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2016

Research Presentation

Dr. Tracy-Ventura and Ph.D. student/Spanish Graduate Assistant, Jhon Cuesta, presented their co-authored research this summer at the Teaching and Language Corpora (TaLC) conference in Giessen, Germany in July 2016. Their attendance was supported by a CAS Faculty International Travel Grant and a Student Government Conference Presentation Grant. Ph.D. student/German Graduate Assistant, Ramona Kreis, also attended.

Keynote Address

Dr. Camilla Vasquez delivered a keynote address at the 15th Annual International Conference on Language and Social Psychology held in Bangkok, Thailand in June.  (Photo credit: Jake Gillespie)

Ph.D. graduate Erhan Aslan has accepted a faculty position in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Reading, UK. Congratulations Erhan!

Kalea Benson, one of our Chinese II students, was awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship to continue her study of Chinese in China for a full calendar year. Congratulations Kalea!

Daniel Olsen, a double major in Mechanical Engineering and German, is a recipient of the prestigious DAAD RISE scholarship. The RISE program allows US students to go and work at German Universities in a research setting. Daniel will be working on research at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology to test springs that are made out of composites, like carbon fiber. Congratulations Daniel!

Hiram Rios Hernandez, USF class of 2015 alum who was in the Modern Chinese Language program, is currently interning as a Pickering Fellow in Taipei, Taiwan. As a member of the Public Diplomacy Section, his portfolio includes social media, outreach events, and education programming for the American Institute in Taiwan. While at USF, Hiram also received Gilman, Boren, and Critical Language Scholarships to support his study of Mandarin Chinese, which has proven useful in Taipei. At the end of the summer, Hiram will return to Harvard University to finish his Master in Public Policy degree.

Faculty Awarded Grant

Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Dr. Amanda Huensch have been awarded a prestigious research grant from Language Learning’s Small Grants Research Program for pursuing their collaborative study: “Investigating foreign language attrition, maintenance, and development post-instruction and study abroad.”  They will be continuing a longitudinal study that began in 2011 to examine the long-term evolution of foreign language proficiency. Congratulations Dr. Tracy-Ventura and Dr. Huensch!

Faculty Honor

The Classical Preparatory Academy, a successful charter school focused on a Classics curriculum, honored Dr. Eleni H. Manolaraki for her service and her commitment to a pre-college education in Classics. She was presented with the award at the school’s annual fundraising gala on April 9th. Dr. Manolaraki spoke on the enduring value of Classical antiquity as a school subject. You can read her address here. Congratulations Dr. Manolaraki!

Faculty TESOL Honor

The TESOL Association (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is honoring Dr. Amanda Huensch as one of their 30 Up and Coming, which “recognizes individuals who represent future leaders in the profession of English language teaching and learning”. Congratulations Dr. Huensch!

Faculty Publication Award

Dr. Anne Latowsky has won the annual award for the Best First Book written by a member of the Southeastern Medieval Association for Emperor of the World: Charlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800-1229 (Cornell UP, 2013). Congratulations Dr. Latowsky!

Chelsea Mulligan, who is majoring in German Studies, has received a paid internship position with the German American Business Chamber of Central Florida. Congratulations Chelsea!

Luc Bonhomme, a French MA student and TA, has been accepted into the PhD program of Francophone Studies at The University of Louisiana, Lafayette with important financial support. Congratulations Luc!

Madison Wahler, French MA student and TA, has been accepted to the Cardozo School of Law class of 2019 with a full tuition merit scholarship guaranteed for all three years of study. She will spend her first two years completing a J.D. in New York and her third year in Paris working on an LLM (Diplôme d'université en droit) from the Sorbonne with concentrations in French and European Law. Congratulations Madison!

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!