Modern Languages Faculty Accomplishments
Aura Baki considers music to have a positive effect in her classroom. Minutes before
her class begins she uses Spanish music as background. As her students arrive to
classroom, she welcomes, greets and talks to them in the target language. The idea
is to create a relaxed environment which is conducive to learning about the Spanish
language and culture in a more natural and effective way.
Toshiko Bell attended the ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign
Languages) conference/workshop in Philadelphia on November 17,2012. Thanks to her
inspiration and encouragement two of her students will be studying abroad in Japan.
Alicia Fernández Barbero established a weekly coffee hour for students to practice
Spanish in a more informal setting. Every Monday students can practice Spanish with
a native speaker that uses a recreational approach to the language. It also becomes a
great opportunity to interact with other students in ways that can change the students´
perspective of what learning a language means.
Giorgio Galbussera presented a paper entitled "The alien within the family: Liberating the
mother from the prison of family values in Io sono l’amore" at the annual conference of the
American Association for Italian Studies in Eugene, OR. While there he also attended panels on
language pedagogy and the use of film in the foreign language classroom.
Joanne Lucena was an invited key note speaker at the Association of Historical Memory
and the UNED (on-line university), Cartagena, Spain, March 12, 2013 where she spoke
about the pedagogy of teaching the Spanish Civil War to American Students, "Pete
Seeger, Robert Capa y la brigada Lincoln: la pedagogía de enseñar la Guerra Civil
Española a estudiantes americanos” . She was also the invited key note speaker at the
Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), Spain, March 12, 2013 where she spoke
about the American University system. Jojo Lucena published an article about the
Spanish author, Angela Vallvey, which included an interview with the author in La
nueva literatura hispánica 16 (2013): 231-40 entitled "Angela Vallvey: escritora satítica."
Sophie Rivara-Lipschutz published a poem, The Tempest, in The World Poetry
Movement, an organization that promotes and encourages the art of poetry among
Gabriela Segal is part of a Cengage Learning technology focus group that reviews
Intermediate Spanish Programs. In addition, she reviews proposals for new textbooks
with Cengage Learning and Vista Higher Learning, is a reviewer for Foreign Languages
Annals, and taught a new course about Females Struggles in Latin America last
Aroline Seibert-Hanson took part in a 2-day workshop on "Discourse Analysis and L2
Teaching and Materials Development" put on by the Center for Advanced Learning and
Proficiency Education and Research at Penn State University. She will use what she
learned in her teaching and coordinating of courses this fall.
Edith Stetser gave a new course, "France from 1789 to the present." This course
presented the evolution of the French social structures and the constitution from its start
to today. The structure of the course lent itself to a comparison of similar policies and
rights between the French system and the American one. It ended being a course in
history, sociology and modern politics.
Li-Hsueh Tsai used innovative teaching strategies to incorporate Chinese culture
into the curriculum to encourage students to develop an appreciation for the integral
connection between language and culture and the expression of thoughts. As students
develop an awareness about various aspects of Chinese culture such as the Moon
festival, Chinese New Year and Calligraphy, they begin to see how Chinese values and
customs serve to construct reality and influence the way Chinese people think, feel, and
view the world.