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Prof. Neal Presents at Western Reserve Academy
On April 19th, Professor Thomas Neal visited Bernarda Villar’s class at Western Reserve Academy, “Exploration of Latin American Culture,” to give a presentation on attitudes about colonialism and imperialism during the Spanish Enlightenment. The lecture was part of an ongoing initiative to generate and respond to interest in Hispanic history and culture in local area high schools with the help of expertise provided by U of A scholars.
Faculty Complete OPI Training
From May 12th to May 15th, the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Akron, and several faculty members from Cleveland State University, participated in a 4-day, intensive workshop offered by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages. The workshop familiarized and trained faculty members with methodologies and practices used to administer Oral Proficiency Interviews. The workshop will help ensure the department’s continuing success in proficiency-based language instruction.
The Traditional Arabic Market
It takes talent to shop in a traditional market whether it is in Damascus, Aleppo, San’aa or Egypt.
In this kind of market, the buying and selling takes place through bargaining. This activity, done in a 202 Arabic class, included the presence of authentic Arabic clothing. Students are asked to play the role of a merchant and a buyer while shopping for the traditional clothes. With this activity they were able to acquire the skills of negotiating and bargaining while shopping using their Arabic communication skills.
DML Students at UASIS 2014
Spanish majors Rebecca Aronhalt, Lacie Brubaker, Megan Hapanowicz along with graduate students Allison Dennison and Daniel Velazco presented their research on Spanish Cultural Studies at the 2014 UA Student Innovation Symposium on April 10, 2014. They were among the 250 U of A students who presented their research at UASIS! Their research presentations covered a wide range of topics from Spanish poetry and Propaganda from the Spanish Civil War to Medieval historical Poems and the Historical relation between Spain and Cataluña.
French Alum Presentation
Sanja Drobniak, double major (French and Accounting), who graduated in 2012 and works now for RPM International Inc. as Staff Internal Auditor, came back on campus last Thursday (4/3/2014)to give a presentation, in French, about the highly successful and truly global company based in Medina, OH. More and more companies are hiring graduates proficient in world languages and Sanja's French major was instrumental in landing her the position that requires frequent travels to French-speaking countries (France, Belgium). She takes advantage of her business trips to explore different cities and learn more about the culture and language she studied at the UA.