The Department of Modern & Classical Languages has released its Fall 2013 newsletter. Highlights include news on the Foreign Language Institute, spotlight on Dr. Roger Dowdy who received the Award for Excellence in Study Away Programming, the summer’s successful MO3 Conference, Dia de lo Muertos, and more.
The Day of the Dead isn’t a holiday dedicated to worshiping the dead. El Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is dedicated to celebrating the lives of loved ones. Day of the Dead occurs on November 1 each year. The tradition has been happening on campus for years, but it has gained a lot of popularity recently due to the hard work of Dr. Robert Norton, Profesora Judith Martínez, and the Missouri State Spanish Club.
Throughout the day this year, the Spanish club gave educational tours of their traditional set-up and provide Pan de Muertos (the typical food for Day of the Dead) and Jarritos, a popular Mexican soda to guests.
Taylor Juenger, president of the Spanish club, says she always encourages students to attend events like Day of the Dead because it decreases the amount of ignorance and general assumptions made about other cultures.
The department of modern and classical languages at Missouri State University recently hosted the Missouri modern languages and modern technologies (Mo3) conference on June 7-8. This workshop was an opportunity for K-12 and university foreign language teachers to learn more about integrating technology into their language courses.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages hosted the Ozarks Foreign Language Association (OFLA) meeting and the Missouri Modern Languages and Modern Technologies (MO3) Conference in late spring on the campus of Missouri State University.
The OFLA meeting brought together K-12 world language educators from around the region to share ideas on advocacy, classroom activities and other initiatives. Presentation topics ranged from student motivation to authentic materials and a round or two of boules on the grass in front of Carrington Hall.
The MO3 Conference, hosted for the first time by MCL, focused on technology use and influence in language education, at both the K-12 and university levels. Educators from across the state and Midwest region met and exchanged ideas and techniques about integrating technology into their language courses in pedagogically-sound ways.
MCL will host the regional meeting of the Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM) on October 5, 2013. For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Tonia Tinsley at TETinsley@missouristate.edu.
Greetings from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL)!
This is an exciting time for language educators, with interest and enrollments in languages at an all-time high. According to the findings of a survey by the Modern Language Association, “Enrollments in languages other than English at US institutions of higher education have continued to grow over the past decade and are diversifying to include an increasingly broad range of language studies.” The newly-established Foreign Language Institute reflects a strong commitment on Missouri State’s part to be a leader in meeting the growing demand for instruction in certain less-commonly taught languages, and the department is taking other steps to provide the best possible language instruction to its students and the broader community.
What is the Foreign Language Institute?
On September 17, 2012, then-Interim President Clif Smart and his counterparts at Evangel University, Drury University, Southwest Baptist University, and Ozarks Technical Community College signed an agreement to create the Foreign Language Institute (FLI). This marked the culmination of several years of collaborative discussion and planning.
The FLI is a Missouri State-led partnership among five Springfield-area institutions of higher learning. Its purpose is to expand opportunities for students at all of the partner schools and in the broader community to learn languages, particularly those identified as critical or less commonly taught languages. Although most area schools are able to offer robust language programs in Spanish, French, and German, many cannot offer courses in other languages because of low enrollments or the lack of faculty resources. The FLI will allow the partner schools to combine students and to share instructional resources, such as faculty and facilities, thus saving money and making it possible to offer collaboratively many languages that could otherwise not be offered.
The classes will be held in the Jim D. Morris Center in downtown Springfield. The first offerings, in Italian and Portuguese, debuted this spring. Other languages to be offered by the Institute include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. Students from the partner schools will pay tuition to their home institutions to enroll in regular, three-credit classes. Members of the community interested in taking language courses on a non-credit basis may enroll in semester-long classes but will pay reduced fees. The Institute may also offer shorter, specialized courses, such as Spanish for medical or law enforcement professionals or travel-prep courses in various languages for groups preparing to study abroad.
The Institute will be jointly administered by MCL and the International Programs office and will also have an advisory board consisting of Missouri State personnel and members from the partner institutions and the community. You can find more information about the FLI at its new website.
There’s never been a better time to learn a language. So, what are you waiting for?
Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were victims of the experiments conducted by Dr. Josef Mengele at the infamous Auschwitz Death Camp. Amazingly, they both survived, though the rest of their family were exterminated by the Nazis.
Kor will talk about her experiences in Auschwitz, her recovery, and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and lectures, Kor has dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and working for causes of human rights and peace.
The presentation is co-sponsored by the office of public affairs support, the department of modern and classical languages, and religious studies.
Event is free and open to the public.
* UPDATE * The Spanish and German classes are underway. Chinese and French classes did not receive sufficient enrollment and will not proceed. Watch for further “Languages for Fun” offerings later this year.
Eva Mozes Kor, an Auschwitz Holocaust survivor, will share her testimony of woe and forgiveness at Missouri State University at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Carrington Hall, Room 208.
The Chinese New Year Festival is the most important holiday in China and other Asian countries. This year, the Chinese New Year’s Day falls on Feb. 11, marking the beginning of the Year of Snake. To celebrate the Chinese New Year and enhance the awareness of the Asian culture on campus, a series of Chinese cultural activities is planned for Feb. 11-15.
Featured events include Chinese arts and hand craft exhibitions, talks on the Chinese New Year, Beijing Opera, Martial Arts films, Tea Ceremony, Chinese Dumpling Workshop, Lion Dance, demonstrations of Martial Arts, calligraphy, Chinese paintings and Chinese music performance. All events involve MSU faculty, staff and students. Symbolic snacks, Chinese tea and dumplings will be provided during the events.
Chinese New Year Event Schedule
Monday, Feb. 11
10-11 a.m. Introduction of Chinese New Year
12-12:45 p.m. Lion Dance (PSU Theatre)
1-2 p.m. Shaolin Kungfu Demonstration (PSU Theatre)
2:30-3:30 p.m. Chinese Paper Cutting Introduction and Demonstration
Tuesday, Feb. 12
1:30-2:30 p.m. Beijing Opera Talk
2:30-3 p.m. Beijing Opera Mask Painting Demonstration
Wednesday, Feb. 13
11-11:45 a.m. Chinese Martial Arts
12-2 p.m. Martial Arts Film Introduction and Martial Arts Film Screening
Thursday, Feb. 14
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Chinese Tea Ceremony
12:30-1:30 p.m. Chinese Authentic Dumpling Workshop
Friday, Feb. 15
11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Chinese Music Performance
1:30-2:30 p.m. Twelve Year Animals Painting Demonstration
Events are sponsored by the Modern & Classical Language Department, the China Program Office, College of Humanities and Public Affairs and Association of Chinese Students and Scholars.
All events are free and open to the public.
Missouri State University will offer courses in Italian and Portuguese beginning Jan. 15 at the Foreign Language Institute (FLI) in the Jim D. Morris Center downtown. Italian and Portuguese courses at the FLI will build introductory language skills and explore the associated cultures of the respective languages.
The Foreign Language Institute is a Missouri State University-led partnership among five Springfield-area institutions of higher learning (MSU, Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Southwest Baptist University). Its purpose is to expand opportunities for students at all of the partner schools and in the broader community to learn languages, particularly those identified as critical or less commonly taught; such as Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian.
Individual institutions are typically unable to offer such courses due to low enrollment and/or the lack of faculty resources. The FLI allows partner institutions to pool students and resources to offer collaboratively many languages which are otherwise unavailable.
Missouri State students who wish to take either course should register for the spring 2013 semester. Community members can enroll in non-credit courses by registering online or by calling (417) 836-6328. The non-credit fee is $300 for each course.
Beginning fall 2013, students at partner institutions will enroll in regular, three-credit-hour courses and pay tuition at their home institutions.