Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart Involved in Research with U.S. Air Force Academy

Ashland University and the United States Air Force Academy have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement that will allow Spanish professors from the two institutions to engage in a linguistic study.

Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, professor of Spanish at Ashland University, and Dr. Jean LeLoup, professor of Spanish at the U.S. Air Force Academy, will work together on a study titled “Register and forms of address in Costa Rican Spanish: Sociolinguistic realities and pedagogical implications.”

The two-phase project will involve the interviewing of students in Costa Rica and a questionnaire being sent to U.S. students of Spanish. 

“The goals of the research are to provide a comprehensive explanation of the current usage of ‘you’ in Costa Rica as well as suggestions for Spanish curriculum in the U.S.,” Schmidt-Rinehart said.

Drs. Schmidt-Rinehart and LeLoup have worked together for a number of years on different projects and teaching endeavors. They have co-instructed summer graduate courses in Mexico, Venezuela and Costa Rica. 

The results of their most recent research project will be published this year under the title, “The Effectiveness of Courses Abroad as a Professional Development Model for Foreign Language Teachers.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Betsy Becker (2004) Pursues Master's Degree

Betsy Becker, Spanish 2004, visited Ashland University last week and met with Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart and her former adviser, Dr. William Cummins.  Betsy is pursuing a Master's degree in Kygyz Philology at Osh State University in Kyrgyzstan while also teaching English there.
Dr. Cummins and Betsy Becker.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Schmidt-Rinehart.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Monolingual Myopia

Don't fall into the "monolingual myopia" trap.  American students are making a mistake by opting out of foreign language courses....

"The reality of the 21st century job market is that Americans will be competing for a job where, with other competencies being equal, they will be compared to a multilingual candidate."

"" ltimately, I fear U.S. students may not be receiving the counsel that they need when selecting their courses. The schools and colleges themselves are failing America’s young if they let students slip through their education in an English cocoon. "    Read more:


Monday, March 9, 2015

Exciting Activities in FL Dept.

Dr. Gray spoke to a full house about his new book before spring break. Don't miss the French Film Festival that starts tomorrow. Exciting activities in the FL Dept!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Job Fair May 5th

May 5, 2015

Tuesday May 5, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

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Worthington, OH 43085
Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 24, 2015
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