Friday, December 7, 2012

El Sol de Ohio and Latino Auto Magazine

Check out these latest editions!

El Sol de Ohio 


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Monday, December 3, 2012

Poetry Reading

Professor Rathbun read her poetry at the III Encuentro de poetas en español de Columbus, OH on December 1st, 2012. She is also on the administrative board of the group and moderated the event. Eleven poets from Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, The United States and the Dominican Republic read from their work. 

Here is an sample of Dr. Rathbun's own original poetry where the poetic voice speaks to its love of the Mexican culture. 


yo no nací en tierra mexicana
mi sangre no cuenta con el canto de flautas y antiguas conchas
de niña no me cantaban de caballitos blancos ni soñé con angelitos
mi lengua torpe apenas floreció mujer
pero he llevado este espíritu grande mexicano
dentro de mi cuerpo desde que
abracé a cien niños de ojos grandes
pisé los antiguos templos sagrados
corrí por las calles metropolitanas
escuché tu canto en el pecho
dancé al son de los voladores
vi la belleza de las diosas caídas
compartí la mesa con la familia más humilde
conversé con mi alma despierta en México por fin
llevé tu sangre mestiza dentro de mi vientre
yo no crecí viendo hacia el norte
Aztlán siempre estuvo en mí
y como mis antepasados         ahora
          he regresado
                        habito este lugar 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Call for FL photos

The Department of Foreign Languages will soon be updating its website and would love to feature photos and blurbs from our students. Please send Dr. Jennifer Rathbun photos of you here or abroad with a brief blurb explaining why you study languages. Include your other majors and graduation year. We look forward to featuring you on our new site!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Phi Signma Iota Elects 2012-13 Officers

Phi Sigma Iota Elects 2012-2013 Officers

Gamma Tau Chapter of the international foreign language honor society Phi Sigma Iota elected officers.  Lindsey Tippett will serve as president, Camille Talarico as vice president and P. Mauricio Uranga as program director.  Congratulations to the officers and best wishes for a productive year.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

2012 AU FL graduate working in Honduras teaching first and second graders.

Caitlin Casavecchia - 2012 AU graduate working in Honduras teaching first and second grade. 

Monday, August 27, 2012



Please be advised that the Global Ed Office is launching an independent website (linked to the AU website) called
Abroad Office.  Students will be able to search for programs as well as create a personal account that will contain all information pertinent to their trip. 

Additionally, the application and enrollment processes will now be paperless.  Students will be able to complete all necessary paperwork, including initial application, through their account on this website. There are handouts that explain the application process for your program.  

Friday, August 17, 2012

2012 FL grad accepts teaching position

Congrats to 2012 AU FL graduate, Andrea Catanzarito, as she recently accepted a teaching position at Liberty High School (near Youngstown), teaching Spanish 1 and 3.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

FL Dept. Welcomes New Professor

Lina X. Aguirre has joined the Department of Foreign Languages at AU as Assistant professor, and will be teaching courses in Spanish and Portuguese.  She studied economics in Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997.  In 2007 she received her Master of Arts in Literature from the Xaverian University in Bogota and she has recently finished her doctoral studies in Latin American Literatures and Cultures at The Ohio State University.  Her research focuses on contemporary Latin American poetry and visual cultures.  Her doctoral dissertation examined the manifestations of precarity in the artistic practices of young poets and visual artists from Chile.  Particularly, she focused on how globalization and the neoliberal economic regime produce specific types of precarity and how this precarity takes form in poetry, video, painting and multimedia art. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

You're Invited!

You're Invited!

Returning French and Spanish majors, please join with me to welcome and meet our new majors this Sunday, August 19, 3:30-4:30, in Bixler 201, during the new major orientation session.  Feel free to drop in for a few minutes or stay the entire time.  Our new majors will enjoy hearing about your experiences as a major in the department.  See you Sunday. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Top 13 "Most Useful" College Majors

This Newsweek article from the end of April ranks the "common foreign languages" 10th in the list of 13 "most useful" college majors.  This is great news that merits sharing with our students whenever they show an interest in majoring or demonstrate special language abilities.

NEWSWEEK WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012The 13 Most Useful* College Majors (As Determined By Science)
1. Nursing 
6. Finance 
13. Economics 
*Useful, for our purposes, is defined by majors most likely to lead to less unemployment and higher earnings, and which are in industries projected to grow in the next decade according to research from Georgetown University and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Monday, April 30, 2012

AU Department of Foreign Languages offers Portuguese commencing 12/FA

The AU Department of Foreign Languages will begin offering Portuguese during the 2012 Fall semester.  Click here to REGISTER now!

Why Study Portuguese AATSP.ORG
  • With its number of speakers reaching 178 million, Portuguese has the seventh largest number of speakers of any world language.
  • It serves as the official language of nine countries and is spoken in at least thirty-four countries.
  • Portuguese is the fourth most learned language in the world; 28 million people know it or are learning it as a second language.
  • It serves as an official language of the European Union.
  • There are 687,126 speakers in the United States who can be found in communities across the nation.
  • Knowledge of Portuguese is a very marketable skill because of its widespread use around the world.
  • Brazil, home to 154 million Portuguese speakers, is said to be the eighth largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and it continues to grow.
Portuguese influence in the United States:
  • Portuguese navigators have been traveling the area that is now the United States since 1634.
  • Portuguese is spoken in communities in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
  • There are many English words of Portuguese origin, including words for animals like flamingo, mosquito, cobra, and zebra, and other words like bossa nova, embarrass, marmalade, and molasses.
  • The Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey is known as "Little Portugal," and they celebrate Portugal Day with a festival every year near June 10.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

10th Annual FL Academic Honors Reception Held

On Sunday, April 15th, the Department of Foreign Languages held their 10th Annual FL Academic Honors Reception to show academic excellence.

Please view our slideshows and awards below:

Outstanding Foreign Language Majors:           AU Academic Honors Convocation:

Freshman - Merit Award Scholarship                Sophomore
Allison Combs - Spanish                                        Kelli Fleming - Spanish
Amanda Stoner - French                                           
Second Year                                                         Stefanie Stoops - Spanish & French
Miriah Keller - Spanish
Third Year                                                            Caitlin Dalton - Spanish
Camille Talarico - Spanish
Lindsey Tippett - French

Fourth Year
Caitlin Dalton - Spanish

Monday, April 16, 2012

2010 AU Foreign Language Grad admitted to the University of Chicago

Christina Erikson, 2010 AU Graduate, Spanish and Religion Major
Christina has been admitted with a university fellowship to The Romance Languages Department at the University of Chicago

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Dr. Jean LeLoup, Spanish Professor, US Air Force Academy, was the guest speaker on March 27, 2012, for FL 380/636 (Foreign Language Education Curriculum & Instruction). LeLoup is the co-author of the text series, Anda, which has been adopted for use in Intermediate Spanish at A.U. She is the co-founder/moderator of FLTeach, a listserv for foreign language teachers, and the winner of numerous teaching, publication, and service awards. She publishes and presents on the integration of culture and the use of technology in foreign language instruction.  She will be presenting the upcoming ACTFL Webinar on the use of the target language in the classroom.

The class session focused on maintaining the target language in the classroom and using FLTeach as a teaching resource.

Dr. LeLoup and Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, Professor, Ashland University, have co-taught graduate courses abroad (Mexico, Venezuela, and Costa Rica) for U.S. teachers of Spanish since 1994. The next course takes place June 26-July 5 at Universidad Veritas, in San José.

Dr. LeLoup

 AU student Jessica Verbic with Dr. LeLoup

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spanish students present at the 2012 CAS Undergraduate Symposium

Spanish students Miriah Keller, Meghan Ellsworth and Hilary Neal presented their work  at the 2012 CAS Undergraduate Symposium on March 27, 2012.

Topic: From Topic to Publication: The Challenges of Advanced-Level Writing in Spanish
Meghan Ellsworth, Miriah Keller, Hilary Neal
Mentor: Dr. William Cummins
(see more information below)

As the Spanish-speaking population and need for cultural awareness in the United States grow, the ability to understand and to communicate in Spanish increases. However, developing advanced-level writing skills in a second language presents three significant challenges: 1) learning how to find and use precise and specialized vocabulary, 2) acquiring advanced grammatical structures for communication of more complex ideas, and 3) recognizing and mediating cultural differences in written expression.  To increase our writing proficiency in Spanish, we first chose an Ashland University program or organization about which we are passionate.  We then wrote four essays related to that theme, with each essay targeting one advanced-level function: description, comparison, narration, and persuasion.  Finally, we compiled the revised essays into a newsletter or boletín intended for a Spanish-speaking audience.  The writing process included peer-editing, review by the instructor, and revision based on a system of error codes that identified problems.  The process broadened our knowledge and use of the foreign language.  We learned new vocabulary, improved our grammatical accuracy and complexity, and found new ways to express ourselves in Spanish. Through practice, we learned to recognize idiomatic phrases and cultural practices that don’t translate directly from one language to the other. We learned to be more innovative in how we described and explained things.  In short, we were challenged to communicate more effectively across languages and cultures.  We now can express ourselves better in written Spanish in personal and professional contexts.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

AU in Costa Rica VIDEO

This video is a part of a class project for Multimedia Reporting at Ashland University in Ohio.  Rebecca Parillo, Director of Global Education is being interviewed about the Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica. Photos provided by: Rebecca Parillo and Susie Strobel from Conversa Language School in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. Music by: Kevin McLeod. All rights reserved -- Aaron R. Brunson.

 For more information about Conversa go to:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Search for JOBS or INTERNSHIPS using your AU ID, via CareerShift site

The AU Career Services office has a great new tool called CareerShift.  Find it here: CareerShift.  

 Create an account using your AU ID.  It's easy and once in you can search for jobs or internships in all sorts of ways to find just what you want.

MLA's Recommendation for Advanced Proficiency in a FL for all PhD Candidates in English

The Modern Language Association of America (the largest professional association [30,000 members in 100 countries]of teachers and researchers in literature and modern languages, including English) has issued a recommendation for advanced proficiency in a foreign language for all PhD candidates in English:

MLA Statement on Language Requirements for Doctoral Programs in English

The MLA urges doctoral programs in English to require all PhD candidates to demonstrate, at either the admission or the exit point, advanced competence in at least one language other than English. It also urges doctoral programs to offer funding and support to students who study additional languages beyond this requirement.
Those who pursue a PhD in English are engaged in deep study of a language and its literary and cultural expressions. Most likely they will teach works in translation during their career. Knowledge of several languages and the process of language learning offer more than research tools enabling students to read primary and secondary materials in their original form. They promote consciousness of and sensitivity to both the multilingual contexts in which anglophone literatures are written and the work of translation in which contemporary writers and readers engage on a daily basis. Proficiency in more than one language promotes the cultural literacy essential to teaching in the global university of the future.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Phi Sigma Iota Inductees and Graduating Seniors to be Honored April 15th

Gamma Tau Chapter of the international foreign language honor society Phi Sigma Iota will induct sixteen new members: Jenna Beadle, Alaina Bosak, Nicole Buhr, Caitlin Casavecchia, Kimberly Coates, Molly Leonard, Ashley Miklas, Hilary Neal, Christina Neely, Stefanie Stoops, Camille Talarico, Calley Taylor, Lindsey Tippett, Pablo Uranga, Tiffany Urig, and Jennifer Winkler.  With this spring's initiates, the chapter will have inducted 134 students since the installation of Phi Sigma Iota at A.U. in 1997.

The honor society will also recognize graduating seniors with purple and white honor cords.  Graduating this May are Jenna Beadle, Alaina Bosak, Caitlin Casavecchia, Andrea Catanzarito, Kimberly Coates, Caitlin Dalton, Molly Leonard, and Christina Neely.  Graduating in December 2012 is Jennifer Winkler.

Congratulations initiates and graduating seniors!


Follow this link to read an article on the work of Spanish-speaking health promoters in Indiana.

(Click on above "link")

Monday, February 27, 2012


Robert Lane Greene, business correspondent for The Economist in New York and the author of "You Are What you Speak" gives his perspectives on the usefulness of French in the article linked below:

Which is the best language to learn?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Report Shows Importance of Multilingualism in Business

Report Shows Importance of Multilingualism in Business
(The Language Educator – November 2011 – p. 8)

A new study released in early October by Forbes Insights says that U. S. companies will perform better by hiring individuals who can communicate in foreign languages and by helping current employees develop language skills.
“Language Study: Reducing the Impact of Language Barriers” is based on an exclusive survey of more than 100 executives at large U. S. businesses (annual revenues of more than $500 million).  According to the study, more than half (65%) of companies surveyed face language barriers that contribute to inefficiency, ineffective collaboration, and low productivity, among other factors.
Other key findings include:
·         Overseas assignments have become more common among executives.  Nine in 10 respondents agreed that international firms would not be able to compete successfully without world class managers worldwide.
·         Three-quarters of respondents agreed that it was easier for foreign nationals to work in the United States than for U. S. nationals to work overseas because they are more likely to be multilingual.  This leaves U. S.-based organizations, as well as many Americans, at a disadvantage.
·         Companies are responding to the need for multilingual executives.  Two in three firms (66%) said they expected U. S. executives going abroad to have basic or intermediate proficiency in the native language.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Teaching Positions at Hilliard City School District

The Hilliard City School system is looking to hire between 50-60 teachers as a result of an early retirement program.  Attached please find information about the Job Fair scheduled for March 15 at the Davidson High School.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Professor Bansen-Harp publishes article

Lisa Bansen-Harp, Assistant Professor of French, published an article in the December 2011 issue of Medievalia et Humanistica: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture (vol. 37).  Entitled  “Ironic Patterning and Numerical Composition in the Vie de saint Alexis: Form and Effect / Affect,” the article examines the structuring of the earliest poetic text in the French language.  It analyzes how the poet’s use of dramatic and biblical modes of irony allowed this account of an inscrutable ascetic saint to touch a broad audience.  The text is important not only for its literary beauty, but also for its pivotal position at a time when the Church was reaching out to laypeople, using their language as well as Latin to preach and teach.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Intersted in the multilinguism debate?

 Then click on the New York Times link below to follow whats being said about multilingualism in today's global world.

Students: Career Svs to sponsor "How to Market your Liberal Arts Major" on Feb. 8th

Career Services is sponsoring a program "How to Market your Liberal Arts Major" on February 8th at 7 pm in the Career Resource Room.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Come to Spanish Conversation Tables

The Spanish Conversation Tables for the 2012 Spring Semester begin Monday, January 30th.  They are Monday's from 4-5pm and 8-9pm in the Eagle's Nest.  See you there!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society Applications Due Feb 6th

Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society: Call for New Members.  Applications are due by noon, Monday, February 6.  Majors and minors in French, Spanish, Spanish ECE/ECIS, and Foreign Studies were sent an email with the eligibility criteria and application form 1/24/12.  If you did not receive or cannot find the email, please contact Dr. William Cummins and request one.

Follow AU Early Childhood Education major through her journey

Caitlin Casavecchia is an Early Childhood Education Major at Ashland University and she has a Spanish Minor for PK-8 Majors. In the summer of 2010 Caitlin studied abroad in our AU in Costa Rica program where she observed, for the first time, an elementary classroom in Latin America. Caitlin's knowledge of Latin American culture and education is now taking her to Brazil where she will complete her student teaching. Caitlin leaves this coming Friday! ¡Buena Suerte Caitlin!

Follow her journey on her blog spot:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Improve your Spanish speaking skills

Students and Speakers of Spanish:

If you would like to practice and improve your speaking skills in Spanish, please use the link below to complete a three-question survey.  Your prompt response to the survey will help us to set up Spanish conversation tables this semester.

Happy Chinese New Year!

It is the Spring Festival ( Chinese New Year ) in China today. Happy Spring Festival and Happy New Year!
(新年快乐xin nian kuai le )

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS?  If you do or are learning French at any level, you are invited to Pause-Café, the weekly French conversation hour.  This semester we will be meeting every Wednesday from 4:30 -- 5:30 in the Eagle's Landing.  Stop by the Eagle's Nest on your way in to order a beverage compliments of the French Club!  Come for a few minutes or stay for the whole hour.  The atmosphere is relaxed and all levels are welcome!

On January 25th, Lindsey Tippett will tell us about her semester in Strasbourg. Come discuss the study abroad experience with her!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Want to give back to the Department of Foreign Languages at AU?

Have you greatly benefited from the instruction you have received from the Department of Foreign Languages at AU? For the first time ever, you can give back to your favorite department online. Go to the following link to give any amount:
Thank you for thinking of us!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ohio, what languages do you speak?

The MLA language map found at MLA.ORG lists the number of speakers of the following languages in Ohio:
213,147                 Spanish
44,594                   French
25,704                   Chinese
Ohio - we speak your languages in the Foreign Language Department at Ashland University!  Do you? You are not as competitive in any field in English only.