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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 during Spring Break [March 2-6, 2015] & 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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.
Dr. Amy Thompson in Khaasbaat
Dr. Amy Thompon did an interview for the Indian-American newspaper, Khaasbaat. To read the article including her interview, click 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.
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 students' 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!, 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 at the Cervantes Institute
On November 5, 2014 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 and research.
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. Dr. Vasquez was honored at the Scholar of Excellence event, which was held on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
New video for our Applied Linguistics program
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.
Chevalier dans l'Ordres des Palmes Academiques
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 an article featuring Classics Program. Please click HERE to read it.
Welcome Kyoto Sangyo University!
Join USF Kakehashi and USF World Languages to welcome 23 students and 2 professors from Kyoto Sangyo University. Enjoy presentations by Kyoto Sangyo University students about Japan today.
Monday, March 9, 2015, 12:45pm - 3pm
USF Marshall Student Center, Ballroom A
Click HERE to view flyer.
Farewell Party - Kyoto Sangyo University
Say farewell to the students from Kyoto, Japan. There will be dancing, *ninja competition* and friendship.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4pm - 6pm
TECO Room, College of Education
Click HERE to view flyer.
WLE Student Accomplishments
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.
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. The title of her poster was The Arts as Content-based French Language Learning: “Renoir to Chagall” Museum Lessons.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced the selection of 40 new 2014 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 were 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. Find out more HERE.
Mr. Rios is a Bachelor 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.