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Local News Articles About UA and Akron Children's Hospital Partnership
On December 29, 2014 Dr. Parizad Dejbord-Sawan was featured in Akron Beacon Journal and Plain Dealer news articles about the Beginning Medical Spanish program offered at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Dejbord-Sawan was also interviewed on NPR on December 30th regarding this innovative program.
The program began in August and has educated around 50 healthcare professionals at the hospital in basic conversational medical Spanish. The Spanish-speaking patients and their families who have worked with those who have completed the introductory Spanish course have noticed a difference in the rapport that they have with their healthcare providers. The University of Akron plans on offering a certificate program in which the hospital employees can take a series of courses in conversational medical Spanish in order to meet the needs of the Spanish-speaking community in Akron.
Learning Arabic Culture through Food
Students in Mona Hafez's Arabic 102 class were asked to select an Arabic country and talk about the country's most interesting facts. They also had to prepare a typical dish of that region and talk about the ingredients, the history, the way people socialize through food, and many other culturally important facts. The students learned a lot about different Arabic countries, they had lots of fun, and enjoyed many interesting and delicious dishes!
Spain Study Abroad Program
The Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, featured an article describing the Spain study abroad trip that many UA students experienced this summer. The students studied Spanish for one or two months in Valladolid while living with host families. Click here to read the full article
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.