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April 17, 2015 - WLE Research Colloquium

This year's WLE Research Colloquium was designated a Research One event. We were excited to welcome panels with 37 graduate student presenters and 70 undergraduate student presenters. Our featured speaker was Dr. David Arbesú of the Spanish faculty who shared his research for his most recent book in press: “A New Manuscript of the Conquest of Florida.” There was great diversity and the global quality of the humanities and social science research conducted by our students. We thank the USF Library for permitting us again to hold the annual colloquium in its media rooms. You can see the full program HERE.

April 15, 2015 - World Languages Fair
We had our inaugural World Languages Fair on Sessums Mall from 11am - 3pm.

April 7, 2015 - Eighth Annual Spanish Fair
Our 8th annual Spanish Fair in the TECO Room, College of Education was a great success. We had more than 400 students, faculty, instructors, teachers, community leaders, and presenters visit the Fair!

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). Congratulations Philip!

March 10, 2015 - Farewell Party -Kyoto Sangyo University
4:00pm - 6:00pm; TECO Room, College of Education
Say farewell to the students from Kyoto, Japan. There will be dancing, ninja competition and friendship. Click HERE to view flyer.

March 9, 2015 - Welcome Kyoto Sangyo University!

12:45pm - 3:00pm; Marshall Student Center, Ballroom A
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. Click HERE to view flyer.

February 28, 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.

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. Congratulations Philip!

February 24, 2015 - From Red Bean Buns to Haute Cuisine: Sino-French Food Films
3:00pm - 5:00pm; Patel Center (CGS), Room 136
We had an exciting event on Chinese Film and French Connections 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.

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.


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.

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.

December 2, 2014 -- WLE in the News
The USF Oracle published an article featuring Classics Program. Please click HERE to read it.

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.

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.

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.

November 14, 2014 - German Day 2014
12:30pm - 4:30pm; ULH 101
Please join us to celebrate another German Day. The year 2014 also marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a monumental day in history that led to Germany's reunification - and we will commemorate this anniversary on November 14 as well. German Day will feature a poetry slam, poster contest, and a presentation on the Berlin Wall. We will also give away lots of great prizes in a drawing and awards and prizes to the best poetry and poster presentations. Please join us for an afternoon of fun, food, and Vergnuegen. For more information, or to find out how to enter into the poetry slam or the poster contest, please contact your German instructor or Dr. Margit Grieb ( Sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Department of World Languages.

November 14, 2014 - Classics Program - Screening of Two of Vassilis Loules' Short Documentaries presented by the USF Classics Program
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm
Grace Allen Room, USF Tampa Library
Please click here for event flyers.

November 13, 2014 - "The Wall in Film" presented by Dr. Will Lehman
Time: 3:30pm
Grace Allen Room, USF Tampa Library
Please click here for event flyer.

November 12, 2014 -- MA Thesis Defense

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!

November 5, 2014 -- 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.

Two Students Awarded Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

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.

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!

October 29, 2014 - Russian Poetry and Music Festival, MUS 172-3, 3:30pm-5:45pm
The USF Russian Program and Russian Club invited everyone to a Festival of Poetry and Music!
Students and faculty read and recited poetry of great Russian poets, such as Pushkin and Tyutchev, in the original and in translation, and there was singing and other musical performances as well.

October 17, 2014 -- An Oktoberfest Winner of Best Research Poster
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.

Congratulations Julie!

October 13, 2014 -- 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.

October 2, 2014 - USF Hispanic Heritage Celebration Kickoff Event, Marshall Student Center Ballroom, noon-2pm

Please click HERE for the event flyer.

July 24, 2014 - WLE Undergraduate Spanish Colloquium

Please click here to see the event flyer.
The Department of World Languages held its first successful Undergraduate Spanish Colloquium on July 24, 2014 in the Aula Maria Zambrano. The Colloquium was also mentioned in the nation's only tri-lingual newpaper La Gaceta. To read the article (in Spanish) please click here.

May 8 - 10, 2014 - Sunshine State TESOL Conference
Applied Linguistics faculty, Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Dr. Camilla Vasquez, along with several of PhD students, presented their scholarship at the Sunshine State TESOL conference held in St Petersburg, FL on May 8-10, 2014.

(From left to right: Dr. Tracy-Ventura, Judith Bridges, Jelena Vuksanovic, Dr. Vasquez, Jhon Cuesta, and Andrea Lypka)

April 24, 2014 -- Culture Wars: German Intellectuals and WWI by Dr. Helmut J. Schneider, Grace Allen Room (USF Tampa Library), 2pm-4pm

Click HERE for flyer.

April 23, 2014 @ 2pm in SOC 403 & April 24, 2014 @ 6:30pm in SOC 161 - Portuguese II Skits

Click HERE for flyer.

April 15 & 17, 2014 -- 2nd WLE International Movie Series, Grace Allen Room (USF Tampa Library), various times
A group of WLE faculty members have joint efforts to make this intercultural movie series possible. There will be five movies in the following languages: Chinese, Russian, Arab, French, and Spanish. Here are the list of movies along with the presenters: In the Mood for Love (Dr. Chiang), Mermaid (Dr. Oleynik), Amreeka (Amer), The Artist (Dr. Brulotte),) and Beautiful (Manzur Leiva). The theme for this year is "Beauty" and all the films were carefully  selected to give the students the opportunity to explore the topic in a variety of ways.
In the Mood for Love - April 15 @ 1pm
Mermaid - April 15 @ 3pm
Amreeka - April 17 @ 11am
The Artist - April 17 @ 1pm
Beautiful - April 17 @3pm

April 7, 2014 -- Spain in la Florida, Grace Allen Room (USF Tampa Library), 3pm-5pm
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon and the 450th anniversary of the founding of St Augustine by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Dr. David Arbesu (USF Tampa) and Dr. Michael Francis (USF St Petersburg) gave two talks on early colonial Florida history. The talks, sponsored by ISLAC, were scheduled on Monday, April 7th, 3-5 pm (Grace Allen Room). Light refreshments were served. Click here for more info.

April 5, 2014 -- 8th Mid-Florida Japanese Speech and Skit Contest, MSC 2709, 3pm-6pm

April 4, 2014 -- WLE Research Colloquium, various USF Tampa Library rooms, 9am-4pm

Please click HERE for the full colloquium program.

April 2, 2014 -- 7th Annual Spanish Fair, TECO Room, USF College of Education, Tampa Campus

The Hispanic/Latino Section of the Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida invites you at our Seventh Annual Spanish Fair, on April 2nd, 2014,10 AM-2 PM, at the TECO Room, USF College of Education, Tampa Campus. The Fair showcases our graduate and undergraduate Spanish programs to the USF and Tampa communities and presents an opportunity for academic and cultural exchanges and collaborations. Come and join us in a day of cultural awareness, music, videos food, and fun activities! The ongoing event will have presentations about the diverse regions and cultures of the Hispanic world. Please click here for the program (in Spanish & English).

April 1, 2014 -- Joe Goodkin performing THE ODYSSEY, BSN 1201, 2pm-3pm
The Classics section invited Mr. Joe Goodkin, a Classics scholar and professional musician, who performed a 30-minute piece based on the story of Homer’s Odyssey.  Using acoustic guitar and voice, the piece told the story of the Odyssey through song in a manner similar to that of the Homeric bards, but with a modern twist. Mr. Goodkin used the performance to guide discussion into a wide range of topics, from classically specific to broader questions about the role of myth, literature, and identity. His university performances have included University of Wisconsin, University of Notre Dame, Bucknell, Millsaps, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, and Rochester University.
The presentation consisted of an introductory talk, the performance, and a follow up interactive question and answer session.
The event was sponsored by the Classical Society, the Eta Sigma Phi Honors Society for Classics, and the Hellenic Society.

March 26, 2014 -- 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.

-- Congratulations to Dr. Christine McCall Probes (French) and Dr. Camilla Vasquez (Applied Linguistics) for receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Probes and Dr. Vasquez (in absentia) were honored and presented with a plaque in recognition of their outstanding dedication to student education.

February 28-March 1, 2014 -- The State of Beauty Today - An International Bilingual (French/English) Conference

This international conference hosted by WLE was a success thanks to a great team effort. WLE students and Francophone colleagues (including from French, Spanish and Linguistics) volunteered to introduce speakers and/or summarize in English the French presentations. This event furthered USF and CAS goals through its presentation of distinguished interdisciplinary research; by its inter-departmental & inter-colleges cooperation (WLE, Anthropology, Humanities Institute; CAS, Business; Fine Arts, Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio); its institutional support, which included an array of universities and centers from France, Canada, New Zealand, as well as our USF ResearchOne, USF World, Research & Innovation Sponsored Research and Senate Research Council; by its strong and active student involvement via the USF French Club among others; and by its community engagement through the French Embassy and the Consulate General of France in Miami, as well as the business community with the French-American Business Council of West Florida.

February 28-March 1, 2014 -- The State of Beauty Today - An International Bilingual (French/English) Conference
This international interdisciplinary conference on The State of Beauty Today will address the specific topic of beauty in our contemporary world, especially as it pertains to culture, fashion, design, marketing, art, language, literature, drama and film. Is there a common ground to define what beauty is today? The conference will examine how is beauty debated and represented in our global culture. Speakers mainly from France, New Zealand, Canada and the USA will be part of the debate, which will take place on the USF Tampa campus, on Friday Feb. 28 (Library, Grace Allen Room: 9:30am-5:00pm) - March 1st (Marshall Student Center 3705: 10:30am-5:00pm).  The conference will be free and open to all. French and English will be the two languages of the conference.Contacts: Gaetan Brulotte:; Christine Probes:
Please click here for the conference program.

February 21-22, 2014 -- 21st Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film (SCFLLF)

The Department of World Languages was the 2014 host of the 21st biennial Southeast Conferences for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Film (SCFLLF) on Feb. 21 & 22. For over 30 years, this conference has been a venue to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities. Over 60 presentations by scholars from many different US states and from countries as far as the Ivory Coast addressed diverse topics concerning language, literature, culture, film, as well as foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition. The 2014 SCFLLF keynote speaker was Dr. Brad Prager (University of Missouri) who presented a talk on Holocaust documentaries. More pictures from the conference here.

February 21-22, 2014 -- 21st Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film
At the 21st SCFLLF, hosted by USF in Tampa, Florida, national and international scholars will present papers on all aspects of literature, linguistics, civilization, culture, film and pedagogy pertaining to foreign languages (ancient and modern).
Please follow this link to the conference website:

January 31, 2014 -- German Day 2014

Almost 200 USF German students and area high school students studying German, as well as their teachers, attended "German Day," organized by the German section of WLE. The event was sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany as part of their "Campus Weeks - Germany in Europe" campaign. Students of German presented poems and posters and competed for prizes. USF faculty presented talks on European and German issues. Click here to see pictures from the event.

January 31, 2014 -- German Day 2014, CWY 206
The German Section at USF invites students, faculty, and staff to join us in a day of activities showcasing the talents and interests of students studying German at Tampa Bay area and Florida high schools, as well as USF students. All activities are generously sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, DC as part of their annual “Campus Weeks” campaign. This year, the theme and focus is “Germany in Europe."
For more details, please click here.


November 21, 2013 -- Journee de la francophonie!, MSC 2707
Join us for some francophone fun! A free event where the French 1-3 classes will be exploring French speaking countries from around the world. Please click here for the event flyer.

November 19-23, 2013 -- ACSUS Conference
The ACSUS (Association for Canadian Studies in the United States) will have its next biennial international conference in downtown Tampa at the Marriott Waterfront from Nov 19-23, 2013. It is co-sponsored by USF World, Research One, and the Department of World Languages (Dr. Brulotte acted as the local liaison between USF and ACSUS). The program includes over 100 panels and roundtables across more than a dozen disciplines, and features guest speakers such as Canada's Ambassador to the US, and a reading by Quebec authors (our own Dr. Brulotte will be part of it). USF students may attend all panel presentations free of charge by showing a valid USF ID (excluding special events and dinner events) and USF Faculty and Staff may do so at the student rate of $50. The full program can be found here. ACSUS web site:

November 8, 2013 -- WLE Poetry Event, CPR 487
Please join us at this year's 4th WLE Poetry Event. For more info on how to present and on the event, please click here.

November 6, 2013 -- Homegrown Humanities Faculty Book Series - Dr. Anne Latowsky, Grace Allen Room (USF Library, 4th floor)
The next book featured in the book series will be Dr. Latowsky's "Emperor of the World". For more info on the event, please click here.

October 28, 2013 - A selection of Spring 2014 course offerings are now posted under Courses/Spring 2014. Come check them out!

October 16, 2013 - At the conclusion of the Maria Zambrano Conference, Cuban Artist Baruj Salinas presented Dr. Madeline Camara and Dr. Stephan K. Schindler with a gift for the “Aula Maria Zambrano.” The painting is part of the cycle “Claros del Bosque” and will be placed in the Aula.

October 14, 2013 - Dr. Pablo Brescia was awarded the Status of Latinos (SOL) Faculty Award at this year's Hispanic Heritage Kickoff Celebration. To read more about this, please click here.

Fall 2013 - Dr. Pablo Brescia and Dr. Madeline Camara were both mentioned in this Fall's ISLAC Newsletter. Dr. Brescia was awarded the SOL Faculty Award at this year's Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Dr. Camara was recognized at the 10th Annual Diversity Summit in April.

September 25, 2013 @ 3:30pm -- Around the World in Sixty Minutes, Grace Allen Room (Library 4th floor) Join the Department of World Languages, the Department of English, and the Humanities Institute for “Around the World in Sixty Minutes.” This faculty reading series highlights the diverse global nature of creative writing and translation at the University of South Florida. Our very own Dr. Gaetan Brulotte is one of this year's faculty presenters. For more info, click here.

Fall 2013 - Dr. Camilla Vasquez is in the Fulbright Hong Kong Report 13/14. Her Fulbright experience abroad can be read here.

September 19, 2013 - Dr. Pablo Brescia attended the "Second voices for the New Century" conference at Cornell University. An article was written by the Bolivian newspaper El Dia about the writers meeting. Click here to read the article.

September 2, 2013 - Dr. Anne Latowsky's book review in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung can be read here.

August 7, 2013 - The department of World Languages would like to extend a special welcome to our new faculty members:
Assistant Professors
David Arbesu (Spanish)
Nicole Tracy-Ventura (Applied Linguistics)
Amanda Huensch (Applied Linguistics)
Christopher Polt (Classics)
Mei-Hsuan Chiang (Chinese)
Federica Colleoni (Italian)
Amy Oh (Classics)
Qiong Wu (Chinese)
We are delighted to have an excellent group of faculty join WLE and wish them a successful first semester.

July 28-August 9, 2013. STARTALK is a national, federally funded program with the mission of increasing the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. The University of South Florida is delighted to announce the third year of its summer USF STARTALK Chinese Academy for high school students and USF STARTALK Teacher Training and Mentorship Program for Chinese Teachers. For more information click here.

July 17, 2013 - There was a successful turnout of a 145 people at the Cervantes Institute (Madrid, Spain) yesterday where Dr. Heike Scharm presented her book El tiempo y el ser en Javier Marias. The presentation was covered by the Spanish national newspaper El pais. For the article please click here.

July 15, 2013 -- The department of World Languages invites everybody to support our own Dr. Heike Scharm. She will be presenting her book El tiempo y el ser en Javier Marias at the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, Spain tomorrow (July 16th). The event will be projected live at the following link:
To learn more about the event, please click here.

July 3, 2013 - The MA program in Applied Linguistics in the World Languages department at USF is now accepting applications for the newly-established Gratitude Scholarship in Applied Linguistics.

The Gratitude Scholarship in Applied Linguistics is a graduate scholarship designed to assist a student achieve their educational goals.
Recipients must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA as calculated by USF and must demonstrate financial need as documented by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Strong consideration will be given to students who are Florida residents, and have a strong background of volunteer service.
Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • You must be a current or new student in the MA-Applied Linguistics program at USF.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student (9 credit hours).
  • You must have already submitted a FAFSA for the current academic year.

To apply, please submit an essay in which you describe any past volunteer experiences you have participated in, and describe what community service activities you plan to be involved in during your studies at USF. Please also discuss your future plans for “giving back” to the field of Applied Linguistics after graduation.

Application deadline is July 22, 2013.
To apply, please submit your essay, and supporting documents showing your Fall course schedule and FAFSA eligibility to Dr. Camilla Vasquez (

Applications will be reviewed by a departmental committee and awardees will be notified in the first two weeks of August.