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Congratulations to PhD student, Kristy Cardellio, for defending her dissertation “Situated Directives in Italian L2 Service-Learning Encounters Abroad” and graduating in Spring 2016. Congratulations Kristy!

On  March 23, 2016, Erhan Aslan successfully defended his dissertation, "International Teaching Assistants in the US University Classroom: A Mixed-Methods Study of Individual Differences and L2 Pragmatic Competence," The committee included Drs. Amy Thompson, Camilla Vasquez (co-chairs), Nicole Tracy-Ventrua, and Amanda Huensch.  Dr. Ippokratis Kantzios served as the external defense chair. Congratulations Erhan!

Beatriz Daquioag, a Marketing major minoring in Spanish, has been awarded the prestigious Gilman Scholarship to study Spanish abroad as part of the Imagining Argentina program (July 2016) under Dr. Pablo Brescia. Beatriz writes: “Studying abroad has only been a dream ... Gilman supports student-mothers, and paid me the full amount to study abroad!“ Congratulations Beatriz!

WLE Research Colloquium
The 2016 World Languages Research Colloquium was a great success! It was exciting to see our graduate students and undergraduate students present their research in so many - often interdisciplinary - fields. Our featured speaker Dr. Eric Shepherd’s presentation "Dang di ge dang: Hearing the Shandong Fast Tale Auralscape", was truly remarkable and brought to mind affiliations with traditions and performance in other societies such as those of Ancient Greece. You can see the full program here.

Ancient and Modern Mythologies

Cuba and Brazil: Cultures in Dialogue

Love, War, Philosophy and Music across the Ages

Applied Linguistics

"Could the Language Barrier Actually Fall Within the Next 10 Years?"
Dr. David Arbesú just published "Could the language barrier actually fall within the next 10 years?" in The Conversation.

The 22nd Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film (SCFLLF)
The 22nd SCFLLF was held in February 2016, hosted by Stetson University in Celebration, Florida. The Conference is organized by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, the Department Boundless Learning at Stetson University, as well as the Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida.

"What's Behind Japan's Moss Obsession?"
Mako Nozu and Brian Thompson recently published "What's Behind Japan's Moss Obsession?", which is USF's first contribution to The Conversation, an academic news site.

Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award


(from left to right: Dr. Ralph Wilcox, Dr. Kersuze Simeon-Jones and Dr. Judy Genshaft)

WLE is proud to announce that Dr. Kersuze Simeon-Jones was one of the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards. This USF Award program is to encourage excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Congratulations Dr. Simeon-Jones!

Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award


(from left to right: Dr. Dwayne Smith, Dr. Camilla Vásquez, Dr. Judy Genshaft and Dr. Paul Sanberg)

WLE is proud to announce that Dr. Camilla Vásquez was one of the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Awards. USF recognizes the accomplishments of faculty who have received national and international peer recognition for their research work during 2014. Congratulations Dr. Vásquez!