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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!

Congratulations to the WLE BA students on the Dean's List for Fall 2015:
Jacob Alcala - Russian
Jonathan Assis - Classics
Ashley Derr - Classics
Natalie Fulle - Spanish
Natesha Godbee - German
Cheyenne Kuyper - French
Justin Marin - Spanish
Tara Pearson - German
Angela Smith - French
Joshua Thornton - German
Victoria Walker - Spanish
James Rasmussen - Russian

Farewell Lecture - Dr. Gaëtan Brulotte

Honorary Consul of France and President of FRAMCO, Jean-Charles Faust, Dr. Christine Probes and Dr. Gaëtan Brulotte
Dr. Gaëtan Brulotte gave an overview of his recently published book about the most celebrated Canadian painter of the 20th century - Jean Paul Lemieux. The occasion was his upcoming retirement after 31 years of service at USF.

Erhan Aslan, a SLA/IT Ph.D. student co-advised by Amy Thompson and Camilla Vasquez of World Languages, was recently named one of five world-wide TESOL Research Mini-grant winners. This award provides up to US$2,500 for those who are currently working on or would like to start research projects that are aligned with the TESOL Research Agenda. Congratulations Erhan!

On December 10, 2015, Wesley Curtis successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "The effects of processing instruction on Chinese learners’ acquisition of Spanish copulae."  His co-major professors were Dr. Amy Thompson and Dr. Victoria Russell (Valdosta State) and committee members were Dr. Camilla Vásquez and Dr. Wei Zhu. Congratulations Wesley!

After successfully defending her dissertation, Hatime Ciftci graduated from the SLA/IT Ph.D. program in December 2015. Hatime's research focuses on the pragmatics of office hour interactions in English medium universities in Turkey. Hatime was advised by Dr. Camilla Vasquez, with Drs. Wei Zhu, Amy Thompson, and Amanda Huensch serving as dissertation committee members. Congratulations Hatime!

Dr. Audrey Viguier, alumna of WLE's French MA program, published an article in the December 2015 French Review, a distinguished journal with blind review. It is her second article in this widely read journal: "Aliénation sociale et justice communiste dans 'Crainquebille' (1904) d'Anatole France."

Faculty Research Presentation
Applied Linguistics professor Camilla Vasquez presented her research about the language of TripAdvisor reviews to an audience of 800 travel industry representatives at the Skift Global Forum in Brooklyn NY in October.

Faculty Research Presentation
Dr. Heike Scharm was among the international scholars invited by the Mexican Embassy and the University of Cambridge to present their current research on Carlos Fuentes at Carlos Fuentes: Colloquium and Celebration at Cambridge University, UK in early October. Learn more here.

A recent French MA graduate, Perpetual Mensah, is now an Instructor of French at St. Lawrence University. Congratulations!

Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Camilla Vasquez who was selected to receive a Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award this year. Congratulations!

September 2015 -- "Discovering an Ancient Explorer Anew"

The research work of Dr. David Arbesú is currently in USF News. Congratulations!

Faculty in the News!

On September 9, 2015, Dr. David Arbesú was featured in a Spanish newspaper, La Nueva España, regarding the discovery of a new manuscript about Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and the conquest of Florida. The news coincides with the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.

Latin American Science Fiction Research Grant
The USF Humanities Institute and USF Libraries are co-sponsoring the newly created Latin American Science Fiction Research Grant for Spring 2016 to support the use of the Libraries' unique Latin American Science Fiction collections. Dr. Pablo Brescia is the Academic Coordinator for the LASFRG, a national and international residential grant for scholars of Latin American science fiction. Read more HERE.

Le Prix de de Littérature Gérald-Godin 2015

Distinguished University Professor Gaëtan Brulotte just received Le Prix de Littérature Gérald-Godin 2015, a Grand Prix Culturel in Québec for his most recent book, La contagion du réel. He will also be interviewed for Radio Canada and will be featured at the Maison de Culture of Trois-Riviéres (Québec).

Congratulations to the WLE BA student on the Dean's List for Summer 2015:
Jonathan Assis - Classics

Lisa Clarke, a Spanish Graduate Program student, has been awarded with the Second Prize in the prestigious “Student Prize Competition” organized annually by the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy. Papers recognized will be presented in the forthcoming academic conference “Cuba-What’s Next?” and will be considered for publication in Cuba in Transition. Congratulations, Lisa, for your fine effort and your continued interest in Cuban Studies!

Presentation of book at Museo del Escritor in Madrid

Dr. Pablo Brescia's latest book, Borges. Cinco especulaciones (Madrid: Del Centro Editores, 2015) was presented in Madrid at the Museo del Escritor on June 17th. Click on the link to the presentation HERE.

Spring 2015 -- Creative Scholarship Grants awarded

Dr. Mei-Hsuan Chiang was granted a Creative Scholarship Grant for the academic year 2015-2016 to continue further research on gender and nationalism in Taiwan cinema during the cold war era.

Dr. David Arbesú was granted a Creative Scholarship Grant for the academic year 2015-2016 to work on editions of Lope de Vega's Las famosas asturianas and Montalbán's La monja alférez. Congratulations!

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. You can read Hiram's story HERE. Congratulations, Hiram!

Marcos Gonzalez, an Honors College junior and Provosts Scholar majoring in Accounting, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this summer in the Imagining Argentina program, directed by Prof. Pablo Brescia.

Marcos' goal through this study abroad program is to work alongside the economics department at USF and use these resources as a catalyst for raising awareness of issues plaguing developing countries. Click here to learn more about the Gilman Scholarship. Congratulations Marcos!

May 2015 -- 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. Congratulations Terra!

April 25, 2015 -- Lehrerfortbildungstag

On April 25, 2015, 22 teachers from all over Florida met for a “Lehrerfortbildungstag,” a workshop on teaching German in Florida’s secondary and post-secondary institutions, at USF. The workshop was organized by Dr. Margit Grieb (who is also the president of FATG) and Dr. Stephan Schindler.

Double MA alumnus (Applied Linguistics and French) James Reese now lives in Paris working as a creative writer while also teaching at the American University of Paris and at two grandes ├ęcoles, ECE and ESCE. He has also been invited to teach at L’Ecole Polytechnique. Further information can be found at

April 2015 -- Celebrating the End of Semester

Applied Linguistics faculty and MA students celebrate the end of a successful semester at Umberto's of Long Island in Dunedin.

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.

Eimma Chebinou successfully defended her MA thesis "Identité féminine et amour interculturel dans 'Shérazade: 17 ans, brune, frisée, les yeux verts' de Leila Sebbar, 'Mon examen de blanc' de Jacqueline Manicom et 'Le baobab fou' de Ken Bugul" on April 16, 2015. The Examining Committee included: Major Professor Gaëtan Brulotte, Christine M. Probes, Heike Scharm, and Joseph Diémé (Humbolt State University).

Congratulations Eimma!

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

2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

Laysa Mena, Rachel Fanti, and Katherine Bui received the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for their presentation at the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium on April 9, 2015. Their project, "A Culinary Journey in Times of Globalization: The Evolution and Export of Parisian Cuisine" was mentored by WLE's Dr. Heike Scharm. 

On Thursday, April 9th, Areins Pelayo, Crystal Bonano, Cedric Torres, and Wendy Timirau presented at the OUR Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. This presentation represented the culmination of a year of participating in research with Dr. Amanda Huensch and Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura.

Eighth Annual Spanish Fair was a Success!

The Spanish Section of WLE is proud to celebrate the Eighth Annual Spanish Fair (April 7, 2015). Thanks to all the professors, instructors and MA students that helped make the fair a success! This year's Eighth Annual Spanish Fair was recently featured in La Gaceta, the oldest tri-lingual newspaper in Tampa!

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!

Provost's Award: Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate TA
Congratulations to SLAIT PhD student Erhan Aslan for winning the 2014-2015 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in one of four disciplines. Erhan won the Provost's Award in Arts and Humanities (World Languages) and was presented the award on April 2, 2015. Congratulations Erhan!

Erhan Aslan with Provost Ralph Wilcox

Dr. Pablo Brescia in the news in Mexico
Dr. Brescia was interviewed by Channel 22, Mexico's cultural channel, on occasion of his publication of Cortázar sampleado (2014).

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 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.

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.