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Information for Undergraduates:
Foreign Language Placement Test
Language Placement Tests are available in the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian. The fee for the placement test is $25. Please 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 during Spring Break [March 2-6, 2015] & on March 26, 2015)
Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian
Tuesday: 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 2pm
Thursday: 1pm - 5pm
Last placement tests are given at 4pm (T/TR) and 1pm (W).
For more information, please call WLE front desk at 813-974-2548.
*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.
Check it out! WLE course flyers are now posted:
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.
Dr. Pablo Brescia in La Gaceta
An article on Dr. Brescia's work on Argentine literature was featured in La Gaceta
(Tampa), the nation's only trilingual newspaper (English, Italian, Spanish). To read the article please click HERE
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 studentsâ€™ letters and reactions to their video clips.
Dr. Heike Scharm mentioned in El Pais!
The University of Barcelona celebrated its first Transatlantic Event organized in collaboration with Brown University's Transatlantic Project. WLE's Dr. Heike Scharm was among the invited speakers, presenting Alexander von Humboldt's work Cosmos
as a precursor of current transatlantic theory and eco-cosmopolitism.
To read more about the Barcelona Colloquium (in Spanish) in El Pais!
, please click HERE
Dr. Camilla Vasquez in the New York Times
Dr. Camilla Vasquez was featured in the New York Times
on Nov. 29, 2014 in the article The Art of the Amateur Online Review
. To read it please click HERE
German Day 2014 - November 14, 2014
Jurgen Borsch, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany
The German Section of the Department of World Languages celebrated another German Day on Nov. 14, 2014. The special theme of this year’s event was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Over 150 students studying German at Tampa Bay area high schools and at USF showcased their poster projects and performed in a poetry jam. The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jurgen Borsch, and Honorary Consul Norma Henning participated in the festivities, as did the faculty of the German section and several volunteers. Two other events were held in remembrance of this special anniversary: On Nov. 13, 2014 Dr. Will Lehman presented a lecture entitled “The Wall in Film” and on Sept. 23, 2014, there was a film screening of The Lives of Others
All events were sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC.
To see more pictures of the event, please click HERE.
Dr. Pablo Brescia's Keynote Address - The Cervantes Institute
On November 5th, Dr. Pablo Brescia gave the keynote address in the celebration of Argentine writer Julio Cortazar's centennial (1914-1984) at the Cervantes Institute in Chicago. The talk was entitled "A Hundred Years: Cortazar, Before and After". His visit was sponsored by the Cervantes Institute and the Argentine Consulate in Chicago.
Recipient of 2014 Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award
Dr. Judy Genshaft (USF President),
Dr. Anne Latowsky (Associate Professor of French), Dr. Paul R. Sanberg
(Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation)
WLE is proud to announce that our very own,
Dr. Anne Latowsky, was one of the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Awards.
USF recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members for their outstanding publications, awards and grants recognizing their scholarship
Please click HERE
for the official press release.
Congratulations Dr. Latowsky!
Honorable Mention - 2014 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
From L - R: Dr. Jane Harvey (INTO, former SLAIT PhD student), Dr. Elizabeth Bell (CAS Associate Dean), Ruben Vasquez, Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Amy Fioramonte (current SLAIT PhD student), Dr. Camilla Vasquez, Zeynep Erdil-Moody (current SLAIT PhD student), Kristin Cardellio (current SLAIT PhD student), Dr. Stephan Schindler
WLE is proud to announce that our very own Dr. Camilla Vasquez received an Honorable Mention for the university-wide 2014 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. There was one overall winner and two Honorable Mentions for the ENTIRE university, and it is a great honor for us that one of them is from WLE. The applicants are judged on a number of criteria, including job placement of students, conference presentations and publications with students, among others. Dr. Vasquez was honored at the Scholar of Excellence event, which was held on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
Please check out this promotional video made by the USF Collge of Arts & Sciences about our M.A. program in Applied Linguistics. For more information about the program please click here
On March 26, 2014
, Philippe Letrilliart, Consul General of France in Miami, presented USF Distinguished University Professor Gaetan Brulotte with the honor of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques
. Please click HERE
to read more about the event. The Department of World Languages congratulates Dr. Brulotte on accepting this incredible honor.
WLE in the News
- On Dec. 2, 2014 The USF Oracle published the following article in which our Classics Program was featured prominently. Please click HERE to read it.
WLE Student Accomplishments
Nicky Gauthier (MA in French, Class of 2014) has accepted a job as a Visiting Instructor of French at the University of Central Florida.
On November 12th 2014, Vivian Mills defended her MA Thesis on the medieval Jewish philosopher Abner de Burgos. The committee was formed by Dr. David Arbesu (chair, center), Dr. Anne Latowsky (left), Dr. Heike Scharm (not pictured), and it counted with the advising of Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth (right). Congratulations Vivian!
Julie Dell-Jones, current Ph.D. student and online French TA for WLE, was one of the winners for Best Research Poster at this year’s CAS Oktoberfest 2014, which was held on Friday, October 17, 2014 in the MSC Ballroom. The title of her poster was The Arts as Content-based French Language Learning: “Renoir to Chagall” Museum Lessons. The CAS Oktoberfest, held annually, is an opportunity to recognize peers, grow interdisciplinary collaboration, inspire innovation and advance USF research. Congratulations Julie!
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced the selection of 40 new Fellows in a program that prepares outstanding candidates to represent the United States as Foreign Service Officers.
We are delighted to announce that two students from our programs have been awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, undergrad Hiram Rios (undergraduate) and alumnae Denise Marton Menendez (graduate).
Administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships develop a source of men and women whose academic backgrounds fulfill the skill needs of the State Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.
Selected in their junior year, Pickering Undergraduate Fellows receive financial support towards tuition and other expenses during the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellows receive financial support towards a two-year, full-time master's degree program in a field related to international affairs and diplomacy such as public policy, international affairs, public administration, and other related academic fields. Fellows in both programs participate in one domestic and one overseas internship. Upon the completion of their master's degree, they commit to five years of service as a Foreign Service Officer.
Mr. Rios is a Bachelor's of Arts candidate in economics and international studies, with a minor in Modern Chinese Language. He expects to graduate in May 2015.
Ms. Marton Menendez graduated in December 2014 with multiple degrees: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Economics; and Bachelor of Arts in French. She plans to attend the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver for a master's degree in Global Trade, Finance and Economic Integration.