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
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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.