March 19, 2015.
The event was organized by Prof. Federica Colleoni and Arnaldo Ciccotelli.
French Faculty & Students in the Community!
Recent MA and PhD Alice Defacq and French TA Madison Wahler accompanied Dr. Christine Probes as invited judges for the statewide high school French Congrès (Le Congrès de la Culture Française en Floride), March 12-14, 2015.
Applied Linguistics Faculty in the Community!
On Saturday, February 28, 2015 Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Dr. Camilla Vásquez and Dr. Amanda Huensch served as volunteer judges at the annual Pinellas County Schools World Languages International Day, held at Meadowlawn Middle School in St. Petersburg. The event celebrates local students who elect to study foreign languages at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.
Are you going to see Zoominations at the Lowry Park Zoo?
The WLE Chinese section is conducting cultural training for the Lowry Park Zoo to help them prepare for a major Chinese performance display, called Zoominations, in collaboration with Chinese partners. We are working with them to train employees of the zoo how to better interact with and host their Chinese partners.
The lantern festival begins February 28, 2015 and continues for 3 months. Learn more HERE.
From Red Bean Buns to Haute Cuisine: Sino-French Food Films
We had an exciting event on Chinese Film and French Connections (February 24, 2015) sponsored by the Chinese and French sections of USF's World Languages, Research One, the Confucius Institute, Florida-France Linkage Institute and Phi Sigma Iota. Below are photos of Dr. Schindler's introduction and Dr. Michelle Bloom's presentation.
To view the flyer, click HERE.
Dr. Pablo Brescia in El Nuevo Herald
Professor Brescia was interviewed in El Nuevo Herald, the most widely read Spanish newspaper in the nation. Read the interview HERE.
The Department of World Languages is proud to announce that USF received the
grant to continue the STARTALK program under the direction of our very own Dr. Eric Shepherd. Congratulations!
Learn more about the STARTALK program HERE.
USF Chinese Program in Competition for Top Ten Volunteer Organizations in Qingdao for 2014
As a follow-up to the previous post below, the following articles appeared in the Qingdao Daily, the city's official newspaper, on 11/16/14, 11/19/14 and 12/17/14 about our students' volunteer activities in China. Because of their work over last summer and fall, the program was one of thirty-five organizations nominated for a competition for the Top Ten Volunteer Organizations in Qingdao for 2014. The competition has descriptions of the organizations and their activities on-line at this LINK. The "USF group" is the first group listed on the page with the description below the picture with our students and Dr. Eric Shepherd, the program director, standing with some of the elderly people they worked with. The competition involved on-line voting. The group are in the top ten therefore they are likely to be recognized by the Qingdao municipal government in an official ceremony later this month.
Education Abroad Tier I of the Chinese Learning in the Culture Program - Students in the News
Chinese I students participated in the Education Abroad Tier I of the Chinese Learning in the Culture Program this past summer, they participated in a large number of community service learning activities. These first year Chinese students used their Chinese language skills to contribute to the local Qingdao community in a wide range of activities including selling newspapers to raise money for leukemia patients, volunteering at the Qingdao School for the Blind, teaching elementary children about American culture, spending time with elderly peasants in surrounding rural villages, and assisting elderly who are living on their own. During the summer, the local media including several newspapers and local television stations reported about these community service activities USF students were involved in.
Upon their return to Tampa, the students wrote letters thanking the media organizations for providing these learning opportunities to them. The original hand written version of one of those letters, written by student Lindsay O'Brien, appeared in Qingdao Daily, the official Party paper of the city, with a follow up article about the students and the USF Chinese program. The newspaper also sent out a version on their official WeChat (twitter-like microblog) account and published an article on their web site.
A link to the web article is included HERE (in Chinese) with the letter written by Lindsay and a picture of some of the students visiting an elderly woman at her home.
The Qingdao Daily has published several follow up articles with contributions from the students including short videos. Below is the video clip (with English subtitles) of the elderly receiving the students' letters and reactions to their video clips.
2015 WLE Research Colloquium
We are looking forward to our Research Colloquium co-sponsored by the USF chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, International Honor Society.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Read more HERE.
WLE Student Accomplishments
Hiram Rios, a student in our Chinese program in which he has been studying Chinese for three years, has been accepted to all of the six prestigious graduate programs that he applied:
1. Harvard Kennedy School of Government - Master in Public Policy
2. Columbia School of International and Public Affairs - Master of International Affairs
3. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies MA/Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate
4. Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy
5. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service - Master of Science in Foreign Service
6. American University School of International Service - Master of International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics & Security
He also has received the U.S. State Department's Pickering Fellowship which provides $80,000 of graduate education funding in International Affairs as well as a five-year job post as a Foreign Service Officer upon graduation.
Philip Allen, MA in Spanish candidate, successfully presented his paper at the USF Symposium "From Local to Global: Narratives of Inequality and Power (Provost's Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities) " on Friday, March 30, 2015.
Philip presented a transatlantic analysis of fictional narratives on historical memory. His study focused on the use of the eyes and gazes as literary and socio-political devices in two contemporary novels dealing with the dictatorships of Franco (Spain) and Trujillo (Dominican Republic).
Terra Askar, MA student in Applied Linguistics, was accepted to present her paper on ‘Corpus-based Activities to Enhance ESL/EFL Classroom Instruction’ at the annual Sunshine State TESOL conference to be held in St Petersburg in May 2015. Terra also won free conference registration by submitting her ideas for engaging ELLs in the classroom.
On February 25th 2015, Philip Allen defended his MA Thesis on Montalbàn's La màs constante mujer. The committee was formed by Dr. David Arbesù (chair), Dr. Heike Scharm, Dr. Anne Latowsky, and Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth.
WLE rejoices with MA French graduate and PhD SLAIT graduate James Aubry who learned officially of his Tenure and Promotion in French at the University of Tampa.
Congratulations to the WLE BA students on the Dean's List for Fall 2014:
Amanda McDuffie - Classics
Angela Smith - French
Travis Street - German Studies
Joshua Thornton - German Studies
Isabella Parizon - German Studies
Clayton Thompson - German Studies
Ian Finch - Spanish
Aimee Bertalon - Spanish
James Ross - Spanish
Jacob Alcala - Russian
Recent French MA Graduate, Juan Serrano-Vazquez, holds a teaching position at the American Youth Academy, a local private school. He teaches IB English and will be alternating with another teacher to teach IB Spanish next year. He writes: "The French Masters program helped me be able to teach literature and I am enjoying it very much."
Nicky Gauthier (MA in French, Class of 2014) has accepted a job as a Visiting Instructor of French at the University of Central Florida.